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How Much Does A New York Speeding Ticket Cost?

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

Comments (1,803)

Rohit - April 19, 2015 4:44 pm

Hello,

I have a new Jersey license and was issued a speeding ticket. I was driving at 60 while the limit was 45mph in Albany and wanted to know how much will it cost and would there be any points as it’s out of state license?

Thanks for the information.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 19, 2015 9:33 pm

    Rohit,

    This speeding is a 4-point NY ticket that carries roughly a $200 fine. If convicted, you will get 2 New Jersey points on 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. Also, if you have any other moving violation convictions within 18 months, then this speeding ticket will subject you to the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. 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

Hey Matthew - April 8, 2015 10:56 am

I visiting New York from Denmark, Europe – on a interstate between New York and Buffalo we were caught the other night going 86 on a 65 mph limit – I understand that the ticket is around 200 for this offence – but what about the admission fee when I only visiting for 14 days ? Will it be waiting for me, when if visit the US again?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 9, 2015 12:32 pm

    Hey Matthew,

    As long as you answer and properly resolve this case, then you can return to New York without any further repercussions. Keep in mind that this ticket subject you to the $300 Driver Assessment Fee so this fee ($300 if you have have no other convictions) would have to be timely paid too. It is usually billed to the motorist around 30 days after the underlying case is resolved.

    Matthew Weiss

Jason - April 6, 2015 12:55 pm

Hi,

I just got stopped for going 74 in a 55 in Fishkill NY, I have a clean record. Do you recommend I plead not guilty and settle with the prosecutor? My biggest concern is my insurance premiums going up, I understand its a 4 point penalty, would trying to negotiate with a driving course be recommended, or am I not even going to be able to make a deal? thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - April 9, 2015 12:59 pm

    Jason,

    We recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge. If you have an otherwise clean record, then you shouldn’t take the Driver Safety Class at this time.

    Matthew Weiss

Jessica - May 11, 2014 5:10 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - May 11, 2014 8:21 pm

    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

Att - May 7, 2014 2:32 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 8, 2014 8:44 am

    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

Harry - May 5, 2014 1:19 pm

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)

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    Matthew Weiss - May 6, 2014 7:42 am

    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

scott spanedda - May 4, 2014 8:12 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - May 4, 2014 9:36 pm

    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

Joe - May 2, 2014 6:46 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 4, 2014 9:38 pm

    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

      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

        Joe,

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

        Matthew Weiss

Melissa - April 30, 2014 5:12 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 30, 2014 5:38 pm

    Melissa,

    The fine for this ticket will be roughly $200 (assuming you have no other points).

    Matthew Weiss

Alp - April 29, 2014 9:50 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 30, 2014 8:17 am

    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

Venkat - April 29, 2014 9:32 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 30, 2014 8:15 am

    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

Phillip - April 25, 2014 2:12 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 25, 2014 5:25 pm

    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

Rebecca - April 22, 2014 6:30 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 22, 2014 8:14 pm

    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

Samantha Dickson - April 21, 2014 3:58 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 21, 2014 5:22 pm

    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

BURAK DOGAN - April 16, 2014 6:54 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 16, 2014 6:57 pm

    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

Nicole - April 15, 2014 3:19 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 15, 2014 3:23 pm

    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

sarah - April 12, 2014 10:27 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 12, 2014 11:06 am

    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

Jen - April 11, 2014 11:56 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 12, 2014 11:05 am

    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

Mark Higgins - April 10, 2014 8:21 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 10, 2014 8:24 am

    Mark Higgins,

    I’m confused. Did you plead guilty? I really hope not. My advice would be to plead NOT GUILTY.

    Matthew Weiss

Linda Tran - April 7, 2014 1:19 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 7, 2014 7:03 am

    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

shahzad imam - April 6, 2014 6:32 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 7, 2014 6:51 am

    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

Bryan - April 4, 2014 1:41 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 4, 2014 6:27 pm

    Bryan,

    This ticket carries 4 points in NY but will NOT transfer as points onto your PA license. The fine for this ticket is roughly $200.

    Matthew Weiss

Frank - April 3, 2014 9:48 am

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - April 3, 2014 12:25 pm

    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

Erin - March 30, 2014 1:52 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 30, 2014 4:33 pm

    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

John Lee - March 24, 2014 9:48 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 24, 2014 10:00 pm

    John Lee,

    This ticket carries 4 NY points and roughly a $200 fine. It transfers as 2 points onto your NJ license.

    Matthew Weiss

George - March 22, 2014 11:41 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 23, 2014 8:20 am

    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

Justin - March 21, 2014 9:32 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 21, 2014 11:28 pm

    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

Zach - March 19, 2014 5:45 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 19, 2014 5:49 pm

    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

Antonios - March 17, 2014 11:53 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 18, 2014 7:47 am

    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

Antonios - March 17, 2014 10:42 pm

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?!

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    Matthew Weiss - March 17, 2014 11:28 pm

    Antonios,

    You should plead not guilty. If you do, you have a chance to negotiate a plea bargain to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

shauna - March 17, 2014 12:12 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 17, 2014 12:34 pm

    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

alex - March 17, 2014 2:40 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 17, 2014 8:23 am

    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.

Andrew - March 11, 2014 4:48 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 11, 2014 5:26 pm

    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

Paul - March 11, 2014 4:09 pm

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

Thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - March 11, 2014 5:31 pm

    Paul,

    The fine for this speeding ticket is roughly $200 with surcharge (assuming you have an otherwise clean NY record).

    Matthew Weiss

Seth - March 8, 2014 12:40 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 8, 2014 9:37 am

    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

      Seth - March 8, 2014 3:07 pm

      I really appreciate the information you have given me. Thank you very much

Ben - March 3, 2014 10:33 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 3, 2014 10:38 am

    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

Vitaliy - March 3, 2014 4:48 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 3, 2014 7:53 am

    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

jin - February 26, 2014 11:59 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - February 26, 2014 1:12 pm

    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

Nick - February 17, 2014 2:08 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - February 17, 2014 11:06 am

    Nick,

    This speeding ticket carries 4 points, roughly a $175 fine and can adversely affect your auto insurance rates. Therefore, I recommend that you fight it.

    Matthew Weiss

lee - February 5, 2014 12:39 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 5, 2014 9:01 am

    Lee,

    This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Elena - February 4, 2014 1:38 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - February 4, 2014 2:07 pm

    Elena,

    The fine for this speeding ticket is roughly $150. You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Alexa - February 3, 2014 11:20 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - February 3, 2014 11:23 am

    Alexa,

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

    Matthew Weiss

Mr. C - February 3, 2014 12:50 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - February 3, 2014 9:15 am

    Mr. C

    Definitely plead not guilty. This is your ONLY chance to try and diminish the penalty.

    Matthew Weiss

Steven - January 27, 2014 2:05 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 27, 2014 2:08 pm

    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

Dean - January 22, 2014 9:59 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 22, 2014 5:09 pm

    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

James - January 20, 2014 2:52 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - January 20, 2014 3:20 pm

    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

Sowpon - January 20, 2014 6:34 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 20, 2014 8:04 am

    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

Josh - January 19, 2014 8:08 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 19, 2014 8:21 pm

    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

Angela - January 18, 2014 10:14 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 18, 2014 11:28 am

    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

Sowpon - January 18, 2014 6:51 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 18, 2014 9:53 am

    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

Judy B - January 17, 2014 3:51 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 17, 2014 3:57 pm

    Judy B,

    A traffic lawyer will generally charge between $400 and $600 for such a matter. This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Cinthya Vargas - November 19, 2013 8:53 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 19, 2013 10:27 am

    Cinthya,

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

    Matthew Weiss

Alberto Anaya - November 17, 2013 7:53 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 17, 2013 2:13 pm

    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

Darlene - November 11, 2013 7:32 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 11, 2013 7:34 am

    Darlene,

    You can try yourself or get a lawyer. It most very likely won’t cost you more money if you try (with or without a lawyer).

    Good luck.

    Matthew Weiss

Darlene - November 10, 2013 7:09 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 10, 2013 7:32 pm

    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

Anonymous - November 5, 2013 11:22 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 6, 2013 7:19 am

    Anonymous/Judy,

    We cannot provide odds of success. It’s impossible to predict (although these cases are hard to win in the Queens Traffic Violations Bureau).

    I wrote an article entitled “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau“. It will help you understand what you’re up against.

    Good luck.

    Matthew Weiss

Anonymous - November 5, 2013 8:52 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 5, 2013 10:05 pm

    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

Aqsa - October 21, 2013 7:38 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 21, 2013 10:41 pm

    Aqsa,

    You should plead not guilty by checking the “not guilty” box and sending (via certified mail, RRR) your ticket to the court. The court will sent you a new date court where you can fight your speeding ticket.

    Good luck.

    Matthew Weiss

Jenny - October 18, 2013 8:40 pm

Matthew,

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

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    Matthew Weiss - October 18, 2013 9:12 pm

    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

eduardo - October 16, 2013 2:29 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - October 16, 2013 3:10 pm

    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

Gurchran S - October 16, 2013 11:00 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 16, 2013 11:21 am

    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

Anonymous - October 14, 2013 12:40 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - October 15, 2013 2:38 pm

    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

Anonymous - October 11, 2013 11:47 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 12, 2013 6:40 am

    Anonymous,

    Points last on your last for 18 from the date of offense for DMV purposes (and 36 months from the date of conviction for insurance purposes).

    Matthew Weiss

Rey - October 11, 2013 10:07 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - October 11, 2013 11:20 pm

    Ray,

    This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $150 to $200 fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Nicholas - October 8, 2013 3:15 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - October 8, 2013 10:58 am

    Nicholas,

    You should definitely plead NOT guilty. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge saving points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Rich - October 4, 2013 4:48 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 4, 2013 4:50 pm

    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

jordi - September 24, 2013 2:33 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - September 24, 2013 3:13 pm

    Jordi,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge and save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

Vincent - September 17, 2013 1:15 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 17, 2013 1:30 am

    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

Walker - September 2, 2013 9:35 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - September 2, 2013 10:51 pm

    Walker,

    Yes, a County Sheriff can issue a speeding ticket. You should plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly get a more favorable outcome.

    Matthew Weiss

      Walker - September 17, 2013 12:42 pm

      Okay so I can go to court and plead not guilty. And then what? I am not going to go myself.

        Matthew Weiss - September 17, 2013 12:51 pm

        Walker,

        After you plead not guilty, you will be given a court date where you can speak with the prosecutor about your case and hopefully negotiate a more favorable result.

        Good luck.

        Matthew Weiss

Natalie - August 29, 2013 4:21 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 29, 2013 4:24 pm

    Natalie,

    If you have a NY license, then a conviction in Maryland will have no impact upon your NY license.

