How Much Does A New York Speeding Ticket Cost?

Posted by Matthew Weiss on April 08, 2011  /   Posted in Traffic Tickets

We are often asked this question.  The literal answer for a first conviction is that a New York speeding ticket costs between $45 and $600. For speeding 1 to 10 mph over the limit the range is $45 to $150.  For speeding 11 mph to 30 mph, the range is $90 to $300.  Finally, for speeding 31 mph or more, the range is $180 to $600.  For a second speeding conviction, the maximum fine can be increased by up to $150 and for a third it can be increased by up to $375.

Of course, these ranges of fines do not include the $70 additional New York State surcharged imposed on all moving violations.  Additionally it does not include the Driver Assessment Fee that is imposed on motorists who accumulate 6 or more points on their licenses.  This fee is $300 for 6 points and $75 for every point above 6.

However, there are many other “costs” of a NY speeding ticket.  It is not widely known (or enforced) but a judge can also impose up to 15 days in jail for a speeding 1 to 10 mph speeding ticket, and up to 30 days for 11+ mph speeding ticket.

On the other hand, most of you know that speeding ticket results in points being added to your driver license.  A speeding ticket carries a total of 3 to 11 points.  Below is the chart.

Speeding 1 to 10          3 points

Speeding 11 to 20        4 points

Speeding 21 to 30        6 points

Speeding 31 to 40        8 points

Speeding 41+               11 points

Beyond the points, a speeding ticket can result in a suspension or revocation.  Some judges will suspend a motorist for just one 8-point or 11-point speeding ticket conviction.  Some will suspend for two speeding convictions.  DMV can suspend if you accumulate 11 or more points within 18 months (from speeding convictions or otherwise).  Finally, three speeding convictions within 18 months will result in an automatic and mandatory 6-month revocation of driver’s license.

Another cost of a speeding ticket conviction involves your automobile insurance rates.  By law, a New York insurance company cannot raise your rates for one speeding conviction of 15 mph above the limit (or less) if you have an otherwise clean record.  For a higher speeding ticket or multiple convictions, however, your auto insurance rates can be hiked.  The only option to address a hike is to take the Driver Safety Class that takes 10% off your insurance rates.

As you can see, there are many costs associated with speeding.  You therefore should always be aware of speed limits and heed your speedometer.  For 20+ years, our law firm has helped thousands of motorists each year fight their traffic tickets throughout New York State and keep their licenses as clean as possible.  Feel free to call us at 212-683-7373 or email us at lawyer@nytrafficticket.com for a free consultation.

1,976 Comments

  1. Richard G December 10, 2014 1:33 pm Reply

    I was pulled over for going 87 in a 55 on my way home from work on the I290 almost to the Grand Island exit in Erie county, NY. I had just moved to WNY recently as well as just bought a new truck. The speed limits on the interstate in Alabama where I am from are b/t 65 and 75 almost always. Yes, regardless I was speeding but I had just got into what I thought was a 65 and I didn’t see the speed reducing sign as it dropped to 55 right over the hill. What should I do?

  2. Caitlyn December 7, 2014 11:09 pm Reply

    Today I got pulled over for what the radar caught as 65 in a 45. I was driving on 781 up just past Watertown, NY and I didn’t see the 45 sign, I did however see the 55 sign because I knew it decreased to that anyway. What is frustrating to me is I know I was not going 65 because I never go 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and I was driving as if I was in a 55, when I saw the cop my speedometer read between 55 and 60 and I understand how radars work but I saw the police officer when I came to the top of a crest which would have been the closest available road for it to catch. I also know when I saw her I did not have to slow down because my foot was already off the gas because I knew the off ramp was approaching. Also on my ticket it said she was located 1200′ from the beginning of the 45 zone and just under a mile from the beginning of the 55 zone. I understand I was speeding, there is no doubt about me not seeing the 45 sign, it just seemed very harsh of her to be judging it so closely considering when she caught me on the radar I was still in the 55 zone. And she was very brief and short with me, not quite rude, but never told me how fast I was going until I read it on my ticket and if I had wanted to speak to her I would’ve had to call her back to my vehicle as she left so quickly. Just not sure what to do about pleading not guilty and dealing with the charges. What do you think the charge would be or my chances in getting it reduced? I have never gotten a ticket before so 0 points on my license and this is my first anything dealing with the police, I am also only 18. Thanks for your help!

  3. Michael November 13, 2014 2:10 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I just got a ticket for doing 47 in a 30 on one of the upstate roads (96) where it changes from 45 to 30 as you pass through the town. I could have sworn that I was in the 45 zone when the cop used the Radar gun. When I pressed him about the sign, he misspoke and said that he evaluated me after the 45 sign before correcting himself and saying the 30. The ticket was issued in Interlaken and I see that Seneca County has a mail-in plea deal. Can I still argue the ticket in court if I start their plea process to see what they’ll give me? I’m a college student and really not sure how to proceed on this one. It would be like a half hour drive for me to go to the court.

    Thanks

  4. Paula November 11, 2014 4:48 pm Reply

    Hello,
    I am a NJ licensed driver and I received a ticket on Interstate 87 in NY State. I was driving 85mph in a 65mph speed zone. I am pleading not guilty. Can you please let me know what happens when I arrive at court on the scheduled court day that they have informed me of?
    Thank you very much,
    Paula

  5. Justin November 10, 2014 5:21 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I’m a NJ license holder and received a ticket for doing 88 in a 65 along I-87. I know it’s about 6 points, and I did plea not guilty. Do you have any idea of the most typical plea bargains offered, and roughly what I should expect to pay for such a bargain?

    Best,
    Justin

    • Matthew Weiss November 10, 2014 8:19 pm Reply

      Justin,

      Assuming you have an otherwise clean record, I expect that you will be offered a plea to a 2- or 3-point ticket and be assessed roughly a $150 fine.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  6. Shannon November 7, 2014 1:35 am Reply

    Hi there, thank you so much for your time in answering all of these questions. A couple of days ago, I got ticketed doing 79 in a 55 by a NYS Trooper. I have a clean record, only a minor infraction a couple years ago (was a very minor speeding – taken down to a parking ticket). I read that its a 6point offense. Im very nervous about the point you mention about possible suspension. Does that really happen that frequently? I just got caught off guard, but consider myself a good safe driver, and can’t get afford to lose my ability to drive. Also, do the courts have any way of knowing that my previous infraction (I think 8+ mph over originally) – was infact a speeding that was reduced to the parking. Im afraid if I get asked if I have had any previous speeding tickets – If I say no, will they know Im lying, and will they know that my record is not infact completely clean? Im so nervous! :(

    • Matthew Weiss November 7, 2014 10:16 pm Reply

      Shannon,

      Thanks for your kind remarks. You will not be suspended for just one 6-points speeding ticket. Also, the prosecutor will most likely not know that you had a prior speeding ticket that was reduced to a parking ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  7. Chris Mattos November 6, 2014 5:58 pm Reply

    Hello, thank you for taking the time to answer so many of these inquiries. My situation is that I was pulled over on I-87 by a NY State Trooper for violating the New York State “move over” law. I am a NYS driver with 0 points on my license, though I had an earlier moving violation (July 2014) reduced to a parking ticket. While I was already prepared to plead ‘not guilty’ to this and attempt to get a reduction, my quick research revealed that tickets handed out by NYS Troopers may not be allowed to be reduced. Wanted to get your input on this before I proceed. Thank you very much.

    Chris

  8. ravi October 27, 2014 7:45 pm Reply

    Hello. I Received speeding ticket for going 70 in a 55 in a rental car in Amherst – Erie county, buffalo NY. I have DE state license. Thoughts on cost and number of points? Will the points be carried to DE state? What should I do?

    • Matthew Weiss October 27, 2014 9:16 pm Reply

      Ravi,

      This ticket carries 4 points in NY and roughly a $200 fine. If you plead not guilty, you or your NY traffic lawyer can likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

      • ravi October 28, 2014 10:04 am Reply

        Thanks Matt.. Will the points be carried to DE state?

      • C R November 2, 2014 10:01 pm Reply

        I received my first ever ticket and it was a traffic control device violation. I was never really given a reason why I received the ticket. I went to my court date and was told I could take a drivers course for 25$, however I have now realized that includes a 150$ application fee. Would it make sense to argue this case further? I only talked to the DA and never actually appeared in front of the judge. This is my first offense and I am really unaware of my exact violation. What should I do?

        • Matthew Weiss November 2, 2014 10:30 pm Reply

          CR,

          This ticket carries only 2 points so it isn’t a big deal for someone like you with no other tickets. Even if you plead guilty, however, you’ll pay roughly the same amount. So I recommend taking that deal and ending up with 0 points.

          Matthew Weiss

  9. Joel Mateo October 22, 2014 11:07 pm Reply

    i was going on i287 suffer New York. got clock at 78 on zone. and failure to put my signal. .i have a clean driving record. i live in new jersey. any ideas ?

  10. nknfmhNam October 19, 2014 10:40 pm Reply

    Hi, i got a speeding ticket in NY but i live in PA. My question is, will the points carry over to PA?

    Thanks.

  11. Pedro S October 11, 2014 9:59 am Reply

    I just got my first speeding ticket last night, I was going 54 in a 35. I didn’t mean to go that fast is just that I didn’t press the brake going downhill. I’m 25 and I’ve been driving for 4 years now and never got pulled over, I really don’t know what to do now. It happened in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester county.

    • Matthew Weiss October 11, 2014 11:04 am Reply

      Pedro S,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to less points and avoid a possible insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Lilly October 15, 2014 1:54 am Reply

        I have a MA license and I received my first speeding ticket for 81 in a 65 in Guilderland in Albany county. I’m a college student and I was returning to campus, I didn’t realize my speed as I was following my gps it was only my second time driving to school by myself. It was around 10:30pm and had been driving for almost 2 hours already, I also do not have cruise control. What do I do? How much would this cost me?

        • Matthew Weiss October 15, 2014 8:56 am Reply

          Lilly,

          This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid a potential insurance hike.

          Matthew Weiss

    • Chris October 18, 2014 9:35 am Reply

      Hello. Received speeding ticket for going 74 in a 55 in a rental car in Erie county buffalo ny. NJ license and never in this area (only for an event). Received a speeding ticket 7 years ago in the same county. Thoughts on cost and number of points? What should I do?

      • Matthew Weiss October 18, 2014 2:07 pm Reply

        Chris,

        This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. You should therefore plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

        Matthew Weiss

        • Chris October 20, 2014 8:55 pm Reply

          Hi Matthew, unfortunately I live outside if NY state and am about a 11 hour drive to the court location if I plead not guilty. Do you know how this will impact my license in NJ and points wise for nj state? Thanks

          • Matthew Weiss October 20, 2014 9:09 pm

            Chris,

            This ticket will transfer as 2 points in NJ if you are convicted. If you do not want to travel back to NY, call our office. We can appear for you.

            Matthew Weiss
            212-683-7373

  12. Alex October 8, 2014 9:54 am Reply

    I have a Maryland license and was driving a rental car with Tennessee plates while driving 81 in a 65 zone. I have a clean record otherwise. How would you suggest I plead? Thanks.

  13. John Lin October 3, 2014 6:31 pm Reply

    I recently received a ticket in Suffolk County for going 80 mph in a 55 mph zone I was curious as to how much you think the ticket would cost and how many points taken off? Should I ask the judge for a plea bargain as well and how much do you think he can take off. I didn’t say much to the officer and I have a clean driving record it is my first offense, I reside in New York City.

    • Matthew Weiss October 3, 2014 7:47 pm Reply

      John Lin,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only possible way to save points, money and avoid an insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

      • John Lin October 3, 2014 8:15 pm Reply

        Also I am not the owner of the vehicle it is under my grandparents’ name, will their insurance increase or will it only affect mine when i do purchase a car? What do you think the probability is for them to save points and money if my record is clean? Also do you know how much lower they can make it?

        • Matthew Weiss October 3, 2014 9:39 pm Reply

          John Lin,

          Their insurance will not be affected as long as you are not listed as a driver on their policy. You have an excellent chance to get this reduced given your clean record. They should reduced this ticket by 2 or more points as part of a plea deal.

          Matthew Weiss

  14. vocab October 1, 2014 9:01 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I have a failure to yield to pedestrian ticket which carries 3 points in NY but I have license in AZ. If I plead guilty then will those points carry over in AZ? Or should I fight those points via lawyer in NYC?

    Thanks

  15. JA October 1, 2014 2:30 pm Reply

    I got a speeding ticket for 77mph on 55mph on I-287. I hold a CT license. What would be the fine and impact on my record? Also, what do you recommend me to do in terms of pleading? I won’t have an attorney.

    • Matthew Weiss October 1, 2014 8:57 pm Reply

      JA,

      This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It will not transfer as points onto your CT license. It will be reported to CT, however. We recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely save points as well as the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  16. Anonymous September 30, 2014 12:12 pm Reply

    17years old first ticket, NJ license got ticket in NY on i-84. I was honestly just not paying attention to my speed because I didnt feel like i was speeding at all. But soon as I saw the cop car I looked at speed at he got me for 82 in a 65. any advice? i’m strongly considering just pleading guilty and paying the fine to avoid going to court and making it a hassle. But I also dont know how much money that will be.

    • Matthew Weiss October 1, 2014 8:48 pm Reply

      Anonymous,

      The fine for this ticket will be roughly $200. This ticket carries 4 points and will transfer as 2 NJ points. I recommend that you fight it to save points and try and avoid a possible insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

  17. Carl September 28, 2014 9:57 am Reply

    Hi Mr. Weiss,

    I received a speeding ticket for going 45mph in a 30mph zone in Rouses Point NY.
    It is my second ticket. My first one was in august 2011.
    Could you tell me what this mean for me and what I should do?
    If you recommend fighting this ticket, how should I go about it?

    Thank you.

    • Matthew Weiss October 1, 2014 8:42 pm Reply

      Carl,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. The points from your August 2011 ticket will not be added to your recent ticket because these tickets are more than 18 months apart.

      Nevertheless, we recommend that you plead not and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points.

      Matthew Weiss

  18. TG September 24, 2014 2:53 pm Reply

    I was pulled over on I-90 at night after I accelerated to get away from a semi that was all over its lane to a spot on the road that was less congested with vehicles. When pulled over, I was told I was doing 92/65 and I didn’t say much to the officer aside from acknowledging he pulled me over at that speed. I was paying close attention to road the entire time i was maneuvering to a new spot on the road. While it will be difficult to get it dropped for being cited for going much greater than the speed limit, how would I go about pleading for a reduced fine? I have a virginia license but I go to school in New York. I am more than willing to take a defensive driving course and plan on it anyways to lower my points. I plead guilty to a ticket last year in New York (Lafargeville), at a speed trap right before I-81N right at the Canadian border. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    • Matthew Weiss September 24, 2014 3:11 pm Reply

      TG,

      If you plead not guilty, you likely can get this charge dropped to a less serious charge saving points and money.

      Matthew Weiss

      • TG September 24, 2014 3:25 pm Reply

        Thanks for the speedy reply. When doing so, should I just explain the situation to the judge? and would it look good to a judge to take the drivers improvement course prior to the trial…or wait til after?

        • Matthew Weiss September 24, 2014 4:25 pm Reply

          TG,

          You can wait on the Driver’s Safety Class (assuming that this is your only NY conviction). You will actually speak with the prosecutor who likely will make a plea offer prior to trial.

          Matthew Weiss

  19. Anonymous September 21, 2014 11:34 pm Reply

    I don’t know if this works, but my name is Heretta I got a speeding ticket for going 56 in a 40 in Pembroke N.Y, but the speed limit goes from 55 into a 40 then 5 mins later it goes back to 55, I thought I saw a sign that said 55 and it was at night too. Can I plea not guilty and not get points?

    • Matthew Weiss September 22, 2014 10:03 pm Reply

      Anonymous,

      You can certainly plead not guilty, and you likely can arrange a plea bargain to a less serious charge. However, it is unlikely that you can plea this down to a 0-point ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  20. Gaurav Srivastva September 16, 2014 1:15 pm Reply

    I have AZ license and plate and received tickets for “tinted glass” and “failure to yield to pedestrian” in Manhattan (the officer was stubborn). I was just visiting NY and now am in TX. Should I hire a lawyer to fight these tickets since I don’t live in NYC?

    • Matthew Weiss September 18, 2014 8:24 am Reply

      Gaurav Srivastva,

      These are relatively minor tickets and, as a result (assuming you have an otherwise clean record in NY and TX), you can just plead guilty and pay them.

      Matthew Weiss

  21. T.S. September 16, 2014 1:54 am Reply

    I see how helpful you are and I am truly thankful for this blog. I got pulled over for going 56 in a 30 mph speed zone. I know I should plead not guilty…I will be alone though no lawyer is that okay? This is my first ticket…do you think that they will reduce the charge so I won’t get any points taken off and it will be a lesser fee? I’m just not sure what to tell them when I plead not guilty.

    • Matthew Weiss September 18, 2014 8:26 am Reply

      T.S.,

      Thanks for your nice compliment. Assuming your case is returnable outside the Traffic Violations Bureau system, there is a really good chance that you’ll be offered a reduction. Any reduction will save you the $300 Driver Assessment Fee as well as points. Just be polite, dress neat, and ask them if we could avoid a trial with a plea bargain of some type. That should be sufficient.

      Matthew Weiss

  22. Jay September 5, 2014 8:56 pm Reply

    Hi, thank you for this post. I received my first speeding ticket doing 59 in a 30 in the 1st ave tunnel. However, there was a Uhaul truck in front of me–the officer first stopped the truck–then asked it to move along and pulled me over. I received this ticket during rush hour where traffic makes that speed nearly impossible–would I be able to fight this ticket with traffic history? How soon can I request a subpoena of discovery or a freedom of information request for the officers notes/radar readings?

    Thanks!

    • Matthew Weiss September 6, 2014 10:00 am Reply

      Jay,

      Traffic history is irrelevant and will not help, and unfortunately, in the Traffic Violations Bureau (where your case will be heard) there is no discovery. You can try a Freedom of Information request but those often take too long to help.

      Check out “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau“. I wrote this article for motorists to better understand the unique workings of the Traffic Violations Bureau.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Jay September 18, 2014 7:55 pm Reply

        Thanks a lot for the info–one more question…the ticket was finally posted online–I’m cited for spd-unpstd 11-30 —which I take it is “unposted speed”..however, the speed was (and is) clearly posted where I was pulled over—can this be used as grounds for dismissal?

        • Matthew Weiss September 19, 2014 1:16 am Reply

          Jay,

          You can certainly try. The argument is that you were charged under the wrong section. You will need photographs showing that the relevant stretch of roadway was within a posted zone.

          Good luck!

          Matthew Weiss

  23. Jenny August 26, 2014 11:45 pm Reply

    Hello,
    I was pulled over in Windsor, NY for going 100mph on a 65 zone. I felt like I was going to pass out and was trying to get to a rest stop and didn’t realize how fast I was going. Never received a speeding ticket before, but 2 months ago got ticketed for pulling over on the side of the freeway without blinkers on, which I just pleaded guilty to and paid the fine. I’ve never received any other type of tickets before in my life! What type of consequences am I looking at? What should I do – should I fight the ticket? Can you help?

    • Matthew Weiss August 26, 2014 11:51 pm Reply

      Jenny,

      This is an 11-point ticket that carries roughly a $350 fine plus a $525 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and, most importantly, result in a suspension and even jail time. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This the only way to possibly save points, money and avoid an insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Call me if you have any other questions, or would like a free consultation. We’re familiar with the Windsor, NY traffic court.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

  24. sam August 25, 2014 11:25 am Reply

    hey there,

    got a ticket for driving 87 in a 65mph zone, on i87. i have an nj license, and haven’t received a ticket in over 3-years. i don’t own/lease a car, and don’t plan on doing so for a while. is it worth it to fight this ticket or pay the fine? also, how does having an out of state license affect me? also, i should mention, i received this ticket close to the us/canada border, which is a good 6-hours from my home, so i don’t think appearing in person to, potentially, fight this ticket is an option.

    • Matthew Weiss August 25, 2014 11:44 am Reply

      Sam,

      This is an 6-point NY ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. Finally, it will transfer as 2 NJ points on your NJ license. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only possible way to save points, money and avoid an insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). If you don’t want to return to the court, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer who can appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  25. megan August 22, 2014 6:01 pm Reply

    Hello, I was on 81south in oswego county doing 80 in a mph zone of 65. This is my very first ticket and I’d rather not drive back to oswego to go to court. Should I plead guilty and how much total will this cost me? Will I have to pay any additional fees other than just the ticket?

    • Matthew Weiss August 22, 2014 6:22 pm Reply

      Megan,

      If you have no other convictions within 18 months, then you will only be subject to roughly a $150 to $200 fine. However, because this ticket carries 4 points and can adversely affect your insurance rates, we recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points and improve your record vis-a-vis your insurance company.

      If you cannot/do no want to return to Oswego, then you can retain a NY Traffic Ticket Lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  26. SB August 1, 2014 6:34 pm Reply

    Hi matt,

    MA driver here. got a ticket for 82 in 65 zone, Genesee county, Corfu, NY. I stated to the officer I thought I was going 80. based on the comments, I see this will be a 4 point violation and $200 fine. This is my first traffic ticket. What do you recommend? Plead guilty, and request them to lower points in exchange for taking a DMV approved driver safety course? Help, thanks for your advice.

  27. Anonymous July 31, 2014 8:25 am Reply

    Mr. Weiss,

    I received a speeding ticket on the RFK Bridge doing 77 in a 40. How much will the fine be if I lose the case? Do TBTA officers normally show up to court?

  28. krish July 30, 2014 9:24 pm Reply

    Hello,

    I got speeding ticket on I81, NY. I hold Virginia DL. I was stopped saying I was at 86MPH in 65 MPH speed limit. Could you please let me know how much will be the price of the ticket ?

    When officer asked me if I know why I was stopped, probably because of over the limit and when he asked how much I said around 80 MPH becasue all the other cars are also in same speed range. I think I was also at 80 MPH, but…I got ticket saying I was at 86 MPH

    Could you please let me know what are my options.

    • Matthew Weiss July 31, 2014 12:02 am Reply

      Krish,

      This is an 6-point NY ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. Further, in Virginia, this would be a misdemeanor so you should check with a VA traffic lawyer about whether this ticket transfers similarly.

      Matthew Weiss

  29. Bethany Gilmore July 23, 2014 11:59 am Reply

    I got a 77 in a 65 zone, I live in Virginia and have had one other speeding ticket, a 70 in a 55, in the last 3 months. How much will this cost me, and what will the points deduction be for my VA license? Will I have to pay the Driver’s assessment fee?

    • Matthew Weiss July 23, 2014 12:41 pm Reply

      Bethany

      This speeding is a 4-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine. It also can adversely affect your insurance rates if you have any other convictions (or an accident) on your record within the last 36 months. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This one ticket does not subject you to NY’s Driver Assessment Fee but I cannot comment on what will happen in VA. You should definitely speak with a VA attorney about the ramifications of a NY conviction in VA.

      Matthew Weiss

  30. Vik July 17, 2014 9:07 am Reply

    Hi Matthew, Thanks for your time and patience in answering all the questions.

    I am a New Jersey licence holder, and I got a 58 on a 40 MPH road in Letchworth State park NY. I believe that I wasn’t going more than 50 MPH, as my car gives a warning. I understand that it is a 4 point offence and 2 points will get carried out to my NJ License if plead guilty. My questions is

    1) Is it worth fighting this ticket, as I have otherwise clean driving record ?
    2) How much would be the penalty, if I plead guilty ? And to fight it, how much will be the attorney fee.
    3) Should I be personally present in the hearing ?
    3) Is the penalty increased after trail, for court time and all ?

    • Matthew Weiss July 17, 2014 1:56 pm Reply

      Vik,

      Answers follow each of your questions below:

      1) Is it worth fighting this ticket, as I have otherwise clean driving record ? Yes
      2) How much would be the penalty, if I plead guilty ? And to fight it, how much will be the attorney fee. 4 NY points, 2 NJ points and roughly a $200 fine if you pay the ticket. Plus a possible insurance hike. Most traffic lawyers charge roughly between $400 and $600 to fight such a case.
      3) Should I be personally present in the hearing ? Yes unless you hire a NY Traffic Lawyer, in which event you do not have to attend court.
      3) Is the penalty increased after trial, for court time and all ? No

  31. Nick July 16, 2014 10:32 am Reply

    I got a 87 in a 65 in I-90 in wheatland county, NY. What do you recommend I do? How much are your guys lawyer fees?

    • Matthew Weiss July 17, 2014 8:19 am Reply

      Nick,

      Because this offense carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. We recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points, money and avoid a possible insurance hike.

      We charge a flat fee to fight all traffic cases. This covers everything including entering a not guilty plea, scheduling your case, re-scheduling (if necessary), obtaining the best result we can (either by plea or following a trial) and obtaining a dismissal or other receipt. Our usual flat fee is $500 for a case like yours.

      Feel free to call us for a free consultation.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

  32. John July 15, 2014 11:31 pm Reply

    Hello, local police near canandaigua stopped me for going 51 in a 30 (just after the speed limit changed from 55 to 30). However the ticket was for “disobeying a traffic control device”. What is the fine and points for this? I am from PA, will the points transfer? Will may insurance rates be affected? Thanks!

    • Matthew Weiss July 16, 2014 8:49 am Reply

      John,

      The fine for a disobey traffic device ticket is around $150 and 2 NY points. Points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer onto your PA license. Further, if you have an otherwise clean record, then your auto insurance rates likely will not be affected.

      Matthew Weiss

  33. Ryan July 15, 2014 2:53 pm Reply

    Hi, I got a 78 in a 55 on I-495 L.I.E, NY. How much would that cost? I already pleaded to Not Guilty, was that a mistake?

    • Matthew Weiss July 16, 2014 8:51 am Reply

      Ryan,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. You, therefore, correctly pled not guilty to this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  34. Ciara July 14, 2014 11:32 am Reply

    I just got a 70/55 ticket in herkimer (I don’t think he would’ve pulled me over except he didn’t think I was wearing my seatbelt..) What should I plead? And how much will it be?

    • Matthew Weiss July 14, 2014 2:01 pm Reply

      Clara,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. It can also adversely affect your auto insurance rates. Therefore, you should plead not guilty. If you do, you or your NY traffic lawyer can likely negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  35. Jay July 10, 2014 3:30 pm Reply

    I just received a speeding ticket for 48mph in a 30mpg zone. If I attend the court hearing will they reduce my ticket? Also I’m a Canadian with a Ontario drivers license. Will this effect the outcome ?

    • Matthew Weiss July 11, 2014 8:00 am Reply

      Jay,

      This ticket carries 4 NY points and 3 Ontario Demerit Points. You should therefore plead not guilty and attempt to negotiate it down to a less serious charge. If you do not drive in New York often, then try for a 3-point NY speeding ticket which carries 0 Demerit Points in Ontario.

      Matthew Weiss

  36. Anonymous July 2, 2014 2:46 pm Reply

    i got a 92 in a 65 heading south on i-86 going by Wayland how bad is it?

    • Matthew Weiss July 4, 2014 7:55 am Reply

      Anonymous,

      This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your auto insurance rates. Therefore, we recommend that you plead not guilty. You may also want to consult with (if not hire) a NY traffic lawyer to help. By fighting this case, you likely can save points and money.

      Matthew Weiss

  37. Jane July 1, 2014 6:52 pm Reply

    I just got a ticket for going 54 in a 40. However I was just going through a 55 zone that dropped to 50 then 40 and I was breaking to get to the 40 when the officer said I was going 54. I was probably over 40 but feel not 54. This I my first ever speeding ticket (only had a parking ticket when I was in my 20s) and never had a moving violation ever and I have been driving over 50 years. Any chance I can get reduced or plead my case?

