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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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andy an - March 26, 2017 11:49 am

I got pulled over doing 74 on 55mph. 1180-B was issued. i live in Illinois and i was just passing by NYC. Do i still have to pay NYC fine?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 26, 2017 9:45 pm

    Andy An,

    You have to answer the ticket and, if you lose (or plead guilty), pay a fine and surcharge.

    Matthew Weiss

roland rexha - March 22, 2017 10:00 am

I received a ticket for going 41 in a 30 in staten island nY. I have been checking to see if my violation is online and still hasn’t been entered into the system it has been 2 weeks. I know I am supposed to respond within 15 days. I am curious on how I should proceed. Thank you.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 22, 2017 11:58 am

    roland rexha,

    It can take 3 or even 4 weeks for your ticket to “hit” the TVB online system. Keep checking.

    Fortunately, the 15-day deadline on your ticket is not accurate. You have over 30 days to respond without repercussion.

    Matthew Weiss

Kent - March 21, 2017 3:06 pm

I am a Georgia driver and got a ticket for 73 in a 55 in NY state. I can’t be in NY for any trial dates so I assume my only option is to plead guilty. Is that correct? My record is clean other than this incident so I’d like to know if there is any way I can try to get a lower fine given that I am out of state. Thx.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 21, 2017 5:59 pm

    Kent,

    Your other option is to retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you. If you do, he or she will likely be able to save you points and a possible insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Nick - March 17, 2017 9:23 am

Hi Matthew,

I just received a ticket driving on the Northway near exit 18. I was going 83 in a 65 and he got me by laser. “Laser was operated by deponent while stationary on the Hudson river bridge, verifying visual estimate of defendants speed to be 83 mph, at 1,679 feet, a defendant was n/b on 1-87 in the left lane.”

I was just curious what my next course of action should be? Plea guilty, fight it in court?

Thanks,

Nick

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    Matthew Weiss - March 17, 2017 9:49 am

    Nick,

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

    Matthew Weiss

BB - March 12, 2017 12:03 pm

Hi Matt,
I am an out of state driver (Ma). I got a speeding ticket in Saratoga NY for going 86 in a 65. ( I thought I was just going with the flow of the traffic ) .
When he ran my (active Ma) license, apparently it was suspended in the state of NY for a unpaid parking ticket from 2007 (ten years ago). I had no idea of this.
I now have two tickets to “send in” and no idea what to do.
Luckily he didn’t tow my car. Help?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 12, 2017 10:10 pm

    BB,

    You need to plead guilty as this is the only way to obtain a more favorable result. It sounds like the “unpaid parking ticket” resulted in you being charged with a misdemeanor which is serious and definitely should be fought.

    Matthew Weiss

    Matthew Weiss

Linda - March 7, 2017 2:43 pm

Hi
I just got a speeding ticket for going 48 in a 30mph in white plains,ny. I didn’t think I was speeding, but assume the radar was correct. Should I plead not guilty? If so, do I have to make my case in court? Any tips on what to say?
Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - March 8, 2017 10:25 am

    Linda,

    Yes, plead not guilty. On your court date, you will get a chance to speak with the prosecutor and negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Martin Coghlan - March 6, 2017 3:33 pm

Hello Matthew,
Our au pair got pulled over on I-287 in Harrison NY for doing 87mph in a 55 mph zone. She is driving here on a French drivers license. If she returns the ticket not guilty what generally happens – will the court come back to her with a plea bargain prior to the court date, or does she have to wait for the court appearance to see what happens. As this is an 8 point offense with substantial fines she is concerning about the outcome given that she has an overseas license.
She also has signed the guilty box, but she has not mailed it back. Is it possible to get a replacement ticket?

Thanks,
Martin

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    Matthew Weiss - March 7, 2017 9:54 am

    Martin Coghlan,

    Your au pair should plead not guilty. She can simply “white out” the marking in the guilty box and check the not guilty box. She can also send an explanatory letter with the ticket.

    In the Harrison Town Court, she or her traffic lawyer will have to appear on the scheduled court date to try and work out a plea deal.

    Matthew Weiss

Thomas Johnson Jr. - February 27, 2017 8:44 am

Hello Matthew, thanks for responding to everyone,

I was pulled over on the Taconic Parkway and ticketed for doing 75mph in 55mph zone.