    Matthew Weiss

Natalie - August 29, 2013 12:37 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 29, 2013 12:47 am

    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

Anonymous - August 28, 2013 2:37 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 28, 2013 2:50 pm

    Anonymous,

    You should plead not guilty via certified mail. Make a copy of the ticket before you send it in. You’ll be assigned a court date where you or your NY traffic lawyer can attempt to plea bargain this case down.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Vyas - August 27, 2013 12:18 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 27, 2013 5:25 pm

    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

      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.

        Matthew Weiss - August 27, 2013 6:25 pm

        Vyas,

        You can plead guilty in most cases via mail. I’d estimate your fine to be around $200.

        Matthew Weiss

Phil F. - August 26, 2013 3:25 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 26, 2013 3:35 pm

    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

Anonymous - August 25, 2013 11:58 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 26, 2013 7:55 am

    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

Worried Canuck! - August 25, 2013 10:27 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 25, 2013 10:55 pm

    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

Kevin - August 25, 2013 4:56 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 25, 2013 4:58 pm

    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

      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?

        Matthew Weiss - August 25, 2013 5:18 pm

        Kevin,

        At the Harrison court, a personal appearance is required. You or traffic lawyer must appear.

        Matthew Weiss

Michael H. - August 25, 2013 2:31 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 25, 2013 4:47 pm

    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

Anonymous - August 20, 2013 1:35 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 21, 2013 7:55 am

    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

Holly esposito - August 17, 2013 12:47 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - August 17, 2013 8:46 pm

    Holly Esposito,

    You can plea bargain at the Plattekill Court.

    Points from a NY or NJ conviction will not transfer onto your son’s PA license.

    Matthew Weiss

Debbie - August 13, 2013 4:21 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 13, 2013 11:23 pm

    Debbie,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save NY points and money. If you don’t want to travel to NY, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Jim - August 13, 2013 12:29 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 13, 2013 1:05 pm

    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

Phil F - August 10, 2013 6:07 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 11, 2013 10:21 am

    Phil F,

    Thanks for your kind remarks. Best of luck resolving this matter.

    Matthew Weiss

Phil F - August 9, 2013 10:33 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 10, 2013 5:14 am

    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

Mike - August 9, 2013 8:59 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 10, 2013 5:21 am

    Mike,

    If you do not or cannot travel to Erie County, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you. We’ve appeared in most of the traffic courts in Erie county many times, and therefore are happy to help.

    Matthew Weiss

Laura - August 9, 2013 12:33 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 10, 2013 5:18 am

    Laura,

    A 30+ mph speeding charge carries 8 points, a $450 Driver Assessment Fee and a hefty fine. I suggest that you retain a NY traffic lawyer given the seriousness of the charge.

    Matthew Weiss

pat - August 9, 2013 10:23 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 10, 2013 5:23 am

    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

Joseph - August 5, 2013 12:57 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 5, 2013 4:29 pm

    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

Joe - August 3, 2013 2:14 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 3, 2013 9:50 am

    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

Jaime - August 1, 2013 4:46 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - August 1, 2013 5:07 pm

    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

paul - July 25, 2013 10:45 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 26, 2013 5:39 am

    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

Colin - July 23, 2013 4:21 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 23, 2013 4:29 pm

    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

Keith - July 18, 2013 3:40 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 18, 2013 3:48 pm

    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

Naga - July 16, 2013 9:04 am

Hi Matthew ,
Thanks for your guidance.

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Naga - July 15, 2013 4:45 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 15, 2013 4:54 pm

    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

Ryan - July 11, 2013 3:03 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 13, 2013 11:17 pm

    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

Jeff - July 10, 2013 4:39 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 13, 2013 11:14 pm

    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

Sara - July 8, 2013 10:37 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 8, 2013 11:17 pm

    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

Simon - July 8, 2013 3:17 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 8, 2013 4:03 pm

    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

Kai - July 8, 2013 9:51 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 8, 2013 11:47 am

    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

Rani - July 7, 2013 9:54 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 7, 2013 10:11 am

    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

lily - July 7, 2013 12:24 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 7, 2013 9:44 am

    Lily,

    You should plead not guilty. This is the only way to try and save points, and avoid an insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Crystal - July 3, 2013 12:49 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 6, 2013 9:10 am

    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

Jinesh H - July 1, 2013 3:43 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - July 1, 2013 10:54 pm

    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

Phil F - June 29, 2013 6:27 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 29, 2013 9:10 pm

    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

    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.

      Matthew Weiss - June 29, 2013 9:47 pm

      Phil F,

      I don’t know how long this court will take to schedule your case and, yes, you can always change your plea (or ask for a new date). Finally, ask for a supporting deposition if you haven’t gotten one yet.

      Matthew Weiss

        Phil F - June 30, 2013 8:58 pm

        Thanks very much for all of your advice. I mailed off the non-guilty plea this afternoon. Wish me luck!

          Matthew Weiss - June 30, 2013 9:01 pm

          Phil F,

          Absolutely! Good luck.

          Matthew Weiss

Jason - June 29, 2013 11:37 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - June 29, 2013 9:15 pm

    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

Rahul - June 5, 2013 11:10 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - June 6, 2013 11:05 am

    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

Dan - June 3, 2013 10:08 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 6, 2013 11:09 am

    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

Spencer - June 3, 2013 6:46 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 6, 2013 11:11 am

    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

Bryant Gallagher - May 19, 2013 9:37 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 19, 2013 11:30 pm

    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

Pam - May 18, 2013 5:15 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 18, 2013 6:23 pm

    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

Jo - May 14, 2013 3:26 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - May 14, 2013 4:05 pm

    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

Jo - May 14, 2013 2:45 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 14, 2013 3:16 pm

    Jo,

    Most likely. The Lancaster Town Court generally plea bargains.

    Matthew Weiss

Jo - May 13, 2013 4:26 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 13, 2013 10:10 pm

    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

Karen - May 13, 2013 12:29 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - May 13, 2013 7:42 am

    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

nick - May 12, 2013 6:13 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - May 13, 2013 7:38 am

    Nick,

    That’s quite unusual. You should contact the court and see if you can change your plea to not guilty.

    Matthew Weiss

RG - May 8, 2013 12:11 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - May 8, 2013 6:44 pm

    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

Jim - May 6, 2013 3:53 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 6, 2013 5:17 pm

    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

Jim - May 6, 2013 10:17 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - May 6, 2013 12:27 pm

    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

Raj - May 1, 2013 11:38 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 1, 2013 3:25 pm

    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

Nicole - April 29, 2013 2:08 pm

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!!

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    Matthew Weiss - April 30, 2013 7:25 am

    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

eric - April 26, 2013 9:45 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 27, 2013 10:35 am

    Eric,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty to this speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a 4-point ticket savings 2 points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee (despite your admission).

    Matthew Weiss

      eric - April 27, 2013 4:01 pm

      Matthew,

      Do I mail it in, or wait to show up in person?

        Matthew Weiss - April 28, 2013 8:51 am

        Eric,

        You can mail it in if the court day is not too soon. Otherwise, you can appear in person on the date on the ticket.

        Matthew Weiss

Philip - April 25, 2013 7:59 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 25, 2013 8:16 am

    Philip,

    You unfortunately will not have an option to plea bargain this speeding ticket down. In all the NYC traffic courts, they do NOT plea bargain. If you plead not guilty, you will be scheduled a hearing where it is “all or nothing” (i.e., guilty or not guilty).

    I wrote an article entitled “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau“. It should help you better understand the process in this unique venue.

    Matthew Weiss

Anthony - April 24, 2013 4:31 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 25, 2013 8:36 am

    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

Frank - April 23, 2013 6:24 pm

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!!

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    Matthew Weiss - April 23, 2013 6:39 pm

    Frank,

    The fine will be roughly $150 to $200. Keep in mind that a NY conviction will transfer onto your Quebec license as demerit points. If you do not want to return to NY, you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

KD - April 20, 2013 7:28 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 21, 2013 7:50 am

    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

Christopher - April 16, 2013 3:11 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 16, 2013 4:09 pm

    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

victor - April 14, 2013 11:36 pm

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,

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    Matthew Weiss - April 14, 2013 11:44 pm

    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

Chip - April 8, 2013 5:47 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 8, 2013 11:31 pm

    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

Megan - April 8, 2013 5:25 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 8, 2013 11:28 pm

    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

Joe - April 8, 2013 7:54 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 8, 2013 7:57 am

    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

      Joe - April 8, 2013 8:07 am

      Thanks. When should I be able to conference the Arcade ticket? Can I only go on the 2nd? Or can I knock it out earlier?

        Matthew Weiss - April 8, 2013 1:46 pm

        Joe,

        Call the court if you need or want to try and change the court date. They may be able to help you.

        Matthew Weiss

NYS Ticket Receipiant - April 3, 2013 12:31 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 3, 2013 1:42 pm

    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

Rama Chandran - April 1, 2013 11:12 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - April 1, 2013 3:07 pm

    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

Kevin CT - March 20, 2013 12:50 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 20, 2013 8:56 am

    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

      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

        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

Chuck M - March 14, 2013 8:33 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 14, 2013 11:28 pm

    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

Ranjith - March 12, 2013 1:32 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 12, 2013 2:59 pm

    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

Ruby - March 11, 2013 8:37 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 11, 2013 8:55 am

    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

taylor - March 9, 2013 8:15 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 10, 2013 12:28 am

    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

Pross - March 7, 2013 6:49 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 7, 2013 11:12 pm

    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

brian - March 7, 2013 6:38 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 7, 2013 11:04 pm

    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

JC - March 5, 2013 6:34 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - March 5, 2013 11:47 pm

    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

      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?

        Matthew Weiss - March 6, 2013 8:35 am

        Yes, the NY Driver Safety Class will remove up to 4 point off your license. It will also save you 10% off your auto insurance rates.

        Matthew Weiss

      JC - March 6, 2013 2:01 pm

      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

        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

Chiu - March 5, 2013 5:30 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 5, 2013 4:29 pm

    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

      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

        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

Chow - March 4, 2013 6:54 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 4, 2013 7:02 pm

    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

Chow - March 4, 2013 5:57 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - March 4, 2013 6:06 pm

    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

Kenny - March 4, 2013 6:48 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 4, 2013 7:46 am

    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

Amol - February 24, 2013 2:23 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - February 24, 2013 8:58 am

    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

Marti - February 20, 2013 9:51 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 20, 2013 4:24 pm

    Marti,

    You should definitely plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and money. Because you are terrified of going to court, I recommend that you retain a New York traffic lawyer who can appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Canadian Driver - February 15, 2013 9:13 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 16, 2013 2:32 am

    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

      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

        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

Tyler - February 13, 2013 4:37 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - February 13, 2013 4:53 pm

    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

      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

        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

Ed - February 7, 2013 8:38 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - February 7, 2013 8:42 am

    Ed,

    My pleasure. Your case will likely be heard at the Manhattan North Traffic Violations Bureau. This is one of 7 TVB courts in New York City. It is a unique type of traffic court so read my article entitled “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau” for a primer.