    • Matthew Weiss July 2, 2014 7:47 am Reply

      Jane,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge when your case is scheduled.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  38. Jordi Costa Faidella June 30, 2014 11:43 am Reply

    Hi,
    I got a 79/65 ticket plus a ticket for improper signaling driving a rented car on the I-87 at warren county. I am Italian (my licence as well, and clean) although I am temporarily living in NYC. If I plead guilty, how much could the fine be? Thanks,
    Jordi

    • Matthew Weiss June 30, 2014 10:00 pm Reply

      Jordi,

      The fine for the speeding ticket will be roughly $200 and the improper signal will be roughly $150. If you are found guilty of both, then you’ll be billed an additional $300 for the Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight these tickets, you likely can save money (and NY points).

      Matthew Weiss

  39. KATE June 21, 2014 12:46 am Reply

    hello, i recieved a ticket on long island going 78/55 but i live in chicago IL and have their drivers license , do i incur any points and should i not plead guilty and the second question is that i am planning to move to ny in the next three months will this ticket affect my ny license. i used to live in ny moved to IL in 2010 now due to work i am coming back, how does this ticket play in this situation or is my NY license going to be points free .

  40. Kalie June 20, 2014 9:45 am Reply

    I got a 81 in a 65 on the 400 interstate high way in Erie New York in West Seneca. How much would this cost?

    • Matthew Weiss June 21, 2014 10:29 am Reply

      Kalie,

      If you plead guilty, you’ll be assessed 4 points as well as roughly a $200 fine (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). We recommend that you fight this ticket to save points, among other things.

      Matthew Weiss

  41. Veronica June 18, 2014 11:36 pm Reply

    Got 53 in 30. I have New York State license. However, I am not American resident and I am coming back to my country in less than a month but I’d like to come back to U.S. In the future. What to do? Thank You

  42. Tim June 16, 2014 10:04 am Reply

    got 85 in 65 going upstate NY in Cortland the town is 5 hours away how to i reduce this without having to travel?

    • Matthew Weiss June 16, 2014 10:08 am Reply

      Tim,

      Contact the court. Some courts will let you or your traffic lawyer, plea it by mail. If not, you’ll have to retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you. By the way, this ticket carries 4 points, roughly a $200 fine and can potentially affect your insurance rates so it’s worth fighting.

      Matthew Weiss

  43. dan June 14, 2014 8:05 pm Reply

    99 in a 65…. Am I in trouble

  44. Brittany M. June 14, 2014 10:21 am Reply

    Received a ticket 86 in a 65 on Interstate 87 from a trooper. This is my first speeding ticket but I have accumulated 2 points prior (non-speeding) . I drive for a living and I don’t want this to affect my job. What can be done?

    • Matthew Weiss June 15, 2014 12:37 pm Reply

      Britany,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 (actually $450 given your other 2 points) Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  45. Pete June 13, 2014 5:08 pm Reply

    Received a speeding ticket in Southampton ny 78 in a 55. State trooper. Idea on how I should plea? Thank you

  46. subkar June 13, 2014 10:07 am Reply

    Hi, I got a ticket for going 42 in a 30 in Erie county in a school zone on a school day at 11:30 A.M. Is there a way they could drop it so I wouldn’t get any points by pleading not guilty? What could be the fine and points. I already have a VA speeding ticket earlier last year. Thank you,

    • Matthew Weiss June 14, 2014 9:14 am Reply

      Subkar,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you may be able to save points and money. The fine is roughly $300 for this ticket and it carries 4 points.

      Matthew Weiss

  47. Ricardo June 12, 2014 12:02 pm Reply

    Hey I was going 54 on a 30 mph zone. This is my first ever ticket. How many points is this? And should I plead not guilty and ask for a hearing?

    • Matthew Weiss June 14, 2014 9:10 am Reply

      Ricardo,

      A 54/30 carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. You should therefore plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly save points and money.

      Matthew Weiss

  48. Mike June 11, 2014 2:43 pm Reply

    Hi, thanks for the information. It was one of the few websites in which the information was actually understandable.

    I got pulled over doing 53 in a 40 while on my way to the place I am soon to be interning at in Fredonia, NY. This would be my first offence (first time getting pulled over ever). Since it would be 4 points on my license for being 13 over, but my insurance rate wouldn’t go up because it was under 15, what do you recommend I plead?

    I usually don’t speed and it was my first time, so I don’t know if it is worth it because I would only be dealing with the cost of the ticket and not the steep insurance hikes.

    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss June 14, 2014 9:27 am Reply

      Mike,

      Thanks for your kind compliment.

      I still recommend pleading not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points. I always feel it is best to fight every moving violation because you never know what the future brings.

      Matthew Weiss

  49. Bertha June 11, 2014 1:20 am Reply

    Hello I got a 39 in a 20 (school zone) speeding ticket on Long Island. What do you think I’m looking at when I go to court?

  50. Vera June 10, 2014 8:17 pm Reply

    I got a speeding ticket in Putnam County for doing 82 in a 55. I was trying to pass someone. This is my first offense, I am typically a very careful driver. I was on the Taconic and the speed of the other cars was roughly 65+, as normal. The car behind me was tailing me and I was trying to pass to get out of the way, but there was someone on my side and I couldn’t really slow down. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

    • Matthew Weiss June 10, 2014 11:34 pm Reply

      Vera,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you can likely save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  51. Ryan Jones June 9, 2014 10:26 pm Reply

    It was my first ever ticket and I was going 42 in a 30 in Erie county. Is there a way they could drop it so I wouldn’t get any points? Thank you,Ryan

    • Matthew Weiss June 10, 2014 11:30 pm Reply

      Ryan,

      You should plead not guilty to this speeding ticket. IF you do, you can likely get this pled down to a less serious charge (possibly one without points). Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

  52. Tyler June 9, 2014 8:22 pm Reply

    I got a 75 in a 55 what would the points and fine be and sence I’m a junior driver and just gotba driving out of class ticket what would the pentaly be?

    • Matthew Weiss June 9, 2014 9:23 pm Reply

      Tyler,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. Additionally, because your are a junior license holder, you could be suspended for a conviction to this charge. You should plead not guilty and fight it. Further, you should consider hiring a NY traffic lawyer to help you.

      Matthew Weiss

  53. Tamizhnenjan June 9, 2014 8:04 pm Reply

    I am an New Jersey Licence holder. I received a speeding Traffic printed sheet on the Main St, Mount Morris, Village of – 2626 (Livingston County, NY) at 2:47 AM on 06/06/2014.

    I was travelling from Somerset,NJ and heading to Niagara Falls with my family. Since it was a long drive journey of 8+ hours due to the travel sickness, my sister was repeatedly vomiting 7 – 8 times. It was around 6th time she was throwing-up just before the police officer stopped me for speeding. I was in an mental tension/pressure to reach my destination before her health could get worse.

    The down slope road in the Main St was influencing my vehicle to gain speed and my mental pressure at 2:47 AM due to my sister’s sickness resulted me in unnoticed varying posted speed.

    The police officer informed me that she has not issued me a Ticket. But she gave me lengthy printed sheet asking me to sign in the Plead/Not Plead section and send it across to the court.

    I am not sure If I plead for guilty, How this violation could impact my driving history, will this carry any points? will my insurance shoot up? how much will be the fine??

    Tam
    908 313 0400

    • Matthew Weiss June 9, 2014 9:27 pm Reply

      Tam,

      This ticket carries 2 points in New Jersey (I cannot tell how many in NY because you didn’t specify the speed or limit), roughly a $200 fine and can adversely affect your insurance rates. You should therefore plead not guilty. If you do, you or your traffic lawyer can likely negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  54. Ivona June 8, 2014 12:40 pm Reply

    Hi, I was going 81 in 65 zone on 87 in Ulster county. How much will this cost me and if I plea guilty and how many points is it? I have an Illinois license. Will the points transfer?
    Thanks!

    Iwona

    • Matthew Weiss June 8, 2014 4:30 pm Reply

      Ivona,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. A NY conviction will transfer onto your Illinois license so you should fight this one.

      Matthew Weiss

  55. Greg June 6, 2014 2:33 am Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I got a ticket in Suffolk County (Setauket) for 74/55. What would you recommend?

    • Matthew Weiss June 6, 2014 4:00 am Reply

      Greg,

      This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. We recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points and possibly avoid an increase in your auto insurance rates.

      Matthew Weiss

  56. Thomas Moade June 5, 2014 11:32 am Reply

    Hi,
    I got a ticket for going 54 in a 35. I was in the process of slowing down at the very beginning of the speed zone. I am very upset about it. What should I do.

    • Matthew Weiss June 6, 2014 4:01 am Reply

      Thomas,

      This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. We recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points and possibly avoid an increase in your auto insurance rates.

      Matthew Weiss

  57. Lori June 5, 2014 8:42 am Reply

    I live in Staten island and I got pulled over for doing 65 in a 25 while exiting the expressway, so the officers say. It was about 3 am so I can’t recall if they’re accurate. This is my first speeding ticket and I drive for work. Will this information get sent to my job, and is there any way I can get out of getting 6 points on my license? I know Staten Island is tough!!!!!!!!!

    • Matthew Weiss June 5, 2014 8:57 am Reply

      Lori,

      This is an 8-point ticket (not 6) that carries roughly a $250 fine plus a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Staten Island is a VERY tough court and you should proceed cautiously with this ticket to hopefully avoid a suspension. Finally, your job will only find out about this ticket if they run your driving record.

      Matthew Weiss

  58. Alifa June 4, 2014 2:41 pm Reply

    Hi Mr. Weiss,
    Thank you for posting this article – it’s very informative and helpful. I recently got a ticket for going 80 in a 65 near Atlanta, NY. The court responsible for this ticket is Cohocton Town Court. I’m from Buffalo, NY, so I’d rather not have to drive back to Cohocton for a court date, but I would like to be able to plea not guilty (or anything to make sure this doesn’t raise my insurance payments). I’ve had a few speeding tickets and accidents, but nothing within the past 18 months. My last accident will be 3 years ago in September, and my last speeding ticket occurred many months before then. I was really looking forward to lowered insurance payments. Thanks for any advice you can offer!

    • Matthew Weiss June 5, 2014 8:55 am Reply

      Alifa,

      Thanks for your nice remarks. If you cannot/do no want to appear in Cohocton Town Court, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you. Your ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. I would think that this case would be pled down to a 2-point ticket like disobey a traffic control device.

      Matthew Weiss

  59. Anthony Hannula June 4, 2014 4:30 am Reply

    i have 6 points on my license already and recieved a 51 in a 35 but i recently completed the defensive driving course, and on my record it sttes up to 4 points can be reduced. any idea on fines?

    • Matthew Weiss June 4, 2014 7:23 am Reply

      Anthony,

      The fine for this new speeding ticket will likely be around $200. Keep in mind that you’ll also have to pay a $300 Driver Assessment Fee if you’re found guilty.

      Matthew Weiss

  60. Bhimanna June 3, 2014 1:03 pm Reply

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you for this blog. I was pulled over on my way to Niagara falls. I was over 16 m/h in 65 limit. I was on 81. It is Avoca town court, and I do not know the county. My drivers history is clean this is first ticket. I am from South Dakota and would like to plead guilty, and what is your suggestion. I do not know whether points are transferred to South Dakota. I contacted attorney and they charge at lease $350. Please help me.

    Thank you.

    • Matthew Weiss June 4, 2014 7:26 am Reply

      Bhimanna,

      A NY conviction will transfer onto your South Dakota license. I would check with a South Dakota traffic lawyer to determine how bad this NY ticket will affect your SD license. Given your clean record, you may find out that it is practical to just pay it.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  61. Robert Weimer June 2, 2014 11:47 am Reply

    Hi, I received a ticket for 71mph in a 55 mph zone. I am from PA., so I really don’t want to travel back if possible. It looks like a judge has some range to follow for assessing a fine. How much for a clean driving record? and is there a way to plead to a lesser speed with out showing up in court? Also how do I insure that my state is notified of payment so that a possible subsequent stop in PA, won’t trigger an arrest from a bogus warrent?

    • Matthew Weiss June 2, 2014 10:32 pm Reply

      Robert,

      Your fine will be roughly $200 for this offense. Some courts allow you to plea bargain via mail so call your court. Finally, if you timely answer and pay your NY ticket, you will not be arrested in PA for a “bogus warrant”.

      Matthew Weiss

  62. Tom June 2, 2014 11:35 am Reply

    Hello Mr. Weiss,

    I got pulled over a couple of days ago for going 74 in a 50 mph zone and got a ticket. I’m only 18 and I’m paying off this ticket with my own money. I called the TVB and they said it will cost $203, and then they said there is a chance of me recieving another fee of $300. How high are those chances? Thank you.

    • Matthew Weiss June 2, 2014 10:30 pm Reply

      Tom,

      You will definitely have to pay the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Anyone who gets 6 or more points in NY must pay it. DMV will, however, let you pay it over 3 years in equal annual payments (i.e., a $100 per year for 3 years).

      Matthew Weiss

  63. Steven Kim June 1, 2014 9:15 pm Reply

    Hello Mr. Weiss,

    I was pulled over for speeding (49mph in 30mph zone) in a state park downhill road. This is the first ticket that I ever got in my life. Should I plead guilty?

    Thank you

    • Matthew Weiss June 1, 2014 9:17 pm Reply

      Steven,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. It can also affect your auto insurance rates. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can get this charge reduced to a less serious offense.

      Matthew Weiss

  64. Zain May 31, 2014 11:17 pm Reply

    Hi I was pulled over for doing 72in a 45. Should I plead not guilty?

    • Matthew Weiss June 1, 2014 12:41 pm Reply

      Zain,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you can likely save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  65. Dimitry May 30, 2014 7:09 pm Reply

    Hello Mr. Weiss and thank you for writing such an informative blog.

    My wife received a speeding ticket for doing 50mph in 20mph zone. The ticket was issued not inside a special 20mph Slow Zone but on a stretch of a regular street which had a yellow and black 20mph sign which after re-reading the DMV rulebook I understand is a “recommended speed” sign, not the legal speed limit. If my understanding is accurate, is the ticket considered “defective” and likely to be dismissed, even in the Staten Island TVB or just downgraded to 20mph over the limit instead of 30?

    Thank you for your advice

    • Matthew Weiss May 30, 2014 11:50 pm Reply

      Dimitry,

      You have a decent argument that the ticket is defective (or, at least, should be amended). Unfortunately, the Staten Island traffic court is a VERY tough place for motorists to win. I nevertheless recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  66. Kris Soares May 30, 2014 4:02 pm Reply

    Hi,
    I got a ticket in NY for doing 47 on 30. I’m from CT. What will be the fine/points on my license in this case?
    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss May 30, 2014 11:49 pm Reply

      Kris,

      This ticket carries 4 NY points. These points do not transfer onto your CT license. The fine is roughly $200 assuming you have an otherwise clean NY record.

      Matthew Weiss

  67. Jason May 30, 2014 12:29 am Reply

    I got 93 in 65 on 81 near central square exit

    • Matthew Weiss May 30, 2014 11:47 pm Reply

      Jason,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you can likely save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  68. Ryan May 29, 2014 5:12 pm Reply

    I got a 82 in a 65 on I-87 N up in Ravena, NY. I’m from NJ. Wondering what the penalty is, and if I should bother fighting it. Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss May 29, 2014 5:45 pm Reply

      Ryan,

      The fine for this ticket is roughly $200. It carries 4 NY points and will transfer as 2 NJ points. I recommend, therefore, that you plead not guilty. This is the only way to obtain a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

  69. jesse May 28, 2014 12:52 pm Reply

    Hi Matt,
    I got a ticket in Ny for 81/65. Would you recommend that I plead not guilty as well?

    • Matthew Weiss May 29, 2014 5:52 pm Reply

      Jesse,

      The fine for this ticket is roughly $200. It carries 4 NY points and can affect your auto insurance rate. I recommend, therefore, that you plead not guilty. This is the only way to obtain a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

  70. Sriram May 27, 2014 10:22 am Reply

    Hi,
    i got a ticket in NY state for 97/65. What will be the fine for my case. Please advice.

    • Matthew Weiss May 27, 2014 9:13 pm Reply

      Sriram,

      This is an 8-point ticket that carries roughly a $250 fine and a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. You should therefore plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly obtain a more favorable outcome.

      Matthew Weiss

  71. Tiffa May 24, 2014 12:19 am Reply

    I got a ticket today at village of Westfield,NY for going 45 mph at 30 zone. My license is from maryland. I’d like to know how my ticket fine would look like and if I plead not guilty, do I have to show up in the court in person and is there any extra charge for plea of guilty?

    Maryland does not add points for out-of-state speeding tickets.

    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss May 24, 2014 8:21 am Reply

      Tiffa,

      The fine for this ticket will be roughly $200 (assuming you have no other NY traffic convictions). I recommend calling Westfield traffic court to inquire whether you (or a traffic lawyer) must appear. Some upstate courts allow for plea bargain via mail and some do not.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  72. BChhun May 21, 2014 1:17 pm Reply

    I’ve received an an offer from DA for 82 in 65 + F + SC. First, what does F and SC stand for. And should I accept the DA’s offer and or continue to fight the ticket

  73. SLJS May 21, 2014 11:37 am Reply

    I received a ticket for going 76 in a 55 mph zone although the officer ticketed me for doing 66 in a 55 mph zone. I’m a bit confused about the ticket since it clearly says 76/55 but it also says 66 for defendant’s speed. I’m from Canada and am worried about points for my insurance.

  74. Jack May 20, 2014 8:55 pm Reply

    Speed in Zone
    60MPH (45MPH LIMIT)

    Local Criminal Court
    Is it normal to go to the local criminal court when a driver gets one speed ticket?

    Could u give me some suggestion about this case?

    • Matthew Weiss May 21, 2014 7:31 am Reply

      Jack,

      Many local courts handle traffic tickets too. So it very well could be normal for your to be scheduled there. A 60/45 carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. We recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this to a more favorable outcome (i.e., less points).

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  75. Alyssa May 20, 2014 9:06 am Reply

    I got a ticket for speeding in a school zone going 47 in a 25 in long island ny. I already pleaded guilty as I thought I would just get a fine and pay it and move on. I did assume I would get points as well but I have a clean license so I wasn’t that concerned I really just wanted to move on from it. Now I got a letter that I must go to a conference to discuss with a prosecutor to negotiate a plea bargain. Does this mean I still have a chance to get the ticket reduced to something lesser? I read online that people can actually go to jail for up to 15 days for this ticket, does that actually occur?
    Thanks.

    • Matthew Weiss May 21, 2014 7:34 am Reply

      Alyssa,

      It sounds like you got lucky in the sense that your guilty plea was not accepted. You will now have an opportunity to negotiate this down to a more favorable charge (assuming this case is not returnable at a Traffic Violations Bureau). Finally, while it is possible that up to 15 day sin jail can be ordered for a speeding ticket (outside of the TVB), it is VERY uncommon.

      Matthew Weiss

  76. Donna May 19, 2014 7:01 pm Reply

    Got a ticket today in dutchess county Ny , on the taconic, for going 74 on a 55 mph highway. A very good , excellent , clean drivers license. What will this cost and how many points?

    • Matthew Weiss May 19, 2014 9:22 pm Reply

      Donna,

      If you plead guilty, you’ll get roughly a $200 fine and 4 points. Of course, we recommend that you fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can get a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

  77. Charlie May 19, 2014 2:30 pm Reply

    I got a speeding ticket doing 80 in a 55. I was in LI Suffolk County driving home at 1:30 am, what is my fine?

    • Matthew Weiss May 19, 2014 9:19 pm Reply

      Charlie,

      If you plead guilty, you’ll be liable to pay roughly a $225 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Of course, we recommend that you fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can get a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

  78. Marissa May 15, 2014 2:31 pm Reply

    Hello I got a speeding ticket for going 75 in a 55 the other day. I was just wondering how much that will cost me? I have never gotten a ticket before and I am really nervous.
    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss May 15, 2014 10:22 pm Reply

      Marissa,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $150 to $200 fine (assuming you have no other convictions). I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you may be able to save some of those points.

      Matthew Weiss

  79. Jessica May 11, 2014 5:10 pm Reply

    How much would a ticket cost for going 82 in a 55. Also around how much would it cost to fight the ticket?

    • Matthew Weiss May 11, 2014 8:21 pm Reply

      Jessica,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you can likely save points, the $300 Driver Assessment Fee and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      The cost to fight this ticket is $0 (unless you retain a NY traffic lawyer to defend you).

      Matthew Weiss

  80. Att May 7, 2014 2:32 pm Reply

    I got a speeding ticket for going 76 in a 55 (work zone). I’m from Connecticut but I was in Verona, New York on my way to Syracuse. I’m 19 years old with a clean record. How much will the ticket most likely cost?

    • Matthew Weiss May 8, 2014 8:44 am Reply

      Att,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you can likely save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  81. Harry May 5, 2014 1:19 pm Reply

    I got a speeding ticket for going 33 over the speed limit. I also got a reckless driving. Is there anyway to reduce it? (I have no points off my license)

    • Matthew Weiss May 6, 2014 7:42 am Reply

      Harry,

      You must plead not guilty to these charges and fight them. Further, I highly recommend that you should consult with a traffic lawyer given the seriousness of these charges. You are facing a criminal charge (reckless driving), 8 points, hefty fines, a $450 Driver Assessment Fee and possible loss of license.

      Matthew Weiss

  82. scott spanedda May 4, 2014 8:12 pm Reply

    i got pulled for doing a 39 in a 20 during school zone hours in morrisville new york this is my first ticket and im 19 years old how much you think this will cost ?
    thank you

    • Matthew Weiss May 4, 2014 9:36 pm Reply

      Scott,

      Assuming you have an otherwise clean record (and that you are not on probation), this ticket will oat you around $200 upon conviction. We recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket so you can possibly attain a more favorable outcome.

      Matthew Weiss

  83. Joe May 2, 2014 6:46 pm Reply

    Hello. I got my first traffic ticket in my 20+ years driving history, for speeding 70 @55 zone. I pleaded not guilty and received a court pre-trial date. I then received another letter from district attorney offering a lesser violation, with a comment “this is a final offer”. Can I not take this plea bargain and appear as scheduled, so I may discuss my clean driving history in order to get a better plea offer. I would like to take courses or whatever to get rid of the ticket / points. Thanks a lot.

    • Matthew Weiss May 4, 2014 9:38 pm Reply

      Joe,

      You can try but, in my experience, you likely will not receive a better offer.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      • Joe May 10, 2014 11:33 am Reply

        I heard that the court may offer to change it to a parking ticket if I agree to take some driving courses, is it true? My first ticket, really clueless, thanks again.

        • Matthew Weiss May 10, 2014 7:45 pm Reply

          Joe,

          To which court are you referring? In some traffic courts, this is a possible outcome (but others no).

          Matthew Weiss

          • Joe May 17, 2014 7:43 pm

            Williamson Town Court, County of Wayne. Some people say the local government gets the money for parking tickets, while the state government gets the money for traffic violation tickets, is this true?

          • Matthew Weiss May 17, 2014 10:49 pm

            Joe,

            This is actually half correct. The local government splits the fine money for traffic violations with New York State but DOES get 100% for violation of some local laws.

            Matthew Weiss

  84. Melissa April 30, 2014 5:12 pm Reply

    I received a speeding ticket for going 70 on a 55 highway in NY. I understand this will be 4 points on my license, but it doesn’t say how much the ticket actually is. How can I find out how much the ticket will cost?

  85. Alp April 29, 2014 9:50 am Reply

    Hello,

    I got a ticket today in rye, New York for going at 80 mph at 55mph zone. My license is from Rhode Island. What will the ticket look like and what is your likely solution ?

    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss April 30, 2014 8:17 am Reply

      Alp,

      A NY conviction will transfer onto your RI license. Therefore, we recommend fighting it. If you do, you likely can save points (in NY and RI) as well as the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. The fine for this ticket is roughly $200 plus (if you don’t fight it) the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  86. Venkat April 29, 2014 9:32 am Reply

    I am a CA driver and I got pulled over the other week in Buffalo village city Ny, I was doing 60 in a 30, will the points transfer over to CA and how much is the ticket going to be?

    thanks,
    Venkat

    • Matthew Weiss April 30, 2014 8:15 am Reply

      Venkat,

      A NY conviction will transfer onto your CA license. Therefore, we recommend fighting it. If you do, you likely can save points (in NY and CA) as well as the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. The fine for this ticket is roughly $200 plus (if you don’t fight it) the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  87. Phillip April 25, 2014 2:12 pm Reply

    Hi
    I got pulled over today doing 75 in a 55 in upstate new york. I live close enough that a court appearance is possible, but this is my first speeding ticket. Should I go into court and fight it or should i just pay the fine and move on?

    • Matthew Weiss April 25, 2014 5:25 pm Reply

      Phillip,

      This ticket carries 4 points and can adversely affect your insurance. You should therefore plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save some of the points.

      Matthew Weiss

  88. Rebecca April 22, 2014 6:30 pm Reply

    I got a ticket in Buffalo New York, I have an Ontario Drivers license, but I go to University in Pittsburgh PA. I was clocked doing 66 in a 55, what is my best option? If it is to plead not guilty, would that mean I have to drive all the way back to Buffalo to go to court?

    • Matthew Weiss April 22, 2014 8:14 pm Reply

      Rebecca,

      This ticket carries 3 points in NY and will transfer as 3 demerit points onto your Ontario license. You will have to return to Buffalo if you want to contest this ticket. Your only other option is to retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear on your behalf. If you fight this ticket, you likely can save points and demerit points.

      Matthew Weiss

  89. Samantha Dickson April 21, 2014 3:58 pm Reply

    Very helpful blog. I got pulled over on I-90 in Upstate NY going 80 in a 65. My license is NH. Is it worth it to plead not guilty and take time off from work to attend the hearing?

    • Matthew Weiss April 21, 2014 5:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Samantha,

      A conviction from New York will transfer onto your New Hampshire license. Therefore, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  90. BURAK DOGAN April 16, 2014 6:54 pm Reply

    Hi
    i got speeding ticket 50-90 on belt parkway.
    what should i do?

    • Matthew Weiss April 16, 2014 6:57 pm Reply

      Burak,

      This is an 8-point ticket that carries roughly a $250 fine plus a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase.

      Matthew Weis

  91. Nicole April 15, 2014 3:19 pm Reply

    Hello! I’m from New Jersey, but got pulled over in upstate NY going 17 mph over the speed limit. What are the points and price for this? Also, there was no fee on the ticket he gave me. What do I do about that?

    • Matthew Weiss April 15, 2014 3:23 pm Reply

      Nicole,

      This speeding is a 4-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine. It will transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license. It also can adversely affect your insurance rates if you have any other convictions (or an accident) on your record within the last 36 months. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you may be able to save NY points, and avoid an insurance rate increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  92. sarah April 12, 2014 10:27 am Reply

    Hey. Just got pulled over today this morning doing 79 in a 55. But he lasered me basically from a far distance by the time I passed him I was doing at least 60. This is in long island ny in suffolk in manorville . Do I plead guilty? Will there be a chance I will get points on my license? And how much would this fine be?

    • Matthew Weiss April 12, 2014 11:06 am Reply

      Sarah,

      This speeding is a 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It also can adversely affect your insurance rates if you have any other convictions (or an accident) on your record within the last 36 months. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you may be able to save NY points and money, and avoid an insurance rate increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  93. Jen April 11, 2014 11:56 am Reply

    I was pulled over doing 71 in a 55 zone. Do you think it’s worth my time to fight the ticket?

