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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.

Comments (1,963)

Sergiy - April 24, 2016 11:05 pm

Hello,

I recently received two tickets. One speeding 88 in a 50 and one unlicensed operator for driving class D permit only. Any advice on how to proceed? Thank you.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 25, 2016 10:59 am

    Sergiy,

    You should plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly save the points, fine and $450 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Dorie - April 21, 2016 9:33 am

Hello,

Unlike our friend Noah, I work in NY an am a CT resident so I travel extensively back and forth. With a squeaky clean record for over 20 years I received a ticket for 55/35 (1180) on a local NYS Highway in Westchester County, Yorktown Heights to be exact. Do you have any suggestions on how to proceed, please?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 21, 2016 9:09 pm

    Dorie,

    You should plead not guilty to this 4-point speeding ticket. If you do, you or your NY traffic lawyer can likely get this reduced to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Soros - April 18, 2016 11:13 am

Hi Matthew,

I had a trip from Boston to Niagara fall last Friday, I was pulled over for 72 on 55 mph zone. My reason was that I was driving on I 90 for seven hours with around 70 mph constantly and I did not notice the change in speed limit from 65 to 55 (I90 to I 290). Honestly, I was not really driving faster than any other cars, I really felt I was having a bad luck on getting caught.

I have a very clean record both in MA or NY, I thought that I deserved a warning as a first guilt but unfortunately he did not give me so. He asked me if I have had a clean record, I did not see the speed limit, I have been here for the first time?, all sounded great but he came back with a ticket.

I am not sure if I should fight it here (considering that I have to go to the court in NY and the chance of conviction) or I should just plea of guilty and pay the fine (I called Liberty Mutual and they said for the first speeding ticket, next year my quote will go up 30% which is around 900 dollars).

– I am a MA resident and not sure if the points from NY convictions do transfer to my MA license?
– I was on a rental car.

Thank you.
Soros

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    Matthew Weiss - April 21, 2016 9:05 pm

    Soros,

    A NY conviction will transfer onto your MA license. Therefore, you should fight this speeding ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

S B - April 18, 2016 9:40 am

My cousin is hearing impaired and was driving his car doing 80 in a 30 zone. Is revocation definite. I am not sure what other tickets he may have except for parking violations. Please let me know. Thank you.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 21, 2016 9:03 pm

    S B,

    He could lose his license for this one 11-point speeding ticket. He should plead not guilty as this is the only possible way to avoid or reduce the points.

    Matthew Weiss

Noah Parks - April 16, 2016 3:57 pm

Hello, my name is Noah. I got my first speeding ticket in white plains doing 60 in a 40. I purely wasn’t paying attention to the speedometer, usually I’m driving my own car but was using my mother’s to grab her from Newark. Usually I can tell my speed by the sound of my engine in what gear I’m in but the new Ford is too quiet and an auto so I didnt look at the speedometer as much as I should of. I had realized before I saw the cop and began a gradual reduction but he had got me before I realized. He was nice enough to reduce it a tad so it would be the 4 point offense. I don’t know if I should plead guilty or not. What are my odds of getting a reduction if I show to court to plead my case? Please respond as soon as possible.
p.s. im a Connecticut resident.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 17, 2016 10:39 am

    Noah Parks,

    Because you already got a “break”, you may not get a further one. Plus, points from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your CT license. So, if you have an otherwise clean NY record, I wouldn’t bother fighting it (especially if you don’t drive in NY a lot).

    Matthew Weiss

sean - April 14, 2016 2:09 pm

Queens ny got caught doing 80 on a 25 what can I do

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    Matthew Weiss - April 15, 2016 1:03 am

    Sean,

    Ouch! This is an 11-point ticket that carries roughly a $300 fine plus a $675 Driver Assessment Fee, and, if you are convicted, 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 consult with an experienced traffic lawyer.

    Matthew Weiss

Vero - April 14, 2016 1:34 pm

Dear Matthew,

Thank you for all the information that you provide (for free) on your website.

My question is the following: I was pulled over at 59 in a 30 MPH zone, I never had a speeding ticket in my life and have been driving for twenty years. I live in New York State

I pleaded not guilty to try to avoid points and bad record, on the day of the trial what do I need to do and say to the judge?

Many thanks

Vero

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    Matthew Weiss - April 15, 2016 12:59 am

    Hi Vero,

    Thanks for expressing your appreciation.

    Ask for a pre-trial conference and politely ask the prosecutor what can be worked out. In fact, you may not even have to ask as the prosecutor may offer you a deal on his or her own.

    Matthew Weiss

Asad - April 11, 2016 4:46 pm

Hi Matthew,
I was driving at the posted speed limit when I got pulled over and given a ticket for 80 miles in 65 miles. I am mistakenly issued ticket for some other vehicle. Ticket doesn’t say any fine amount or demerit points. I have Ontario license. What are the options for me?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 12, 2016 1:05 am

    Asad,

    You can plead guilty or not guilty. However, because Ontario has reciprocity with New York, a NY conviction to this 4-point NY offense will transfer onto your Ontario license and give you 3 demerit points in Ontario.

    Matthew Weiss

L. - April 3, 2016 3:45 pm

Hi Matthew,
My husband got a ticket today going 14 over. He has a Michigan license and a Michigan car which belongs to his parents. Michigan isn’t part of the driver’s license compact, but is there anything we can do to bring down the fine?

Thank you,
L.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 3, 2016 11:36 pm

    L,

    The only way to “bring down” the fine is to plead not guilty and somehow beat this case a trial (a difficult proposition). Because your husband is apparently not worried about the points, there is no good reason to enter into a plea bargain (as the fine will likely not be reduced, or reduced substantially, in a plea bargain).