    I hope this helps you prepare your defense and hopefully win your case.

    Matthew Weiss

Troy - February 6, 2013 11:22 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - February 7, 2013 1:15 pm

    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

Jacob Miguel - February 6, 2013 8:01 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 6, 2013 8:08 am

    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

robert - January 29, 2013 3:38 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - January 29, 2013 3:41 pm

    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

DriverX - January 27, 2013 1:13 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 27, 2013 1:34 am

    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

Chris - January 24, 2013 10:42 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - January 24, 2013 11:02 am

    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

Desiree - January 23, 2013 4:28 pm

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???

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    Matthew Weiss - January 23, 2013 9:42 pm

    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

      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!!

        Matthew Weiss - January 24, 2013 12:37 pm

        Desiree,

        Thanks so much for your kind praise. I’m glad it helped you obtain a favorable outcome.

        Best,

        Matthew Weiss

Tori - January 21, 2013 11:16 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - January 21, 2013 11:55 pm

    Tori,

    Simply, you need to clear up any suspension and, of course, timely answer your Oswego ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

JR - January 21, 2013 6:47 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 21, 2013 8:41 pm

    JR,

    Unfortunately, the “Volks” mis-description does not render your ticket defective.

    Matthew Weiss

      JR - January 22, 2013 9:54 am

      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

        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

NYC Driver - January 20, 2013 6:19 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 20, 2013 11:23 pm

    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

    to
    nyc driveer

    get your checkbook out ! !

Ali A - January 16, 2013 10:42 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 16, 2013 11:55 am

    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

Ryan - January 15, 2013 3:47 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - January 15, 2013 7:09 pm

    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

Kristin - January 14, 2013 11:23 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 14, 2013 11:43 am

    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

Melissa V - January 3, 2013 9:57 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - January 3, 2013 10:19 pm

    Melissa V,

    Thanks so much for following up and letting us know how your son’s case worked out. I am really happy that my advice help.

    Best,

    Matthew Weiss

ranjith - January 3, 2013 4:24 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 3, 2013 4:47 pm

    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

      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

        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

          ranjith - January 3, 2013 6:14 pm

          Sorry for being impossible and thank you for your responses. Keep the good work going, yours is one of the most useful websites when it comes to NY traffic tickets.

          Matthew Weiss - January 3, 2013 8:37 pm

          Thanks Ranjith!

Kesan Ratnam - January 2, 2013 11:47 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - January 2, 2013 5:09 pm

    Kesan,

    Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Quebec or Ontario license, you should plead not guilty and fight this speeding ticket. If you do not want to appear in court, you can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Nigel Haridat - January 2, 2013 9:30 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - January 2, 2013 10:33 am

    Nigel,

    This is an 11-point ticket that can result in a suspension. Further, it carries roughly a $300 fine and a $675 Driver Assessment Fee. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket, and that you speak with (if not hire) an experienced New York traffic ticket lawyer.

    Matthew Weiss

Dani - December 31, 2012 5:11 pm

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 !!!

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    Matthew Weiss - January 1, 2013 12:13 am

    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

New Brunswick - December 30, 2012 1:34 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 30, 2012 1:42 pm

    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

Brooklyn - December 19, 2012 10:16 am

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….

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    Matthew Weiss - December 20, 2012 12:46 am

    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

      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

        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

Adam matiteeb - December 14, 2012 7:57 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 14, 2012 9:33 pm

    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

Greg - December 14, 2012 12:34 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 14, 2012 8:36 am

    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

Harry Patel - December 12, 2012 1:34 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - December 12, 2012 11:05 pm

    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

      are there any consequences or further fines for fighting a ticket?

        Matthew Weiss - December 13, 2012 8:16 am

        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

        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 ! !

          Matthew Weiss - December 13, 2012 3:10 pm

          John,

          Thanks for sharing. Yeah, this stretch is heavily enforced. These towns need money and it’s an easy way for them to raise it.

          Matthew Weiss

Jenn - December 9, 2012 7:12 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - December 9, 2012 7:48 pm

    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

Anthony M. - December 8, 2012 7:44 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - December 8, 2012 11:44 pm

    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

      Anthony M. - December 9, 2012 2:27 pm

      Thank you for the info. Is it worth a not guilty plea to fight this in court to try to get the fine reduced?

        Matthew Weiss - December 9, 2012 7:44 pm

        Anthony M,

        As I previously wrote, you likely won’t save any money on the fine if you fight this case. You are looking at a $150 fine either way.

        Matthew Weiss

Mel88 - December 7, 2012 8:02 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - December 7, 2012 8:32 pm

    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

Fred - December 7, 2012 3:42 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 7, 2012 8:39 pm

    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

Shannon - December 7, 2012 2:02 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - December 7, 2012 2:29 pm

    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

      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.

        Matthew Weiss - December 16, 2012 10:38 pm

        Shannon,

        The wrong initial will not affect anything. Good luck! I hope you get a good offer.

        Matthew Weiss

Max - December 6, 2012 10:54 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - December 6, 2012 11:20 am

    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

Francisco Loor - December 2, 2012 12:35 pm

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??

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    Matthew Weiss - December 2, 2012 11:31 pm

    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

Michael Viar - November 28, 2012 5:44 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - November 28, 2012 5:49 pm

    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

Michele Wurm - November 27, 2012 4:01 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - November 28, 2012 8:17 am

    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

Pat - November 27, 2012 10:31 am

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - November 28, 2012 8:14 am

    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

Bob - November 27, 2012 7:32 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 27, 2012 8:30 am

    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

Nicholas - November 25, 2012 11:53 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 26, 2012 7:36 am

    Nicholas,

    You are charged with a 4-point speeding ticket. One your court date, you or your NY traffic ticket lawyer can likely negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Haroon S - November 25, 2012 10:56 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - November 25, 2012 11:07 pm

    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

Bridgette - November 24, 2012 6:57 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 24, 2012 8:01 pm

    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

john doe IV - November 22, 2012 7:54 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 22, 2012 8:59 pm

    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

      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 ! !

        Matthew Weiss - November 26, 2012 7:37 am

        John Doe IV,

        Yeah, those license scanners are getting more and more common and can check an impressive number of vehicles in a very short time.

        Matthew Weiss

Carl Dunlop - November 20, 2012 1:33 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - November 20, 2012 8:18 pm

    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

pras mesur - November 19, 2012 11:27 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - November 19, 2012 12:43 pm

    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

Leon Qian - November 18, 2012 12:14 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 18, 2012 8:30 am

    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

      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

        Matthew Weiss - November 18, 2012 7:46 pm

        Leon Qian,

        I do not think so. The 18-month period is only to measure your NY DMV points, not to affect your immigration rights.

        Matthew Weiss

CB - November 15, 2012 4:42 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - November 15, 2012 11:43 am

    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

Melissa V - November 14, 2012 11:32 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 15, 2012 11:45 am

    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

Baha - November 13, 2012 10:40 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 14, 2012 1:20 pm

    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

Jay S - November 13, 2012 8:45 am

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 13, 2012 6:30 pm

    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

Emily - November 13, 2012 1:30 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 13, 2012 6:40 pm

    Emily,

    If you do not want to travel to the court, then you can hire a NY traffic ticket lawyer to be appear for you. Because a NY conviction WILL transfer onto your MA license, this might be your best bet.

    Matthew Weiss

Nora - November 12, 2012 3:43 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 13, 2012 6:43 pm

    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

Andrew Morel - November 11, 2012 4:02 pm

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!

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    Matthew Weiss - November 11, 2012 4:35 pm

    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

      I really appreciate the advice. Should I request a supporting deposition? Thanks

        Matthew Weiss - November 12, 2012 10:37 am

        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

Justin - November 10, 2012 1:20 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 11, 2012 3:52 am

    Justin,

    Plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly save points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Michael Stull - November 7, 2012 7:38 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 9, 2012 4:18 pm

    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

Liza - November 6, 2012 5:13 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - November 6, 2012 8:14 am

    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

krystal - November 5, 2012 3:30 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 6, 2012 8:15 am

    Krystal,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. This would be the only possible way to try and save points and the fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Kate - October 31, 2012 3:16 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - November 1, 2012 9:56 pm

    Kate,

    Yes, plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid an insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Gino - October 26, 2012 10:48 am

I was driving 93 on 55mph hwy, what are my chances for me to dispute this matter?It is my first offense

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    Matthew Weiss - October 26, 2012 5:35 pm

    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

      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

        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

Zac - October 25, 2012 4:12 am

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

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    Matthew Weiss - October 25, 2012 8:43 am

    Zac,

    Do you know where you received the speeding ticket? If so, you can call the court, and get a new copy of the ticket and plead guilty. If not, on my website is a directory of New York traffic courts. Hopefully, you can narrow down the court inquiry based on where you were located when you got the ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Susan - October 23, 2012 11:42 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - October 24, 2012 8:46 am

    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

Barbara Veltri - October 21, 2012 6:23 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 21, 2012 9:01 pm

    Barbara,

    Thanks for your kind remarks. Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Arizona license, I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you cannot appear in court, then you can hire a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Pushkar - October 16, 2012 2:32 pm

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?

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    Matthew Weiss - October 16, 2012 3:13 pm

    Pushkar,

    You should plead not guilty and fight this NY speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

jeff - October 15, 2012 11:28 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - October 16, 2012 2:20 am

    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

      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

        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

Linus - October 15, 2012 1:54 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 15, 2012 2:18 pm

    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

      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.

        Matthew Weiss - October 15, 2012 2:50 pm

        Linus,

        Call me to discuss. I’m happy to provide a free consultation. A traffic lawyer will charge roughly between $400 and $650.

        Matthew Weiss
        212-683-7373

MA Driver - October 15, 2012 12:02 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 15, 2012 7:37 am

    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

      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

        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

seaweede - October 11, 2012 7:42 pm

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!!

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    Matthew Weiss - October 11, 2012 10:03 pm

    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

Deric - October 8, 2012 6:17 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 8, 2012 7:09 am

    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

      Deric - October 8, 2012 8:13 am

      I kind of thought so, just wanted to make sure. Thanks again, Matthew.