    • Matthew Weiss April 12, 2014 11:05 am Reply

      Jen,

      This speeding ticket is a 4-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine. It also can adversely affect your insurance rates. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you may be able to save NY points, and avoid an insurance rate increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  94. Mark Higgins April 10, 2014 8:21 am Reply

    I was doing 62 in a 30mph limit, I only have my permit, I am 18 – my mother was with me, the Officer told me to plead guilty and I would get no points and he said he would be at the court on the day but he was not, What should I do now? Thank you

  95. Linda Tran April 7, 2014 1:19 am Reply

    Hi, great blog. I’m from Ontario and got a ticket today right before the border on my way back to Canada. The speed changed suddenly while going downhill from 65 to 40 and I was clocked at doing 71 in Jefferson County. I didn’t have enough time to react and slow down. I plan to plead not guilty by mailing everything they’ve asked for on their website, but what would the charges be if I plead guilty? And what do they normally knock it down to?

    • Matthew Weiss April 7, 2014 7:03 am Reply

      Linda,

      Thanks for your kind remarks. A 71/40 speeding ticket in the US is an 8-point ticket that carries roughly a $250 fine plus a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also result in a suspension. Ontario and NY have reciprocity so a conviction here will transfer onto your Ontario license as 6 demerit points. My best guess (assuming an otherwise clean record) is that you can negotiate this down to 2 or 3 NY points.

      Matthew Weiss

  96. shahzad imam April 6, 2014 6:32 pm Reply

    Hello..I was pulled over in Queens NY and issued a speeding ticket for going 84 in a 50. I have a clean record not a blemish on my license before this. Please help me i want to avoid the points on my license. I can pay fine. Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss April 7, 2014 6:51 am Reply

      Shahzad Imam,

      This is an 8-point ticket that carries roughly a $250 fine plus a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly avoid points. With that said, in the Queens Traffic Court, they do NOT plea bargain. Therefore, you either will win or lose. There is no opportunity to pay a fine without getting points.

      Matthew Weiss

  97. Bryan April 4, 2014 1:41 pm Reply

    I am a Pennsylvania driver and I got pulled over the other week in Catlin Ny, I was doing 57 in a 45, will the points transfer over to PA and how much is the ticket going to be?

  98. Frank April 3, 2014 9:48 am Reply

    Hello,

    I was pulled over upstate NY (court of LaGrange) and issued a speeding ticket for going 80 in a 55, a 6 point violation. I already had another ticket on my record for the exact same thing a year ago. Therefore If I am convicted my license will have 6 more points, totaling 12 points, warranting a suspended license for 31 days. I assume I would be granted restricted driving privileges if my license were revoked because of my inability to get to work via carpool/public transit. Is this correct? However, I would like to avoid a suspension in the first place, if that is possible. (in order to avoid probation, insurance rise, etc.)
    I am wondering whether it would be wise to plead not guilty and see whether the points will be reduced (will have to drive upstate from long island for court date), or whether I should plead guilty and include a note asking for leniency on my license suspension (with a PIRP course) due to the fact it is only my second speeding ticket.
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Matthew Weiss April 3, 2014 12:25 pm Reply

      Frank,

      If you have not been issued a restricted license within 5 years, then you may be entitled to one if you are suspended from the LaGrange case. However, you can likely avoid suspension by pleading not guilty. At LaGrange court, you or your traffic lawyer can likely work out a plea bargain to a less serious charge. Do NOT plead guilty.

      Matthew Weiss

  99. Erin March 30, 2014 1:52 pm Reply

    Hi… I got a speeding ticket while driving up to Montreal this past weekend. Officer said I was doing 82 in a 65 in Bolton, Warren County. I am a 26 year old NJ driver I have no points on my license. I really don’t want to drive three hours away just to fight this ticket! What do you recommend?

    • Matthew Weiss March 30, 2014 4:33 pm Reply

      Erin,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points as well as avoid an insurance hike. Keep in mind that, if you are convicted of this charge, you will get 4 points in NY and 2 NJ points in NJ. If you do not want to go to the court, you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  100. John Lee March 24, 2014 9:48 pm Reply

    Got pulled over in Blooming Grove, NY. I was going 85 mph in 65mph zone. I have NJ license. How much is the total fine? Do points carry over to my NJ license?

  101. George March 22, 2014 11:41 pm Reply

    Hello,
    Just a repeated question but still. I was ticketed for dring 76 in 45mph 278 east. I was shocked as I am driving here for more than 10 years with no speed ticket. I never saw speed limit sign. Seems like because of slope as I drive around 60.
    I have PA license. Do I need lawyer for this as this is 8 points I think? I never had speeding ticket.

    • Matthew Weiss March 23, 2014 8:20 am Reply

      George,

      You definitely want to plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points, money and avoid a possible suspension. Further, although NY points do not transfer onto your PA license, a NY conviction will be reported to PA and, therefore, can be used by your auto insurance company to raise your rates.

      Finally, because this is a high speed and it sounds like you live relatively far from the court, I recommend getting a NY traffic lawyer so you get the best possible result and you won’t have to go.

      Matthew Weiss

  102. Justin March 21, 2014 9:32 pm Reply

    I was just recently pulled over in a 55 mph zone an he clocked me at 83 but i wasnts doin over 75. What would the fines tun about? And should i fight this? At the end of it all i have a juniors license what will happen with that do i get it taken away or just pionts?

    • Matthew Weiss March 21, 2014 11:28 pm Reply

      Justin,

      You MUST fight this speeding ticket because you have a junior license. If you do, you may be able to save points, money and a possible suspension. Therefore, plead not guilty.

      Matthew Weiss

  103. Zach March 19, 2014 5:45 pm Reply

    Hi Matt – I got pulled over in Chautauqua NY doing 80 in a 65mph on I 86. I’m from Ohio with no points. What kind of fees am I looking at and how much? Thanks, Zach

    • Matthew Weiss March 19, 2014 5:49 pm Reply

      Zach,

      Fortunately, points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer onto your Ohio license. The conviction will be reported to Ohio, however, and therefore you insurance company may find out about it. The fine for this charge is roughly $150.

      Matthew Weiss

  104. Antonios March 17, 2014 11:53 pm Reply

    Hello mathew…Thank you for your quick response, one more question…. If a speeding ticket is $150 and you plead not guilty…is there a chance you can go to court and end up paying more than $150? for exmple ticket plus surcharge? .. So is there really a reason to go to court if your not 100% sure that a plea bargin will be given?

    • Matthew Weiss March 18, 2014 7:47 am Reply

      Antonios,

      It is very unlikely that the fine will be higher (but it is impossible). On balance, in my experience, it is usually beneficial to plead not guilty. Finally, as long as your case is not being heard at a Traffic Violations Bureau court, you most likely can this offense reduced.

      Matthew Weiss

  105. Antonios March 17, 2014 10:42 pm Reply

    Hello got pulled over 55 in a 35… officer came to the window and told me i was going 47..then wrote 55 on the ticket…I was just going with traffic..He was very angry when he pulled me over because i pulled into a parking lot that was right next to me instead of the road with no shoulder..What are the costs and what should i do?!

  106. shauna March 17, 2014 12:12 pm Reply

    i was pulled over going 30 in a 15 school zone. I was given a ticket and urged by the officer to fight it since my license is clean. what can I expect with fines and fees? Is there a possibility that it could be reduced to a non-moving violation? I am in Cortland County.

    • Matthew Weiss March 17, 2014 12:34 pm Reply

      Shauna,

      Yes, definitely plead not guilty. This is a 4-point ticket so, in my experience, you’ll be offered a 2-pointer as part of a plea deal. Of course, you may be offered a 0-pointer especially given your clean record. In either event, they are both pretty good offers.

      Good luck fighting this one.

      Matthew Weiss

  107. alex March 17, 2014 2:40 am Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Got pulled over in warren country near lake George heading to Canada 3/15/14 and then 3/16/14 . Got a 92 in a 65 on I 85 and also then found out the persons car i was driving; their insurance broker had made a typo on the insurance card, which stated the insurance expired 2/3/14 instead of 4/14. Insurance was lapsed last month but they had the insurance re-instated on 3/13/14 which we had documentation to prove but the trooper still gave the ticket. Also, problem with the Reg. Original car they had was totaled after hurricane sandy. Salvage came and towed the car with the plates still on it. One in a million, a infinity dealership were the car was bought the new car some how had received the old plates (thing the salvage yard may have sent them to infinity or dmv) and they registered the car with different plates and put the old plates on the car, so i got a ticket for Reg also. Reg and insurance we are pretty positive we can have dropped due to proof of insurance and documentation from the dealership confirming the error on the plates.

    Once in Canada i then received another speeding ticket 80 in a 50 but no other tickets. They told me either i can pay the ticket on the spot which was 150 + 4 different fees which the offer couldn’t even explain what the fees were for just “its policy” or they can detain me and bring me to the station and figure it out from there. I paid the $300 and they told me if i really wanted to i can contest the ticket to get the money back which i plan on doing.

    Give me some ideas of how it can be handled.

    Thanks a lot, sorry for the essay

    Alex.

    • Matthew Weiss March 17, 2014 8:23 am Reply

      Alex,

      Plead not guilty to everything!

      In particular, the insurance issue is critical to work out favorably. If you are convicted, you will be revoked in New York (which revocation would be honored in Quebec or Ontario) and be required to be a very hefty civil penalty and fine. Because it involves a complicated series of items, I recommend that you consult with (if not hire) an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer.

      In regard to the second speeding ticket, I recommend that you plead not guilty, and try and get this reduced to a less serious charge.

  108. Andrew March 11, 2014 4:48 pm Reply

    Hi, a trooper pulled me over saying his partner going the opposite way on the highway clocked me at 94 in a 65 but then gave me a ticket for 85 in a 65…what are the charges and what should I do?

    • Matthew Weiss March 11, 2014 5:26 pm Reply

      Andrew,

      You should plead not guilty. It will be very difficult for the People to prove that you were speeding without both officers coming to court. At the very least, this should give you leverage to negotiate a reduction to a less serious charge.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

  109. Paul March 11, 2014 4:09 pm Reply

    Matthew,
    Fines for 42 in a 30? Including surcharge?
    Out of state NJ license..

    Thanks!

  110. Seth March 8, 2014 12:40 am Reply

    Hi, I was clocked doing 89 in a 65 mile zone (highway) in Preble NY. What would you suggest I do?

    • Matthew Weiss March 8, 2014 9:37 am Reply

      Seth,

      Because your speeding ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee, I would plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  111. Ben March 3, 2014 10:33 am Reply

    Hi,
    I got pulled over in Schroon, NY for going 61 in a 45. I have never been ticketed before. Two questions: I’m from PA so do any points/tickets I receive in NY count against my record in PA? 2nd, being this is my 1st offense in any state, what kind of fine and points am I looking at?

    • Matthew Weiss March 3, 2014 10:38 am Reply

      Ben,

      Points from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your PA license. If you are convicted, you will be assessed around $150 and 4 points in NY, however. Further, a NY conviction will be reported to PA which can adversely affect your auto insurance rates.

      Matthew Weiss

  112. Vitaliy March 3, 2014 4:48 am Reply

    They clocked me at 93 in 50 what’s going happen when I go to court ? In NYC

    • Matthew Weiss March 3, 2014 7:53 am Reply

      Vitaliy,

      You will be given a hearing where the judge can decide whether your guilty. Because this ticket carries 11 points, heavy fines and fees and a possible suspension, you should seriously consider hiring a NY traffic lawyer to defend you.

      Matthew Weiss

  113. jin February 26, 2014 11:59 am Reply

    today I was pulled over and the cop said I was 61mh on 40mh. I’m wondering about how much the fine costs and if I plea not guilty, is there anyway to avoid DRA charge?

    • Matthew Weiss February 26, 2014 1:12 pm Reply

      Jin,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). How you fight this ticket depends on a variety of factors including the facts of your case, the court in which your case is to be heard and your driving record.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

  114. Nick February 17, 2014 2:08 am Reply

    Hi, I got pulled over going 57 in a 40 I was wondering if I should fight it. It happened in Lewiston NY

  115. lee February 5, 2014 12:39 am Reply

    Got pulled over in lewis NY coming back from Albany. Didn’t realize I was going 85 in 65mph zone on highway. I’m planning on plea guilty so I don’t have travel up there.

    What will I get out of this? I’m hoping just a fine and no jail time or points.

  116. Elena February 4, 2014 1:38 pm Reply

    Hello. I just got my first speeding ticket going 71 in a 55 zone on the 290 in Amherst, NY. I was driving from Villa Maria College to my workplace on Grand Island where I live and I was very late. As I started slowing down, the trooper had already put his sirens on. How much is my ticket going to cost? How should I plea? If I go in person to pay for my ticket, is it possible the fine will be reduced to a parking ticket?

  117. Alexa February 3, 2014 11:20 am Reply

    I was coming home from ballston spa and got pulled over at 2am . I had my crusie control set to 33 but the officer said I was going 44 in a 30 zone . When I tried explaining I had my cruise set he told me it was broken . He wasn’t set up with a speed gun but simply driving the opposite way ,did a u turn and pulled me over . What should I do?

  118. Mr. C February 3, 2014 12:50 am Reply

    Hello. I recently got pulled over for doing 89mph in a 45mph highway limit zone. This is my first speeding ticket and my record has already 2 points for a minor offense which consisted of operating on a bicycle lane. I believe if I plead guilty, my license will be suspended + a hefty fine. Will pleading not guilty somehow possibly diminish the penalty or will the judge just laugh in my face?

  119. Steven January 27, 2014 2:05 pm Reply

    My daughter was traveling on State Highway 17 west bound heading back to Ithaca College when she was pulled over. She was pulled over for speeding (80 miles in a 55 miles speed limit). My daughter has a NJ Driver license and never receive any tickets. Should we contest this or plead guilty? What will this do to her record if she pleads guilty? How much would this cost?

    This happened in the town of Hancock, New York (Delaware county). Don’t know if we can afford an attorney or if we would need one.

    Thank you and hope you can provide us with some guidance.

    • Matthew Weiss January 27, 2014 2:08 pm Reply

      Steven,

      I recommend that you she plead not guilty. If she does, she likely can save points in NY (and possibly NJ) as well as sea the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  120. Dean January 22, 2014 9:59 am Reply

    Hi. I was caught going 83 in a 55mph posted zone in Long Island. I have a MA drivers license and wanted to know the potential fines and if this ticket would make its way over to my MA license. I have two prior speeding convictions but nothing as high as this last ticket.

    • Matthew Weiss January 22, 2014 5:09 pm Reply

      Dean,

      The fine for this speeding ticket will be roughly $200 but you will also be billed $300 for the NYS Driver Assessment Fee. Also, a NY conviction will transfer onto your MA license. If you plead not guilty, you likely can save the $300 fee and minimize the impact on your MA license.

      Matthew Weiss

  121. James January 20, 2014 2:52 pm Reply

    Matthew,

    Few questions – I recently received a ticket on Rt 87. The ticket is for 83 in a 65. Will I be looking at that $300 Driver Assessment fee? or just a ticket around $200?
    I plan to plead guilty most likely as it would be a haul for me to drive back up there. I have an MA license and insurance how will these be affected? I have 1 prior ticket I got in RI about 2 years ago for 5 mph over.

    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss January 20, 2014 3:20 pm Reply

      James,

      No assessment fee for this ticket because it only carries 4 points (assuming you have no other current points).

      A NY speeding conviction will transfer onto your MA license. Therefore, you may want to fight this ticket. If you cannot go, you can hire a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  122. Sowpon January 20, 2014 6:34 am Reply

    Mr.Mathew, Thank you very much for your reply, when I read back there were some error on typing and I didn’t explained everything. I was going to Canada and NY state trooper pull me over and gave me 2points uniform violation. Even though I was rushing little bit to take my kids to the bathroom, they woke up from sleep and started crying to go to the bathroom, I was driving 70 mph in 65mph driving zone! What shall I do now? The ticket said Disobeyed traffic control device, The court is 5 hours or 300 miles away where I live. he told me that he didn’t give me ticket for speeding and did me a favor. I don’t mind pay the fine to the State, but can’t effort to get points. This is my first time I ever had points on my license. What is the right thing to do? oh by the way cop said I was driving 81-82 miles per hour and I know for a fact it can be more than 70 because I don’t speed and my car was on cruise control 70 miles.

    • Matthew Weiss January 20, 2014 8:04 am Reply

      Sowpon,

      Because the officer already gave you a break, you live so far away from the court, you have a PA license and a 2-point ticket is not very serious, I recommend that you pay it.

      Matthew Weiss

  123. Josh January 19, 2014 8:08 pm Reply

    I was driving in Salamanca NY today wasn’t watching the speed limit. The speed limit went from 45 to 30 and the cops pulled me. I am from PA. I am not familiar with the way things work in NY The officer said I wouldn’t get any points on my PA driver license but it would effect my NY driving record? Which i am confused about? Why wasn’t their a fine amount on the ticket? Since I am not rich does NY offer payment plan options? What should i do?

    • Matthew Weiss January 19, 2014 8:21 pm Reply

      Josh,

      Which i am confused about? You have a PA license and record, but NY will keep a separate record for NY convictions. So essentially you have two records.

      Why wasn’t their a fine amount on the ticket? The fine will be assessed by the judge. It will be roughly $200.

      Since I am not rich does NY offer payment plan options? No but the court may give you time to pay whatever fine is imposed.

      What should i do? Plead not guilty and fight it. This way you can reduce the number of NY points assessed on your NY record. If you don’t drive in NY often, however, then you may want to just pay this one. Check with your PA insurance company first to see if this NY ticket will adversely affect your rates.

      Matthew Weiss

  124. Angela January 18, 2014 10:14 am Reply

    I was driving on 684 today and was pulled over by a state trooper who gave me a ticket for allegedly going 90 in a 65 and for following too close to the vehicle in front of me. Should I plead guilty or not guilty and what will the consequences and costs be for each? I am currently struggling financially and will not be able to pay a steep fine.

    • Matthew Weiss January 18, 2014 11:28 am Reply

      Angela,

      Definitely plead not guilty to both. These tickets carry 6 and 4 points respectively, roughly $200 fines each plus potentially a $600 Driver Assessment Fee. By pleading not guilty, you will have an opportunity to negotiate a plea bargain to save money and points.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

  125. Sowpon January 18, 2014 6:51 am Reply

    I was going to Canada and NY state trooper pull me over and gave me 2points uniform violation. Even though I was rushing little bit to take my kids to the bathroom, they woke up from sleep and started crying to go to the bathroom, I was driving 70 mph in 65mph driving zone! What shall I do now?

    • Matthew Weiss January 18, 2014 9:53 am Reply

      Sowpon,

      A 70/65 speeding ticket carries 3 points, not 2. Assuming the officer did not give you a break at the time of your stop (i.e., reduce the speeding amount or points), then you should plead not guilty and, on your court date, speak to the prosecutor about a plea bargain. If you’ve already been given a break, then you may not want to challenge it further because the court could reinstate the original charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  126. Judy B January 17, 2014 3:51 pm Reply

    I was pulled over today for speeding on I481 in Onondaga County. I was doing 82 in a 65 zone. How much should I expect to pay a lawyer to help me with this?

    Thank you.

  127. Cinthya Vargas November 19, 2013 8:53 am Reply

    I got pull over this morning for doing 48 on a 35mph zone. How Can I fight this ticket? Dont they have a radar and they can prove that on the court date?

  128. Alberto Anaya November 17, 2013 7:53 am Reply

    I was just stopped by State Tropper, driving 77 on 55 mph zone, in Nassau County,The officer asked me why, I said I didnt know I was speeding I am tired and it’s Sunday morning, What can I do?

    • Matthew Weiss November 17, 2013 2:13 pm Reply

      Alberto,

      This speeding ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine, and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. You should therefore plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to save points and money.

      Matthew Weiss

  129. Darlene November 11, 2013 7:32 am Reply

    Matthew so is this something that we can do our self or get a lawyer for . Or do we ask to talk to the DA and if we do it our self and plead not guilty and the judge says he doesn’t care will it cost us more. Just not sure how this works.
    thank you for your time
    Darlene

  130. Darlene November 10, 2013 7:09 pm Reply

    Hi my daughter was coming home about 8.30 at night on Nov9th 2013 driving the thruway wasn’t a lot of traffic on road she was driving in the left lane with a car in front of her but no one else around seen a troop pull up to the u turn my daughter then moved over to right lane he followed her for several miles then pulled her over he asked her do you know why I pulled you over she said I wasn’t speeding and he went to his car and came back and gave her two tickets one for failure to stay in right lane and a ticket for obstruction of her rearview mirror she had a chain with a small cross on it . What are the points for this and fines and would it be cheaper to get attorney . I just feel that this guy was just looking for a reason to pull someone over

    • Matthew Weiss November 10, 2013 7:32 pm Reply

      Darlene,

      The Failure to stay right is a 3-point ticket. The obstructed rear view window does not carry any points, however. The fine are roughly $150 each. We recommend that you plead not guilty to both. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to save points and possibly fine money.

      Matthew Weiss

  131. Anonymous November 5, 2013 11:22 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I recieved my first speeding in 10/2011 and I’m due for hearing soon. I was on my way to work and stopped for doing 30 mph over the limit on a highway near boarder of Long Island and Queens, NY. I paid the bond once to reschedule. What are my chances? What should I do?

    Thank you,
    Judy

  132. Anonymous November 5, 2013 8:52 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew
    I was caught doing 98 in a 65 on i684 near mount kisco. He reduced it to 66 in a 65. Should I plead guilty ? What would be my fine and do I receive points?

    • Matthew Weiss November 5, 2013 10:05 pm Reply

      Anonymous,

      A 66/65 only carries 3 points and roughly a $200 fine. Since the officer already reduced your charge, it’s not likely that you’ll get a further reduction. It is possible (but it is also possible that the court could amend it back to the original charge).

      Tough call but, if you’re otherwise, clean perhaps you shouldn’t fight it.

      Matthew Weiss

  133. Aqsa October 21, 2013 7:38 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I got a speeding ticket on Long Island New York. I was driving at 89 in a 55 speed limit zone. This is my first ticket. Should I plead not guilty? Also do I have to mail the ticket and checking not guilty box first to get a hearing date? because it has a date of 11/14 on the ticket and it says return by mail or bring in person. Not sure what’s the process.
    Thanks.

  134. Jenny October 18, 2013 8:40 pm Reply

    Matthew,

    I just received a speeding ticket. Doing 76 on a 55. The LIE. What should I do? What’s the worst case scenario?

    • Matthew Weiss October 18, 2013 9:12 pm Reply

      Jenny,

      You should plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly save points and money. This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  135. eduardo October 16, 2013 2:29 pm Reply

    Hi I got a speed ticket in new York 65 to 81 mph I do have a California driver license what is my best option? First traffic ticket and does anyone know the fine?

    • Matthew Weiss October 16, 2013 3:10 pm Reply

      Eduwardo,

      The fine for this ticket is roughly $200. Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your CA license, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  136. Gurchran S October 16, 2013 11:00 am Reply

    I got a speeding ticket from Amherst NY driving at 70 in a 55 zone. I live in Ontario Canada and what should I do that will be my best option.

    • Matthew Weiss October 16, 2013 11:21 am Reply

      Gurchran,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Ontario license, we recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save NY points and Ontairo demerit points.

      Matthew Weiss

  137. Anonymous October 14, 2013 12:40 pm Reply

    Hello,

    I was driving on the palisades parkway and got a ticket for 75 in a 50. First speeding ticket; I’ve got to plead not guilty…what are the damages looking like?

    • Matthew Weiss October 15, 2013 2:38 pm Reply

      Anonymous,

      This ticket carries 6 points and roughly a $200 fine. It also subjects you to a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Hopefully, you can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

  138. Anonymous October 11, 2013 11:47 pm Reply

    Thanks for the fast answer .Just a follow up how will i get my points out in my license and how many months the points in my record be keep.

  139. Rey October 11, 2013 10:07 pm Reply

    Its my first speeding offense today officer give me a 41 mph ticket in a 30 speedlimit.how many points I’ll get if I plead guilty. And how much I wll pay?thank you!

  140. Nicholas October 8, 2013 3:15 am Reply

    Hello,

    I was issued a speeding ticked for 65 in a 30 mph zone tonight. I was on my way home from school at about 12:30 AM and the roads were almost completely empty. The road was in Nassau County, NY and I also live in Nassau County. How much do you think I will have to pay if pleading guilty and what is my best option? This is a first offense speeding ticket.

    Thanks.
    -Nick

  141. Rich October 4, 2013 4:48 pm Reply

    Afternoon Mr Weiss. I received a speeding ticket 87 in a 65 mph zone in Steuben county. A offer was given to bring it down to 70 in a 65. I have a Florida license. How will this impact my Florida license while I’m in New York? Also approximately how much do you think I will have to pay? 1st and only ticket ever in my 36 years.

    • Matthew Weiss October 4, 2013 4:50 pm Reply

      Rich,

      The fine for this ticket is roughly $200. New York will keep track of convictions that are imposed against you with your FL license and New York will penalize you for these convictions in the same way a NY driver would be penalized.

      Matthew Weiss

  142. jordi September 24, 2013 2:33 pm Reply

    Hi Mattew,

    I was driving up to Amenia from NYC late last night. I was driving the car because my girlfriend was tired, she drove down to NYC earlier that day. I’m from Holland and I do not have a NY driver license. I do have a Dutch driver license but I did not had it on me.

    I got pulled over for speeding, 79 mph in a 55 mph area and the officer gave me a ticket for unlicensed operator. Do I need to plea guilty / not guilty and try to fight it in court?

    If you need any other information, please let me know.

    Best,

    Jordi

  143. Vincent September 17, 2013 1:15 am Reply

    Hey Matthew,
    I recently got a speeding ticket, I was clocked at 92 in a 65. This occurred on state route 17 on my way back to NYC from Ithaca. The car was not mine, this is my first ticket and was wondering 1. What is a rough estimate of the cost of the ticket? 2. If I plead not guilty would I have to go to court in the county I recieved the ticket? I do not live there and cannot possibly travel there as I do not own a car.

    • Matthew Weiss September 17, 2013 1:30 am Reply

      Vincent,

      If you plead guilty, you will be assessed 8 points and roughly $300 in fines. Plus, you’ll owe a $450 Driver Assessment Fee and your insurance rates can be increased. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty. If you cannot return to the county where the ticket was issued, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  144. Walker September 2, 2013 9:35 pm Reply

    Hey I received a speeding ticket from an Essex County Sheriff for an alleged speeding violation before at Crown Point. The alleged infraction occurred on the NY side of the bridge, but I was pulled over on the Vermont side.

    Is that okay for a County Sheriff to do?

  145. Natalie August 29, 2013 4:21 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for your response. The one that I got in 2011 was on I95, Kenwood Ave Balt Co, when I was going to Maryland. Will this affect the penalty and increase my insurance rates?

    Thank you.

    Natalie

  146. Natalie August 29, 2013 12:37 am Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I was on I87 in Plattekill and got a speeding ticket for going to 80mph in a 65 zone. I got a NJ license. What penalty do I get when I choose to plea guilty and will my insurance rate increases?

    The ticket said 1180B and 1180D. What do they mean and does having both of them increase the penalty?

    I also got a speeding ticket in January 2011 for going to 70 in a 55 zone by a camera, but I was not the driver at that time. Does this ticket still count and that the one I am having now on I87 is already the second ticket? That means I do not have a clean record to start with? Will my insurance rate increase if this is the second ticket?

    Is it better to plea not guilty?

    I truly appreciate your help. Thank you.

    Natalie

    • Matthew Weiss August 29, 2013 12:47 am Reply

      Natalie,

      A conviction to this offense will give you 4 points in NY and 2 in NJ.

      In regard to the prior camera speeding ticket. Where did you get it? NY? This affects my response.

      Matthew Weiss

  147. Anonymous August 28, 2013 2:37 pm Reply

    Hello,
    While searching for some info on speeding tickets, I came across your page and decided to post. I got my first speeding ticket this morning on the I-490 in Monroe County, NY. While hearing what the officer was telling me, at that time, I wasn’t really comprehending… but I swear he told me to plead not guilty, that I’d have to go to court, and that the fine will get reduced. Is this correct? Do i have to mail in my plea, or just show up on the date/time that’s on the ticket? Thanks.

