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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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Amber - June 21, 2016 5:29 pm

I just received a speeding ticket 70 in a 55. I’ve only have gotten one other previous ticket in 2012 which was pled guilty and paid the price. about how much would it cost and how many ppoints will go on my license? and should I try to fight this?

    Matthew Weiss - June 21, 2016 9:35 pm


    If you plead guilty, you’ll get 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. We recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get the number of points reduced as part of a plea bargain.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Chris Critelli - June 20, 2016 7:09 pm

My husband just got on the Northway and was accelerating to pass the current traffic. We were discussing something and he didn’t realize he was going 81 mph in a 65 mph zone. Just got back from camping. We lived in Thurman for 11 yrs. But now we live in NJ so can’t appear in court. Should we just pay the fine?

    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2016 9:26 pm

    Chris Critelli,

    No, you should plead not guilty. Among other things, a conviction to this charge will transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license. If you do, you can likely save points and a possible insurance hike. If you cannot attend court, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Jenny - June 20, 2016 3:26 pm

I got a speeding ticket going 78 mph in 55 in suffolk county (Riverhead). I never had any tickets in years and had a very clean record. I want to ask you whats the fine and points for this ticket. Also how much does it cost to hire an attorney and whats going to cost me in total including the attorney fee and fines. Please give me an approximate amount. Or is it better of for me without a lawyer? Thank you very mcuh for your help!

    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2016 9:30 pm


    The fine for a 78/55 is roughly $250 plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. A traffic lawyer will charge you roughly $350 to $500. If you fight this case, you likely can save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee as well as some points. A more favorable reduction could also help avoid an auto insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Andrew Badillo - June 19, 2016 9:58 am

Hello mathew i recieved a speeding ticket doing 75 in a 50 zone in brooklyn on the beltparkway. Do you think i can fight this ticket ? And avoid getting these points on my licence.

    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2016 9:23 pm

    Andrew Badillo,

    You can definitely fight it (winning is difficult but you have nothing to lose by pleading not guilty).

    Matthew Weiss

Lori Fiduccia - June 14, 2016 5:04 pm

What if you are from out of state with a rental and cannot appear?

Nick - June 12, 2016 9:10 am

I got a speeding ticket going 76 in a 55. That is 6 points and fines. It is a 1180b, traffic infraction ticket. I was not driving recklessly but I read anything over 20mph is considered reckless. The officer didn’t say anything about that to me and on ticket it’s marked traffic infraction NOT misdemeanor so I’m assuming I’m ok. Do you recommend hiring a lawyer or will I be ok going in by myself pleading not guilty. I’m 29 and this is the first time I very got pulled over. I have a clean license. Alot of people have said where it’s my first offense plead not guilty and don’t worry about but as of right now I’m worried about it. Thank you for your help and expertise.

    Matthew Weiss - June 12, 2016 2:02 pm


    Speeding 20+ mph is not reckless per se in New York State. You should plead not guilty and, during your first court date, ask to conference the case with the prosecutor. You likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

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