Rich - October 3, 2012 8:06 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - October 4, 2012 7:44 am

    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

      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

        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

Charles - October 3, 2012 4:03 pm

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

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    Matthew Weiss - October 4, 2012 7:48 am

    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

Yosef - September 30, 2012 1:56 am

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…

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    Matthew Weiss - September 30, 2012 7:53 am

    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

Heidi - September 26, 2012 9:38 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 26, 2012 9:42 pm

    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

Brandon - September 26, 2012 9:10 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 26, 2012 10:23 am

    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

TJ - September 26, 2012 6:00 am

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 26, 2012 10:28 am

    TJ,

    Yes, the Bedford Town Court does have night sessions that start around 8 pm.

    In regard to your insurance, if you plead not guilty and get a reduction, then it will likely avoid an insurance hike. I wrote an article entitled “How Traffic Tickets Affect Auto Insurance Rates” which provide more details.

    Finally, don’t take the Driver Safety Class until you resolve this case. In my opinion, you generally want to take this class when you have 4 points on your record and, in your case, you likely won’t end up with that many.

    Matthew Weiss

      TJ - September 28, 2012 6:03 am

      Thanks for the help with my NY speeding ticket, Matt.

John - September 24, 2012 1:17 pm

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.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 25, 2012 9:34 am

    John,

    Thanks for your kind remarks about my blog. I never get tired of hearing from appreciative readers.

    The officer gave you what we call a “roadside plea”. That is, he reduced your ticket on the spot. If you plead not guilty, the prosecutor could amend the charge back up to the original 84/65. Even if it wasn’t amended upward, it is unlikely that you’ll get a further break.

    The fine for a basic speeding ticket is roughly $200.

    Matthew Weiss

Shashi Taylor - September 20, 2012 1:13 pm

Sir,

I live in Markham, Ontario, Canada. I am a senior citizen and a pensioner. Received a Traffic Ticket 0n Sept. 14, 2012 @ I81 ( Courtlandville )- 83mph /65 zone. Please let me know if you agree with the following approach;
1. Sign Plea of Guilty.
2. Under statement of explanation, explain my confusion between the speedometer with primary #s in KM v/s Miles and request for leniency.
3. Write a short letter to Asst. DA admitting the error, explain the personal situation and request leniency.

Much appreciate your feed back for this approach including if you think that I need to retain professional help for this traffic violation.

Thanks in advance for your time.

Shashi Taylor

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    Matthew Weiss - September 20, 2012 3:24 pm

    Shashi,

    1. Sign Plea of Guilty. No, plead not guilty.
    2. Under statement of explanation, explain my confusion between the speedometer with primary #s in KM v/s Miles and request for leniency. No, do not give an explanation. Leave this section blank.
    3. Write a short letter to Asst. DA admitting the error, explain the personal situation and request leniency. No, see response to 2 above.

    When you plead not guilty. you will be given a court date where you can negotiate a reduction to a lesser charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Pat - September 20, 2012 9:55 am

This past spring I got my 1st speeding ticket in 30+ years. 72 in a 55 it was reduced to failure to stop with I think 1 point (my speedometer wasn’t working, in fact when I got pulled over I showed the trooper that speedometer said I was doing 75).
Yesterday I was doing 68 in a 55., had a loaner car from dealership and was trying to figure out cruise control – and yes I should have pulled over to do that Up here in the Catskills there is a discretionary 15mph leeway. Initially he went by, but eventually turned around. He had a “ride-along” so I knew there was no way out. Should I plead not guilty, or because it has been less than a year would that be futile? THanks

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    Matthew Weiss - September 20, 2012 3:34 pm

    Pat,

    A stop sign ticket carries 3 points. Your new speeding ticket carries 4 points (68/55) and will subject you to a $375 Driver Assessment Fee (taking into account your prior 3 points). Therefore, we recommend that you fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Sourabh - September 18, 2012 9:55 pm

Hi,
I live in California and got a speeding ticket in NY on Hwy 390, going 93/65.
It’s my first speeding ticket and I’m not familiar with how new York works with that.I have three questions:
1. Should i plead not guilty?
2. Do points transfer from NY to California?
3.How much will the fine be?

Thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - September 19, 2012 8:38 am

    Sourabh,

    Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your California license, I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this NY speeding ticket. If you plead guilty, the fine will be roughly $200 plus the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If you plead not guilty, you likely can save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

      Sourabh - September 19, 2012 5:24 pm

      Thank you for the answer. Do i need to hire an attorney for this or i can do it online by myself?
      If i hire an attorney, how much they going to charge for handling till the very end?

        Matthew Weiss - September 20, 2012 8:50 am

        Sourabh,

        You most very likely cannot handle this ticket “online”. Outside the Traffic Violations Bureau, there are very few courts that resolve cases online. You may want to hire a NY traffic lawyer but, at the least, should consult with one. Traffic lawyers roughly charge between $400 and $700 for one ticket.

        Matthew Weiss

Frank David - September 18, 2012 9:51 pm

Hello,

I received a speeding ticket today for 60 in a 45 in Onondaga County. This is my second ticket ever, however my first ticket (82 in a 65 in Tully, NY) was back at the beginning of last December and was reduced to a less charge. It’s only been about a 9-months span between tickets. That ticket was reduced, after I initially pleaded not guilty, and I don’t believe I received any points for it. What is your recommended course of action in this situation? If I were to get another ticket at this point, will I face a license suspension? Thank you very much.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 19, 2012 8:40 am

    Frank David,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and possibly avoid the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

      Frank David - September 20, 2012 1:15 am

      Hi Matt,

      Thank you for your reply. Would you suggest I hire a lawyer to handle this ticket, or should I be okay handling it on my own? Any idea how much the fine might be? Is the $300 driver assessment fee only levied if you have 6 points or more in an 18-month span?

      Thank you

        Matthew Weiss - September 20, 2012 8:48 am

        Frank,

        Yes, the Driver Assessment Fee is only levied if you have 6 points or more in an 18-month span. It is $300 for 6 points and $75 for every points above 6. The fine for such tickets are around $200.

        At the very least, you should consult with a NY traffic lawyer about your ticket. Feel free to contact our firm at 212-683-7373.

        Thank you

Dana gordon - September 15, 2012 2:24 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful resource. I am a NJ residence and got a ticket in on 87 in Albany for going 73 in a 55mph WORK ZONE! I told the cop “i thought I was going around 63 and didnt realize that the limit had dropped in workzone” and he wrote that on the ticket . What do you recommend I do? Thanks for your advice.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 16, 2012 9:46 pm

    Dana Gordon,

    Thanks so much for your kind remarks.

    You should plead not guilty to your work zone speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points and fine money. On your court date, you (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer) can likely work out a plea bargain to a less serious charge.

    BTW, most NY moving violation convictions transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license.

    Matthew Weiss

mary - September 11, 2012 4:13 pm

Hi –
I’m looking for some advice. I was charged with going 76 mph in a 45 mph construction zone area on taconic state parkway in ny. Is there any point in pleading not guilty? Or do you think I should just pay the fines. The police officer told me that if I plead guilty I’ll just pay a fine. nothing about points.

Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - September 11, 2012 4:52 pm

    Mary,

    I highly recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points and money.

    This speeding ticket carries 8 points and, therefore, is quite serious. Further, fines are double within a work zone.

    Matthew Weiss

Maine driver - September 11, 2012 11:31 am

Hi, I received a ticket for going 89 in a 65…it says he got me on laser but I really don’t think I was going 89. What do I do? I mean I think I should fight it and all but how and what do I say? It was in the Utica Rome area. Can I minimize my fine and/or get it expunged from my record? It’s my first speeding ticket and I’m not familiar with how new York works with that. Do I mail in the not guilty slip and then show up or do I just show up to the court date? Or do I mail in the guilty slip. Any help would be much appreciated I’m a poor college kid that was late to class.

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    Matthew Weiss - September 11, 2012 1:42 pm

    Maine Driver,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge saving you points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Good luck.

    Matthew Weiss

Fernando Lopez - September 11, 2012 9:16 am

I was fined 2 years ago close to New York city for exceeding speed limits (73 on a 55 zone).
After my mail (i was guilty) to the Court I didn’t received any answer. Maybe a bad post service?
What kind of trouble could i have with the immigration coming back in N.Y. as a tourist next month? I have done the ESTA without problems.
Thanks and compliments for the blog!

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    Matthew Weiss - September 11, 2012 1:44 pm

    Fernando,

    From what you describe, there is a good chance that your privilege to drive in New York is suspended. It is also possible that the court issued a warrant for your arrest. I recommend that you (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer) contact the court and clear this issue up.

    Matthew Weiss

Philip - September 9, 2012 10:35 am

Hi,

I received a ticket for driving 70 in a 55 area (Highway 33 near Buffalo). I was driving a rental car and unfortunately the court date is set for a date that I will not be in Buffalo anymore. In addition, this was my very 1st ticket ever. My driver’s license is from Texas.

Should I just plead guilty since I cannot make the court date? Do I have any other options?

Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - September 9, 2012 11:25 pm

    Philip,

    I recommend that you fight this ticket because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Texas license. If you cannot make it, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer who can appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Cynthia - September 6, 2012 7:07 pm

Hi,
I really need some help. I have received three tickets in the past month. Two speeding tickets and one ticket for running a stop sign. I was going 73 in a 50 in both speeding tickets and they both happened on grand central pkwy in NYC. I really need my license because I have to get back and forth to school. I go to Hofstra Law and I commute from Manhattan everyday. Both times I needed to go pick my daughter up from the sitter to take her to therapy. I know this is not an excuse, but I really need this to get resolved. i absolutely cannot afford to have an increased insurance premium and as I mentioned before, I really, really, need my license. Please help! what should I do???

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    Matthew Weiss - September 6, 2012 10:29 pm

    Cynthia,

    Simply stated, you need to fight all 3 of these tickets. You are facing 15 points, hefty fines and fees as well as a possible suspension. Given the seriousness of your situation, I recommend that you consult with an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer (if not hire one).

    Matthew Weiss

Ryan - September 5, 2012 6:47 pm

Hello Mr. Weiss,

I got pulled over today for driving 56 in a 40 zone in Orchard Park, NY. I was travelling that fast because I was passing an erratic driver that I didn’t feel confortable being behind, and was allowing my car to coast back to an appropriate speed when the officer saw me. The officer himself mentioned pleaing not guilty and stated that he was mostly out there to curb speeding before school starts. I only have one other ticket on my record, from about two years ago when I accidentally ran a red light (which I plead guitly to).
My question is, should I fight this ticket? I admit I was speeding, but only because I didn’t feel safe behind the driver I passed.
As well, I’ve been told I’d be required to attend traffic school if I plead not guilty. Is that true, or is it based on the plea agreement?