    Matthew Weiss

Angry Mom - March 14, 2016 4:33 pm

Hi Matthew,

My son got a ticket for 94/65 with 6 pts. He plead not guilty. Then received a plea offer from the prosecutor to lower it to 76/65 and 4 pts. He is 19 but this is his first offense. Should he refuse the plea and try for court and an even lower result? What are the chances?

Thanks,
Angry Mom

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    Matthew Weiss - March 14, 2016 6:30 pm

    Angry Mom,

    The plea offer is not great but is not terrible either. In my experience, it is unlikely that your son will get an even better offer (but he can certainly try).

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Steve - February 3, 2016 9:57 am

I was caught speeding by a state trooper 48/30. I do not believe the information is accurate and felt I was going the appropriate speed and someone coming in the opposite direction was speeding what can I do

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    Matthew Weiss - February 3, 2016 9:31 pm

    Steve,

    You can plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly avoid points and the fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Brent M - February 2, 2016 12:16 am

Hi i am 17 and i got stopped at 60 in a 25 i was not cruising at that speed just to speed up around a turn in NY this is my first ticket and wondering what to do or any advice.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 2, 2016 2:00 am

    Brent M,

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

    Matthew Weiss

Al - December 9, 2015 5:31 pm

Hi, around 3 months ago I got a stop sings ticket and then after 2 weeks I got a 70mph on a 35 mph and a tailgating ticket, tailgating and the speeding was at the same time and I had my license for like 8 months when I got these tickets, I pleaded guilty for the stop sign and I pushed the court date for the other 2. I spoke to a lawyer before and he said that if I’m found guilty they will take my license away till I’m 21 and I turn 19 this month. Do you really think they’ll take it away till 21? And do u suggest me to do something? Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - December 13, 2015 8:19 am

    Al,

    There is a good chance that you will be suspended because these 3 tickets total 15 points. You should definitely retain an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer to help you try and avoid it.

    Matthew Weiss

Chenel Aspinall - December 8, 2015 2:29 pm

I have a ticket 71 in 55 but I failed to answer this in 2009. I am paying the suspension lift and will plead not guilty. What deal could be offered?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 13, 2015 8:02 am

    Chensel Aspinall,

    The deal depends on the court. However, given that this case is old, it really does not matter too much for point purposes because the points only last for 18 months from the date of this 2009 offense. With that said, if you have/had over convictions within 18 months of this 2009 offense, then you want to calculate them and ideally get a deal that gives you less than 11 total pouts within 18 months of one another.

    Matthew Weiss

R - December 4, 2015 12:19 pm

Hello
My friend with a Massachusetts license was just pulled over on I86 in Cattaraugus County going 80 in a 65 zone. How much would the ticket likely cost? How many points would it be and would they transfer? Would this affect his insurance rates?
Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - December 5, 2015 4:22 pm

    R,

    The fine for such a speeding ticket is roughly $200 and carries 4 points. They will transfer onto his MA license but, if you have an otherwise clean record, they likely won’t affect your insurance rates.

    Matthew Weiss

John G - December 1, 2015 3:35 pm

I got a ticket for going 100mph in a 65 with a 1180D ticket. I already contacted a lawyer to handle it since I won’t be living in this area after a few more days. This is my second ticket in <18 months (1st one for going 80mph). What can I expect from this kind of ticket? I heard going too fast can mean jail time.

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    Matthew Weiss - December 4, 2015 1:03 am

    John G,

    I honestly don’t have enough information to properly answer your question. Moreover, you have retained counsel already so I feel like you should be asking him or her this question.

    Matthew Weiss

Craig - December 1, 2015 7:19 am

Sorry, I forgot to mention that I live in Dayton Ohio, about 6 hours away. I have an Ohio license. Does pleading guilty mean I will have to appear in court?

I have a ticket for 71 in a 55. i-190 in Erie County. My most recent ticket is in Ohio and is 20 months ago. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to pleading Not Guilty? If I plead not guilty will I have to appear?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 1, 2015 11:43 am

    Craig,

    If you plead guilty, you likely will NOT have to appear in court. However, if you plead not guilty, you or your NY traffic lawyer, can likely get this reduced to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Rodrigo - November 30, 2015 7:31 pm

I got a speeding ticket on highway 219 while driving through the Erie County for going 83 on a 65 mph zone. I have been told several times that I should plead not guilty and fight the ticket because I could get the points taken away and keep my insurance at the same cost. I live 4 hours away from the court, is there any way I could plead not guilty and not have to make the drive all the way there without having to hire an attorney?

Thank you.

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    Matthew Weiss - November 30, 2015 7:52 pm

    Rodrigo,

    You can contact the court and inquire. However, in the Erie County traffic courts, I believe that you or your NY traffic lawyer will have to appear.

    Matthew Weiss

Jolien - November 29, 2015 11:49 pm

Hi,

I was going 72 mph in a 50 mph zone in the Bronx, NY. On the DMV website my ticket is listed as “SPEED IN ZONE 11-30”, and on the back of the ticket it said that this violation carries a penalty of 4 points. However, also on the DMV website, it says that the my ticket is worth 6 Driver Violation Points. My hearing is at the end of December, what should I do about this?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 30, 2015 8:14 pm

    Jolien,

    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 and, most importantly, result in a suspension. 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. If you do not or cannot appear, you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear in your place.

    Matthew Weiss

Craig - November 29, 2015 9:53 pm

I have a ticket for 71 in a 55. i-190 in Erie County. My most recent ticket is in Ohio and is 20 months ago. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to pleading Not Guilty? If I plead not guilty will I have to appear?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 30, 2015 8:15 pm

    Craig,

    This is a 4-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine. 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 and avoid a possible insurance increase.

    Matthew Weiss

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