  148. Vyas August 27, 2013 12:18 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m a tourist on visitor visa from INDIA. I don’t have NY or any other State drivers license but I have International driver’s licence issued from my country, which is in English.
    I got speeding ticket on route I90 (VAN BUREN TOWN OF-3468, ONONDAGA county) Baldwinsville, New York. I was charged Section 1180D for speeding up to 80 mph on a 65 mph road on way to Niagara on 23rd Aug.
    Since as a tourist(visitor visa) this is my first such experience and first visit, I don’t have any idea what I should do. I would really appreciate if you can guide me. I have questions like should I plead guilty ? how much I would be charged total in my case, since the charges you explained are tough for me to pay, How should i go about it to close out my case positively ? currently i am staying in MA and my visit is till end of this September.
    Thank you very much for your assistance.

    • Matthew Weiss August 27, 2013 5:25 pm Reply

      Vyas,

      Because you are a tourist and apparently have no plans to stay in the US long term, you should just plead guilty and pay this speeding ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Vyas August 27, 2013 6:24 pm Reply

        Hi Matthew

        Thank you very much for the advice, quick question to know If I plead guilty, Do i have to appear in court to pay the charges ? How much ticket charges i should expect in my case ?
        I really appreciate your counsel, serving real good to the people. Thanks again.

  149. Phil F. August 26, 2013 3:25 pm Reply

    Matthew:
    Just to close out my case, I received a response from the court. The town justice accepted my plea and assessed a $150 fine plus a mandatory surcharge of $93.
    I figure I am paying $243 toward the upkeep of Mooers NY for an offence I did not commit but thanks to your advice I feel I came out of it far better than I otherwise would have.
    Thanks very much Matthew, I truly appreciate your counsel and would be happy to make a donation to a charity you support.
    Phil F.

    • Matthew Weiss August 26, 2013 3:35 pm Reply

      Phil F,

      Thanks for your kind words and offer. That’s very kind but un-necessary. The best way you could help me is by posting a positive review about your experience at Google and/or Yahoo.

      Glad that I could be of help and that you case worked out well.

      Matthew Weiss

  150. Anonymous August 25, 2013 11:58 pm Reply

    Hi Matt

    I got a speeding ticket in June driving at 80mph at 55mph zone at Suffolk county with a CT license. I moved to NY in July and obtained a NY license. I was invited for a conference at Suffolk County TPVA. Please, what might be the total fees I can incur if I plead guilty or not guilty? Also, will points be added to my NY licence since I now reside in Long Island NY and have a NY licence? Or will they go by the CT license? Also, do you think it will be a good idea to get a lawyer?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    • Matthew Weiss August 26, 2013 7:55 am Reply

      Anonymous,

      This speeding ticket carries 6 points and roughly a $400 fine. It also subjects you to a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. You definitely want to plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Because you have a NY license, CT DMV is not involved here.

      You may want to retain an experienced NY traffic lawyer as 6 points is potentially a lot to get for one ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  151. Worried Canuck! August 25, 2013 10:27 pm Reply

    Hi Matt,

    After hours of reading your excellent blog, i am venturing out and posting.

    I am from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I was just in upstate new york and i was driving on highway 37 (St Lawrence County). During a long stretch of road, i went to pass a car, coming in the opposite direction was a state trooper (2 of them in the SUV). They passed me and I saw them turn around in my rear view mirror. A bout a mile or so later, through a 45 zone followed by a 35 zone, i was pulled over (there was a car between us that pulled over as the result of the tropper’s lights).

    The Troopers said i was going 72 (but 73 on the ticket) in a 55. They gave me a ticket for going 70 in a 55.

    Should i fight this ticket? Is there a change it will get bumped back up to 73? 15 over to 18 over?

    • Matthew Weiss August 25, 2013 10:55 pm Reply

      Worried Canuck!

      Thanks for your kind remarks and sharing your question. Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Ontario license, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate this charge down to a less serious charge saving NY points and Ontario demerit points.

      BTW, i wouldn’t worry about a “bump up” to 73 because a 73/55 is 4 NY points and 3 Ontario demerit pints (just like a 70/55).

      Matthew Weiss

  152. Kevin August 25, 2013 4:56 pm Reply

    Matt

    I received a speeding ticket in Harrison town in Westchester County last week. The officer used a radar and determined I was going 60 MPH in a 40MPH zone. The ticket says I was in violation of NYS V & T Law, section 1180D.

    I currently hold a Maryland license. I received a speeding ticket in Delaware in 2009, and a speeding ticket in North Carolina last year (although that ticket was reduced to a non-moving vehicle violation).

    What would be my best course of action? Should I plead guilty? Or by fighting the charge, how likely is it that I could receive a lesser sanction?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    • Matthew Weiss August 25, 2013 4:58 pm Reply

      Kevin,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Kevin August 25, 2013 5:03 pm Reply

        Matt

        Thank you very much.

        Just one follow up question. If I plead not guilty, will this mean an automatic court appearance? Or would some kind of plea deal be offered without a court appearance?

        Ideally I don’t want to have to return to New York if possible, so if pleading not guilty should I retain a lawyer?

  153. Michael H. August 25, 2013 2:31 pm Reply

    Hi Matt,

    According to the ticket I was pulled over by a city cop for doing 50 in a 30. Now I currently moved to New York 3 weeks ago and do not have a NY license (using Connecticut license) but just registered my car in New York and purchased insurance on it one week ago. My question, if I just pay the fine what will happen, or if I go to court what should I do?

    Michael H

    • Matthew Weiss August 25, 2013 4:47 pm Reply

      Michael H,

      If you plead guilty, the court will impose roughly a $200 fine and assess your CT privilege to drive in NY with 4 points. These points will NOT transfer to CT but the conviction will be reported to CT.

      Matthew Weiss

  154. Anonymous August 20, 2013 1:35 pm Reply

    I just got a Failure to stop at a steady red arrow citation in NY near Buffalo. I have a Pennsylvania drivers license. Violation is 1111D3. If I plead guilty, what is the likely fine and points? Also, will my PA insurance company raise my rates? I have a perfect driving record for over 10 years.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    • Matthew Weiss August 21, 2013 7:55 am Reply

      Anonymous,

      If your case is returnable at the Buffalo Traffic Violations Bureau, then I recommend that you just pay this ticket (given your clean record). They do not plea bargain at this court and points from NY do not transfer.

      Even outside of the Buffalo TVB system, you may want to just pay given your clean record and the fact that points do not transfer to PA.

      A NY conviction will be reported to PA and can be used by your insurance company against you but, again, given your good record, this shouldn’t alone be enough to affect your rates.

      Matthew Weiss

  155. Holly esposito August 17, 2013 12:47 pm Reply

    My 19 yo son just got a ticket (1180d) for doing 81 in a 65 mph zone on I87 in Plattekill. He pled not guilty and plans to show up. 1. Can we plea bargain here? 2. Do NY points transfer to Pennsylvania? 3. In October 2010 he got a 2 point ticket in NJ when we were living there. Do those points transfer to PA and if so, have they dropped off? Thank you!

  156. Debbie August 13, 2013 4:21 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Last week I got pulled over for speeding on I87 in Halfmoon. The speeding ticket was issued for going 77 in a 55 zone. I am from PA and would have to travel a good ways if I pled guilty. What do you recommend I do?

  157. Jim August 13, 2013 12:29 pm Reply

    I received a speeding ticket for 71 in a 55 on the Taconic Parkway in NY. I plead not guilty and the special prosecutor offered a 2 point “failure to obey a traffic control device” with a $180 fine in exchange for a guilty plea. I took the deal. Do you know if the 2 points will show up on my CT license or affect my insurance rates (otherwise clean record)? Thanks,

    Jim

    • Matthew Weiss August 13, 2013 1:05 pm Reply

      Jim,

      Points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer onto your CT license. The conviction will be reported to CT and, therefore, could impact your insurance. However, given your clean record, I seriously doubt that your rates will increase from this one NY conviction.

      Matthew Weiss

  158. Phil F August 10, 2013 6:07 am Reply

    Thanks very much Matthew. I see nothing similar in Ontario to the offense you described.
    Once again, I cannot thank you enough for the advice you provided.
    Should I or anyone I know encounter a serious traffic offense issue in NY, you will be the go to guy.

  159. Phil F August 9, 2013 10:33 pm Reply

    I wrote here at the end of June concerning the ticket I received for the 1113A infraction. Thanks to your good advice I plead not guilty and requested the officer’s supporting deposition.I never received the supporting deposition but did receive a letter from the court advising that I could contact the DA and request a plea bargain.
    I provided my statement and the supporting documentation they requested. About a week later I received an email from the DA’s office which said “Please see attached. Print out and return to the court listed.”

    The document says:

    Original charges:
    VTL 1113A
    UTT 1B350CD2SP
    Points: 3

    Plea:
    VTL 1175a
    Points: 2

    It also specifies:
    No prior history on abstract
    Ontario license
    Fine and Surcharge set by court

    And they gave me 20 days to respond.

    Any thoughts on what I should do with this? Not sure what a VTL 1175a is. How would this transfer to Ontario?

    Thanks again for your assistance.

    • Matthew Weiss August 10, 2013 5:14 am Reply

      Phil F,

      Thanks for reporting back and glad to hear my advice was so helpful.

      A VTL 1175 ticket is a 2 point ticket in NY for “blocking the box” or obstructing an intersection. I believe Ontario does not have such a charge (please check this) and, if so, you should accept the plea offer as it will not transfer as demerit points onto your Ontario license.

      Matthew Weiss

  160. Mike August 9, 2013 8:59 pm Reply

    Dear Matthew,

    I have a license in MA. I got a speeding ticket in the I90 in Erie County, NY for going 85 mph in a 65 zone. I just plead no guilty, but it is too far to go there for pre-trial conference and trial court later. I have a clean driving record. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    Mike

  161. Laura August 9, 2013 12:33 pm Reply

    Hi, You mention to not plead guilty in some of these. If were to plead not guilty for my ticket what would happen? I know I would have to go to court, but should i come with a lawyer or should I go by myself. How do you negotiate to a less serious charge? My son received a speeding ticket 30 miles over the limit and this is his first ticket. I’ve never had to do this before and don’t know how to go about it.

  162. pat August 9, 2013 10:23 am Reply

    I got a ticket doing 87 in 65 in Rensselaer County. My cruise control was at 74 and I sincerely believe the trooper pulled over the wrong vehicle. He did not agree with this. What will this ticket cost, how many points, and is it worth fighting for. This is my first speeding ticket.

    • Matthew Weiss August 10, 2013 5:23 am Reply

      Pat,

      An 87/65 carries 6 points, a $300 Driver Assessment Fee and roughly a $200 fine. It can also adversely affect your auto insurance rates. You should therefore fight it, or retain a NY traffic lawyer to handle it for you. If you do, you likely can save points and money.

      Matthew Weiss

  163. Joseph August 5, 2013 12:57 pm Reply

    Hello Matthew,
    I got a speeding ticket for going 73 in 40 MPH zone in Seven Lake road (Sebago Lake)
    I was watching fuel economy display instead of speedometer on uphill
    I explain this situation to officer and he only write in ticket “unreasonable speed prudent”
    This is my first ticket during 11 years
    What should I do, plea guilty or fight for it?
    Thank you

    • Matthew Weiss August 5, 2013 4:29 pm Reply

      Joseph,

      An “unreasonable speed prudent” ticket carries 3 points. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  164. Joe August 3, 2013 2:14 am Reply

    Hello Matthew,

    I got a license from Indiana and was given ticket going 82 in 65mph zone on I-90 WB. I was thinking of going with Chautauqua county District Attorney’s Traffic ticket plea policy. The “written charge” to me is 1180d and the “plea of guilty to” is 1200d,
    Whould you tell me what would be the fine to be paid and points will be assessed for this ticket if I do not have any points right now. Should I plea my guilty? Should I plea of guilty (section A of the ticket) and place “X” through section B, or plea of not guilty (section B) and place “X” through section A.

    Thank you

    • Matthew Weiss August 3, 2013 9:50 am Reply

      Joe,

      Plead guilty to the reduced charge of 1200d. This is a parking ticket that carries 0 points and will not transfer as points onto your Indiana license.

      This is a great result off your original speeding ticket charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  165. Jaime August 1, 2013 4:46 pm Reply

    Hi, Matthew,
    We are from Canada. Last week we were stopped in route 82 (Livingston), a one lane road, supposedly for unsafe overtaking which we reject (dotted line for 600m on a 900m straight, no cars coming), and we returned to the right lane safely after passing still under dotted lane and by then another car approached but, under NY laws it was far enough (more than 200ft or 60m).
    The second ticket was speeding at 70MPH in a 55MPH zone (the driver was looking forward while passing not the dashboard but I still have my reserves).
    The officer didn’t say how much it would cost, and we don’t know if it’s worth fighting it (compared to hiring a lawyer or traveling there), or if it would represent points to the license here in Canada.

    We would like to have an insight of the situation

    • Matthew Weiss August 1, 2013 5:07 pm Reply

      Jaime,

      Because points from New York transfer to Ontario and Quebec, we recommend that you fight these tickets (assuming you are from one of these two provinces). You are looking at around $150 to $200 for each ticket in fines plus a $375 Driver Assessment Fee. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight these tickets. If you do, you likely can save money and demerit points. If you do not want to travel back to New York, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  166. paul July 25, 2013 10:45 am Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m an international student and I’m from Sri Lanka.I don’t have NY or other State drivers license but I have my country driver’s license which is in English.
    I was pulled over in route 11 Canton- Potsdam road, New York. I was charged for speeding up to 77 mph on a 55 mph road. This was my first ticket. Since this is my first such experience, I don’t have any idea what I should do. I highly appreciate if you can guide me. I have questions like how much I would be charged, should I plead guilty? should I apply for reduction?
    Thank you.

    • Matthew Weiss July 26, 2013 5:39 am Reply

      Paul,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save NY points as well as the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Appear on whatever court date you are assigned and you will be able to negotiate this charge down.

      Matthew Weiss

  167. Colin July 23, 2013 4:21 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m so glad I found this page! I just got pulled over yesterday for doing 80 in a 65 on I-86 in Allegany. The trooper asked my why I was speeding and I said I saw him and looked at the speedometer and realized I was doing 80. I have an otherwise clean driving record. I understand this will add 4 points to my insurance and the fine will be around $150-200. My question: I will have no Driver Assessment Fee, and no increase in my insurance rate, if I plead guilty? Thanks so much.
    Colin

    • Matthew Weiss July 23, 2013 4:29 pm Reply

      Colin,

      You will not have to pay a Driver Assessment Fee for this one 4-point ticket. That fee only applies when you accumulate 6 or more points.

      Also, if you have an otherwise clean record, then you will NOT receive an insurance hike from this one conviction. One speeding ticket of 15 mph (or less) is not enough for your insurance rates to be raised.

      Matthew Weiss

  168. Keith July 18, 2013 3:40 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I have a total of 8 points on my license from a speeding ticket two years ago and just paid off my assessment fee. I just recently got pulled over for 85 in a 65 on the thruway. I stated to the officer my exact speed and he wrote a deposition. If I plead guilty will the new points count against my old points and is there even a possibility of me being able to get the ticket lowered since I’m quoted in the supporting deposition for my exact speed. Can one go to court, plead guilty, and still explain their situation in hopes of something a little lessened (especially if you’re a full time college student barely making it by)? Your help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

    • Matthew Weiss July 18, 2013 3:48 pm Reply

      Keith,

      NY points only last for 18 months from the date of offense. So these new potential points will NOT be added to those ones you had from 2 years ago. You want to plead NOT GUILTY. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  169. Naga July 16, 2013 9:04 am Reply

    Hi Matthew ,
    Thanks for your guidance.

  170. Naga July 15, 2013 4:45 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I have an Indiana license and was given ticket going 81 in 65mph on Chautauqua county ,going towards Niagara. I was thinking of going with Chautauqua county District Attorney’s Traffic ticket plea policy. The section charged to me is 1180d by the Officer and the plea form states for this section, the Plea Offer is VTL 1200-d.
    I would like to know what would be the fine to be paid and points will be assessed for this ticket as its the First time offense. Is it worth to go with Plea policy?
    Any guidance on this would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss July 15, 2013 4:54 pm Reply

      Naga,

      Take that deal! A VTL 1200-d carries 0 points which is obviously much better than the original 4-point speed. The fine will likely be between $200 and $300.

      Matthew Weiss

  171. Ryan July 11, 2013 3:03 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I have an Illinois license and was ticketed going 76 in a 55 on I-290 in Buffalo on July 3rd(although I find it hard to believe I was going that fast, I was passing a semi-truck and was clocked at the worst possible moment). From what I am reading on your site is it correct that the fee for this ticket will be $90-$300 range, PLUS $70 surcharge, PLUS $300 for now getting 6 points; meaning the total could be anywhere from $460-$670?!? This seems outrageous to me and I am hoping that I am misreading the situation. Any help or advise you can give would be great, I travel for business to Buffalo every couple of weeks but would like to take care of this by mail, if possible.
    Thanks for any info or help

    • Matthew Weiss July 13, 2013 11:17 pm Reply

      Ryan,

      Sadly, your calculations are pretty accurate. You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  172. Jeff July 10, 2013 4:39 pm Reply

    Hi Mathew

    I have a question for you. I got a ticket for parking on the wrong side of the road and I was not parked on the road. I was parked off of the road. Can you please explain if that law law still applies even though I was not on the road? The officer wrote ” Car was parked on the north bound side of the road facing south bound.

    Thank you

    • Matthew Weiss July 13, 2013 11:14 pm Reply

      Jeff,

      Certainly, you can raise this argument at your hearing. I would. Parking tickets generally are only applicable for offenses occurring on a roadway.

      Matthew Weiss

  173. Sara July 8, 2013 10:37 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I got a speeding ticket on July 8th in Catskills. I am 18 years of age. The officer was being nice and charged me with 80 on 65 when I was going 87. Should I plead guilty or not guilty? It is all coming out of my own pocket as my parents stated.

    • Matthew Weiss July 8, 2013 11:17 pm Reply

      Sara,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you may be able to negotiate this down to a less serious ticket (although I don’t think you’ll be able to save much, if anything, on the fine).

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  174. Simon July 8, 2013 3:17 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I got a speeding ticket (1180D) on July 4 on I87 in Woodbury (N/B 49). It was a 65 mph zone and I was charged for 80 mph. In the additional information section, the officer wrote: 86 mph at 1370 ft , slowed to 80 mph. I hold NJ driver license and it is my first ticket for the last 10 year. If I plead guilty, what is the fine? And will it increase my insurance? If I plead not guilty and hire a lawyer to fight, will I save any money? The ticket mentions that I have to mail this NOT GUILTY plea within 48 hours. The court will notify me by FIRST Class Mail of my appearance date. Do I need to do it if I hire a lawyer? Thanks

    Simon

    • Matthew Weiss July 8, 2013 4:03 pm Reply

      Simon,

      The fine for this 4-point speeding ticket would be roughly $200. It will transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license. I could increase your insurance. Check with your insurance company to confirm. If you fight this ticket, you will likely not save any money unless you have other NY points on your license already. Your decision to hire a traffic lawyer hinges on a few variables including whether your license in NY and NJ is clean, how likely are you to get other tickets and how frequently you drive in New York.

      Feel free to call us for a free consultation.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

  175. Kai July 8, 2013 9:51 am Reply

    Dear Matthew,

    I have a license in Illinois. I got a speeding ticket in the I90 in Erie County, NY two days ago for going 80 mph in a 65 zone. The only other violation I ever had is a going in the wrong direction violation for going against a one-way road, in Kings County, NY, two months ago. Here are my questions:

    1. What is the total fine cost for me if I decide to plead guilty to the speeding violation?

    2. What will be the total points on my license if I plead guilty? Will it be 3 (against direction) + 4 (speeding over 15mph) = 7 points? Since I have a license in Illinois, how will my violations in NY be transfered to my license?

    3. I don’t have a car myself yet, but I am planning to buy one in the next two months. Approximately, how much extra cost of insurance will result from this speeding violation?

    Thank you very much! I hope to hear from you soon.

    Yours sincerely,
    Kai

    • Matthew Weiss July 8, 2013 11:47 am Reply

      Kai,

      Answers in bold below.

      1. What is the total fine cost for me if I decide to plead guilty to the speeding violation? If you plead guilty, the fine will be roughly $200 to $250. Because you will have a total of 7 points, you will also have to pay a $375 Driver Assessment Fee. Therefore, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save the $375.

      2. What will be the total points on my license if I plead guilty? Will it be 3 (against direction) + 4 (speeding over 15mph) = 7 points? Since I have a license in Illinois, how will my violations in NY be transfered to my license? Yes, you’ll have 7 points total if you plead guilty. Points from a NY conviction will transfer onto your IL license. IL will assess whatever points that it would have assessed had the offense occurred in IL.

      3. I don’t have a car myself yet, but I am planning to buy one in the next two months. Approximately, how much extra cost of insurance will result from this speeding violation? That I cannot answer. I cannot estimate insurance rates but I can write that you will not get the best rate with both of these tickets on your record. Therefore, fight it.

      Matthew Weiss

  176. Rani July 7, 2013 9:54 am Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m from Ontario and I was on the 81N where I got pull over for doing 91 in a 65 zone, however when I saw him waiting at the bottom of the hill, I realize I was speeding and glance at my gps and it shows that i was going 75mph before I started to reduce my speed, so I pass him and he pull me over and ask me if I know how much I was going and I told him that I saw the 75mph on my gps then he said that he don’t want to argue with me about how fast I was going, also I told him that my son was feeling sick and I was rushing to get to the next exit for a washroom, he give the ticket and then showed me where to find the next restroom area, I would like to know roughly how much it would cost me and does it affect my Ontario license and insurance, I don’t have any records on my drivers license since I’m driving for 15 years now this is my first. Can you please advice. Thanks. RANI

    • Matthew Weiss July 7, 2013 10:11 am Reply

      Hi Rani,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Ontario license as 4 demerit points, we recommend fighting this ticket. This ticket carries 6 NY points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

  177. lily July 7, 2013 12:24 am Reply

    I was driving on i-390 in lansville NY today and got the tickets for 83/65, what should i do to reduce my cost and points? I was following another car and driving downhill, i did not realize how fast it was. Any chance for me if i plea not guilty? thx

  178. Crystal July 3, 2013 12:49 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for helping all of us out on here! I have a quick question as well. I received my first speeding ticket on Monday July 2 after driving for 10 years. I was clocked at 72 in a 55 in Stanford, NY by a NYS Trooper. My sister’s boyfriend is a trooper and stupidly, I did not think to call while I was being pulled over to try and get some help. He told me since the ticket was already in the system to plead not guilty and that when the court date comes around he would call the trooper and tell him not to show up in court. Does that work? And if not, what kind of penalties am I looking at?

    Thanks and Happy Fourth!
    Crystal C.

    • Matthew Weiss July 6, 2013 9:10 am Reply

      Crystal C,

      Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question. I recommend that you simply plead not guilty. On your court date, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  179. Jinesh H July 1, 2013 3:43 pm Reply

    I hold a MA Drivers license and I had 1 speeding ticket in MA couple of years ago, which I appeared in court and got reduced. However not sure about points gained with that incident. I was on I90 East in Princetown, NY and was pulled over for “DISOBEYED TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE”.

    It was a rental car and I was going on 85mph in 65 mph zone. Officer pulled me over and took my license, asked me to follow him to pull over another person. When I reached to another location there were 3 cars including me officer had pulled over (not sure about other cars). Along with other instructions officer did mention he is not giving me serious speeding charge and saved about $100 of mine for me going through hassle of chasing him and waiting for long time. He gave me general ticket under section 1110A.

    If I decide to plead guilty, how much would the ticket cost me and how many points will be transferred on my MA license?

    If I decided to plead not guilty, I will have to rent car and drive about 3 hrs from Boston. I will not only end up paying car rent but likely will have to miss a day at work. What option will be appropriate?

    I appreciate your help.

    Jinesh

    • Matthew Weiss July 1, 2013 10:54 pm Reply

      Jinesh,

      An 1110a ticket carries 2 points in NY. I do not know MA law so you need to check with the MA MVA on how many points will transfer. The fine for this ticket will be around $150 to $200.

      You can spend the time to fight this ticket or hire a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you. Or, finally, you can just pay the ticket.

      I have these answers have been helpful.

      Matthew Weiss

  180. Phil F June 29, 2013 6:27 pm Reply

    I was driving through upstate New York and came to the end of a T in the road (highways 11 and 22) which required a stop and a left turn to continue on my route.

    After stopping and checking my way was clear I made the turn and immediately a state police cruiser rolled up behind me lights flashing.

    The officer asked if I was traveling with the car that had been in front to me ( I was not) and informed me that he had pulled out to pull over that car as it had also not made a complete stop at the light. After more questioning he clarified that he had observed me make only a “rolling stop” and then I had also pulled out in front of the officer as he was on his way to pull over the other driver.

    The latter is complete fabrication as I was unlikely to miss a cruiser, lights flashing, in pursuit of another motorist. I also question if in fact he was in the roadway how he could possibly have noticed that my tires did not make a complete stop at the intersection?

    He informed me that the “Disobeying a flashing red light” (1113A) charge covered both infractions.

    Incidentally, as he was talking to me he pulled over another vehicle that had just made the turn.

    My questions are:

    How serious is this offense and what would the likely fine be?

    I have an option to plead guilty with an explanation. How likely is my explanation going to result in mitigation of the fine or reduction in charge.

    If I plead not guilty and take this to court how likely am I going going to be able to win or reduce the charge?

    Thanks!

    • Matthew Weiss June 29, 2013 9:10 pm Reply

      Phil F,

      Answers in bold below.

      How serious is this offense and what would the likely fine be? This ticket carries 3 point and roughly a $175 fine (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      I have an option to plead guilty with an explanation. How likely is my explanation going to result in mitigation of the fine or reduction in charge. Very unlikely. You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious offense.

      If I plead not guilty and take this to court how likely am I going going to be able to win or reduce the charge? A reduction is likely a dismissal (while possible) is unlikely.

      Matthew Weiss

    • Phil F June 29, 2013 9:43 pm Reply

      Thank-you for your prompt response. I do have a clean driving record and truly believe that I am innocent of the charge. I will plead not guilty. The court is Mooers Town Court. I assume I must make my appearance in person? Any thought on how long I will have until the court date? If the date does not work with my schedule is there any issue with changing my plea? I also want to see the officers supporting deposition.Thanks again.

  181. Jason June 29, 2013 11:37 am Reply

    Hi.
    I was driving downhill southbound of I-81 in town of Chenango when state trooper pulled me over for speeding.
    I currently am 29 years old and live in New Jersey. I never gotten a ticket in my life. Not even parking violation.
    The trooper wrote a ticket for driving 83 mph in 65 mph zone.
    I see that you wrote above comments to plead not guilty and fight the case. How?
    Can you give me some tips how to fight and lower the charges?
    Thank you

    • Matthew Weiss June 29, 2013 9:15 pm Reply

      Jason,

      If you plead not guilty, you will be scheduled a court date at the Chenango court. On that date, you will have an opportunity to conference the case and likely negotiate it down to a less serious charge. Simple as that.

      By the way, this speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine, and will transfer as 2 point onto your NJ record. Of course, if you plea this down, you will get a better outcome.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  182. Rahul June 5, 2013 11:10 am Reply

    Hello Matthew,

    I hold a NJ Drivers license and I had clean record until now. I was on I81 in Cortland County, NY and was pulled over for being 82/65 mph zone.

    It was a rental car and I was not sure how fast was I going. Also, since this is my first time I wanted to see if I should apply for a plea bargain?

    If I decide to plead guilty, how much would the ticket cost me and how many points will be transferred on my NJ license?

    I appreciate your help.