Thanks,
Ryan

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    Matthew Weiss - September 5, 2012 11:00 pm

    Ryan,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid an insurance hike. Sometimes, the court will require the Driver Safety Class as part of a plea deal but usually this is not a requirement.

    Matthew Weiss

Matt - September 5, 2012 11:29 am

Hi Matt,

I was pulled over on the Taconic in Columbia County. The officer told me I was doing 77 in a 55. He wrote me a ticket for 74 in a 55, verified by radar. This is the first time I’ve ever received a ticket. In the supporting deposition, he wrote down my statement that “I didn’t realize how fast I was going.” Should I consider this reduction from 77 to 74 (6 pts to 4 pts) a “roadside plea” and not expect any further reduction? The officer told me, after issuing me the ticket, that I could talk to the D.A. to “try to work something out.”

Thanks,

Matt

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    Matthew Weiss - September 5, 2012 11:03 pm

    Matt,

    You did get a “roadside plea” but, based on the officer’s statement you may want to try to get a further reduction.

    Matthew Weiss

alberto carletti - September 5, 2012 9:53 am

Hi,
i had a ticket in NY state for speed limits and the Court (I plead guilty) gave me a fine of 210$. They ask for a credit card payment (Visa or Mastercard) but I’ve only Amex
In the letter a received is written that if money is not received by the date of 09/26/12
my driver licence will be suspended.
I am not sure to have time to mail in time with a new credit card (I’m from Italy).
What am i going to risk for a late arrival? And if i can’t pay? Will i have problems if i decide to come back in USA in the future?
Thank you
Alberto

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    Matthew Weiss - September 5, 2012 11:02 pm

    Alberto,

    Call the court and ask for an extension of time to pay. That should solve your problem.

    Matthew Weiss

      Alberto Carletti - September 12, 2012 3:00 am

      Thank you for the answer. I’ve found a friend that can help me with his MasterCard.
      Have I just to fill with the Credit Card data the letter I received and send it by mail to the Court to pay the fine? It says to include a self addressed stamped envelope to have a receipt, but how can i find US stamps here in Italy?
      Thanks a lot
      Alberto

        Matthew Weiss - September 12, 2012 7:11 am

        Alberto,

        Go to the post office there. You don’t need US stamps. Only enough Italian stamps to get it to the US.

        Matthew Weiss

          Aimee - September 12, 2012 10:15 am

          I just wanted to thank you for advising to fight my father’s ticket. In Sullivan County, we had to go to a court that is in the basement of a senior citizen’s center. We made a mistake and couldn’t read the ticket so we hadn’t submitted a plea. They were nice and saw us anyway. We didn’t even have to ask for leniency. They reduced a 17 mph over speeding ticket to a $150 parking ticket. We were very nice the whole time. The person in front of us had to pay $450 and I’m sure it is because she was full of attitude.

          Thank you!

          Matthew Weiss - September 12, 2012 11:27 pm

          Aimee,

          Thanks for circling back. I’m so glad that my advice helped you with defending your traffic ticket.

          Matthew Weiss

Steve - September 4, 2012 2:39 pm

Hi Matt,

I was pulled over this weekend for doing 57 in a 40. I am a Maine resident, and thought that I was on a highway–the code given on the ticket says that I was on a “restricted highway.” How will this affect me?

Thanks,
Steve

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    Matthew Weiss - September 4, 2012 2:43 pm

    Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Maine license, I recommend that you fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge.

    The “restricted highway” language doesn’t mean anything. This NY speeding ticket carries 4 points.

    Matthew Weiss

kristin - September 3, 2012 6:03 pm

Hi matt, last week i got pulled over on the west side highway, just north of the gwb. I was going the speed of traffic around me but got ticketed for going 64 in a 35. This is 6 points and a minimum fine of $195. Are there really benefits to pleading not guilty? Will i have to go to a ‘pre-trial’ and a court date? Do you know how long this process usually takes in nyc (i am assuming i will have to go to court there?)?. And do you know how much 6 points affects your insurance?. Thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - September 4, 2012 7:28 am

    Kristin,

    If you are convicted, then you will be given 6 points, roughly a $200 fine, a $300 Driver Assessment Fee and likely insurance hike. There is no plea bargaining in NYC. You either win or lose. Winning a speeding ticket is NYC is very tough but not impossible. The process generally takes 3 to 12 months.

    I wrote an article entitled “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau” which should be very helpful to you.

    Matthew Weiss

Shankar - September 3, 2012 4:58 pm

Last weekend on my long drive to Canada from Virginia, I received two NY tickets at the same time: a speeding ticket 90 in a 65 in Cohocton, Town of -5158, Steuben county on I-390. And another one for “Failed to use signal lamps”. The officer mentioned that he had been following over for 5 miles before he pulled me over.

I am form VA. Travelling to NY to appear in court from VA will be a difficult thing to do. Would it affect my VA points and insurance and leave a big hole in my pocket if I pleaded guilty? What would you recommend that I should do in my case?

Thank you in advance for your advise!

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    Matthew Weiss - September 3, 2012 7:35 pm

    Shankar,

    You must plead not guilty and fight these tickets. A NY conviction will transfer onto your Virginia license and a 90/65 is a very serious speeding ticket under Virginia law. If you cannot appear in court, then I highly recommend that you retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer.

    Matthew Weiss

      Shankar - January 21, 2013 9:34 pm

      Thank you for your advice and help.

        Matthew Weiss - January 21, 2013 9:36 pm

        Thanks Shankar.

        I’m glad that you’re speeding ticket worked out.

        Matthew Weiss

Pat - September 3, 2012 1:36 pm

Great blog!!! Seriously good site! I read most of this but still would love your opinions on my specific situation.

I was clocked going 81/65 on I-90 in Chautauqua County (Town of Sheridan). The officer was nice enough to lower it to 76/65 which is the speed I told him I was going (the truth as I thought I really was – I was very surprised by his measurement of 81!!). On the deposition portion of the ticket, the officer put “Riding in passing lane same lane radar 81 MPH.” If it matters, the officer never showed me the radar reading.

I’m licensed in Pennsylvania (I live about 2.5 hours away from Chataqua County). My only other NY state offense was another speeding ticket from August 2009 (so about 3 years ago). I know I won’t get points and I will check with my insurance company about potential rate increases.

Specific Questions:
1) Will I be hit with the “Driver Assessment Fee” and, if so, how much will that be?
2) Should I fight this ticket given that the officer already reduced it . I am a grad student with a very modest income. A $300 assessment fee would hurt sooooooo bad!
3) How should I approach this in court (what’s my story)? Is the court in Sheridan be generous?

Many thanks!!!

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    Matthew Weiss - September 3, 2012 7:40 pm

    Pat,

    Thanks for your kind remarks. I appreciate it.

    Answers follow each of your questions below.

    1) Will I be hit with the “Driver Assessment Fee” and, if so, how much will that be? There will be no Driver Assessment Fee for one 81/65 speeding ticket. This fee is triggered when a motorist gets 6 or more points, and this ticket carries only 4 points.
    2) Should I fight this ticket given that the officer already reduced it . I am a grad student with a very modest income. A $300 assessment fee would hurt sooooooo bad! Check with your insurance company. If it won’t affect your PA insurance, then you may want to just pay it.
    3) How should I approach this in court (what’s my story)? Is the court in Sheridan be generous? You already got a break so there is a good chance that you won’t get another. In fact, the prosecutor could ask to reinstate the original charge prior to trial. See my response to 2 as you may likely end up just paying this ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Tom - September 2, 2012 7:32 pm

Hi Matthew,
I received a ticket over the weekend for going 45 in a 35 zone in Essex County. I have a PA license, and I haven’t had a ticket since march 2009 (which was in VA.) Any use in contesting this?
Thanks!
~Tom

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    Matthew Weiss - September 2, 2012 9:38 pm

    Tom,

    A 45/35 speeding ticket is only 3 points in NY and a conviction here will not transfer to PA. Speak to your PA insurance company and if this ticket will not affect your rates, I think might want to just pay it.

    Matthew Weiss

Jen - September 2, 2012 1:53 pm

HI,
Thank you in advance for your help – I’ve been reading through your advice, and it seems to be extremely helpful!
I just got a ticket for 42 in a 30 in Tonawanda (driving with the speed of traffic and happened to be at the end of the line of cars on the one lane road). I’ve from San Diego, and you NEVER go to court unless you want to fight the ticket, as driving school is always available. I am planning on going to court on the appointed day, but what do I say, and who do I say it to? I want to plead it down to a lesser charge if possible.
Thank you!

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    Matthew Weiss - September 2, 2012 3:38 pm

    Jen,

    Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your CA license, you are doing the right thing by contesting this ticket. On your court date, you should ask what kind of plea bargain can be arranged. I am sure that they will offer you a reduction to a less serious charge.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Casey - August 31, 2012 4:02 am

I was pulled over today for going 43 in a 30. I plan on sending the ticket in by mail and pleading not guilty. For my previous tickets I always went to the court date listed on the front of the ticket but this time I decided that I want to mail the ticket in. How does this process work? I also asked for the deposition which the ticket says I’m entitled too. I am hoping it gets dropped down to a parking ticket but could you also tell me how much these tickets usually run?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 31, 2012 7:10 am

    Casey,

    The fine for this ticket will be roughly $200. If you mail in a not guilty plea, then the court will send you a new date in the mail. I recommend that you send it with some type of delivery confirmation (and make a copy).

    Good lucK!

    Matthew Weiss

Willy Barker - August 29, 2012 3:37 pm

one more thing, on the ticket it says “return by mail before, or in person on 10/10/12 by 9:00″ does that mean i need to plead not guilty by going to court on 10/10 or do i need to fill out the back of the ticket until a court date gets mailed in?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 29, 2012 4:09 pm

    Willy,

    You can appear on that date OR send it in not guilty via mail (certified mail).

    Matthew Weiss

Willy Barker - August 28, 2012 8:16 pm

wait so if i plead guilty a mail is going to come saying im going to have to pay 400$ for the speeding 45/30 and the improper u-turn, PLUS the 300$ for drivers assessment?
what must i do to possibly bring down the 6 points and the fee because im a student and i cannot afford to pay for these fines.. do i plead not guilty and wen they assign me a court date, just show the judge some remorse and ask what i can do to reduce points/fine?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 28, 2012 11:44 pm

    Willy,

    Yes, you should plead not guilty and, on your court date, seek to have your cases reduced to less serious charges.

