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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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jose - January 18, 2017 11:22 pm

hey i got a careless driving ticket in lyndhurst NJ, so the officer said i was going 40 on a 35. but we were both driving in opposite directions could this be a factor? one thing that bought up my attention was that the first thing he ask when he saw my NJ license and my car plates from New York was who’s car is this when i responded that i was the owner he then said why do you have the NY plates when your drivers license is from NJ, i responded i still have that address and receive mail and other items there. since in lyndhurst none drives beyond 11pm i was out at 2:30am pulling into wendies as my pregnant wife wanted food and didn’t want to wait for someone to deliver. would the fact that i had plates that were out of state alarmed the officer to pull me over but when the officer saw nothing wrong with my papers pulled out the speeding card? im always aware of speed limits and have been driving from 7 years now and never had a single offense ” i wasnt going even 30 because i didnt know where i was going to turn” how should i proceed in this case?

    Matthew Weiss - January 21, 2017 7:38 am


    Congratulations on you wife’s pregnancy!

    That fact that the officer observed you while going in opposition directions will not help. Nor will your NJ plate issue. I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this 3-point speeding ticket reduced to a less serious charge.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Aaron - January 18, 2017 11:10 am

I got a ticket for 84 in a 65. I have a clean record. There is a form with the DA’s office to request a reduction but I have to enter a not guilty plea to do it. Does this mean I’ll have to personally appear in that court? I’m from out of state and a student. I wouldn’t be able to appear without it being a burden. But I also fear an attorney would make this an even more expensive burden. Thoughts?

    Matthew Weiss - January 18, 2017 10:40 pm


    If you fill out the form, you likely will not have to appear in court. It will be resolved via mail.

    Matthew Weiss

Orges Kacaj - January 18, 2017 1:32 am

How are you I was coming from Canada . Once I cross the border maybe after about 4 hours coming toward newyork I got pulled over for 85 on a 65 and if u can help me I would appreciate it : I am in the process of getting my taxi license and the points meens bad news for me .. Mathews u or maybe u can send me some info for another lawyer please help

Birthe - January 17, 2017 2:05 pm


I got a speeding ticket. I thought the speedlimit was 40mph, but it was 25mph. I got pulled over and the officer told me I was driving 44mph. I drove a little under 40mph.
I’m an au pair, so I live here, but I don’t have an American drivers license. Should I plead guilty or not guilty, and if I do not guilty, what’s going to happen?

Thnx in advance!

    Matthew Weiss - January 17, 2017 9:48 pm


    You should plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly obtain a more favorable result.

    Matthew Weiss

Paul - January 15, 2017 7:21 pm


I got a speeding ticket for driving 64mi in a 45 mi zone. It’s my first ticket. How much fine and points should I expect. Also, would it be better for me to plea not guilty?

Thank you.

    Matthew Weiss - January 17, 2017 7:23 am


    You should plead not guilty to this 4-point speeding ticket (carries roughly a $200 fine). If you do, you likely can save some of those points and avoid a high speeding ticket on your record.

    Matthew Weiss

joe - January 9, 2017 7:35 am

hi I was clocked at going 80 in a 65 mph zone in upstate NY. I’m a NJ resident and this is my first speeding ticket. the police woman wrote down on the ticket a supposed declaration (she typed/paraphrased what I told her when she had asked why I thought I was stopped). She also wrote I was the only car in the radar but there were cars around me. it was snowing and I sped to pass car on the left but didn’t brake to avoid skidding, only took foot off gas pedal but they clocked me before my speed normalized again.

I was not told what I was saying would form a declaration in writing on the ticket – is that normal? is it grounds to contest the ticket?

also, if I plead NOT guilty, must I go to court? and if I lose, am I subject to paying more (with fees.interest. etc) than the original value of the ticket?

    Matthew Weiss - January 9, 2017 5:38 pm


    It is normal to include statements in a supporting deposition.

    If you plead not guilty, you likely can get this negotiated down to a less serious offense. You or your attorney would have to appear in court. If you lose, you will not pay any court costs or interest, only a fine and surcharge.

