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How Much Does A New York Speeding Ticket Cost?

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

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Hec - May 24, 2016 3:53 pm

I recently just received my first speeding ticket ever… Ive had my drivers license for almost 9 years. Cop said i did 80/50. Will my license be suspended or revoked? Never been hit with any ticket…. Record is clean. And i pretty much will not speed again…. What do i do? If i hire an attorney do i have to appear in court? (Only time ive been in court was for jury duty) And how much would it cost me?

    Matthew Weiss - May 24, 2016 11:33 pm


    You will not be suspended for one 80/50 speeding ticket (given your otherwise clean record). With that said, if you fight it, you likely can save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. I believe that most traffic lawyers would charge between $400 and $500 for a case like yours.

    Matthew Weiss

Laura - May 24, 2016 12:29 pm

I was recently pulled over on NY17 for going 79 in a 65. I plead guilty since I am not from the state and would not have the opportunity to fight it in court because of the distance. I mailed in the plea and its been almost a week without a response. I don’t remember which court I mailed it to and now am having a hard time finding what court gave me the ticket, what can I do.

    Matthew Weiss - May 24, 2016 11:30 pm


    A week is not a long time. With that said, you should figure out where your case is pending. Perhaps, you can figure out where you were stopped and then contact the court (or courts) that are within that town or village.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

lee - May 23, 2016 3:53 pm


I plead not guilty to a Harrison, NY ticket (was 40 in what I didn’t realize was a 30 mph city), and the letter I received from my plea says that I need an attorney. Do I really need an attorney? It seems so scary and complicated a process. I’ve only had one other ticket, in CT, which just involved seeing a clerk and deciding a final fine or a driving class. Is a driving course possible? I can’t afford a ticket.


    Matthew Weiss - May 23, 2016 10:59 pm


    You can appear without a lawyer as many motorists do. At court, you (or your lawyer, if you get one) should try to negotiate this down a less serious charge. If you end up points, then you can take the NYS Driver Safety Class to remove up to 4 points. However, because this speeding ticket only carries 3 points and alone cannot affect your insurance, you don’t need to take the class unless and until you have a second conviction within 36 months of this ticket (assuming you currently have an otherwise clean record).

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Hem - May 23, 2016 3:39 pm

Two year ago I have 11 points in my license. This Saturday I get 2 ticket in same time. I drive 59/40 and following too close. How much I pay and what can I do .

    Matthew Weiss - May 23, 2016 10:52 pm


    A 59/40 speeding ticket carries 4 points and the following too close also carries 2 points, and each carry roughly a $200 fine. Plus, if you are convicted to both, you will also be subject to a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. Therefore, you should plead not guilty and fight these tickets.

    Matthew Weiss

vadim - May 21, 2016 4:30 pm

I am a Canadian resident got pulled over doing 72mph in 55 zone. It was a construction zone as well.
Around town of Cambell, NY. It’s hard for me to attend court.
Do points transfer to Ontario history?
What fine can I count on if I plead guilty?

    Matthew Weiss - May 22, 2016 12:12 am


    A NY conviction will transfer as demerit points onto your Ontario license. If you plead guilty, you’ll get 4 NY points and 4 demerit Ontario points.

    Matthew Weiss

Dylan - May 20, 2016 8:27 pm

I was pulled over earlier today by a nys trooper and was given a ticket for 69 in a 55 and a ticket for unkawful posession of marijuana. I am to appear at the Canandaigua Courthouse on June 2nd. I am unsure of what to expect for penalty and what to plea. And was also curious if the two tickets can affect each other making the penalty worse. What to do and what should I expect?

    Matthew Weiss - May 20, 2016 9:20 pm


    On your court date, you should plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly obtain more favorable outcome. You should also consider hiring an experienced attorney to help you with these two matters.

    Matthew Weiss

Gary H - May 19, 2016 3:25 pm

My wife and I live in CT. My wife was driving on Route 17 east of Binghamton en route to pick up my son from college and she rec’d a ticket for going 80 in a 65 zone. The state trooper told her that there would be no points involved in the infraction because she was from out of state. Does this sound correct? Advice?

    Matthew Weiss - May 19, 2016 11:40 pm

    Gary H,

    This ticket carries 4 NY points and NY will create and maintain a record for your wife. If she gets too many points in NY, then she can be penalized like a NY driver. In regard to CT, there is no reciprocity with NY so your wife will not get any points in CT if she is convicted in NY. However, the NY conviction will be reported to CT and could be used by your wife’s insurance company to possible raise your rates. I hope this helps.

    Matthew Weiss

Garrett - May 17, 2016 5:41 pm

I recently got a ticket for going 85 in a 65 zone on 81 south in Syracuse. This is my first ticket and i am unsure of how to approach the entire situation. Should i plead not guilty? if so under what basis.

Thank you,

    Matthew Weiss - May 17, 2016 7:15 pm


    You should plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly obtain a more favorable result and, given your clean record, I think you have a good chance. Most traffic courts in New York will offer a reduction in order to induce you to waive your right to a time-consuming trial.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Justin - May 16, 2016 3:28 pm

I recently got a speeding ticket for driving 52 mph on a 35 mph road in Rochester, NY on last Thursday around 10pm. The road has no road lights and there were no cars in front of me or in the opposite direction. It’s really hard to tell how fast I am.
My ticket says that I need to go to Brighton town court at 2300 Elmwood Ave. I really want to argue it, but I know that things are different in Rochester and NYC. What should I do?

    Matthew Weiss - May 16, 2016 8:40 pm


    At the Brighton Town Court, you can likely negotiate this down to a less serious charge. Dress nice and be polite on your court date.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Aqeel - May 12, 2016 9:05 am

I got a ticket the speed limit was 55 my was 77 how much I’m ganna pays

    Matthew Weiss - May 12, 2016 6:12 pm


    This is a 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee and, if you are convicted and have other recent convictions, can lead to a suspension of your driving license or privileges. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This the only way to possibly save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase.

    Matthew Weiss

Li - May 11, 2016 2:09 pm

Today I got a speedy ticket at school zone, my speed was 34mph. It happened at noon and no people on the road or sidewalk. This is my first ticket. Should I plea of not guilty and show up in the court?

    Matthew Weiss - May 12, 2016 1:35 am


    You should plead not guilty to this speeding ticket. This is the only way to possibly save points.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Ping - May 10, 2016 7:23 pm

I recently, this past Sunday, got a speeding ticket for 77/55 in NY laser zone. There was a truck next to me and I wanted to pass it and switch to the right lane to get in front of it. There was also another car in front of the truck, but there was a good gap distance for my car to squeeze in between. I am a MA resident. My questions are basically what is the best to do in this situation? What happens to my MA license record? How many more tickets till suspension? How much would I have to pay? I really don’t want to come to court, but I also don’t want to pay too much for the ticket. Thank again.


    Matthew Weiss - May 10, 2016 10:52 pm


    You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. A NY conviction will transfer onto your MA license. Plus, this ticket subjects you to a $300 Driver Assessment Fee (in addition to the fine and surcharge … roughly $200). If you fight it, you likely can obtain a more favorable result and avoid the $300 Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

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