    Matthew Weiss

Elaine - August 27, 2012 8:30 pm

I have looked through the questions and have not found anything pertaining to my situation. I was pulled over in Allegany County for going 75 in a 55. The state police officer first asked me if I knew why I was pulled over and then if I knew what the speed limit was. I was confused at first as I was following behind another vehicle and was not aware I was speeding. I should also tell you I was going up a steep hill to which there are two lanes and I used the faster lane to go around the slower traffic as people vehicles will bog down to around 40-45. The police officer stated he “visually estimated” that I was going around 75 and then stated he used his “Stalker Radar” and confirmed that I was doing 75 as I was coming down the other side of the hill. Usually when I crest the hill I will take my foot off the gas and coast mostly to avoid using my brakes constantly, but do use them if I coast down too fast as I am afraid of curves in the road on that hill. He must have been near the bottom of the hill at the pull off, partially hidden as I did not see him. He did not start his lights until I was almost into the next town. He stated to me that I was going the fastest out of all the cars coming down the hill. When he pulled me over I was going around 52 and was in the process to slow down to 45 for the town me and the other cars on the road were driving into.

In 2010 I had two tickets. One was for speeding April 2010 and the other was for failure to use designated lane in January 2010. The ticket for the failure to use designated lane was during the winter on snowy, slushy roads and I was using the passing lane on the four-lane on I-86 near Angelica, NY, as it was the one that was most cleared off of the snow and slush. No one else was in close proximity to me and I thought it was the safer thing to do at the time. Regardless, with these two things I received 6 points total on my license and have one more $100 payment to make for the driver’s assessment. Also during this time, my license was suspended for NOT paying the fee the first time, even though I called them as their website was down and I could not pay it online, but she told me she could not do it over the phone either as their system was down and to call back everyday until they were online again, which I did. It took two days for them to take my payment and then my license was suspended for those two day because of their system issues. It also was suspended another time as I paid the failure ticket, but the DMV never received notice I paid it, even though the judge gave me a paper to carry around to show my fine was paid in full. It took them a little over 6 months (after I found out it was suspended) before the judge finally got the paperwork to them and it was cleared. Multiple trips to the local DMV to get it off my record did nothing for me as they kept telling me the judge had to send in the information and Angelica’s court was famous for not getting their information updated to the DMV in Albany and I was not the only one who has had this issue. The insurance company did not care that it was not my fault even though I provided the paper signed and stamped by the judge (which he told me to carry around for 6 months to show) and penalized me for having my license suspended for that time.

My question is: Should I plead not guilty and hope to get a reduced ticket with no points or effect on my insurance or should I plead guilty? For the speeding ticket in 2010, the judge offered to let me go to a course on a Saturday which cost $200, If I did, he would dismiss the ticket when I provided him with the paper that I did so by a certain date. Do judges provide this option all the time? As much as I wanted to, it was not an option for me at the time and I made payments to the court for a few months to pay the fine. I was on workman’s compensation at the time and my funds were very limited. If I plead not guilty, will this option be given to me? If so, I would take it this time around just to have the ticket dropped, no points, and to not have my insurance rate raise!!

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    Matthew Weiss - August 28, 2012 7:33 am

    Elaine,

    I definitely think you should have accepted the judge’s offer of a dismissal in exchange for taking the Driver Safety Class. That’s a great deal. I’m not sure if it will be offered again but certainly you should ask for it.

    In any event, you should plead not guilty and, on your court date, attempt to negotiate a more favorable outcome.

    Matthew Weiss

      Elaine - August 28, 2012 11:12 am

      Thank you for the advice! I would have accepted it at the time but could not come up with the $200 dollars for the course in the time allotted to me as I was on W.C. and my checks did not come in as scheduled and at that time I was a month without one being sent to me at all. When I did finally receive one, being divorced and a single parent, it was more vital to keep a roof over my child’s head and food on the table. I had no one to help me with the cost and do not like to be in debt to any friends either, as in my experience, it ends up costing friendships at times. (I have loaned to friends before and never been paid back.)

      I guess my next question is, I received the ticket yesterday, do I just send it in with the plea of not guilty today and then they let me know when my court date is or do I go on the date on the ticket still? I have never plead not guilty before as I own up to my mistakes always in the past. And will this adversely affect my insurance before the court date?

        Matthew Weiss - August 28, 2012 8:01 pm

        Elaine,

        Yes, just send the ticket in with the plea of not guilty, and then the court will let you know when the date is scheduled.

        Matthew Weiss

Kam - August 27, 2012 2:12 pm

Hi,
I got a speeding ticket because I was doing 80 in a 55 zone.
I come from Europe and I am not familiar with the way speeding tickets work in the US. As the court place is far from the place where I reside, I was thinking of pleading guilty. Do you know how much the speeding ticket would be? Is the judge kinder if you plead guilty? Or should I rather plead not guilty?
As I am leaving the US in 5 weeks, I would like to solve this before leaving so I don’t have any problem to come back later.

Thanks in advance for your advice.
Kind regards

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    Matthew Weiss - August 27, 2012 2:16 pm

    Kam,

    If you plead guilty, the fine will be roughly $200. Plus, you’ll have to pay a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight it, you likely can save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    You should consider retaining a NY traffic ticket attorney who can make sure that this matter is properly and completely resolved.

    Matthew Weiss

Derek - August 27, 2012 12:13 pm

I moved to the Binghamton, NY area from NJ about 1 month ago. My drive to work is pretty much just one road, which alternates between 55mph and 45mph a few times. I passed a police officer traveling in the other direction, and a minute later he pulled me over for “57 in a 45.” The supporting deposition is a picture of my temporary NY license (waiting on my new one in the mail) next to the 57 displayed on the dashboard radar. When we were pulled over it was back in a 55 zone. I normally follow the speeds up and down, but since I don’t know the area that well yet I guess I missed one of the signs.
I guess I’m confused about the pleading guilty vs not guilty part (the process, what each implies, etc). What do you think I should do in this situation?
I’ll be taking the safe driver class regardless, now that I know about it. And thanks for the advice you’re giving everyone; it’s really helpful to read through these!

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    Matthew Weiss - August 27, 2012 2:38 pm

    Derek,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this NY speeding ticket reduced to less (or possibly 0 points).

    I also would wait on taking the NY Driver Safety Class. If your case is reduced, then you likely will want to save the class.

    Matthew Weiss

      Derek - August 27, 2012 3:32 pm

      I’m sorry I don’t have much/any experience with these things; what might the process be like if I plead not guilty? I have read that there would be a light negotiation with a prosecutor. Would I just explain the situation?

        Matthew Weiss - August 27, 2012 4:04 pm

        Derek,

        Yes, plead not guilty. On your court date, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor and likely negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

        Good luck!

        Matthew Weiss

          Derek - August 28, 2012 8:52 am

          Thanks, it is scheduled for a few weeks from now. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Helen - August 26, 2012 6:10 pm

Is there a “reciprocity” between NY, NJ and FL? About year ago (2011) I got a ticket for speeding (92/65) on I 87 in NY State near lake Schroon. At that time I lived in NJ. The court hearing was postponed several times and eventually the ticket was negotiated down to 75/65 with $ 285 fine. I moved in the meantime to FL and got FL license. However, the notification to the court about the change of the address got lost. Will any points appear on my FL license? Also, I often drive through NY State to Canada. If I am ever stopped in NY State with FL license, would the trooper see the 2011 violation?
Thank you for your advice! Helen

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    Matthew Weiss - August 26, 2012 7:53 pm

    Helen,

    I assume that you paid the 2011 ticket. If so, this conviction will not impair your ability to drive in NY.

    A NY conviction will transfer as 2 points onto a NJ license. It will also transfer onto a FL license. FL will assign whatever points that the conviction would have carried if the offense had occurred in FL.

    Matthew Weiss

Willy Parker - August 26, 2012 3:46 am

hey i just received a speeding ticket of going 45/30 AND a illegal u-turn at the same time and received two tickets at once. they dont have the price on the tickets so im assuming im going to have to mail it or go to court. im curious how much points ill receive and how much fine im going to have to pay altogether but.. is there a way where i can reduce the fine, but points especially as well.. thank you so much for your help

oh and one more thing, even if i do fight it, what do i have to do? just appear in court and tell judge some excuse? im not sure, and im 20years old wit first offense

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    Matthew Weiss - August 26, 2012 10:50 am

    Willy,

    The NY speeding ticket carries 4 points and the U-turn ticket carries 2 points. If you plead guilty, the fines will be roughly $200 each plus you’ll also have to pay the $300 Driver Assessment Fee (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). I therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight these tickets. This is the only way that you can possibly save money and points.

    How you fight it depends on the court in which you case is scheduled. In New York, there are two types of traffic courts and the approach to fighting is different in each.

    Matthew Weiss

Dennis - August 24, 2012 9:01 am

HI,

I got a ticket (violation 1180D) Aug 24th, 2012 for going 102mph on a 65mph in I-90 West Town of Pembroke NY, COunty of Genesee. I am from NJ – approx 5 hours drive to the assigned court house. What is the best approach for this situation?

I was given a choice to reply by email or appear in person before Sept 13th, 2012. The violation happened 2:41AM and this is my first traffic offense. I am hoping to reduce the fine and also avoid the points.

Thanks in advance

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    Matthew Weiss - August 25, 2012 12:22 am

    Dennis,

    You MUST plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you don’t, you can be suspended in NY and NU will honor that suspension. If you fight it, you likely can avoid a suspension, and save points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Christian - August 24, 2012 1:18 am

I was pulled over on I-15 in UT, the officer said I was doing 85 in a 65. I am fairly confident that I was not speeding more than 80. I had a previous ticket which was about to be dropped next month, and would not show up on my insurance. How much is the ticket going to cost, and what is the best way to reduce the cost for both the ticket and my insurance?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 24, 2012 7:49 am

    Christian,

    I don’t know much about Utah traffic lawyers but I’d guesstimate the cost of this ticket will be around $250. The best way to possibly reduce the charge is by pleading not guilty and appearing in court to hopefully negotiate it down.

    Matthew Weiss

Jodi - August 23, 2012 11:15 pm

I rencently received a speeding ticket 65 in a 45 in Lewiston NY 14092 on Pekin Hill. I was wondering if I should mail a copy of my ticket stating not guilty and ask for a pre trial hearing? Hire an Attorney? What would be my best option in getting a lesser charge/point reduction?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 24, 2012 7:51 am

    Jodi,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you or your NY traffic lawyer can likely negotiate this down saving you points and a possible insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

miffed - August 22, 2012 9:09 pm

Here is a good one.
Got pulled over doing 42 in a 25
How big do the speed limit numbers have to be in order to be a legal speed limit sign.
Small sign with small letters/numbers.
Also on the supporting dep. it states that the officer asked why he pulled me over.
I acknowledged by saying I know. Should I have been advised on my rights???
I am unsure on fighting the ticket. Any advise would be helpful.
thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - August 22, 2012 9:32 pm

    Miffed,

    Standard speed limit signs are roughly 2×3. How large were the ones you are talking about?

