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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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Al - February 19, 2017 11:51 pm

I am a NYS licensed driver who was traveling in Ontario. I received a ticket for going 120 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone. Will the points transfer to NYS?

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    Matthew Weiss - February 20, 2017 7:37 am

    AI,

    Yes, points from an Ontario (or Quebec) province convictions will transfer onto your NYS license. These are the only two “out-of-state” locations from which points will transfer to a NYS license. Therefore, I recommend that you should plead not guilty and fight this ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Bill - February 19, 2017 8:13 pm

Dear Matthew,
Firstly, thank you for all of the helpful advice you provide here on this blog. I have been sifting through the many posts and find your responses incredibly informative.

A New York State Parks Police officer stopped and ticketed both me (on my motorcycle), and my friend (on his motorcycle) for “Speed In Zone” (Section 1180D), 62mph in 40mph zone on Seven Lakes Road, in Harriman State Park, NY.

Both my friend and I have clean driving records.

Presumably the speed was documented on radar, but we are left wondering the following:

1. Can multiple vehicles be simultaneously ticketed from one radar shot? There was no clarification about which vehicle the “62mph” came from. My friend was 1/4 mile behind me when the officer came into sight. Wondering if this can be disputed and thus one or both tickets be thrown out.

2. The officer told us this ticket would likely get lowered if we showed the judge our clean records. Based on your other responses here, I deduct that we should absolutely return the ticket with a “Not Guilty” plea, in order to proceed forward and possibly receive any lessor penalties, correct?

3. There is an option in the Not Guilty Plea to “request supporting deposition”. Should I check “yes” to receive this deposition?

Many thanks,
Bill

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    Matthew Weiss - February 19, 2017 11:07 pm

    Bill,

    My responses in bold below:

    1. Can multiple vehicles be simultaneously ticketed from one radar shot? There was no clarification about which vehicle the “62mph” came from. My friend was 1/4 mile behind me when the officer came into sight. Wondering if this can be disputed and thus one or both tickets be thrown out. Multiple vehicles can be pulled over but the officer would need to establish his or her case against each vehicle. It is difficult but not impossible.

    2. The officer told us this ticket would likely get lowered if we showed the judge our clean records. Based on your other responses here, I deduct that we should absolutely return the ticket with a “Not Guilty” plea, in order to proceed forward and possibly receive any lessor penalties, correct? Yes.

    3. There is an option in the Not Guilty Plea to “request supporting deposition”. Should I check “yes” to receive this deposition? Given your clean record and the fact that this is only a 6-point speeding ticket, I recommend not requesting it. If you do, it may adversely affect your chances to obtain the most favorable plea bargain. Of course it may have no bearing but this is a risk you will have to decide on taking or not.

    Matthew Weiss

Remo - February 17, 2017 10:23 pm

Hi Matthew,

I got pulled over today on the Tacomic Pkwy according to cop I was going 72 mph in 55 mph!

I have the option to plead guilty or not guilty. He told me I can plead not guilty in which case a prosecutor will contact me with a possible plea bargain! It almost seemed he was suggesting that I should plead not guilty. Did he check my record?

He also told me that I just have to send in the ticket and if I plead guilty they will send me the ticket with the amount I have to pay.

What should I do?

Thanks,
Remo

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    Matthew Weiss - February 17, 2017 11:07 pm

    Remo,

    You should plead not guilty so you can work out a plea bargain with the prosecutor.

    Matthew Weiss

Gordon - February 16, 2017 10:58 am

I got a ticket for aledgedly going 102 in a 55 zone I was flowing with traffic when I made the attempt to pass another vehicle I wasn’t aware of how fast I was moving what should I do???? I have a clean license and plus cdl

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    Matthew Weiss - February 17, 2017 10:05 am

    Gordon,

    Going the “flow of traffic” (assuming that the traffic was truly “flowing” at 102 mph) and not knowing how fast you were going are not valid defenses in New York.

    Matthew Weiss

Alim Mainun - February 8, 2017 2:39 pm

HI,

My driving license was clean so far until I have got a speeding ticket in Bath County, NY in july 2016. I was driving 75 MPH on 65 MPH zone. I plead not guilty and case is still pending. In meanwhile, I have got another ticket on Feb 5th which I was caught driving at 78 MPH on 50 MPH zone. I was driving with the flow. Now advice what to do?

Thanx

Alim

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    Matthew Weiss - February 8, 2017 5:01 pm

    Alim Mainun,

    You need to fight the new ticket too. This is the only way to minimize your points, and fines.

    Matthew Weiss

Elaine Cannon - February 3, 2017 4:29 pm

Hello,
I recently received a ticket in Harrison County, NY for improper or unsafe turn without a signal. I asked the officer what had I done when he pulled me over however he would not say until he checked my license. I am from a part of CT not near Harrison. I have a clean driving record and am wondering if I should just plead guilty and pay. However I can get no info from Harrison on what the typical fine would be other then the $90 NY surcharge. Do you know what about what the typical charge would be or perhaps I should plead not guilty and hire a traffic lawyer.
Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - February 3, 2017 9:39 pm

    Elaine Cannon,

    The typical fine for an improper or unsafe turn is roughly $150. Because you have an otherwise clean record in NY and CT, then you can just pay this one.

    Matthew Weiss

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