    Rahul

    • Matthew Weiss June 6, 2013 11:05 am Reply

      Rahul,

      This ticket carries 4 NY points and roughly a $200 fine. It will transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this case. If you do, you likely can obtain a more favorable outcome.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  183. Dan June 3, 2013 10:08 pm Reply

    I got pulled over in a 35mph zone going 71mph. I went to court and got the hearing pushed off to a later date. Since the time I got the ticket, the location where i got the ticket has changed the speed limit from 35mph to 45mph. Could that be advantageous to me? Should I push it off again or should I just pay the ticket and pay the insurance hike? Any idea how much each one would be? Beside this ticket, my record is completely clean… Please help as my court date is on Wednesday.. Thanks!

    • Matthew Weiss June 6, 2013 11:09 am Reply

      Dan,

      The change in speed limits may help you. Bring proof in the form of photographs on your court date. In regard to whether you try to adjourn it again, I don’t have enough information to properly answer this question.

      Feel free to call us so we can get you the right answer.

      Matthew Weiss

  184. Spencer June 3, 2013 6:46 pm Reply

    I have a clean driving record with no previous speeding tickets, and I got a 67 in a 45 for a ticket. I live in New Jersey, I was driving my friend’s car. I really don’t care about points, but I am a broke college kid. The original court date ( being i plead Not Guilty) was 7-11 but they moved it to sept. This normally wouldn’t be a problem, but i am applying to the Marine Corps Officer program in August and i cannot have any fines or tickets outstanding when I apply. What is my best move?

    • Matthew Weiss June 6, 2013 11:11 am Reply

      Spencer,

      Call the court and see if you can change the date to before you apply to the Marine Corps. You will most likely save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee if you fight this ticket (rather than pleading guilty).

      Matthew Weiss

  185. Bryant Gallagher May 19, 2013 9:37 pm Reply

    I got pulled over for 48 in a 30 after just getting out of a 45 mph zone into a 30 mph zone on a country road. The officer gave me a traffic ticket and the option to return it by mail or in person. He did not write it for speeding he wrote it for disobeyed traffic control device he did not put any fines on the ticket. He said I would have 2 points on my license instead of 4 points and my insurance company would not hear about this it would not go up and my driving record would stay clean. I want to know if this is true and if I will have to pay a fine of any sort.

    • Matthew Weiss May 19, 2013 11:30 pm Reply

      Bryant Gallagher,

      If you have an otherwise clean record, then one 2-point ticket will NOT affect your insurance rates. If you plead guilty, then there will be roughly a $150 fine.

      Matthew Weiss

  186. Pam May 18, 2013 5:15 pm Reply

    My son was pulled over in Hawthorne ny(we are from Ct). He was clocked doing 65 in a 55. The officer told him to plead not guilty and because of this he would not have to appear? So we send in the ticket with the not guilty plea and he just received a court date in the mail. What should he be advised what to do now? He will most likely have to show up byt should he get a lawyer or is this something that he could show up and pay the fine?

    • Matthew Weiss May 18, 2013 6:23 pm Reply

      Pam,

      Your son can appear or he can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for him. This is a low speed that only carries 3 NY points and these points will not transfer onto his CT license.

      Matthew Weiss

  187. Jo May 14, 2013 3:26 pm Reply

    Can I do a plea bargain without showing up in court?

    • Matthew Weiss May 14, 2013 4:05 pm Reply

      Jo,

      In most courts, you or your traffic lawyer must appear. Trying calling the court to see if there are any exceptions to this rule in your particular court.

      Matthew Weiss

  188. Jo May 14, 2013 2:45 pm Reply

    The ticket says “This matter is scheduled to be handled on the appearance date below”. It is from the Lancaster Town Court. Does this mean I can do a plea bargain?

  189. Jo May 13, 2013 4:26 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I just received a ticket going 82 mph on a 65 mph highway on I-90 in Buffalo NY. This is my second my ticket in that area however the first ticket, the officer was nice enough to change my offense to running a red light which apparently is a smaller offense. I paid $160 total for pleading guilty. The 2nd ticket i just received is an actual speeding ticket. Do you know how much that would cost and is it worth fighting for? I live in NYC and it would be a pain for me to drive up to Buffalo to show up for court. Before these two tickets, I have never gotten a moving violation ticket. My record was clean. What do you advise? Thank you.

    • Matthew Weiss May 13, 2013 10:10 pm Reply

      Jo,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. If it is returnable at the Buffalo Traffic Violations Bureau, then you cannot make a deal. This is an “all or nothing” court. If it is at another court in Erie County, then you CAN plea bargain, and you have a better chance to get a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

  190. Karen May 13, 2013 12:29 am Reply

    I got pulled by a State Trooper today in Waverly, NY – MY car will not go over 65 without shaking, however, today I was driving a rental suv to bring my daughter home from college. The rental drove so smooth I didn’t realize I was speeding and I was going with the flow of traffic. I spotted the Trooper well before I got to him – I was surprised to see that I was actually going 80 (in a 65 mph zone) and I immediately hit the brakes to slow down before I passed him. A few minutes later I see him coming behind me and then pulled me over. He said that I was going 81 when I passed him – there is NO WAY I was going 81 when I passed him but I didn’t argue with him – just said it was a rental and I was still trying to get used to it (having only driving it a few miles before today). On the attached deposition is says that the charge was based on the officer’s “direct observation” and speed verified by “Stalker Dual Radar” under additional information “visual estimate of speed verified by radar in stationary mode on rear antenna”….. What does this mean, his radar on his rear antenna clocked me at going 81 when I passed him? I sincerely didn’t realize that I was going that fast, especially with my daughter in the vehicle but I wasn’t going even one mile over 80 when I first saw him and after hitting the brakes well before I got close to his vehicle I had slowed down considerably….. He gave me a ticket and said try to get a handle on this hot rod and use your cruise control. I set me cruise control to drive the rest of the way home and it felt like I was going very slow and EVERYONE was passing me on the highway….. I live over 3 hours away from the Barton Town Court and plan to plead “not guilty” via mail- do you know if they will accept my testimony via telephone or letter so that I do not have to drive all that way? Do you know anything about plea bargaining with this particular court? I have been unemployed for over a year and my home is in foreclosure – I do not have the money for an attorney, nor do I have the money for a ticket or can risk the 4 points on my record as well as the insurance going up….. I have no points on my record and it’s been probably 12 years since I was stopped for speeding. That was local and I did get that knocked down to opening my door into oncoming traffic or something like that…. Do you know whether they will extend the time for me to pay the fine if I am able to get this reduced? Any chance of getting it dismissed at this particular court? Any info will be greatly appreciated – thanks and you have a great day

    • Matthew Weiss May 13, 2013 7:42 am Reply

      Karen,

      A dismissal is possible but not likely. A reduction to a less serious charge is more likely. The court will not accept your testimony via mail but, if you don’t want to travel to court, you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  191. nick May 12, 2013 6:13 pm Reply

    i received a speeding ticket in champlain NY, was going 86 in a 65 – i pleaded guilty to find out the fine amount and the fine came to $2500 – how can this be?

    Thanks

  192. RG May 8, 2013 12:11 pm Reply

    Matt,

    I was pulled over for going 78 in a 65 on I-90 in Lancaster, NY. I do not feel I was going that fast but the officer stated that he got me with the laser. I mailed in the ticket pleading Not Guilty.

    Last summer I received a ticket for rolling through a stop sign which was reduced to a non-moving violation and no points, and two weeks ago I sent in a Guilty plea for a “disobeying a posted traffic sign” ticket (I was speeding but the officer gave me this ticket instead). Prior to this I had 0 points on my license.

    Did I do the right thing pleading Not Guilty? Is it worth hiring a lawyer to go to court for me?

    Thanks!

    • Matthew Weiss May 8, 2013 6:44 pm Reply

      RG,

      You definitely did the right thing by pleading not guilty. You already have 2 points and the 78/65 carries 4 more points. By fighting it, you likely can save points and likely avoid paying the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Given your penchant for getting tickets, you should consult with (if not hire) a traffic lawyer regarding this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  193. Jim May 6, 2013 3:53 pm Reply

    Also, I just realized he wrote my car color on the ticket as Gold and my car is Silver. I’m sure that will help make this go away very quickly.

    • Matthew Weiss May 6, 2013 5:17 pm Reply

      Jim,

      The wrong color written on the ticket does not render it fatally defective. However, you can bring this up at trial and use it to argue that the officer was less than careful. If other errors are elicited, then cumulatively you may be able to successful fight this ticket a trial. My experience is that one such minor error is not enough to win.

      Matthew Weiss

  194. Jim May 6, 2013 10:17 am Reply

    I’m from Albany, NY and I just received a speeding ticket in Albany for 55 in a 30. The speed limit changes to 40 just before where I was pulled over. I have one previous speeding violation on my record from back in February 2012. Other than that, my record is spotless. 25mph over seems to bring a hefty fine and point increase and would assume I should plea not guilty. It says I must mail in or bring to court on 6/03 by 9am. I can mail in the not guilty plea, but need to know that I won’t have to appear in court on that day as I will be out of state on a planned vacation. What is your advice?

    Thank you,
    Jim

    • Matthew Weiss May 6, 2013 12:27 pm Reply

      Jim,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this 6-point speed down to a less serious charge (and save some money as well). If you cannot appear in court as scheduled, then you can contact the court and ask them for a new date. Alternatively, you can retain a lawyer who can appear for you. Given that this is your second speeding ticket within 18 months, I recommend that you speak with (if not retain) a NY traffic ticket lawyer.

      Matthew Weiss

  195. Raj May 1, 2013 11:38 am Reply

    Hello Matt,

    I recieved speeding ticket in Franklin county of NY state last weekend. I was speeding 71 mph on 55 speed zone. I live in Boston, MA and I would like to know what are my options here to deal with my speeding ticket and how much do I need to pay for the ticket?. Please advice.

    • Matthew Weiss May 1, 2013 3:25 pm Reply

      Raj,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your MA license, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can obtain a more favorable outcome. If you do not want to return to New York, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer who can appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  196. Nicole April 29, 2013 2:08 pm Reply

    I was pulled over in Stafford on I 90 E. The zone was 65 mph, I was going 75.
    I live in Ontario. What would the fine/points be for this? Should I plea guilty or not guilty? I can’t and won’t be returning for a court date if one is set. Also will this affect my insurance? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Matthew Weiss April 30, 2013 7:25 am Reply

      Nocle,

      This ticket carries 3 NY points and will transfer as 3 demerit points onto your Ontario license. The fine will be roughly $150 and a conviction will adversely affect your insurance rates in Ontario.

      Matthew Weiss

  197. eric April 26, 2013 9:45 pm Reply

    I was pulled over today in Broome County going 51 in a 30, going down a hill. I was not paying attention and trying to get to my kids golf match. I plan on fighting it, but am not sure what I should say/do when I go. Do I explain that I was not paying close attention and let it get away from me? Thank.

  198. Philip April 25, 2013 7:59 am Reply

    Got a speeding ticket on Cross Island in queens doing 21-30 over limit (50 mph!). I pleaded not guilty so I will be going to court. Will I have the option of the Prosecutor lowring it down that I normally do in other courts that expect me to showup without a fee on the ticket??? I know its 6 points but would not mind less plus I def need to take a Def Drive class after this.

  199. Anthony April 24, 2013 4:31 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Recently my wife got a speeding ticket in Queens, 75 mph at a 50 mph area. Really don’t think the speed was that much over, but I guess there’s also no way we could have proved otherwise… From the back of the ticket, it seems like we’d have to pay $195 + $60 surcharge + 20 fee + ( I guess ) $300 Driver Responsibility Assessment.

    This is her first ever speeding ticket, and we have been very clean on our driving records.

    I read about your blogs and got quite a lot of good ideas, thanks for that.

    My questions are: (1) If she pleads guilty, would she be paying all the above fees and 6 points on license? Anyway of lower fines and/or lower points during the plead process? (2) If she pleads not guilty, I believe a court date will be set and notified. What will be her options when she arrives at court? I don’t think there’s plea bargain in Queens (as per your blogs above), so how would fines/points be reduced when in-person facing the judge? (3) If hiring a traffic lawyer, what will be the best case scenerio? Does she still need to attend in person?

    Thanks for the time in advance.

    • Matthew Weiss April 25, 2013 8:36 am Reply

      Anthony,

      Answers in bold below:

      (1) If she pleads guilty, would she be paying all the above fees and 6 points on license? Anyway of lower fines and/or lower points during the plead process? No, these are minimums. The only way to save money is to plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket (and, of course, win).

      (2) If she pleads not guilty, I believe a court date will be set and notified. What will be her options when she arrives at court? I don’t think there’s plea bargain in Queens (as per your blogs above), so how would fines/points be reduced when in-person facing the judge? If she plead not guilty, she’ll get a hearing. She would need to beat the ticket to avoid the points and costs.

      (3) If hiring a traffic lawyer, what will be the best case scenerio? Does she still need to attend in person? If she hires a NY traffic lawyer, she will NOT have to appear in court. An experienced traffic lawyer will do his best to beat your case but, of course, cannot guarantee a result. Further, such a traffic lawyer could appear multiple times and fight hard and still lose. You and your wife will have to make a decision whether she wants to “go down swinging”, or move on.

      I wrote an article entitled “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau“. It will further explain the process of fighting a traffic ticket in the unique New York City traffic courts.

      Matthew Weiss

  200. Frank April 23, 2013 6:24 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m from Montreal, Canada and I was pulled over for doing 81 in a 65 zone on I-87 in Chestertown. I’m not going to fight it cause it’s too far from home. How much do you think it will cost me? I haven’t have a speeding ticket in over 2 years… Thank You!!

  201. KD April 20, 2013 7:28 pm Reply

    I got my first speeding ticket in the Village of Nassau, I know it was my oops, I wasn’t paying attention as I was conversing with the passenger.
    I was 58 in a 40. I have an immaculate driving record and the cops in this area are real sticklers. 9 times out of 10 they won’t reduce the points or fine for a not-guilty plea.
    Any advice?
    How big of a fine?
    Insurance rates?
    Points?

    • Matthew Weiss April 21, 2013 7:50 am Reply

      KD,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this 4-points speeding ticket. This is the ONLY way to possibly obtain a less serious charge. Hopefully, you can negotiate a reduction based on your stellar driving record. The fine for this ticket is roughly around $150 and a conviction could adversely affect your insurance rates.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  202. Christopher April 16, 2013 3:11 pm Reply

    Hello Matthew,

    I received my first speeding ticket today heading to class on route 20 between the town of Nelson and Morrisville. The ticket was from a NYS Trooper and reads that I was traveling at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. The Police Officer also provided supporting deposition. I have no other violations on record, what action should I take? This is to be held at Nelson Town Court. If I plead not guilty will the court likely offer a reduced fine or plea bargain? I do not wish to hire a traffic lawyer.

    -Thank you for your time

    • Matthew Weiss April 16, 2013 4:09 pm Reply

      Christopher,

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $150 fine. Because this is your first ticket and it’s only 15 mph over the limit, a conviction will NOT result in your insurance being raised (assuming you have no accidents on your record). Nevertheless, I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate it down to a less serious charge.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  203. victor April 14, 2013 11:36 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    I got a speeding ticket in Town of Liberty today for 75 over 55 zone, the description of violation says “speed over 55 zone”. I have no violations previously.
    What will be the rough penalty and should I plea guilty with explanation or plea not guilty? Normally how can I apply for a reduced charge? If say I plea not guilty but I have to hire a lawyer to appear in court on my behave, what will be cost?

    Thanks,

    • Matthew Weiss April 14, 2013 11:44 pm Reply

      Victor,

      This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. To obtain a more favorable result, you must plead not guilty. If you hire a traffic lawyer, you should expect to pay between $400 and $600.

      Matthew Weiss

  204. Chip April 8, 2013 5:47 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew:

    Any advice on a speeding ticket in Pleasant Valley, NY? I had the cruise control on 62 in a 55, but the officer claimed I was doing 72! I was shocked. I plan to plead not guilty, but don’t have any evidence so I’m afraid it will be my word against the officer’s in court. No passengers in the car unfortunately. If they plea bargain, should I take it?

    I have a CT license with a 20 year history and no other moving violations.

    • Matthew Weiss April 8, 2013 11:31 pm Reply

      Chip,

      Pleading not guilty is the right course of action. If you do, you’ll have an opportunity to conference the case and likely negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      BTW, point from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your CT license (although a NY conviction will be reported to CT an can affect your CT insurance rates).

      Matthew Weiss

  205. Megan April 8, 2013 5:25 pm Reply

    I received a ticket today for 82 in a 65 in Sullivan County, NY on route 17 by a State Trooper. The work zone limit was 55. He stated 82 in a 65 but stated it as a work zone. I was approaching a work zone heading east when i began slowing down. The officer was in the median facing east visiting with another officer in their vehicle facing west. A few moments after I drive past, I notice the officer pull away and hop on my tail. I move to the right lane as I think he wants to pass, but then turns his lights on. After he approaches and says the usual things, he says something like ‘you’re lucky because you were speeding just before hitting the work zone’. When I receive my ticket and drive away, my boyfriend realizes he stated it as a work zone ticket anyway. While I don’t think I went anywhere above 80 my whole trip, I’m willing to admit I was speeding. I don’t admit to being in the work zone. I’m not sure how much the ticket would cost or what I should do to handle the ticket. I live on Long Island and a trip up to court wouldn’t seem ideal unless completely necessary, same for hiring an attorney.

    I have a speeding ticket from 2007 which I had reduced by a written letter to my local police station when I lived in Sidney, NY for 39 in a 30.

    Your advice is greatly appreciated.

    • Matthew Weiss April 8, 2013 11:28 pm Reply

      Megan,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly obtain a amore favorable result.

      With a work zone speeding ticket, the fines are double. Further, some courts will not plea bargain them.

      Matthew Weiss

  206. Joe April 8, 2013 7:54 am Reply

    So I got hit doing 95 in a 55 on the highway in Buffalo. I have a Kansas license. Unfortunately, from what I hear, plea bargins don’t exist in the city areas. I have a lawyer and my hearing is in June, we’re going to fight the ticket and HOPEFULLY get it reduced.
    Only problem is, that just last night I was in Arcade, driving my girlfriend back to PA, when I got hit while slowing down from the 40 speed limit to the 30.. I was doing 47 in the 40, and when I hit the 30, I got pulled over… 17 mph over the limit… I have till May 2 to respond to this. Will this effect my trooper ticket in any way? should I bother fighting this? If so, just show up myself and plead “not guilty” and hope something lesser gets imposed? Help me out here.

    • Matthew Weiss April 8, 2013 7:57 am Reply

      Joe,

      Points from a NY conviction will transfer onto your Kansas license. I therefore recommend that you plead not guilty to the new speeding ticket. Your goal should be to conference that one (and plea it down) before your Buffalo ticket goes to a hearing. In this way, you improve your chances of obtaining the best plea bargain in Arcade.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  207. NYS Ticket Receipiant April 3, 2013 12:31 pm Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I’m from New Jersey and was driving north on I-87 in Albany County NYS- City of Coeymans Town and was stopped for 88 in a 65. To be honest I didn’t know I was driving that fast, the rental car was a lot different than my car. When I told the officer this, He told me he had been following me “for miles and miles and miles.” I just replied that I didn’t realize the speed and apologized. After I DID realize that he wrote me for a ticket of 88, No break was given, (maybe due to the fact I gave him a PBA card… some cops don’t like that?). Any advice? 6 points in in NJ, as you may know, I a BIG increase for insurance. Will all 6 transfer to NJ? Also, the ticket doesn’t give any explanation of price…. How do I find out the amount? The ticket is written as “Speed in Zone.” Section 1180D. The officer was not very informative, just told me to send it in with guilty or not guilty.

    • Matthew Weiss April 3, 2013 1:42 pm Reply

      NYS Ticket Recipient,

      This ticket will transfer as 2 NJ points but will be assessed in NY on your NY record. You should plead not guilty and fight this case. It’s the only way to avoid a possible insurance hike.;

      Matthew Weiss

  208. Rama Chandran April 1, 2013 11:12 am Reply

    Hi,
    I am from Ontario Canada. I got the speeding ticket for doing 78/55 zone near Amherst, NY area. Many Ontarians just pay the fine.
    What could be the total fine, and should I plead guilty or not?

    Am I eligible for plea bargain at the court.
    Thanks,
    Ramchar

    • Matthew Weiss April 1, 2013 3:07 pm Reply

      Rama Chardan,

      Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this ticket. This is an 6-point NY ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It will transfer as 4 demerit points onto your Ontario license. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points and Ontario demerit points, the $300 Driver Assessment Fee and avoid an insurance rate increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      The Amherst Traffic Court does engage plea bargain.

      Matthew Weiss

  209. Kevin CT March 20, 2013 12:50 am Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you in advance if you have the chance to provide me with some information about a recent traffic stop for a speeding ticket. I am a 19 year-old from CT and was pulled over on I-90 on the way to Albany going 85 in a 65. The officer after checking that I had no previous offences dropped the ticket from 87 to 85 and cut me a break.

    I have a couple quick questions about the ticket… what do you expect the fine to be and will the points if any transfer to my Connecticut license? Is it possible to request the ticket be reduced if the officer already cut me a break? And lastly, what should I plead when I mail in the ticket if it may be tough for me to make it to a hearing or trial?

    Thanks you.

    Regards,
    Kevin

    • Matthew Weiss March 20, 2013 8:56 am Reply

      Kevin CT,

      The fine will be roughly $150 and you will get 4 NY points for this speeding ticket. Points will NOT transfer onto your CT license.

      You should plead guilty. If you plead not guilty, then you risk the police officer amending the ticket back up to the more serious 4-point level. Further, I doubt that you’ll get a further break if you try and fight it. With that said, some motorists are able to negotiate a further reduction in this circumstances so you’ll have to decide your risk tolerance.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      • Kevin CT April 10, 2013 9:56 pm Reply

        Hi Matthew,
        I regretfully received the response from court today and included was a $275 fine which is a lot more than I was expecting after pleading guilty. It did not say how many points I will receieve, do you have any idea based on the fine? Thanks.

        • Matthew Weiss April 10, 2013 10:07 pm Reply

          Kevin CT,

          A $275 fine is on the high side. Were there any aggravating factors (ex., bad record accident, etc)? An 85/65 carries 4 NY points but will not transfer as any points on your CT license. I hope this information helps.

          Matthew Weiss

  210. Chuck M March 14, 2013 8:33 pm Reply

    About 10 years ago I was pulled over for a DUI in AZ. I don’t live there and I haven’t had the time or money to return and resolve the charges. So two questions:

    1) If I am pulled over in NY, will the outstanding charges in AZ show up, and

    2) if I return to AZ and convicted, will any points be assessed to my NY license?

    • Matthew Weiss March 14, 2013 11:28 pm Reply

      Check M,

      You likely have a warrant for your arrest so, if you are pulled over in NY, you will be arrested and transferred back to AZ.

      If you are convicted, points will not transfer onto your AZ license but an AZ suspension will transfer here.

      Matthew Weiss

  211. Ranjith March 12, 2013 1:32 pm Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for your timely help on the previous occasion on this forum.

    I have my pretrial conference with the prosecutor of Schroon town court scheduled tomorrow for a 92/65mph infraction. What documents should I carry to the court? Does this court offer great bargains, should I be requesting to change it to a non moving violation or a lesser speed violation. I have a clean NJ license which I plan to transfer to NY after the trial, will the points get transferred too?

    Thanks,
    Ranjith.

    • Matthew Weiss March 12, 2013 2:59 pm Reply

      Ranjith,

      A NY conviction will transfer onto your NJ license. At your conference, try and get the best deal possible. If you familiarize yourself with the NJ point system, this will assist you in trying to minimize the impact on your NJ license.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  212. Ruby March 11, 2013 8:37 am Reply

    My son got a speeding ticket on Garden state prkway , this is his first ticket , he told he was 90 mph, he got 8 points , the car is under my name, plz help me what to do , the state trooper was very nice to him he told my son you have until june4 to fight it and pay it , plz I don’t know what to expect , my son feel so bad he won’t eat and sleep, he doesn’t want to go to school , this ticket really affected his life , plz plz help just tell me what to do and expect I Don’t want to lose my oldest son thank you so much

    • Matthew Weiss March 11, 2013 8:55 am Reply

      Ruby,

      I”m sorry to hear how upset your son is about this ticket. He should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Contact a New Jersey traffic lawyer who can help further. I only handle cases in New York.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  213. taylor March 9, 2013 8:15 pm Reply

    I am a resident of South Carolina but was driving my parents car back to NY today …the car is registered in NY….I got 2 tickets in town of Coeymans …1 for going 82 in 65 & 2 for unispected motor vehicle….Court date is 4/25….I have to go back to college this weekend…I have a SC drivers license but am still on my parents NY insurance….What do you recommend?

    • Matthew Weiss March 10, 2013 12:28 am Reply

      Taylor,

      A NY conviction will transfer onto your South Carolina license. The South Carolina DMV will assess the amount of points that would have been assessed if the violation occurred in South Carolina. For instance, in South Carolina, speeding 1-9 mph is 2 points, 10-25 mph is 4 points, and speeding 26+ mph 6 points. Further, the conviction will be reported to the South Carolina DMV and therefore your insurance company can learn about it and use it to raise your rates.

      We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely obtain a more favorable result. If you cannot get back to Coeymans, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer who can appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  214. Pross March 7, 2013 6:49 pm Reply

    Hello Matthew, thank you for being actively involved in educating the public regarding traffic violations.
    I live in QC & today I received notice in the mail from the QC license bureau that NY State has suspended my right to drive in NY because of a past pending ticket.

    When I called the QC license bureau they could only provide me with a reference # and tell me that the ticket was from 1989! They also told me that 3 demerit points were put on my record so obviously this was for a moving violation.

    NY DMV was already closed when I tried to call them and the online system could not find my info either by name or ref #. How is it possible that I have not received any communications from NY DMV regarding this ticket? What do you recommend as the best approach?

    • Matthew Weiss March 7, 2013 11:12 pm Reply

      Pross,

      Thanks you for your kind remarks. I really appreciate them. Because points from New York transfer to Quebec, we recommend that you clear up and fight this ticket. We represent many drivers from Quebec and are very familiar with your demerit point system.

      You can likely find out from where your suspension was issue (and then lift it) but running your NY record.

      Matthew Weiss

  215. brian March 7, 2013 6:38 pm Reply

    First off thank you for the time you put into this site. They got me doing 72 in a 55 work zone and the officer cut me a break in the work zone aspect.I pled not guilty and mailed it in to throw myself on the mercy of the Middletown Traffic Court. When I go cour (no violations in 30 years) will reduction be possible since he already gave me a roadside break?

    • Matthew Weiss March 7, 2013 11:04 pm Reply

      Brian,

      Thanks for your kind remarks about my blog.

      Because you already got a break, there is a good chance that you will not get a further one. You can plead not guilty and try to get a better deal, but (if you do), the prosecutor could possibly amend the charge back to a work zone speeding ticket. Overall, I think it is worth the risk to try and plea bargain it down to a less serious charge. The very worst thing is that you pay a higher fine (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  216. JC March 5, 2013 6:34 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for taking your time to maintain this website. I received a speeding ticket for 80 in 55. While giving me the ticket, the trooper recommended that I plead ‘not guility’. I just sent in my not guilty plea to the New Rochelle court. I understand I’m looking at a 6pt and fines associated with it. My questions are: 1. Does New Rochelle court allow plea bargain. 2. With recent changes to make 21+ offense more strict, do i have a chance for a reduced charge. 3. Having a CT license, if 6pt carries on how would it impact my license and insurance? I apologize for lengthy questions.

    • Matthew Weiss March 5, 2013 11:47 pm Reply

      JC,

      Thanks for your kind remarks. Your speeding ticket is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points, the $300 Driver Assessment Fee and avoid an insurance rate increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). New Rochelle Traffic Court will engage in a plea bargaining although it does not generally offer great deals. You’ll likely get offered a 3- or 4-point ticket which will save you the Driver Assessment Fee. A NY conviction will not transfer onto your CT license. It can, however, affect your CT insurance. Call your insurance company to see if it will adversely affect your rates.