I have no previous points and this is my first speeding ticket ever. Should I plead guilty and just pay it, or would I have a better chance at a smaller fine pleading not guilty?

Thank you!

Thomas

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    Matthew Weiss - February 27, 2017 9:12 am

    Thomas Johnson Jr.,

    You should plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly save points and avoid a possible insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Anthony - February 26, 2017 1:16 pm

Hello,

I was recently pulled over going 80 in a 65 in stubuen county. When the officer asked I was honest with the officer on the speed I was going. Probably a mistake. This was my first ticket ever. Should I plead by mail or just show up to court? What should I plead? Am I able to request a deferred adjudication in this state/county?

Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - February 26, 2017 3:32 pm

    Anthony,

    You should plead not guilty. While there is no “deferred adjudication”, you likely will be able to negotiate this down to a less serious charge on your court date.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Mattie - February 25, 2017 4:43 pm

Hey Matthew,

I got pulled over on i90 east going 80 in a 65, the officer told me to plead not guilty, does that mean I need to appear in court on the date on the ticket?

Is there any way to get that date moved up or back?

I’d appreciate some advice,

Mattie

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    Matthew Weiss - February 25, 2017 9:03 pm

    Mattie,

    Yes, if you plead not guilty, then you or your NY traffic ticket lawyer will have to appear in court.

    If you cannot make the date, you can request a new date from the court.

    Matthew Weiss

Robert - February 23, 2017 3:55 pm

Hi Matthew,

I got a ticket today for speeding in upstate New York (otsego county). The officer said he got me with radar for going 42 in a 25 zone. I’ve never even gotten pulled over before. There’s no price on the summons, so i don’t know how much it may cost, so i’m wondering if it would be worth it to plead not guilty. When i say worth i mean if there is even a chance that i would save money or points. Thanks, appreciate any response. He also spelled my address wrong if that means anything, lol.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 23, 2017 4:51 pm

    Robert,

    If you plead guilty, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge and saving some points (and avoid a possible insurance hike).

    Matthew Weiss

T Jay - February 22, 2017 1:53 pm

Hello I received a speeding ticket in ulster county on the ny thruwAy. The officer approached the car saying 98 and the ticket says 99. He said he observed and on the ticket it said radar. I didn’t realize I was going THAT fast until he stopped me. It doesn’t say how much the ticket is. This is my first speeding ticket and don’t know what to do? How do I plea? do I go to court? Help?!

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    Matthew Weiss - February 23, 2017 3:20 am

    T Jay,

    You should definitely plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly save points and monies.

    Matthew Weiss

niconomist_nyc - February 21, 2017 11:03 pm

Hi Matthew,

Got a speeding ticket on I87 around Albany yesterday while coming back to the city from VT on a rental (officer said radar marked me at 100 on 65mph). I was passing a car while doing so hence officer added 2 more violations (following too closely + changing lanes unsafely).

I have no prior records or tickets and court date is in 6 weeks. Any idea what the points / duration of suspension might be and total $ in fees for all 3 violations? I’m considering pleading not guilty and take my chances at the hearing.

Thanks in advance.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 23, 2017 3:14 am

    niconomist_nyc,

    Definitely plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly save points, monies and a suspension. These tickets total 8, 4 and 3 points for a total of 15 if you lose them all. If you plead guilty the fines will be roughly $650 to $750 plus you’ll be billed separately for a $975 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

Dan Carmichal Sr. - February 20, 2017 7:46 am

D. Carmichel
Hello,
Even though it’s too late your advice would be very much appreciated. I also a CT resident was pulled over on I-287 state Hwy in Harrison N.Y. doing 80 in a 55. I’m not sure if it was me or the car passing on my left, as I too was going with the flow of traffic. What puzzle’s me is the large fine. How can a driver get charged twice for 1 violation? I understand the state charges of $300 since it was a state trooper on a state hwy, but $390 to the county/city of harrison, is a bit much, it actually seems like a crime.
I wish I would of known about your webpage earlier, I will inform all my family and friends now.
Thank you for your time

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    Matthew Weiss - February 23, 2017 2:59 am

    Dan Carmichal Sr.,

    The $390 fine is high but does not appear to be greater than the maximum allowable fine and surcharge for a 6-point speeding ticket. Next time plead not guilty. If you had, you likely would have saved points and substantial monies.

    Matthew Weiss

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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