    The supporting deposition statement doesn’t help you.

    Matthew Weiss

Peta - August 22, 2012 11:09 am

Hello there,
A couple of days ago I received a ticket in Oneida County NY. Supposedly I was going 71 in a 55 zone. To be honest, I didn’t think I was going that fast! Thought it was more like 68 – was in desperate need for a bathroom at the time!
I have never received a ticket and I really do not know what to do from here. Worried my insurance will be hiked. Do I plead not guilty?? I do know for sure that I was over the limit but 71 seemed a little high when I looked at my speedometer.
From what I have read here, a lot of people plead not guilty – my question is why?? I am an Australian and have been living here for almost 6 years.
Do you know what my fine would be and is there anyway to avoid the driver assessment fee – which sounds like daylight robbery to me!!
Any advice, thoughts you could share with me would be so appreciated.
Thank you for your time.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 22, 2012 12:02 pm

    Peta,

    You should plead not guilty. If you do, you can likely save points and avoid an insurance hike. The fine will be roughly $200. You are not subject to the Driver Assessment Fee (assuming you have an otherwise clean record) because your ticket only carries 4 points.

    Matthew Weiss

      Peta - August 22, 2012 12:11 pm

      Well I plead not guilty – I go to court correct?? Will there be additional court costs??

        Matthew Weiss - August 22, 2012 8:16 pm

        Peta,

        Yes, if you plead not guilty, you (or your traffic lawyer) will have to appear in court.

        No, there are no additional court costs if you fight your ticket.

        Matthew Weiss

ram - August 21, 2012 10:08 pm

Hi,
I am a Michigan Resident and on a vacation with family in NY and NJ state. Just got pulled over on Palisades Parkway S/B 11-10. I was in the left lane and supposed to take exit 9W to get back to Jersey city but there were vehicles in the right lane so stepped on the gas to come into the right lane in an effort not to miss the exit, But there was curve where the cop was hiding and as soon as spotted him I stepped on the brake and slowed down ,but I guess it was too late. The officer pulled me over and he said, I was speeding at 77 mph in the 55 limit zone and he asked me for my drivers licence and registration and didnt give me time to explain it . Now I am in a dilemma to decide in which way should I go ” Plea of guilty” or “Plea of not guilty” . I see there will be 6 points for being 22 mph over the speed limit and I cannot afford to come back and attend the court session. I think I last got a ticket in 2009 July.

Please advise about the consequences involved and safe way to play with this situation.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 22, 2012 5:34 am

    Ram,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this NY speeding ticket because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Michigan license. If you do, you likely can maintain a cleaner license and save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If you do not want to return back to NY, you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear in your place.

    Matthew Weiss

Out-of-State Driver - August 21, 2012 11:40 am

Hi Matthew,

Just got a speeding ticket for going 79 in 65 zone on I-90, Chautaugua County. I have a Maryland driver license and have a clean driving record. I don’t plan on going to court because it’s over 400 miles from where I live. Please advise what are my options in dealing with this ticket. Thanks.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 22, 2012 5:37 am

    Out-Of-State Driver,

    You can plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, then you (or your NY traffic lawyer) will likely have to appear in court to answer this ticket. Because a NY conviction will NOT transfer as points onto your Maryland license, you may not want to fight it. You will have to make this decision, of course. I do recommend that you contact your auto insurance company to see if this potential NY conviction will negatively affect your auto insurance rates.

    Matthew Weiss

Pete - August 20, 2012 2:59 pm

Hi there,

I was recently issued a ticket for doing 80 in a 55mph zone in Seneca County, NY. I do not believe I was going this fast (ticketing officer states a visual estimate of 75 mph, but “steady” radar reading of 80mph despite his own speeding by me in the opposite direction).

I am an Oregon resident with no violations on my driving record (I was a NYS driver license holder for almost 10 years and I got issued one NYS speeding ticket >15 years ago and no tickets in any state before or since then).

My questions are the following:
1. Can I still plead “not guilty” via mail even thought it says it has to be mailed within 48 hours for these pleas (still have >25 days until my court date)?
2. What is the likelihood of them reducing the charge (and associated fines, points, etc.) if I plead not guilty at this time?
3. I won’t be able to fly back across the country for any future court appearances and don’t have a ton of money to hire a traffic lawyer to appear in my stead. What’s the general estimate for hiring a traffic lawyer vs. paying the additional fines and/or increased insurance premiums?

Many thanks in advance for your time!

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    Matthew Weiss - August 22, 2012 5:47 am

    Pete,

    Answers below in bold following your questions:

    1. Can I still plead “not guilty” via mail even thought it says it has to be mailed within 48 hours for these pleas (still have >25 days until my court date)? Yes, it’s not too late.

    2. What is the likelihood of them reducing the charge (and associated fines, points, etc.)? If I plead not guilty at this time? In Seneca County, the likelihood is high that you’ll be offered a reduction. If you fight it, I would think that you can get this 6-point NY speeding ticket reduced to a 2 or 3 point ticket saving points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    3. I won’t be able to fly back across the country for any future court appearances and don’t have a ton of money to hire a traffic lawyer to appear in my stead. What’s the general estimate for hiring a traffic lawyer vs. paying the additional fines and/or increased insurance premiums? A NY traffic lawyer will likely cost between $400 and $600. Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Oregon license and because a NY traffic lawyer can likely save you the $300 Driver Assessment Fee as well as get you a less serious charge, I recommend that you hire one. If you do, you will NOT have to return to NY as he or she can fight the ticket for you.

Anna - August 15, 2012 10:49 am

Hello Matthew,

I am so glad I found your website:) I hope to get some initial answers. We are from CT, my husband had previous two speeding tickets in CT resolved, but non in NY. My husband and I were coming back from Montreal this last Sunday and got stopped doing 90MPH in 65MPH zone on Hwy 87 Champlain, Clinton County, NY. It’s 25 MPH over the limit:( The officer said that he was driving behind us for a few minutes while my husband was going about 80-86 MPH, but stopped us when he reached 90 MPH at the time of passing the other car and that is only because my husband slowed down and noticed him in the mirror. The ticket states that if he pleas guilty to this charge it is equivalent to a conviction after trail and if he is convicted the penalty will apply as well as license and certificate of registration are subject to suspension and revocation as prescribed by law. Also, we are about 4.5 hr from the court , what your thought are about it? Should he show up fro the court or hire someone, what are the possible consequences? Should we request supporting deposition? Court was scheduled for 8/30. Highly appreciate any advice on how to proceed. It says to respond not guilty within 48 hr but the court date was already given so I’m not sure what to do? Thanks Anna

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    Matthew Weiss - August 15, 2012 4:45 pm

    Anna,

    Thanks for your kind praise. I really appreciate the kind words.

    I recommend that your husband pleads not guilty and fights this ticket. If he does, he can likely avoid paying the $300 NY Driver Assessment Fee and save NY points. He also might avoid an insurance hike. While points from a NY ticket do not transfer onto a CT license, a NY conviction is reported to CT and can be used by your CT insurance company to raise your rates.

    If your husband doesn’t want to spend the time traveling back, he can retain an NY traffic lawyer who can appear for him.

    Matthew Weiss

Ken Wu - August 14, 2012 11:53 pm

Hi, I got a ticket 19 miles over speed limit but I forgot to mail my ticket in time. What will happen now? I have already mailed it but it will probably reach after the date that was on the ticket. please tell me what I can do. thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - August 15, 2012 7:49 am

    Ken Wu,

    You should be fine. I recommend, however, that you call the court and let them know it is on the way.

    Matthew Weiss

Albel - August 14, 2012 4:22 am

Hello, I’m 21 and I’ve been driving for probably 6-10 months now. I got my first ticket for speeding, which was originally supossed to be a 42/30 mph ticket, but the officer said he reduced it to a Disobeyed Traffic Control Device ticket the traffic control device being a speed limit sign.

Anyway….my questions are basically….Should I just go with it? I know I went over the limit, so pleading not guilty would seem well…stupid from my views. And would this affect my insurance? I know speeding tickets under 15mph dont but since he changed it would this make my insurance go up?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 14, 2012 8:44 am

    Albel,

    If you have an otherwise clean record, one conviction for disobeying a traffic control device will NOT affect your auto insurance rates.

    If you have an otherwise clean record and were NOT on probation when this ticket was issued, then you could decide to just pay it. In fact, if you fight it, there is a chance that the prosecutor will not reduce it further (you already got a break) and could even seek to have it amended back up to the original charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Sam KC - August 14, 2012 12:56 am

Hello, this is such a great site, thanks for your answers.
I am from ON and got a speeding ticket on my recent trip to NY. I was caught doing 92 in a 65 zone BUT the officer was nice to me and gave me ticket for 84/65 instead. This is my first ticket ever and seems it is 4 points. It should be around $200 from the other posts. Can you please tell me if there will be any other fees?? I plan to please guilty since I don’t have time go to court or hire a lawyer. Also is it possible to get the exact amount before mailing the ticket. Thank you!

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    Matthew Weiss - August 14, 2012 8:45 am

    Sam,

    Thanks for your nice praise.

    If you plead guilty, there will be no other fees. The exact fine will not be determined until it is set by the judge. However, the $200 estimate is a good one.

    Matthew Weiss

ryan - August 13, 2012 7:10 pm

Hi Matthew,

I got pullover at Clinton town, NY for speeding 70 in 55. Do you know how much is the total fine for this location? This is my first speeding ticket and i have clean record. I live in Queens, NY. Does the first speeding ticket affect the insurance right away? If I plea bargain, how likely and what I will get from the reduction in Clinton court?

Thanks,
Ryan

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    Matthew Weiss - August 13, 2012 7:58 pm

    Ryan,

    The fine for this ticket is roughly $200. This ticket will NOT affect your insurance because it is under 16 mph and you have an otherwise clean record.

    If you plead not guilty, you very likely will be offered a reduction. My best guess is that you’ll be offered, at least, a reduction to a 2-point disobey traffic control device ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Aimee - August 13, 2012 9:44 am

Hello,
My father got pulled over by Monticello Raceway in Sullivan County and was clocked at 62 in a 45 zone. He thought the speed limit was 55mph which is it further up the road. We forgot to show PBA cards which the cop later saw and said he wouldn’t have given us the ticket. Dad lives in Queens so about a 2.5 hour drive from the point of ticket. Is it worth it to fight the ticket in person? What are the fines? He would have to take time off of work for two days to go to court. Thank you.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 13, 2012 8:01 pm

    Aimee,

    This ticket could negatively affect your father’s insurance rates. Therefore, it may be worth fighting. The fine will be roughly $200 if he fights it or not. The value in fighting it is to get less points and avoid an insurance hike.