      Matthew Weiss

      • JC March 6, 2013 8:09 am Reply

        Thank you for your quick response. It’s unfortunate that the New Rochelle court tends to be strict. I guess I have to hope for the best. If there is a plea bargain which result in 3-4 pts, will taking the driver safety class get rid of the points? I’m a state employee and it’s important for me to have a clean driving record. I received a speeding ticket over 5 years ago in CT – will it have any impact when negotiating a plea deal?

      • JC March 6, 2013 2:01 pm Reply

        Even if I take the driver safety course to remove 4pts, can the insurance company still raise rates based on the fact that I had 4 pts? Also, should I take the class before the pre-trial or wait for the outcome?

        • Matthew Weiss March 6, 2013 8:16 pm Reply

          JC,

          Take the class now as you’ll receive credit for your pending case. If you take the class, you’ll get 10% off your insurance but the class does not preclude your insurance company from otherwise raising your rates based on your ticket convictions.

          Matthew Weiss

  217. Chiu March 5, 2013 5:30 am Reply

    I am a Canadian citizen with an Ontario driver’s license, but I am a non resident. I got a speeding ticket 77mph in a 45mph zone in the state of New York when I was driving a rented vehicle after shopping in the States. I have sent the Amherst Town Court to plead guilty in mid Nov. However, they have sent me a letter recently that I have to attend the court on Mar 11 for this speeding ticket. So I call them to see if they had not received my letter to plead guilty, but the staff told me that the Judge did not accept my reason by speeding more than 32mph. Since I live and work in Hong Kong, what should I do? How much will I need to pay? Will it affect my Ontario driver’s license? It was the first time I received the traffic ticket, what will you recommend me to do?

    • Matthew Weiss March 5, 2013 4:29 pm Reply

      Chlu,

      Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this speeding ticket. This is an 8-point ticket in New York and transfers as 6 demerit points in Ontario. It also carries roughly a $300 fine plus a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. It can adversely affect your insurance rates and even result in a suspension. If you fight this ticket, you can likely save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      If you hire a New York traffic lawyer, then you will NOT have to appear in court. You should hire one that is familiar with the Ontario demerit point system.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Chiu March 6, 2013 1:51 am Reply

        I have pleaded guilty by sending ticket back already. Could I still fight this ticket? If so, how much can I save in points, money, etc? Actually I don’t need to buy insurance in the near future, so the insurance increase may not affect me much though.

        • Matthew Weiss March 6, 2013 6:50 am Reply

          Chiu,

          You should call the court immediately and ask to change your plea. Even though your auto insurance rates are not an issue, you should still fight this ticket so you likely can save NY points, Ontario demerit points and the $50 Driver Assessment Fee.

          Matthew Weiss

  218. Chow March 4, 2013 6:54 pm Reply

    Thank you for your prompt response. Two more questions:

    1. Will it help me if I ask for a deposition or should I stick with what was given at the scene?

    2. Would you recommend I hire a lawyer? (I understand you may provide a biased answer since it is your job to find clients, but do you think I will save money at the end if I asked a lawyer to represent me)

    Thanks again,
    Chow

    • Matthew Weiss March 4, 2013 7:02 pm Reply

      Chow,

      1. Will it help me if I ask for a deposition or should I stick with what was given at the scene? You only get one supporting deposition so don’t bother asking for another.

      2. Would you recommend I hire a lawyer? (I understand you may provide a biased answer since it is your job to find clients, but do you think I will save money at the end if I asked a lawyer to represent me) You should definitely hire a NY traffic lawyer if you didn’t want to go to court (or couldn’t go to court). Otherwise, that is a personal decision that you can go either way. If you are not sure, contact one and get a free consultation.

      Matthew Weiss

  219. Chow March 4, 2013 5:57 pm Reply

    I was caught doing 92 on 65 on highway 17 in Village of Chester last Saturday morning by a State Police. When he asked me if I knew what I was pulled over for, I said I don’t know and he walked off with my license and rental agreement (I was driving a rental car). He came back and gave back my things plus the traffic ticket. He told me he’s ticketing me with the speeding (NYS V&T LAW Subsection 1180D) and also slipped in at the end that he slapped me with a Following too Closely violation (NYS V&T LAW Subsection 1129A).

    So for my side of the story, I was driving on the highway heading upstate. The roads were fairly empty, a few cars here and there. I paid little attention to the odometer, but every now and then I’d look down and notice I’m in excess of 80mph and I’d slow down to 75 mph, but with so few cars on the road (I’m from NYC so I’m used to using other cars are a reference for how fast I’m going relative to traffic) it was very difficult to tell how fast I was really going unless I looked down at the odometer.

    Finally after some time I look up at the rear view mirror and see a State trooper right on my tail. Terrified I change from the left lane to the right lane and to my horror the trooper follows and shortly after flashes me to pull over and I do right away. While pulling over/slowing to a stop, there was a vehicle in front of me and I’m guessing the trooper didn’t appreciate that and he slapped me with the tailgating plus the speeding, which was a shocker by itself stating that I was going 92 on a 65.

    After going through several posts on your website here, it’s clear I should plead not guilty to get something more favorable. I’ve got a squeaky clean record, this was my very first time getting pulled over. My questions are as follows:

    1. I read in a few places on the internet I should attempt to delay the court date for as much as possible. Should I try to do this and what are valid ways to go about delaying my court date?

    2. It states that I should mail the ticket within 48 hours if I want to plead not guilty. I was pulled over Saturday noon and it is almost Monday night now and I haven’t mailed the ticket back, I probably won’t for another few days at least. Will this be an issue at all and how should I mail the ticket back (certified/first-class/other)?

    3. Should I call the court clerk and what sort of questions/requests should I make if I do so as I’ve read in several places on the internet it was beneficial to make calls to clerks?

    4. Since I have a totally clean record, what do you expect for someone in my position, after reading my side of the story? Any chance I can get rid of all potential points (I count 10 points for me if convicted, 6 for 27mph over the limit and 4 for tailgating). Or simply, what is the usual outcome for someone in my position from your experience? (I understand if this question contains too many variables, but even your best estimate can help me prepare for what to expect).

    5. Finally, should I have witnesses and statements prepared, there were 6 other occupants in my vehicle while we were pulled over and we all had the same story in terms of what I’ve states above. How do I go about processing statements and witnesses.

    Sorry if this query was very long, any help would be much obliged, everything I’ve read on this website has been excellent and I’d be very happy with any help you can provide and I’ll be sure to keep you posted in the future of the developments of my case.

    Thank you in advance,
    Chow

    • Matthew Weiss March 4, 2013 6:06 pm Reply

      Chow,

      Answers following each of your questions below.

      1. I read in a few places on the internet I should attempt to delay the court date for as much as possible. Should I try to do this and what are valid ways to go about delaying my court date? No, just go on your court date and make a deal.

      2. It states that I should mail the ticket within 48 hours if I want to plead not guilty. I was pulled over Saturday noon and it is almost Monday night now and I haven’t mailed the ticket back, I probably won’t for another few days at least. Will this be an issue at all and how should I mail the ticket back (certified/first-class/other)? You don’t worry about the 48 hour deadline as long as you get your not guilty plea in as soon as possible. If you are going to be delayed, then call the court and let them know it’s coming.

      3. Should I call the court clerk and what sort of questions/requests should I make if I do so as I’ve read in several places on the internet it was beneficial to make calls to clerks? Just plead not guilty and get a date.

      4. Since I have a totally clean record, what do you expect for someone in my position, after reading my side of the story? Any chance I can get rid of all potential points (I count 10 points for me if convicted, 6 for 27mph over the limit and 4 for tailgating). Or simply, what is the usual outcome for someone in my position from your experience? (I understand if this question contains too many variables, but even your best estimate can help me prepare for what to expect). I doubt that you’ll get 0 points from 10 but it would be reason to get 4 to 6 points.

      5. Finally, should I have witnesses and statements prepared, there were 6 other occupants in my vehicle while we were pulled over and we all had the same story in terms of what I’ve states above. How do I go about processing statements and witnesses? Witness statements are not admissible. If you ultimately end up taking your case to trial, then you’ll have to bring your witnesses to court.

      Matthew Weiss

  220. Kenny March 4, 2013 6:48 am Reply

    I was pulled over doing 94mph in a 65mph speed zone. I was on i88 on schoharie county, 4 hours away from where I reside, bronx ny. This is also my first offense, and in my defense I was just about to run out of gas and I was just trying to get to a gas station ASAP. What should I do? Am I looking at a heavy fine here?

    • Matthew Weiss March 4, 2013 7:46 am Reply

      Kenny,

      This is an 6-point ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points, the $300 Driver Assessment Fee and avoid an insurance rate increase (assuming you have an otherwise clean record).

      Matthew Weiss

  221. Amol February 24, 2013 2:23 am Reply

    I was just pulled over an hour before for speeding in Buffalo, NY. I was going 57MPH (as per the radar) on a 35MPH Zone. The office asked me if I knew why he pulled me for and I said no. But when he said I was going 57MPH on a 35MPH I said “I didn’t realize I was that fast”. Did I make a mistake by saying that? I actually didn’t want to plead guilty then but I was really nervous since this was the first time I was pulled over and made that statement. The office however, did say that since I have a clean record I should appear in court for the ticket. Do I have any chance if I plead not guilty?

    • Matthew Weiss February 24, 2013 8:58 am Reply

      Amol,

      Yes, you have an excellent chance to obtain a more favorable result if you plead not guilty as long as your speeding ticket is not returnable at the Buffalo Traffic Violations Bureau. Your statement can be used against you at trial, but will not prevent you from negotiating a plea bargain.

      Matthew Weiss

  222. Marti February 20, 2013 9:51 am Reply

    I got a ticket for going 61 in a 40 from an Otsego County Sherriff’s officer who caught me on radar, so I was definitely speeding. I didn’t realize I was going that fast, but I was, so I deserve the ticket. I was in an accident a few months ago but was not given a ticket, so my driver’s license was clean until this speeding ticket. The trouble is that I’m terrified of going to court (an irrational fear, but real for me nonetheless). Will it do any good to plead guilty but fill in the “statement of explanation”? Is it possible that, since I was only 2 mph into the “20+ mph over the limit” that they could show some leniency if I do that? Even bumping the charge down one level would be so helpful.

  223. Canadian Driver February 15, 2013 9:13 pm Reply

    Hello Matthew,

    I am a Canadian citizen with a driver’s license in Ontario. I got a speeding ticket 78mph in a 65mph zone in I-86 EB in the state of New York. I have read several threads on this matter but would like some clarification from you.

    What are the demerit points involved in Ontario, Canada?
    What would the fine total to in dollars?
    Is it better to (1) call the District Attorney at the Campbell Town Court to try and reduce the speeding ticket to a parking ticket or (2) to sign the actual speeding ticket as NOT guilty & attend court date to reduce it then?
    If they request for a Driver’s Abstract from Ontario, how many years do they need (3, 5, & 10) .. also, do I need to send this along with my NOT guilty plea on the original speeding ticket.

    Lastly, what would be your best advice if you were in my situation?

    I do appreciate your feedback.

    • Matthew Weiss February 16, 2013 2:32 am Reply

      Canadian Driver,

      Answers below in bold following your questions.

      What are the demerit points involved in Ontario, Canada? 3-demerit points in Ontario (and 4 NY points) for this ticket.
      What would the fine total to in dollars? Roughly $200.
      Is it better to (1) call the District Attorney at the Campbell Town Court to try and reduce the speeding ticket to a parking ticket or (2) to sign the actual speeding ticket as NOT guilty & attend court date to reduce it then? Try calling first but, if that doesn’t work then you or your traffic lawyer should appear in court to try and negotiate this down to a less serious charge.
      If they request for a Driver’s Abstract from Ontario, how many years do they need (3, 5, & 10)? Three years or whatever you can get should be fine.
      Do I need to send this along with my NOT guilty plea on the original speeding ticket? No, this gets shown to the DA (not the court).
      Lastly, what would be your best advice if you were in my situation? Compare the Ontario demerit system to New York’s point system so you can see what offense Ontario does NOT assign points. Try and negotiate your case to a 0-demerit point result.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Canadian Driver February 26, 2013 7:41 pm Reply

        Thank you for your response Matthew.

        I have sent in my plea of not guilty and received a response from the town court. It indicates on their reply that if I wish to speak to the District Attorney prior to going to trial and to follow all their directions.

        Any suggestions as to what I should say (i.e. I have a clean record, ask for a reduction form)? How does it usually work?

        Thanks again!

        • Matthew Weiss February 26, 2013 9:10 pm Reply

          Canadian Driver,

          Yes, you should definitely emphasize your clean record and any other mitigating factors (examples potentially are that there was no accident, that your speed was that high, and/or that you were unfamiliar with the car).

          Matthew Weiss

  224. Tyler February 13, 2013 4:37 pm Reply

    Hi Im 18 and just got pulled over today my my first ever speeding ticket. I got pulled over on i88 the state trooper that pulled me over was driving by me on the other side of the road and soon caught up to me and pulled me over. He then gave me a ticket for doing 75 in a 65. I know I should fight it. But what’s the best way to reduced the fine as much as I can? I was told by some people who know state police and such that tell me to get a accruate reading the cop has to be sitting still and they have to be sitting at a certain angle. What the best way to get out of this? Thanks for any help

    • Matthew Weiss February 13, 2013 4:53 pm Reply

      Tyler,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, the court will schedule a date for your to appear. On that date, you can likely negotiate this charge down to a less serious charge.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Tyler February 16, 2013 1:38 am Reply

        Hi it’s Tyler again. I guess it’s not my week. I was driving to my girlfriends house for dinner and this state trooper goes by me and has a HEADLIGHT out!! He comes and pulls me over because he said my licenses plate light was out. Is this even leagal? He tried hiding it because he turned his highbeams on when he pulled me over but then shut them off and turned his spot light on facing into my mirror so I could see so I looked back and sure enough his light was out. What can I do about this?

        • Matthew Weiss February 16, 2013 2:27 am Reply

          Tyler,

          Ouch! Yes, it is illegal to drive with a broken license plate light. This is a 0-point ticket that carries roughly a $50 fine. If you fix it quickly, you likely can get this ticket dismissed. Ironically, it is also illegal for him to drive with a busted head light.

          Matthew Weiss

  225. Ed February 7, 2013 8:38 am Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for allowing us to post/comment on your blog. I was recently pulled over for speeding. The Officer “estimated” my speed to be 81 mph based on his radar in a 50mph zone (FDR North bound). The moment I saw him in my rear view mirror, he was on the entrance ramp of 138th st, I know I was going 60-65 mph. Obviously I’m pleading Not Guilty but would appreciate your advice on this matter.

    Regards,
    Ed

  226. Troy February 6, 2013 11:22 pm Reply

    Hello Matthew,

    I was pulled over on 86 going 79 in 65. The officer put a note in the comments section saying I was next to a “Lucky” truck and also my car is red. I have an orange car, the truck in front of me (who just passed me on the right) was a red and was next to the “Lucky” truck when we passed the cop. Also, as I have been caught a few times prior I always set on cruise at 74 when traveling on roads like this when possible (I was set on 74 in this situation). I unfortunately have no proof except that the cop put the color red (my car is orange) on the ticket.

    Also, I am from PA and this is my third ticket in the last two years in NY. Can I fight this with my previous info or at least get it reduced? How will this effect my PA license status?

    Thank you,
    Troy

    • Matthew Weiss February 7, 2013 1:15 pm Reply

      Troy,

      The wrong color on the ticket does not render it fatally defective. However, you should still plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly get a better outcome.

      Points from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your PA license but a NY conviction will be reported to PA so it can affect your auto insurance rates. More importantly, because you have 2 other NY tickets on your record, your NY record has issues. This ticket could, in fact, lead to a suspension (depending on what other tickets are already on your record and how many points each carry). You, therefore, should fight this ticket and you should consult with an experienced NY traffic lawyer given your NY ticket problems.

      Matthew Weiss

  227. Jacob Miguel February 6, 2013 8:01 am Reply

    On January 18, 2013, I was clocked going 81 in a 65 on I-87 in Bethlehem, NY in Albany county. The officer was in an unmarked vehicle and it was 7:45 pm. I was driving behind the officer and he pulled over into a closing onramp. As the onramp finished closing the officer decided to come back into the lane I was driving in, before I had finished passing him up. I moved into the other lane and sped up to avoid an accident which was when he turned on the lights. I had been going 75 mph for the entire trip and was on a 5 hr trip from Syracuse, NY to Fall River, MA. The stop came about 2 miles before my exit and I saw the officer pull another driver over before I even got off my exit. My last ticket was over 3 years ago and it was reduced from a speeding and disobeying traffic control device to a nonmoving and disobeying traffic control device. I can’t afford my insurance to go up and I don’t want any points on my license. How should I proceed? I live in Syracuse now and the county the court is in is over 2 hrs away.

    • Matthew Weiss February 6, 2013 8:08 am Reply

      Jacob,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket. If you cannot or do not want to return to Albany County, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for your.

      This ticket carries 4 NY points and roughly a $200 fine. It can affect your insurance rates even if you have an otherwise clean record. If you fight it, you or your traffic lawyer can likely get this reduced to a 2-point ticket (and perhaps a 0-point ticket).

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  228. robert January 29, 2013 3:38 pm Reply

    hello, the other night i was driving i-95 south towards jfk airport in new rochelle westchester county and was pulled over by new york state police and he clocked me at 77/55. i am from Ri and have a cdl license and a clean driving record. when pulled over all the officer asked me was if i saw him and if i knew the speed limit and where i was going. what is my best action to take care of this. thank you

    • Matthew Weiss January 29, 2013 3:41 pm Reply

      Robert,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points and save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Further, because you have a CDL, you have an additional reason to fight this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  229. DriverX January 27, 2013 1:13 am Reply

    I was pulled over last night going 84 in a 55. I was going a bit faster, but I think the cop cut me a break by putting me under 30. The ticket I got was in southhampton ny. It doesn’t say a fine. What should I do? I’m probably going to plead guilty because I admitted to speeding.

    • Matthew Weiss January 27, 2013 1:34 am Reply

      DriverX,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this 6-point speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save money and points, and avoid an insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

  230. Chris January 24, 2013 10:42 am Reply

    I was doing 83 in a 65 on I-88 in ny. I’m a md resident and live 6 hrs away. In md driving over 80 is considered reckless driving. On my ticket there is nothing stating I was pulled over for reckless driving, just a traffic infraction. Since I was not pulled over for reckless driving. Will my case transfer to md as reckless driving or as a speeding ticket as said on my ticket

    • Matthew Weiss January 24, 2013 11:02 am Reply

      Chris,

      You are charged with a speeding violation (not reckless). Therefore, if you are found guilty, it will be recorded as speeding. You will need to speak with a Maryland traffic lawyer to ascertain how such a conviction will be treated in Maryland. As a New York traffic lawyer, I am not familiar with Maryland’s traffic laws.

      Matthew Weiss

  231. Desiree January 23, 2013 4:28 pm Reply

    Okay, so today I went to court in Rochester NY to plead not guilty to my speeding ticket. Because of my spotless record the judge gave me the the minimum fine ($90) plus the surcharge ($80). He gave me the minimum fine but why didn’t he reduce my points if my record is clean???

    • Matthew Weiss January 23, 2013 9:42 pm Reply

      Desiree,

      At the Rochester Traffic Violations Bureau, there is no plea bargaining or deals. That is why he couldn’t reduce your ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Desiree January 24, 2013 11:50 am Reply

        Ohhhh…well thanks so much for the reply! TVB is different from municipal in that way? BTW, I encourage EVERYONE to plead not guilty and go to court. It took less than an hour and all together I saved about $25. Not that much but even the secretary person said I did the right thing and apparently the judge was as lenient as he could be. I was nervous about going but so glad I did! I also read Matthews comments religiously and felt I knew what to expect and felt prepared. Thanks so much for your helping us all Matthew!!

  232. Tori January 21, 2013 11:16 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I got a ticket on 11/02/2012 and between my husband and I we thought we paid it. It just came about that it was never paid and now I am very worried about having a warrant or a suspended license. While driving on the 81 in Oswego county, I got pulled over for going 82 in a 65 and I was unaware that I as traveling so fast. What should I do? My husband is deployed and I do NOT want to go to jail.

    Thank you,

    Tori

  233. JR January 21, 2013 6:47 pm Reply

    Driving on the Throgs Neck bridge toward the Clearview Expressway in Queens I received my first speeding ticket in over 25 years. The officer said that I was doing 68MPH in a 45MPH zone. I really don’t believe that I was going that fast but I can’t prove it. I thought that I could go to court and negotiate the charge, however after reading the posts on your site I’m concerned that I don’t have a really good option other than either hire an attorney or take my chances at trial. The officer wrote on the ticket that I was driving a “Volks”, a different make car than I was actually driving (a Volvo). Is this mistake enough to get the judge to dismiss the charges? I’ve been out of work and money is extremely tight. Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Matthew Weiss January 21, 2013 8:41 pm Reply

      JR,

      Unfortunately, the “Volks” mis-description does not render your ticket defective.

      Matthew Weiss

      • JR January 22, 2013 9:54 am Reply

        Matt, thank you for your prompt reply. Based upon your experience, do you think that the judge will show leniency for someone with a long-term clean driving record? My guess is that my case will be assigned to Northern Queens which doesn’t sound too great. Will I have a better chance to get the ticket reduced or thrown out if I hire an attorney?

        • Matthew Weiss January 22, 2013 1:16 pm Reply

          JR,

          You cannot plea bargain a Queens traffic ticket. It is guilty or not guilty at this court. If you are convicted, the judge will likely give you the minimum fine given your otherwise clean record.

          Good luck!

          Matthew Weiss

  234. NYC Driver January 20, 2013 6:19 pm Reply

    I received a 90 in a 45 on the BQE. I am waiting for the ticket to be entered in the TVB system. That has not been done yet, so I can not respond to it online. It has been 12 days and I signed up to receive a notification via email.

    What is the best course of action from this point on?

    • Matthew Weiss January 20, 2013 11:23 pm Reply

      NYC Driver,

      This is a very serious offense as it carries 11 points, a hefty fine, a $675 Driver Assessment Fee and, most importantly, a possible suspension. Keep checking the online system. It usually takes 30 days for a new ticket to “hit”.

      Matthew Weiss

    • john January 21, 2013 8:53 am Reply

      to
      nyc driveer

      get your checkbook out ! !

  235. Ali A January 16, 2013 10:42 am Reply

    Hello,
    I received a speeding ticket 55 in 30 in NY, I am a Michigan resident. I pleaded non guilty but did not show up to court because I was unable to. I did not take action and therefore my license was suspended. I received a new court date. Would you please advise how do I proceed from here? What is the best course of action? I appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • Matthew Weiss January 16, 2013 11:55 am Reply

      All A,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Michigan license, you did the correct thing by pleading not guilty. You can contact the clear about clearing your suspension and getting a new court date, or you can retain a NY traffic lawyer who can handle it. If you retain a NY traffic lawyer, then you will NOT have to travel to NY and appear in court.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  236. Ryan January 15, 2013 3:47 pm Reply

    Hello, I am from New Jersey and I received a Ticket on 12/28/2012 on State Route 12 in Deerfield Town Court. I have been trying to call the court for 3 weeks (7 messages) to find out what my fine is and how to plead Guilty. My ticket was for 75 in a 55, i cannot really afford to fight this ticket or travel up to NY. Furthermore when the officer input my infromation he failed to run my DL over and they have my old address (NJ they just send you a sticker) so anything they would have mailed out is goingto the wrong location. Do you have an idea what my fine(s) would be and would it be in my favor to try and fight this ticket?

    • Matthew Weiss January 15, 2013 7:09 pm Reply

      Ryan,

      Your fine will be set by the judge but it will be roughly $200. This ticket carries 4 points in NY and will transfer as 2 NJ points on your NJ license. If you fight it, you likely will be able to get less NY points, avoid a possible insurance increase and possibly avoid any NJ points.

      Feel free to call us to discuss. The consultation is free.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

  237. Kristin January 14, 2013 11:23 am Reply

    Hello, I received a speeding ticket in Saratoga Springs going 43 in a 25 mph zone. I don’t think I was speeding that much, as I had just turned onto the road from a dead stop when he pulled me over. I was also misquoted in in the supporting deposition, which states “I was goin fast”, when I had asked him if I was speeding.
    I also got a ticket last October for not changing my address with the DMV, I pleaded not guilty and I’m still waiting for a court date. Otherwise I have nothing on my record.
    The DMV told me it usually takes six months to receive a court date in the mail, and I am moving to Washington state in five months. I’m afraid of pleading not guilty to the speeding ticket and moving before I receive the court date. Should I just plead guilty and pay the fee? Thank you in advance for the advice, this is a great site.

    • Matthew Weiss January 14, 2013 11:43 am Reply

      Kristin,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto a Washington State license, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid having a high speeding ticket on your record.

      If you cannot attend court, then you can retain a New York traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      By the way, a ticket for failing to notify DMV of a change of address is not a moving violation and carries 0 points. Therefore, this one you can just pay (especially since you are moving away).

      Matthew Weiss

  238. Melissa V January 3, 2013 9:57 pm Reply

    Dear Michael,

    I want to thank you for your advice and encouragement to plea bargain for my son’s speeding ticket in Beacon, NY. He got his ticket reduced to “illegal parking”, NO points and a $100 fine. Your additional blog advice of dressing nicely in court and speaking respectfully, I believe, helped immensly.

    Thank you again for this website and your helpful attitude. You’re a gem!

  239. ranjith January 3, 2013 4:24 pm Reply

    Hi Mathew,

    I got a ticket for allegedly doing 92 in 65mph zone at Schroon Lake under the jurisdiction of Schroon Town Court, NY on Dec 31st. I have plead not guilty and mailed the ticket back to the court. The ticket has the trial date 23rd Jan printed on it. Can I expect a conference with the prosecutor before this date? Is the conference to be done in person? Does Schroon Town Court offer plea bargains in general? Also, will Schroon Town Court allow motion for discovery?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Ranjith.

    • Matthew Weiss January 3, 2013 4:47 pm Reply

      Ranjith,

      The conference will be in person and the court will set this date shortly. The Schroon traffic court does plea bargain. In my opinion, it will likely offer you a 2 or 3 point ticket as part of a plea. Finally, yes, you can make a motion for discovery but first you must make a demand that goes un-answered.

      Matthew Weiss

      • ranjith January 3, 2013 5:09 pm Reply

        Can you explain a bit more about the process of requesting Discovery? Is the demand for discovery to be sent only to the prosecutor or to the court clerk,PD and the prosecutor? Will demanding for discovery affect my plea bargain chances in any way? As the Radar reading is 27 miles above the limit, what are my chances to escape even if the officer was not adequately trained or the radar was found faulty in the discovery if I go for trial?

        • Matthew Weiss January 3, 2013 5:13 pm Reply

          Ranjith,

          Is the demand for discovery to be sent only to the prosecutor or to the court clerk, PD and the prosecutor? It is sent to the court and prosecutor. There is no PD for traffic tickets.

          Will demanding for discovery affect my plea bargain chances in any way? Yes, it is possible that such a request will impair your ability to negotiate a plea bargain.

          As the radar reading is 27 miles above the limit, what are my chances to escape even if the officer was not adequately trained or the radar was found faulty in the discovery if I go for trial? I cannot predict or quantify your chances with any certainty. If you can prove inadequate training or a faulty radar, then your chances for success are substantially better. I’m sorry that I cannot be more precise but these are impossible questions to answer with any detail.

          Matthew Weiss

  240. Kesan Ratnam January 2, 2013 11:47 am Reply

    I received a speeding ticket of 75/65 on I90 in Scottsville NY. I didn’t think I was over 70, B’case I am from Canada and the officer’s first words were asking me if I knew how fast I was going. I said “I was traveling in 70 mph”. He went back, typed it up, and said I did 75 and gave me the ticket, and showed me his copy. I don’t live in USA, I don’t know what to do with this speeding Ticket. This is my first offense;
    Can you please give me a good advice
    Thanks

  241. Nigel Haridat January 2, 2013 9:30 am Reply

    Hello, and thank you in advance for such a great service.