    Matthew Weiss

Nashid - January 9, 2017 4:21 am


I recently got a ticket for going 87 in a 55 upstate new york in binghamton. im from nyc and its about a 6 hour drive.
i dont believe i was going that fast because as soon as i saw the police officer (he pulled over someone else) i slowed down to about 60 mph. and then 5 minutes later he was directly behind me saying i was going 87 in a 55.

    Matthew Weiss - January 9, 2017 5:40 pm


    I recommend that you plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly obtain a more favorable result and save the $450 Driver Assessment Fee. If you do not want to travel, you can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Renee-Joyce Simard - January 5, 2017 10:34 am

I got a 250$ fine 3 years ago for speeding. Im from Canada. I need to get this ticket paid and taken care of…how do I go about it? If I cross the border wuill I get arrested?

    Matthew Weiss - January 5, 2017 9:41 pm

    Renee-Joyce Simard,

    You should call the court where the case was returnable and pay the fine. You should do this before you return to New York (although I doubt that you’d be arrest at the border).

    Matthew Weiss

Zachary - January 1, 2017 11:50 pm

Hello there I just received my first speeding ticket, I was going 86 in a 65. I have been driving for a little over two years on my license, and I was just driving along and have been pulled over before so I pulled to the left side because I just assumed you pulled to the the side you were driving on. (I was on the interstate.) So I received two tickets the speeding and parking on the pavement. I was wondering if there is any way both tickets can be dropped or reduced. I know the amount of points and the fees I’m facing I just am trying to plan this out.

    Matthew Weiss - January 2, 2017 3:26 pm


    You should plead not guilty to both tickets. This is the only way to possibly save points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Enriko - December 30, 2016 4:03 am

I’m from Ohio.. I was doing 89 on LIE 45 speed zone.
There’s no way I was speeding that much because it was not far from a tunnel and I couldn’t drive that fast.. what should I do??
It’s 44 mph over!

    Matthew Weiss - December 30, 2016 1:32 pm


    Points from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your Ohio license. However, a NY suspension would transfer to Ohio as a suspension there.

    NY will keep track of your NY points and penalize you like a NY licensed driver. For a 89/45 speeding ticket, NY will get 11 NY points, roughly a $350 fine and surcharge plus a $525 Driver Assessment Fee. More importantly, NY likely will impose a suspension if you just plead guilty.

    Therefore, you should fight this ticket by pleading not guilty.

    Matthew Weiss

Mike Ramos - December 30, 2016 12:39 am

I’m from New York I just got my first Speeding ticket I was going 85mph on 55mph speed limit. It’s my first ticket ever. what should I expect as like in fees and points on my license?

Please help?

Thank you

    Matthew Weiss - December 30, 2016 1:28 pm

    Mike Ramos.

    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

Dash - December 27, 2016 11:55 pm

Hey Hi,

I am from Ohio. i got speeding ticket on 10/12/16 at Newburgh , Newyork, Ticket say my speed was 83 on 55 mph Zone, till now i didn’t get anything from court. How much time it will take to processing and does it give me points on my licence or not because of out of state. and how much cost for my ticket. please need Help.

Thank you,

    Matthew Weiss - December 28, 2016 7:47 am


    NY traffic courts take between 1 to 8 months to process a not guilty plea (and sometimes linger). Usually, it is around 3 months, however.

    Points from a New York conviction will NOT transfer to you Ohio license. Therefore, the generally will not affect your driving privileges in Ohio. However, the conviction will be reported to the Ohio DMV and therefore your insurance company can learn about it.

    If you pay the ticket (or fight it and lose), you will get 6 NY points on your NY privilege to drive here and pay roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight it, you likely can avoid the $300 Driver Assessment Fee and save NY points.

    Matthew Weiss

dave - November 25, 2016 8:58 pm

Hi ,
I am from Canada Ontario i was driving 94 MPH on 70MPH speedlimt.
police stop me but he didn’t give me any tickets but he told me letter will come to your Canadian
address if you did not call back to judge then arrest warrant will issue.

please help me what to do?

Thank you

    Matthew Weiss - November 26, 2016 12:50 am


    Need more info? Did you get the letter yet? How long has it been?

    If you have not yet gotten the letter, then perhaps call the court.

    Matthew Weiss

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