    I got a speeding ticket in Bronx, NY on the I-95S for doing 91 in a 50 MPH zone. The officer told me to plea guilty when I show up to court. I don’t think I am going to plea guilty, but I do know that I was speeding. Is there any chance of going around this in court? Please help.

  242. Dani December 31, 2012 5:11 pm Reply

    Hello Matthew,

    Thank you very much for this useful blog and information. I was just pulled over today, just a few hours ago, on the Long Island Expressway (I-495). This was my first time ever receiving a speeding ticket – my license is completely clean otherwise. Being in shock, I didn’t say a word to the officer as he told me I was going 82 mph (55 mph speed limit). I now wish I’d at least tried reasoning with him, considering it is my first offense and also New Year’s Eve… oh well. My car (2013 Kia Sorento LX) is a brand new lease and I’ve just started getting used to it. I was among the few on the highway today, honestly driving about the same speed as the rest of traffic – I was just the lucky one to be picked out.

    I’m leaning towards pleading not guilty, since this qualifies for the 6-point penalty, but not sure if I have a chance. Is there any advice you could offer me about what to expect and how to handle this in the best way possible? My financial situation isn’t great and it would be a huge help if I could avoid the maximum fine. The ticket states that the charge is based on “direct observation” by “pace” – I’m not exactly sure what that means and my mind is filled with a bunch of questions. Have you heard of these tickets being appealed before? Can I fight this – and if so, how? Do I have a fighting chance and is it worth it? What is the best possible result? How much will the fines be, and how will my license and insurance (Geico) be affected?

    If it is possible for you to answer any of these questions, I would be eternally grateful !!!

    • Matthew Weiss January 1, 2013 12:13 am Reply

      Dani,

      Definitely plead not guilty. If your ticket was issued in Nassau County, you can negotiate a plea bargain and save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If this was issued in Suffolk County, you can also plea bargain but after April 2013 when the new Suffolk County traffic court opens. So delay your speeding ticket case beyond that date (if you can).

      Matthew Weiss

  243. New Brunswick December 30, 2012 1:34 pm Reply

    Matt,

    I’m a New Jersey driver and I was driving RT23 in Catskill (Greene County) and I was issued a ticket for 80 in a 55. I have a clean record other than this ticket so I’m hoping this isn’t going to be too painful. If possible I would like to avoid making an appearance in person since Catskill is ~150 miles from where I live. What do you think I’m in for, and would it be possible to take care of this without a return trip?

    • Matthew Weiss December 30, 2012 1:42 pm Reply

      New Brunswick,

      If you retain a NY traffic lawyer, then he or she can appear on your behalf. Further, an experienced traffic lawyer can likely save you NY points, the $300 Driver Assessment Fee and possibly the 2 NJ points that would transfer upon a NY moving violation conviction.

      Matthew Weiss

  244. Brooklyn December 19, 2012 10:16 am Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Happy holidays and thanks in advance for your guidance.

    My 18 months ticket history:
    11/30/2011 – 6 PTS reduced to 4 PTs (Northbound Harlem River Drive)
    5/30/2012 – 8 PTS – Case adjourned to 4/30/2012 – $40 bond paid (Northbound Henry Hudson – 74 in 35)
    I have already taken the points reduction course online after results on first ticket.

    What are the total fines and assessments I should expect for the 5/30 ticket?
    Am I correct in thinking it will be a $300 fine plus $750 bad driver’s tax due to 12 points counted toward the assessment if I am found guilty?
    Will there be a possibility of license suspension? I would think not since I have taken the point reduction course…
    What is the likely hood of a possible reduction from the judge as I was caught right where the speed zone changes from 50 to 35?
    Pretty ridiculous speed trap as it goes from 50 to 35 to 25 back to 50 on the section of the Henry Hudson with plenty of curves and entrance ramps from above and the right where cops can hide.

    Advice to others driving northbound on 9A is to slow down once you are past the GWB exit. Just doing 46 can get you 6 points on the second curve….

    • Matthew Weiss December 20, 2012 12:46 am Reply

      Brooklyn,

      If you are found guilty of the 5/30/12 speeding ticket, you’ll have a total of 12 points less 4 for the driver safety class (10 net). The fine will be roughly $300 plus you’ll owe a $750 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Further, you can be suspended if you are convicted of the 5/30/12 speeding ticket despite taking the Driver Safety Class. A NYC judge has discretion to do so for just one 8-point speeding conviction (and, of course, you have a second speeding ticket within 18 months).

      There is no plea bargaining in NYC so you cannot get this reduced to a lesser charge.

      My advise would be to hire an experienced NY traffic lawyer given the seriousness of your situation.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Brooklyn December 21, 2012 7:04 am Reply

        Matt,

        I actually have hired a law firm for both these tickets, but just discovered this blog recently. I was surprised my lawyer was asked for bond on the first adjournment. I thought I was entitled to 2? Maybe having too many adjournments reflects badly on the case?
        On the question of suspension they also could not give me a clear answer as to “will I get suspended”.

        Other than these two tickets I have been point free for over 5 years. My job recently relocated to N. manhattan so I got nailed twice in unfamiliar territory.

        I came across some stats you posted back in 2010 that showed Manhattan north has a very favorable rate for discretionary suspensions as well as convictions. Almost the best out of all TVB in NYC. Not sure if this is still the case due to the tix-fix scandal in the Bronx.

        • Matthew Weiss December 21, 2012 8:09 am Reply

          Brooklyn,

          Recently some of the TVB judges have been requiring bonds for first adjournments. However, the imposition of a bond does not impact whether you win or lose the case when it comes up for trial. Further, you can be suspended if you are convicted of the 5/30/12 speeding ticket despite taking the Driver Safety Class. A NYC judge has discretion to do so for just one 8-point speeding conviction (and, of course, you have a second speeding ticket within 18 months). I cannot answer the question whether you will be suspended as that lies with the defense strategy devised by your traffic lawyer as well as the judge. Good luck!

          Matthew Weiss

          • Brooklyn April 30, 2013 8:27 pm

            Matt,
            Looks like the worst case was realized.
            I was found guilty and also issued a 31day suspension. So it looks like even though I took the point reduction course, the admin judge suspended my anyway.

            I’ve read that restricted use licenses can be applied for. Do you think I will qualify for one if the judge used his discretion to suspend me?

            Recently they changed the speed limit in this stretch of the Henry Hudson from 35 to 45. Do you think I have any grounds for a successful appeal?

            Thanks again and I don’t know if I used the right firm to defend me… I thought for sure I would at least avoid suspension with a good lawyer.

          • Matthew Weiss April 30, 2013 9:30 pm

            Brooklyn,

            I am sorry that you were suspended. I don’t know who you retained as your traffic lawyer but I can tell you that there are definitely ones that our better than others.

            If you have never had a restricted license before, then you can get one. The suspension notice that DMV will send you in the mail will state whether you are eligible.

            Matthew Weiss

  245. Adam matiteeb December 14, 2012 7:57 pm Reply

    Hey Matthew

    Recently I got a ticket for going 56 in a 30 and there’s no way I was going that fast. I was slowing down from 45. When I asked the officer so show me his radar he simply laughed and handed me the ticket. This happened in Brooklyn NY on ocean parkway how do you think I go about this?

    • Matthew Weiss December 14, 2012 9:33 pm Reply

      Adam Matiteeb,

      This speeding ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. I therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. BTW, the officer is not required to show you the radar or laser print-out.

      Matthew Weiss

  246. Greg December 14, 2012 12:34 am Reply

    Yesterday, December 13, 2012, I got pulled over and issued a ticket for doing 77 in a 55 going south on the northway in Albany, NY. I already plead not guilty to the ticket because I had to move my court date, but can I expect a reduction? What kind of fines am I looking at? Not to mention, I’m 18 so how is my insurance going to react? Does it matter that a state trooper pulled me over opposed to a city cop?

    • Matthew Weiss December 14, 2012 8:36 am Reply

      Greg,

      This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. My best guess is that you can get this knocked down to a 2- or 3-point ticket and save the Driver Assessment Fee. Your insurance shouldn’t go up if you have an otherwise clean record and you can get this speeding ticket reduced to a noon-speeding ticket (or an speeding ticket that is reduced to 70/55 or less).

      Finally, it shouldn’t make a difference that the ticket was issued by a state trooper.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  247. Harry Patel December 12, 2012 1:34 pm Reply

    Hello Matt,
    This site is great! Thanks for all the advice. Today I got pulled over for driving 73 in a 50 mph zone going southbound on the Whitestone Expressway. He said to me that hes going to give me 2 points and I just have to take the defensive driving course to get rid of these points. Is it possible for a cop to determine how many points he can give me? This is also my first offense. Also he did not say anything about a fine? Is there a fine I have to pay and also should I plead not guilty?
    Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss December 12, 2012 11:05 pm Reply

      Harry Patel,

      Thanks for your kind praise. This ticket carries 6 points (not 2). The officer was either mistaken or (more likely) trying to get you plead guilty. The fine for this ticket is roughly $150 plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly get a better result.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Harry Patel December 13, 2012 1:32 am Reply

        are there any consequences or further fines for fighting a ticket?

        • Matthew Weiss December 13, 2012 8:16 am Reply

          Harry,

          Great question! In most cases, there is no down side to fighting your speeding ticket. The only exception that comes to mind is where the officer already gave you a break during the car stop by lowering the actual charge. In those cases, the prosecutor could seek to amend the charge back up to the original offense.

          Of course, the only other down side is that it usually takes more time when you plead not guilty (versus guilty).

          Matthew Weiss

        • john December 13, 2012 9:49 am Reply

          when i was pulled over , the officers were super polite, vague about the fine, nothing said about court costs levied and then the real ugly suprise of the NY State driver assestment fee of 300 dollars.

          the 2nd ticket cost was 285 to catskills, and 300 to NYS……

          i ve been driving that route for 12 years now, and never seen such heavy enforcement.

          time to SLOW DOWN ! !

  248. Jenn December 9, 2012 7:12 pm Reply

    This article has been helpful, I now have a better understanding of what will probably happen to me next… Anyways, I received a speeding ticket this evening on my way to work in Ithaca, NY in Tompkins County. According to the officer I was going 18mph over the speed limit,”63mph in a 45mph zone.” I never go over 45-50 in this region because I know there are too many police monitoring that particular area and the speed limit does this weird thing where it goes from 30-45 quickly. I’m not sure if it is even worth it to try and go to court for this ticket and I want to know if I even have a chance. The officer miss-quoted me in his print out and also told me that I was the only car in his “corridor” at that time when in fact I was surrounded by many cars who were all in a hurry to pass me because the train was going through in Ithaca and traffic was backed up. I drive an hour and ten minutes to work 5 days a week and I really can’t imagine paying a huge fine and having my insurance go up right now so I just want to know if it’s worth fighting. And if it is worth fighting, should I get a traffic lawyer? Would this be the right situation for one? I have never been to court for a traffic violation and it sounds scary. I only have one other ticket on my record and its in another state (CA in 2006). Thank you for your help!

    • Matthew Weiss December 9, 2012 7:48 pm Reply

      Jenn,

      I’m glad you’ve found this article helpful. If you plead not guilty, you or your traffic lawyer can likely negotiate this down to a 2-point ticket. It’s even possible, it will be reduced to a 0-point ticket. You should definitely plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket as any plea bargain will avoid the possibility of your auto insurance rates increasing.

      In regard to whether you should hire a New York traffic lawyer (like me), you can handle yourself or get a lawyer to appear for you. If you are truly scared about representing yourself, then get a lawyer. Otherwise, represent yourself.

      Matthew Weiss

  249. Anthony M. December 8, 2012 7:44 pm Reply

    Hello, I received a speeding ticket today in the Town of Hopkinton, NY in St. Lawrence County. I was going 55mph in a 40mph zone. The Hopkinton Town Court is what the ticket was assigned to. My situation is quite complicated though. I live in RI and have a RI License. However I currently attend college at Lyndon State in VT. Traveling on my way back from Suny Potsdam to VT, I had my cruise control set exactly at 55mph because that is the limit for the majority of the road. I had apparently entered a 40mph zone without realizing it. I was paying attention and do not recall seeing a sign. Regardless, I did not argue with the officer, who was traveling in the opposite direction and turned around to stop me. We had a very friendly and peaceful conversation, so no bad relations there. He was generous enough to give me over a month to send in my plea. I’m 18 years old and have been driving since 16; this is my first offense ever. I feel I have a reasonable excuse to argue, so should I plea guilty or not guilty (and is the cost of 4 hours of travel worth it to fight the ticket)? What do you think the approximate cost of the ticket will be? It is a 4-point ticket, but in RI points are not calculated. How will this transfer? Thank you so much for your help!

    • Matthew Weiss December 8, 2012 11:44 pm Reply

      Anthony M,

      A NY conviction will be reported to RI but won’t carry points in RI. Your RI insurance company, however, can learn about it and, thus, use it to raise your rates. The speeding ticket will cost you about $150 if you plead guilty or plea it down. You won’t save on the fine if you plea bargain it.

      Matthew Weiss

  250. Mel88 December 7, 2012 8:02 pm Reply

    Hello,
    I received a speeding ticket of 81/65 on I90 in Monroe County. All day I was having rocks kicked up at my windshield so when I saw a truck I decided to pass it quickly. I didn’t think I was over 80, closer to 78, and the officer’s first words were asking me if I knew how fast I was going. I said yes, thinking he would say 75. He went back, typed it up, and said I did 81 and gave me the ticket, and showed me his copy, where he quoted me saying I knew what speed I was going.
    I don’t live in the area (it’s roughly two hours away) and work nights and early on weekends so I can’t really take my scattered days off to drive over and back.
    This is my first offense; however, I’m 24 and the only way my insurance is moderately feasible is all my ‘safe driving’ discounts. My question is threefold: Should I mail it in or show up at court? Should I try to plead not guilty based on the fact I thought I was under 15 above and he has me listed at 16 above? And would my insurance rate skyrocket?
    Thank you for your advice.

    • Matthew Weiss December 7, 2012 8:32 pm Reply

      Mel88,

      You should plead not guilty via certified mail. If you do, you likely can negotiate a plea bargain (a reduced charge) and avoid an insurance hike.

      If you don’t want to drive to court, then you retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  251. Fred December 7, 2012 3:42 pm Reply

    I got a 79/65 going on the interstate through Cattaraugus county, town of Allegany. I didn’t admit that I was speeding but the officer noted that I knew the speed limit was 65 and I was “trying to set the cruise control”. Which I indeed said.

    I’m out of state – how much of a fine am I looking at, and what’s the chance (and the gain) that an experienced traffic attorney could get it down to 10 over?

    • Matthew Weiss December 7, 2012 8:39 pm Reply

      Fred,

      A New York traffic lawyer can likely get this reduced for you through a plea bargain. However, what is the proper plea bargain for you depends on in which court your case is assigned.

      Matthew Weiss

  252. Shannon December 7, 2012 2:02 pm Reply

    I was thrilled to find your blog. Thank you for providing this service. I need some advice.

    I received a speeding ticket 78/65 on the I-90 in Genessee Country, NY. I live in Ontario, Canada and have a clean driving record. I haven’t had any type of ticket in more than 25 years. I spoke to the court and they said if I send in a plea, I do not need to show up at the court date listed on the ticket. Would it be wiser to attend this or wait for a court date to be mailed? I am looking to plead not guilty. I was over the posted limit, as I pulled out to pass a large truck full of Xmas trees. I then pulled back into the right lane and reset my cruise before I was pulled over. I don’t know what to expect with the fine as it is not posted on the ticket. Will this ticket translate to points off my license in Ontario?

    • Matthew Weiss December 7, 2012 2:29 pm Reply

      Shannon,

      Thanks for your nice remarks. Because points from a NY conviction will transfer onto your Ontario license as demerit points, you did the right thing by pleading not guilty. You should now just wait for a court date. Once you have it, you or your NY traffic lawyer should appear and negotiate a plea bargain (a reduction to a less serious charge). On a 4-point speeding ticket, I would think you or your traffic lawyer could get this down to a 2-point ticket (and roughly a $150 fine).

      • Shannon December 16, 2012 10:26 pm Reply

        Thank you Mark. They sent me a form saying I could ask for a reduction. I sent that off including an explanation of my situation and I guess they will let me know. I also noted, as I figured out from the correspondence they sent, as well as the ticket itself, that they had my initial wrong on the ticket. Hopefully, this doesn’t hurt my reduction in the end. Thanks again.

  253. Max December 6, 2012 10:54 am Reply

    Hi there,
    A little over 2 years ago (10.2010) I got a speeding ticket for going 53 in a 30 zone in Brooklyn, NY. My court date was rescheduled 3 times, actually 4 times but the last time I had to pay $40 bond fee. To make a long story short, I was found guilty. The question now is what kind of fine and/or other charges I will have to pay and also will my $40 bond will be counted towards my fine? This was my first ever speeding ticket or any other major ticket. Will my insurance (Geico) rate go up? Lastly, I was told that I will have no points on my license.

    • Matthew Weiss December 6, 2012 11:20 am Reply

      Max,

      Your $40 bond will be applied to the fine. The judge should have assessed a fine at the time he or she found you guilty. Check your receipt. Finally, DMV will send you a separate bill for $300 for the Driver Assessment Fee. This fee is imposed on any motorist who gets 6 or more points. Even though your points from this ticket no longer count (because they are greater than 18 months old), you still have to pay this fee.

      In regard to your insurance, GEICO can raise your rates based on this conviction when you are up for renewal. They don’t have to raise them but they can.

      Matthew Weiss

  254. Francisco Loor December 2, 2012 12:35 pm Reply

    Im a newly licensed driver and I just got a speeding ticket for doing 93 on a 65 MPH Zone on I-87 in Orange County . If I plead not guilty to avoid the charge, and the 6 points this would probably add to my license, what happens when I get to court??

    • Matthew Weiss December 2, 2012 11:31 pm Reply

      Francisco,

      At court, you will be given a conference where you can discuss a plea bargain (an offer to plead guilty in exchange for a lesser charge). Because you were likely on probation for this ticket, you need to be careful how you resolve this case. Some resolutions will involve a suspension (while others will not).

      Matthew Weiss

  255. Michael Viar November 28, 2012 5:44 pm Reply

    My 20 year old son was coming home from college and was caught speeding 67mph in a 55mph zone in Poughqag, NY. We have plead not guilty and have been offered a date to plea bargin at the court house in Beekman. If he were convicted going 12mph over the speed limit he would be charged with 4 points on his license and approximately $300 in fines. What is the best possible plea bargin deal I can expect without the assistance of a lawyer? This is his first moving violation.

    • Matthew Weiss November 28, 2012 5:49 pm Reply

      Michael V,

      The best result that you can get would be a 0-point ticket. If you can’t get that, then your son will likely be offered a 2-point Disobey Traffic Control Device ticket.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  256. Michele Wurm November 27, 2012 4:01 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    Thanks so much for this forum, it’s already made me feel more comfortable about a speeding ticket I received. I was caught doing 74 in a 55 on the Taconic Parkway, and my appearance date on the ticket is 12/10/12 in Stanfordville, NY. From other things I’ve read here, I think I should plead not guilty. But am I being dumb that I can’t figure out whether I can just turn up on the appearance date to enter that not-guilty plea. Or do I have to mail it in ahead of time? It seems to me like I can just show up on the day and time, but I’d feel better knowing this is the correct protocol. In terms of my record, I have had a NY State license for 4 years, and it’s clean. I previously had a MA license, and I did get speeding tickets in NY about 12 years ago on that MA license. Would those tickets appear on my NY license, or can I safely tell them my record is “clean”? I also don’t think I was going 74. But if the ticket says the charge is based on “direct observation” and verified by “radar”, model “stalker dual”, then does that mean he definitely clocked me on radar and it’s unrefutable? It was late at night, not many people around, so it’s a shame to get a ticket that’s 19 above the limit… Thanks for your help!

    • Matthew Weiss November 28, 2012 8:17 am Reply

      Michele Wurm,

      Thanks for your kind comments. I’m glad it has allayed your concerns about your ticket.

      You can plead not guilty by mail (we recommend with delivery confirmation) before your appearance date or in person on that date. If it’s been more than 48 hours and you want to plea by mail, then you should also call the court and let them know that you are belatedly sending in your not guilty plea.

      Those old NY tickets will not count. After 18 months, NY DMV no longer counts the points from a traffic ticket vis-a-vis new tickets.

      Finally, it sounds like he used a radar device but you should still fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  257. Pat November 27, 2012 10:31 am Reply

    Mines a little different. Not speeding but got pulled over for passing a guy that was taking forever turning. I went into the opposite lane to do this. The officer sited me for unsafe passing…Really? Wasn’t speeding nothing. All the ticket says is unsafe passing. I’m pleading not guilty but am wondering what the cost will be and how many points. I’m hoping at my pre meeting I can explain and hopefully pay a fine but no points. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Matthew Weiss November 28, 2012 8:14 am Reply

      Pat,

      An unsafe passing ticket carries 3 points and roughly a $200 fine. Depending on the court, you may be able to negotiate this down to a 0-point ticket.

      BTW, from your description, you may not have violated the passing law. Look up the law under which you were charged (likely) VTL 1120 to see if you violated it terms.

      Matthew Weiss

  258. Bob November 27, 2012 7:32 am Reply

    I am a resident of Pennsylvania and got a speeding ticket in New York (SR21 -Town of Italy). The ticket was written for 47 in a 30 mph zone (VTL Section 1180D). The NYS Police officer indicated that charge was based on direct observation and verified with radar (dual stalker). How much will the fines (and surcharges) be? Will points go on my PA license? Should I plead guilty or try to get reduced?

    Thanks
    Bob

    • Matthew Weiss November 27, 2012 8:30 am Reply

      Bob,

      The fine for this speeding ticket will be roughly $200 (assuming you have an otherwise clean NY record). Points from this conviction will NOT transfer onto your PA license but the conviction will be reported to PA and therefore can be used by your PA insurance company to raise your rates. Therefore, you should contact your insurance company to see what affect, if any, a conviction will have. If none, then pay the ticket. If it can adversely affect your insurance, then fight it yourself or with a NY traffic ticket lawyer.

      Matthew Weiss

  259. Nicholas November 25, 2012 11:53 pm Reply

    Hey, I live in Poughkeepsie, New York I’m a 17 year old driver with 6 months driving experience with a full license from Drivers Education. I drove into Rhinebeck lost trying to find a friends house after school, unfamiliar with the area, I went into a speedzone that went from 55-45-30. I got a 50/30 speeding ticket at the time having 5 1/2 months of driving under my license. The officer told me not to worry about it, in the words “DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT”, and said my court date would be around a year from now, but it ended up being a month, 12/06/12. I pleaded not guilty but I’m scared of what I will be charged with, what should I do? How do I fight this?

  260. Haroon S November 25, 2012 10:56 pm Reply

    I was driving from DC to Ontario this past week and got slapped with a ticket near Dansville,NY. It was late at night and i usually drive within 5mph of the limit.Just call it bad luck,i was at the end of a downward slope and my shitty ass car doesnt have cruise control(i had been driving for 5 hrs by this time) so i didnt really watch my speed.My odometer read 83 i think but the trooper told me i was doing 85 in a 65 mph zone. This was around 9:20 pm.
    Trooper never really asked me if i knew I was speeding, he just said “you’ve been stopped by the state trooper for donig 85 in a 65 zone”. Asked me WHy,i said maybe because it was a downward slope,i wasnt sure.
    What irritated me more was that he gave me the ticket for exactly 85/65..i got a ticket once before where the cop knocked off 5mph(so second ticket).Anyhow,I think there is something wrong with my Odometer as well.I will get it checked because my car has electrical issues.
    -do i have to appear in court or can someone fight the ticket on my behalf?
    -how many points/fine am i looking at?
    -I honestly dont give a crap,I’m moving to a different state and wont be coming to Ontario or NY for a long time,but I don’t feel like paying the ticket.

    • Matthew Weiss November 25, 2012 11:07 pm Reply

      Haroon S,

      Your or your NY traffic lawyer will have appear in court if you plead not guilty.

      You are looking at 6 NY points, roughly a $200 fine, a $300 Driver Assessment Fee and 4 Ontario demerit points.

      If you ignore this ticket or fail to pay the fine, your privilege to drive in New York will be suspended which will be honored in Ontario and other states and provinces. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you address this matter.

      Matthew Weiss

  261. Bridgette November 24, 2012 6:57 pm Reply

    I am a resident of Ontario, Canada and received a speeding ticket in Morristown, NY today for going 72 in a 55. What is the estimated cost of the ticket & how will this affect my license in Ontario?

    • Matthew Weiss November 24, 2012 8:01 pm Reply

      Bridgette,

      Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this ticket. To avoid coming back here, you should consider hiring a NY traffic ticket lawyer who is also knowledgeable about the Ontario demerit point system.

      The fine for your ticket is roughly $200.

      Matthew Weiss

  262. john doe IV November 22, 2012 7:54 am Reply

    i learned a hard lesson in NY over the last two years. was caught speeding in queensbury ny on I87 on 9/2011 87 in 65, and recently in catskill on I87 on 10/2012 83 in 55……..
    pleaded guilty to both, now received a $300 driver assessment fee from NY state.
    in reading many of the posts made by other s , it seems that police have a much lower tolerence of speed now .. seems that even 75 mph in a 65 triggers their attention….
    i ve been traveling back and forth to vermont and Mass for 10 years now, and never ticketed until last year.
    i m hoping that the points do not come back to NJ, my home state.
    time to slow down for me, kinda of wishing i didnt plead guilty to both those tickets.

    great blog here , thanks for the insight ! !

    signed, former lead foot

    • Matthew Weiss November 22, 2012 8:59 pm Reply

      John Doe IV,

      Thanks for your nice remarks.

      You must pay a NY Driver Assessment Fee even though you have an out-of-state license. In regard to the affects on on your NJ license, any NY speeding conviction will transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license.

      Matthew Weiss

      • john doe IV November 26, 2012 4:57 am Reply

        hi matthew

        yes sir i plan on paying that assesment fee also, last thing i need is having the family in the car, and getting stopped for what ever reason, and getting arrested…… i see New Jersey now is joining the license plate scanner business too… interesting to see how many hits there are on that system sitting with a officer waiting at the car wash……while his was being dried and windows cleaned, 6 alerts went off…….he said could be expired registration, expired DL, wants/warrants on vehicle owner….and coming real soon, scanning inspection stickers too, being that information is now fed to DMV records on each set of plates……

        big brother is watching in New Jersey at least…..

        happy holidays to all, i know if your reading or posting here it s probally too late to SLOW DOWN ! ! but SLOW DOWN anyway… new times bring new efforcement……and it saves lives too……..

        i forgot to include another thought of mine, i think i was stopped due to having the nicest car of the batch , an import with those darn bright daylite running lites on, as i was in sorts in a spread out group of traffic, moving all within a couple mph s…

        ps, just got back from trip seeing the love of my life in boston area…..and NO TICKETS ! !

  263. Carl Dunlop November 20, 2012 1:33 pm Reply

    Great information on this site. I rescently got a speeding ticket for going 82/65. Im from Ontario so I know this carries over as I have been reading. I just don’t have time to go down to fight this. I’ve been reading that a New York traffic lawyer can show up for me and get it reduced. Is there a fee for hiring a person like this to show up for me? More information on this is much appreciated. I also got a ticket in New York around 4 years ago, does this effect anything? Also I’m a school bus driver, so this affects me a lot and on the back of my sheet it says:

    Q Do you know how fast you were going?
    A Less Than 82

    Does that help my case at all? thank you very much!

    • Matthew Weiss November 20, 2012 8:18 pm Reply

      Carl Dunlop,

      Thanks for your kind remarks. Yes, you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear in your place. A traffic lawyer will charge roughly between $400 and $600 for a basic speeding ticket. Your 4-year old ticket does not count anymore in NY. Convictions last for only 18 months in NY for point purposes. Finally, your statement is not helpful but shouldn’t prevent you or your traffic lawyer from negotiating a reduction.

      Matthew Weiss

  264. pras mesur November 19, 2012 11:27 am Reply

    Hi Matt, I had spoken to you earlier seeking your advice regarding a speeding ticket I got on I87 N, 2 months ago. As per your recommendation i did respond to them as Not guilty and last week I went to the City of Bethlehem, Delmar court and got a plea bargain. My ticket was for 81miles on a 55 MPH speed limit. They reduced it to a 2 point and a Section1175 since my license is in NJ. The prosecutor said Sec 1175 does not make my insurance go high. Is this true? I had to pay $200 also.

    Thanks for your advice.

    • Matthew Weiss November 19, 2012 12:43 pm Reply

      Pras Mesur,

      I remember you and am glad that my advice was helpful for you to get a more favorable outcome. You did well. An 1175 violation does not transfer as points onto your NJ license. Therefore, it should not impact your NJ insurance either.

      Matthew Weiss

  265. Leon Qian November 18, 2012 12:14 am Reply

    I’m a traveller from China and got a speeding-ticket at 80mph in 65mph speed limit zone on I-81, Watertown,NY. The car is rent from enterprise and my driver license is issued by Chinese. I’ll leave US in three weeks later.

    1. Shall I plea of guilty or not guilty? (My Sopken English is limited).
    2. How much will I pay for the fine bill if I plea of guilty?
    3. Will the over speed record influence my leave or re-enter US if I pay or not pay the fine?
    4. The fine bill should be sent to the address in China or the hotel where I stayed in US?
    5. Will ENTERPRISE charge me more when I dropped off car if they know my over speed record?

    Thank you!!!
    Leon

    • Matthew Weiss November 18, 2012 8:30 am Reply

      Leon Quian,

      I you don’t plan on coming back to NY for a while (18 months or more), just plead guilty and pay this ticket.

      The fine will be about $200.

      A speeding conviction of this nature should not affect your ability to visit the US (although I’m not an immigration lawyer).

      I would use a US address for mail from the court. See if the hotel will forward your mail.

      No, Enterprise will not charge your more but you are responsible to pay all tickets issued while using its car.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Leon Qian November 18, 2012 7:04 pm Reply

        Thanks for your reply.

        for the first item , if I plea of guilty and plan to coming back to NY in 18 month for business trip or applying visa, will this be an issue?

        Leon

  266. CB November 15, 2012 4:42 am Reply

    888-
    I have an interesting case. (I have a Florida license)

    In Lake George I got stopped doing 88 in a 65. The very next day I got stopped in Albany for 75 in a 55 Work Zone. Both occasions the stop was routine & polite if that matters.

    90% of the time I go to court to atleast appear if not fight a ticket and then get a plea deal either way. My first question is if NY Violations transpire to a FL drivers license and secondly, if NY doesnt affect a FL License I feel that going to court will backfire on me since I have 2 consecutive charges of the same offense within 2 days one of which being in a work zone. Im thinking of just paying the fines.

    Let me know your thoughts and thank you for your time.

    • Matthew Weiss November 15, 2012 11:43 am Reply

      CB,

      A NY conviction WILL transfer onto your Florida license. You, therefore, should fight these two speeding tickets.

      The fact that you have two back-to-back cases shouldn’t be an issue if you are resolve them close in time.

      Matthew Weiss

  267. Melissa V November 14, 2012 11:32 pm Reply

    Wow, I am impressed with your blog. Not only is there a wealth of information but how you patiently help each person’s situation is very impressive. Thank you for doing this. I will certainly know where to look for a traffic lawyer, if I ever need one!

    However, I’m writing on behalf of my son who received his first (and hopefully his last) speeding ticket this afternoon in the Town of Beekman, NY. (Dutchess County). He was clocked at 67 in a 55 zone. According to all that I have read, he should plead not guilty…which seems wrong as he knows he was over 60 mph. But if he pleads guilty, he can’t bargain for a lesser “punishment”…correct?
    My other question was about Beekman Town Court. Are they open to plea bargains particularly with a driver who has a clean record? Do you know if he will have the opportunity to conference before seeing the judge?

    • Matthew Weiss November 15, 2012 11:45 am Reply

      Melissa V,

      Thanks for your nice praise.

      Your son should plead not guilty. This is the only way for him to strike a plea bargain. He will have an opportunity to conference the case before seeing the judge and his otherwise clean record should help him make a favorable deal.

      Good luck to him.

      Matthew Weiss

  268. Baha November 13, 2012 10:40 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    I got pulled over in Nassau County portion of I-495. Officer gave me a speed ticket 72/55 and another ticket for non-distinctive plate. First of all, I was on my way to sell my car this is the reason I removed my plates and put them on a rear window. They are absolutely clearly visible even from remote distances. Also, I saw his car was entering the highway and I checked my odometer and my speed was 68. I then reduced my speed to 60 and got pulled over. He initially claimed my speed was 75 and I sharply refused and asked him for proof. He gave me 72/55 speed ticket and indicated as “pace”. I am definitely going to fight for this.

    My question is if I show up to the court what is the likelihood of case dismissal even the officer shows up. Also, what is the approximate fine including surcharges for speed ticket?

    • Matthew Weiss November 14, 2012 1:20 pm Reply

      Baha,

      Unless you ask for a trial, the officer’s attendance is irrelevant. If you ask for trial, then the police officer will be give one (or two) opportunities to appear. Only if he doesn’t appear at those opportunities will your case be dismissed.

      The approximate fine for the speeding ticket is roughly $275 in this court.

      Matthew Weiss

  269. Jay S November 13, 2012 8:45 am Reply

    I’m a MA resident who, with a relatively clean license (I have three points from a previous infraction from about 4 or 5 years ago, i failed to yield left thus causing an accident) was stopped on I 90 on Friday night heading to Clinton, New York. The police officer cited me with two tickets: the first was speeding, 111MPH in a 65MPH zone and the second unsafely switching lanes. Prior to being stopped, the police officer had informed me that an off-duty cop, driving along side me for quite sometime, had marked my car for speeding.

    Should I fight the ticket or plead guilty? And if so, what are possible outcomes?

    • Matthew Weiss November 13, 2012 6:30 pm Reply

      Jay,

      I highly recommend that you fight these tickets. Points from a NY conviction WILL transfer onto your MA license and NY (and MA) can suspend you for these tickets. Given the seriousness of the charges, I recommend that you consult with (if not hire) an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer.

      Matthew Weiss

  270. Emily November 13, 2012 1:30 am Reply

    Hi,
    I got a speeding ticket of 75mph in a 65mph on I-87 North in Athens, NY.
    -I was behind a truck in the right hand lane and sped up to pass it on the left. No sooner did I pass it that I was pulled over.
    I don’t want to plead guilty because I really don’t wanna pay a fine and have points on my license. [And this is my first ticket] But I live in Boston and also don’t want to drive three hours for court.

    -Any recommendations on what to do.
    Thanks
    Emily

  271. Nora November 12, 2012 3:43 pm Reply

    Hello,
    My husband and I were on our way to Toronto and received a speeding ticket in Lewiston, NY for going 71mph in a 55mph. We didnt realize the zone was a 55mph one and thought it was 65mph zone. In any case, my husband was driving my car which has a california license plate. The registeration had expired and we didnt realize it because the I moved to New York state a couple of months ago and I didnt receive a renewal notice from the california DMV. The cop gave us a ticket for unregistered vehicle. What is the next step should I register the vehicle in New York State? How can I get this ticket dismissed so it wont go on my husbands driving record??
    PLEASE HELP
    THanks so much

    • Matthew Weiss November 13, 2012 6:43 pm Reply

      Nora,

      Actually, the speeding ticket is much more serious than the un-registered ticket. The speeding ticket carries points and will transfer onto your license in California (I’m assuming from your post that you are licensed there). My advice would be to plead not guilty to both tickets. If you do, you (or your NY traffic lawyer) can likely negotiate this down to a more favorable outcome.

      Matthew Weiss

  272. Andrew Morel November 11, 2012 4:02 pm Reply

    Hey, on 11/5/12 at 12:30 AM, I received a speeding ticket on SR 201 South in Vestal (Broome County). It’s listed as a “speed in zone” (65 mph in a 45 mph zone). I was driving from NYC back to school (BU) and I just stayed the same speed the whole way (didn’t realize that the speed limit changed). Should I mail this ticket in not guilty? It says to do so within 48 hours, but that time has passed. Should I request a supporting deposition? What fine and points am I looking at for this infraction? What should I expect in court?

    Thank You!

    • Matthew Weiss November 11, 2012 4:35 pm Reply

      Andrew,

      You should plead not guilty right away. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      My best guess is that you can get this reduced down to 2 or 3 points and a $200 fine.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Andrew Morel November 12, 2012 1:18 am Reply

        I really appreciate the advice. Should I request a supporting deposition? Thanks

        • Matthew Weiss November 12, 2012 10:37 am Reply

          Andrew,

          If you weren’t given one during the car stop, then you can request it. If you don’t get one within 30 days of your request, then you can move to dismiss your case. On the other hand, some prosecutors will make a less favorable plea offer for those who ask for one.

          Your call.

          Matthew Weiss

  273. Justin November 10, 2012 1:20 pm Reply

    Just received a speeding ticket in Monroe County, Rochester NY. Radar, doing 67 in a 40. Also received a Supporting Deposition with the ticket. What should I do, and what kind of cost am I looking at?

  274. Michael Stull November 7, 2012 7:38 pm Reply

    I just got a 74 in a 55 work zone ticket today in Fenton, NY. I am from WV and am working in the area. I was passing a very slow driver before the work zone, did not know I was already in the work zone. My ticket was accompanied by a Supporting Deposition from the officer. It stated at the bottom; To the Above Named Defendant:
    my quote to the officer at the time when asked if I know why I pulled you over, “yeah, I was just trying to pass that guy before the construction zone”. I do not contest the speed and my statement to me shows I was not aware. I can return for the court date, any advice? Thanks

    • Matthew Weiss November 9, 2012 4:18 pm Reply

      Michael,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your West Virginia license, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this 4-point NY ticket. If you do, you can likely save points and money. BTW, in NY, the fines double for a work zone speeding ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  275. Liza November 6, 2012 5:13 am Reply

    I was stopped on I-88 in Afton, NY. I was going 84 where the speed limit is 65 miles per hour. What is this going to mean?
    He told me I had until the 19th to answer, but this morning, 4 days later, I read the ticket and it says 48 hours to mail out a “not guilty” plea.
    What do I do? Can I just show up in Court and plea my case or du I have to mail it in?
    I think this carries 4 points, what are my chances of reducing that?
    Thank you, I am so confused. I have never had a speeding ticket before. I did get 2 points for cell phone in march of 2011, but since they stay for 18 months they should be gone by now. Thank you for your time.

    Liza

    • Matthew Weiss November 6, 2012 8:14 am Reply

      Liza,

      This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. It can also affect your auto insurance rates. We, therefore, recommend that you plead not guilty and fight it. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid an insurance hike.

      You should plead not guilty as soon as possible using some type of delivery confirmation. You can also call the court and let them know that your not guilty plea is en route.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

  276. krystal November 5, 2012 3:30 pm Reply

    I got a speeding in a school zone ticket (37 in a 20mph). First ticket in over 5 years. I honestly was not in a hurry and actually following a school bus doing the same speed. Should I plead not guilty to reduce points and fines? or will the judge disregard due to a school zone?

  277. Kate October 31, 2012 3:16 pm Reply

    I just received a ticket for going 47 in a 30 zone in Amherst, NY (Erie County). I was obviously speeding, but can I still plead not guilt? Do you know what the fine will be?

  278. Gino October 26, 2012 10:48 am Reply

    I was driving 93 on 55mph hwy, what are my chances for me to dispute this matter?It is my first offense

    • Matthew Weiss October 26, 2012 5:35 pm Reply

      Gino,

      How you fight this speeding ticket varies from court-to-court. However, the short answer is “yes”, you can and should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Pleading not guilty is the only way to possibly obtain a more favorable outcome.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Gino October 26, 2012 6:34 pm Reply

        What are my best options? Should I get a lawyer? and Does the judge take into account that your served in the military?. and if Im looking to dispute this matter myself, what are my risks?

        • Matthew Weiss October 26, 2012 9:30 pm Reply

          Gino,

          As I previously responded, “How you fight this speeding ticket varies from court-to-court.” A NY traffic lawyer can be very helpful to someone fighting a ticket especially for those who do not want to go to court (or cannot make it). Of course, you can fight this yourself too. The only likely risk of defending yourself is that you don’t get as favorable a result as that which an experienced traffic lawyer can obtain.

          Your service in the military unfortunately will have no bearing on your ability to beat this ticket.

          Matthew Weiss

  279. Zac October 25, 2012 4:12 am Reply

    Gday Matt

    Im from Australia and was driving a rental car through New York State.
    I was picked up doing 82 in a 65 zone.
    I hadnt seen any sign posted speed zones, and we use km/h here not miles. So I just assumed I was driving a safe speed as I was travelling amongst other traffic. The police officer picked me out of the bunch fo cars (bad luck on my account).

    This happened in late July, and I have since lost the ticket in my travels.
    Ive just returned to Australia and remembered about it. We have a totally different system here so I am unsure how to finalise it.
    I know this ticket wont affect my Australian licence, but I would like to travel to USA again one day and Id rather not be surprised on arrival by homeland security with a record of this.

    What can you recommend for this situation?

    Any advice/guidance will be greatly appreciated.

    Zac

  280. Susan October 23, 2012 11:42 pm Reply

    I am a Florida resident currently caring for my mother in NY before I return in November… I was driving on 81-South in Onondaga county when traffic was going to prevent me from making my exit (between the Liverpool, destiny USA, and thruway exits all in the same area) so I accelerated to make my exit… A state trooper clocked me at 84 in a 65. It does not say how much my fine would be. Since I will not be leaving until late November is it possible to try and reduce a fine? How much would the full fee and points be? How will affect my Florida license? I am under 25 with already ridiculously expensive insurance… How much would my rate go up or how could I avoid a rate increase? I have an immaculate record and have no prior offenses. What should I do?

    • Matthew Weiss October 24, 2012 8:46 am Reply

      Susan,

      A NY speeding conviction WILL transfer onto your Florida license. Therefore, you should fight this speeding ticket. If you do, then you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge. The fine will be roughly $200.

      If you cannot resolve this before you return to Florida, then you can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

  281. Barbara Veltri October 21, 2012 6:23 pm Reply

    Dear Matthew,
    Thank you for your site and information. I was returning from 40th High School Reunion and was ticketed for speeding 62 in what I thought was a 50 mph area of Bedford, NY on Sunday morning 1 a.m.

    I live in Arizona and was returning to my dad’s home. I do not intend to return until the summer. The office who was kind, felt badly giving the ticked instead of the warning and suggested that I try to go to court on Monday since I will return home and not be here for 11/1 court date.

    What do you suggest?

    I have no prior speeding record.
    Only drink water (thankfully… ) and was so tired that I just wanted to get home and their wasn’t enough light to even see the road, left alone the signs as I had to keep switching for my bright lights.

    Thank you.

  282. Pushkar October 16, 2012 2:32 pm Reply

    Hello Mathew,

    On sunday night, I got pulled over on I87 SB between Lake george & albany for doing 81 mph in 65 zone. I was in right most lane and trying to pass a car. Unfortunately before slowing down into middle lane, officer took radar readings and pulled me over. I tried to explain same to him but he said there was nobody around me to pass. I didn’t argue.I never had speeding ticket before & I’ve also completed defensive driving course. Do you think, I should fight ticket or just pay the fine?

  283. jeff October 15, 2012 11:28 pm Reply

    Hi

    I got a ticket on Highway i 90 west . I was doing 92 in65 zone. Office mentioned that I was doing 89 but he wrote 92 in the ticket and also wrote verified by Radar.
    I called the Burtus court and told her I am from Canada -ONTARIO and asked for my options. lady told me to mail the document back and plea not guilty. I asked her for reduction or some sort of bargain.She asked me either you can have reduction form (and she ask me to write that troper wrote 92 instead of 89 & you need reduction form while sending back not guilty)or pre trial set up. Is it a good idea to write or make any comments in ticket and ask for reduction form or they should give me automatically ?
    Is Burtus town court under tvb?
    If its not under tvb then instead of reducing points . can i ask them to plea bargain for parking tickets instead?
    Please let me know.
    My happing ending is to have it convert to parking ticket. Please advice

    • Matthew Weiss October 16, 2012 2:20 am Reply

      Jeff,

      Brutus Town Court is not part of the TVB. I doubt they will plea bargain this down to a parking ticket, however.

      Ask for the reduction form and see what they offer. I’d predict that you’ll be offered a lesser speeding charge.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

      • jeff November 9, 2012 7:27 pm Reply

        Hi they have sent me a form?

        I was wondering if you can recommend me some golden words I can use in Reason( why you think the charge should be reduced?) so that it can be reduced or withdrwan

        • Matthew Weiss November 11, 2012 3:49 am Reply

          Jeff,

          There are no golden words as each case is fact-sensitive. If you have an otherwise clean record, this is something that you surely should point out. If the violation occurred late at night, that somewhat mitigates it.

          On your court date, dress respectable and be polite. This helps too.

          Good luck!

          Matthew Weiss

  284. Linus October 15, 2012 1:54 pm Reply

    Yesterday I was pulled over for going 48 in a 30 zone in Greene, NY. As the town was ending, I saw the 55 sign and started to accelerate. I am pretty sure I was going between 40 and 45. I received an earlier ticket for going 55 in a 45 zone either this year or the year before also in a small town in NY. I didn’t contest that one and paid the almost $200 fine. Before that, I have never had a ticket in over 25 years of driving and I am 50+! I am inclined to fighting this one. What would you suggest? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Matthew Weiss October 15, 2012 2:18 pm Reply

      Linus,

      Definitely fight it. If you do, you or your NY traffic lawyer likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge. The ticket (48/30) carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. Plus, if you end up with a total of 6 (or more) points within 18 months, then you’ll have to pay a $300 or more Driver Assessment Fee.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      • Linus October 15, 2012 2:40 pm Reply

        Matthew,
        I appreciate your quick response. How can I go about retaining an attorney and how much will it cost me versus the fines expected? Thanks.

  285. MA Driver October 15, 2012 12:02 am Reply

    I was pulled over today going 74 in a 55 in Broome County, town of Lisle. The cop clocked me at 79 but only marked it down as 74. Will that matter one way or the other??

    I was also pulled over in March for doing 89 in a 65 and I paid the $235 ticket along with the $300 fee. What is the best advice for how to handle this ticket. I am from MA and would not be able to make the 6 hr drive for the court date. Is it worth fighting this? Also what does this mean for my driving record since I have now received so many points in a 7 month period.

    • Matthew Weiss October 15, 2012 7:37 am Reply

      MA Driver,

      A NY conviction for speeding WILL transfer onto your MA license. Therefore you should definitely plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Further, because you already have 6 NY points from your NY speeding ticket from March, you have to be careful. At 11 points, you can be suspended and a NY suspension will transfer to MA. By the way, the “roadside” reduction from 79 to 74 may prevent you from get a further plea bargain but, in your case, you MUST try. Pleading guilty is the wrong thing to do.

      To avoid driving 6 hours and, more importantly, to maximize your chance of avoiding a suspension, I highly recommend that you retain an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer.

      Matthew Weiss

      • MA Driver October 15, 2012 2:36 pm Reply

        what are the odds of getting a suspended license with 10 pts on your record?

        Also, would I be better off trying to re-open my ticket from March and fight that one instead of trying to fight this?

        • Matthew Weiss October 15, 2012 2:51 pm Reply

          MA Driver,

          They are very low.

          Matthew Weiss

          • MA Driver October 16, 2012 2:02 pm

            Is it possible to re-open my previous ticket from March. I pleaded guilty because I assumed it wouldnt be an issue for me. But now that I have another ticket the previous 6 points on my record really hurt me. What can I do about this

          • Matthew Weiss October 16, 2012 2:04 pm

            MA Driver,

            It is possible to get it re-opened. Some courts are more lenient that others when it comes to re-opening. A formal motion will have to be made called a Writ of Corum Nobis.

            Feel free to call me if you’d like to discuss this procedure.

            Matthew Weiss
            212-683-7373

  286. seaweede October 11, 2012 7:42 pm Reply

    This morning I got my first speeding ticket-EVER-70/55 in Rochester NY. Had a spotless record til this morning. :( Since I have no violations should I even bother to fight it or just pay the fee? Thanks for your help!!

    • Matthew Weiss October 11, 2012 10:03 pm Reply

      Seaweede,

      Is your case returnable at the Rochester Traffic Violations Bureau. If so, it is really hard to win in this court. This court does NOT plea bargain.

      Otherwise, you should plead not guilty and negotiate a reduction to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

  287. Deric October 8, 2012 6:17 am Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    Love your website; so much useful info! I got a speeding ticket 2 days ago on Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County, NY. The cop said he clocked me at 76 in 50mph zone, but I checked my speed as soon as I saw his car and it was 71. When he gave me the ticket he said he dropped it to 60mph since my record is clean. Should I try to fight it or just pay the fine (and what would it be)? Will my insurance go up if I plea guilty? I already took defensive driving course over a year ago to reduce my premium.

    • Matthew Weiss October 8, 2012 7:09 am Reply

      Deric,

      Thanks for the nice praise.

      If you have an otherwise clean record (no accidents or other convictions), then pleading guilty to a 60/50 speeding ticket will not affect your insurance rates. Of course, if you were to get another conviction, then a conviction to this ticket could affect your rates.

      Because the officer already gave you a “break”, it is not likely that you’ll get a further one. Of course, ultimately, you’ll have to decide if you want to fight it (or not).

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

  288. Rich October 3, 2012 8:06 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,

    First, thank you for being the guiding light we need in these situations.

    I am from NJ and received a “Disobeying a traffic control device” ticket on I87, Clinton County, Chazy Town court. I was clocked at 80 / 65 pacing an SUV but as I drive a 370Z I’m used to being the target, and I was speeding, I have no problem with the summons.

    Clinton County allows plea bargain by mail

    When any moving violation transfers to NJ it is assessed 2 points. I could be 5 over or 100 over and it doesn’t matter [the way I understand it]. I just dropped 3 points but am trying to avoid adding 2, I still have 3 to drop.

    Are there any options in Clinton county to reduce a “moving violation” such as Disobeying a traffic control device, to a “non-moving” violation that will not be assessed any points when transferred to NJ? Cost is not an issue, the points are.

    Thank you again for all you have assisted.

    • Matthew Weiss October 4, 2012 7:44 am Reply

      Rich,

      If you can convince the prosecutor to drop your case to a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1175 (obstructing an intersection), then 0 points would transfer to NJ. Alternatively,a 3-point cell phone ticket will transfer as 0 points to NY. The reason that these two violations do not transfer as points to NJ is because NJ does not ascribe points to them had they occurred in NJ.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

      • Rich October 5, 2012 8:54 pm Reply

        Thanks so much for the reply.

        In your expert opinion, would I be better specifically asking for that alternative violation thru the mail in application, stating it was “advised”, or, would I be better hiring an attorney to handle this in person?

        • Matthew Weiss October 5, 2012 9:52 pm Reply

          Rich,

          Because the officer already gave you a “break”, I don’t think it is likely that you’ll get a further “break”. Further, you risk the charge being amended back to a speed.

          Matthew Weiss

  289. Charles October 3, 2012 4:03 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    You got a great site. I was pulled over going 87/65 on the I-90 in Upstate NY. I have a NJ License so only 2 points will transfer. I also have the ability to get a new Canadian license since I’m Canadian, and I got my NJ license while in school there. I believe the new license won’t have any points, is that correct? Do you think it’s worth pleading guilty and not worrying about the points? What am I looking at in regards to fines, future insurance costs?
    Thanx in advance

    • Matthew Weiss October 4, 2012 7:48 am Reply

      Charles,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save NY points as well as the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Further, if you transfer your license to Quebec or Ontario, a NY conviction will transfer, providing another reason to fight. Finally, if you maintain you NJ license, it is possible that you or your NY traffic lawyer can get this case reduced to something that will NOT transfer as points onto your NJ license.

      Matthew Weiss

  290. Yosef September 30, 2012 1:56 am Reply

    Got pulled over doing 82 downhill on the 1 7 (65mph) then as I pulled over to let him get me there was a second cop with some one else so he gave me a second ticket for failing to move over to the left lane. Is this with fighting? I’m from pa so he said the points won’t transfer…

    • Matthew Weiss September 30, 2012 7:53 am Reply

      Yosef,

      Convictions to these traffic tickets will NOT transfer but will be reported to PA (and therefore can affect your PA insurance rates). Further, if you fight these tickets, you will be subject to a $375 Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight them, you likely avoid this extra fee and can save NY points.

      Matthew Weiss

  291. Heidi September 26, 2012 9:38 pm Reply

    Hi,
    I found this very informative and thank you for it. My husband was pulled over in I-90 for going 81 in a 65 in the Cayuga county. We were on vacation his license is from Puerto Rico and the car was rented. It is his first ticket in NY. Are the points transferable? What he should do? Plead guilty and pay the fine, from what I read he will not have to pay the Driver Assessment fee.
    Again, thanks for any advise you could give me.

    • Matthew Weiss September 26, 2012 9:42 pm Reply

      Heidi,

      I don’t know if a NY conviction transfer to Puerto Rico. You should check with a traffic lawyer down there. Either way, you will NOT have to pay a Driver Assessment Fee from this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

  292. Brandon September 26, 2012 9:10 am Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I am a PA driver that was traveling through Buffalo NY on I-90. I was FOLLOWING a state police officer going 75 in a 55. He then proceeded to change lanes, rapidly slow down and immediately pulled me over. I feel entrapped however I would very much appreciate any advise on how best to proceed? Swallow my pride and plead guilty or fight it. I fear fighting it will cost me a day from work, gas money to travel 4 hours to court and still risk being found guilty.

    • Matthew Weiss September 26, 2012 10:23 am Reply

      Brandon,

      The good news is that points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer onto your PA license. It will be reported to the PA DMV so it can affect your insurance rates, however. Contact your insurance company to find out what, if any, impact a conviction will have on your license.

      If you fight it, you will likely be able to get this case reduced to a less serious charge. You can hire a NY traffic lawyer so you won’t have to appear in court.

      Matthew Weiss

  293. TJ September 26, 2012 6:00 am Reply

    Dear Matt:
    I received a speeding ticket on I684 for going 85 in a 65. I entered the left lane to pass a couple of vehicles slowing down in the middle lane. This is my first offense in over 10 years, and my first in NY state. I did not admit to speeding to the officer, because I honestly did not know how fast I was driving. Bedford Town Court is handling this matter. From the posts I read above, it seems that I should plead not guilty. Even the officer suggested that many people plead not guilty and ask for a lighter sentence. The appearance date is 10/25 at 8 PM; there are hearings / meetings that late?

    Also, if given even a reduced sentence (3 points, let’s say), would it be worth my while to take a Driver’s Safety test for the point reduction? Will I be able to prevent a insurance rate hike with a Driver’s Safety test?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  294. John September 24, 2012 1:17 pm Reply

    Hi Matt:
    Great site. I have a NY license. I was pulled over on I87 North for going 84 in 65 zone in the Saratoga county. But the officer put 74 on the ticket saying this was my first speeding violation and otherwise my driving record is clean. If I plead guilty I will get 3 points. How much penalty I will be paying if I plead guilty? Since I was only 9 miles over and this was my first speeding violation, do you think I should plead not guilty? Should I also attach a letter to the ticket (of not guilty) explaining why I was speeding? Saratoga is 4 hours from where I live and not really easy for me to appear in the court.