    If you father doesn’t want to drive back to Sullivan County, then he can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for him.

    Matthew Weiss

Gerry Arciero - August 12, 2012 8:27 pm

Hi Matt,
I am a Quebec resident and got ticketed on I87 going 70 mph in a 55 mph work zone. I got pulled over and was asked for my papers. I mentioned that I was following traffic but the trooper advised me that I was doing 70 in a 55 zone and the traffic ahead was doing 60. He returned with the ticket explaining that I had til 20 August to send in my plea. He further mentioned that there was no leniency when speeding is involved in a work zone. Nonetheless he did not stop any of the cars ahead of me doing 60!!! My question is what would the fine be if I pled guilty, and, if I do not pay nor attend any court date what would the consequences be? Thanks for comments and insights.

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    Matthew Weiss - August 13, 2012 8:14 am

    Gerry,

    This speeding ticket carries 4 points and will transfer as 2 demerit points on your Quebec license. The fine will be roughly US$400 for this ticket because it was issued for speeding in a work zone.

    Matthew Weiss

Lashan Massey - August 9, 2012 10:14 am

Good morning. I would like to get some advice on a ticket That was issued to me by a state trooper as recently as Tuesday night in Bedford, N.Y. For driving 80 in a 65 miles paper hour zone. This is my first ticket ever, I’ve been driving for almost ten years with no prior convictions. Im not sure if I should plea guilty /or not guilty. I really need an honest opinion on the matter at hand. Im a stay at home mom of three as well as married, so funds are limited. Please can some give me some sound advice ASAP on what I should do regards to this speeding ticket thank you for listening……

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    Matthew Weiss - August 9, 2012 4:53 pm

    Lashan,

    You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can end up with less than 4 points as part of a plea bargain deal. You could do this without hiring a traffic lawyer.

    Matthew Weiss

Courtney - August 6, 2012 1:53 pm

Hi Matt,

On 7/20 I was given a ticket for 77 in a 55. In Colonie/Latham on the Northway (i believe around exit 5 or 6) I am from NJ. I understand the 6 points would transfer as 2 points on my NJ license. It is way past the 48 hours to enter a “not guilty” plea… Court date set for 8/27, but I just started a brand new job and there is no possible way for me to take off work.

My parents are friends with a retired state trooper and he suggested I call the Colonie court house and ask to speak with the District Attorney that will be there 8/27 and tell him I can not make the court date and see if I could get a reduction over the phone. However, on Colonie’s website it states that since the town sees so many traffic violations (the troopers love to sit there because it is right after coming off the 65 mph thruway) that local attorneys handle traffic court, not a DA. Any advice on what to do here?

I am willing to pay the 200 ish for the ticket, as well as the 300 Drivers Assessment if I need to… Am just curious about my insurance rates. This is the first time I have ever been pulled over. Will insurance change over the NY 6 points or the NJ 2 points? Also would taking the NY defensive driving course help me at all in this situation? Would it eliminate Ny and NJ points? Or just NY points? If I enter a guilty plea will they notify me on how to take the defensive driving?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 7, 2012 6:52 am

    Courtney,

    You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can avoid save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Even thought it is past the 48 hours, you most likely can still file a not guilty plea. Call the court today and overnight your ticket with your plea.

    In regard to your insurance, you should contact your insurance company to inquire about whether this ticket will affect your rates. In my experience, if you fight the ticket and get it pled down, you likely can avoid an insurance hike.

    The NY Driver Safety Class will knock 4 points off your NY record (but it will do nothing for your NJ record).

    Matthew Weiss

Grace - August 6, 2012 11:50 am

Matthew,

First, you have a great resource for information. Wonderful site.

I recently was pulled over in Rye, NY for doing 73 in a 55. What is the likelihood of getting the points reduced? Is Rye plea-friendly? How much money is this going to cost me? I have a completely clean driving history.

Thanks,
Grace

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    Matthew Weiss - August 7, 2012 6:43 am

    Grace,

    Thanks for your kind praise. It takes a lot of time so it’s always nice to be appreciated.

    The Rye traffic court is plea-friendly. Your speeding ticket carries 4 points. In my experience, you’ll likely be able to get this reduced to a 2-point ticket. Not only will this save you 2 points but it will also allow you to make sure you avoid an insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Ken Awender - August 5, 2012 11:16 pm

Matt…I just got home from camping in Allegheny State Park..On my way back to my campsite from an afternoon at the Cattaraugus Fair I was pulled over for doing 40/25 zone..the speed had just changed from 35 to 25 the Officer advised me..The officer asked why I thought he pulled me over and I said my headlights were to bright or I was speeding,,he said yes you were speeding..doing 40mph in 25 zone..I said oh sorry…as I looked at my speedo and tried to see what 25 was in metric…yes I am from Ontario Canada…I have a spotless record…I was given a fax type copy of a ticket? no mention of a fine..what does 15 mph over carry? do I plead not guilty..with a reason or?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 6, 2012 7:02 am

    Ken,

    Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This ticket carries 4 NY points and 4 Ontario demerit points. If you fight it, you likely can save or avoid points. The fine will be roughly $200 either way but fighting it will likely help keep your license clean and possibly avoid an insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Anonymous - August 2, 2012 5:39 pm

Hi, I was recently given a ticket for going 32 miles over the speed limit (87/55) in Philmont, NY with a Florida license on my way to MA. By reading the posts above I can already tell that I will have to pay a lot. I was wondering if it is worth pleading not guilty? In the deposition the officer wrote that I said “I was going 20 over. the speed limit is 55″ which is not true, because I thought the speed limit was 65. If I plead not guilty, will they use that against me?

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    Matthew Weiss - August 2, 2012 6:05 pm

    Anonymous, you definitely want to plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save money and points (NY and FL points).

    Matthew Weiss

Rahul Bafna - August 1, 2012 9:04 am

Hi Matthew,

First of all really appreciate you taking time to answer these queries.
I live in New Jersey and recently received a ticket while driving towards Rochester, NY for speeding 81/65.
I want to talk to you in more detail regarding this, but just out of curiosity i would like to know if a Red light violation on camera will show up on my records as i recently have one of them, but i wasn’t driving it and my wife was, i simply paid it. Does it still hold a violation on me because it’s the same car? Is that the same case for parking tickets as well.
Thanks for all the information in advance.

Regards,
Rahul Bafna

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    Matthew Weiss - August 1, 2012 9:24 am

    Rahul,

    Thanks for your nice comments.

    A red light camera violation will NOT show up on your license. It is akin to a parking ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

angelo cariddi - August 1, 2012 8:00 am

Thanks a lot for the answer, problabily i’ll come back in the next years as a tourist but i’ll never more rent a car!
Angelo

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    Matthew Weiss - August 1, 2012 8:35 am

    Angelo,

    My pleasure. I still recommend that you pay this traffic ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

angelo cariddi - July 31, 2012 7:46 pm

I’m from europe, i got a ticket few days ago in NY state (speed limits 82/65) and the policeman said me to mail the ticket to BRUTUS TOWN COURT. Have i to plea guilty and what is better to write in the ticket optional explaination statement? I’m back in Europe now, and i haven’t the chance to meet the court. How much i’ll problably have to pay?
Thanks
Angelo

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    Matthew Weiss - July 31, 2012 9:14 pm

    Angelo,

    The fine for this ticket will be roughly $200. Because you live in Europe, there’s not much reason to fight this ticket (unless you plan on moving here). If so, just plead guilty and pay the ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Ben - July 31, 2012 1:44 pm

Hello. I am from Ontario and had just entered New York (Finger Lakes) with my family. I was 17 over in a speed trap, quick zone change — no leniency or write down of speed. When we returned to Ontario, I attempted to phone the court to discuss submitting a not guilty plea — but they are available only on Wednesdays (and I was advised it might be difficult to reach someone). Because my hearing date is fast approaching, and I’m relying on international mail, I elected to plead guilty and mailed in the ticket. My question regards suspensions: in a worst-case scenario, if my ticket/plea does not arrive before the hearing, am I looking at an automatic license suspension? Is there anything I can do now to ensure that does not happen? Or is there typically a grace period and/or warning after missing a hearing?

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    Matthew Weiss - July 31, 2012 9:31 pm

    Ben,

    Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this ticket. Your speeding ticket carries 4 NY points and will transfer as 4 demerit points in Ontario. I doubt that you’ll be suspended for being a few days late. Call the court tomorrow (Wednesday) and let them know that it’s coming.

    Matthew Weiss

Ana Maria - July 30, 2012 12:23 pm

On 07/22/2012 at 9:49 pm, my husband got a speed ticket in a rental car, when we were near Albany, New York. The speeding ticket said we must plead by mail to the local Court. It doesn’t mention how much I must pay.

We Live in south América is The first time he got a ticket, we have this questions:

– we just sign and send by mail. I Will Like to wrote in The space of explanation in The ticket that is optional, that we Were not sure of The speed limit in that place, we are tourist for The first time in New York, and cars around us were so hurry….its godo of not:.. Is just The truth.
– which adress we must put on, ours in Colombia and maybe other of a friend were we are Now in Toronto till next 08/ 6
– how much it Will cost and how we can paid it if we are not here to paid

Thanks a lot

Ana Maria

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    Matthew Weiss - July 30, 2012 8:50 pm

    Ana Maria,

    Because you live in South America, I recommend that you plead guilty and pay the ticket (unless you plan on moving to New York or the US in the near future). Use an address where you’ll receive notice about any mail from the court.

    The ticket will cost around $200 (unless you were speeding 21+ mph in which case it will be much more).

    Matthew Weiss

Wendy - July 30, 2012 10:30 am

I am a resident of Ontario and on a recent camping trip in Wellesley Island State Park I rec’d a 1180 D ticket for doing 43 in a 25 zone. I did not realize the 25 mph limit applied to the main two lane road of the park. Once I saw the posted sign I did start to slow down but not quickly enough……I have never had a speeding ticket in my 25 years of driving. I plan on sending a not guilty plea, as you adivise most people to do. the court clerk recommended I send a letter with the ticket form. What do you recommend this letter contain? Can you tell me approx how much the fine would be ? Also can all of this be resolved by mail ? I start a new job in September and it will be difficult to get time off. Can my husband go in my place ? Thanks so much for your website full of good information .

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    Matthew Weiss - July 30, 2012 8:57 pm

    Wendy,

    Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this speeding ticket. In your letter, you can write why you should be treated leniently including your exemplary driving record. The fine will be roughly $200. You must ask the court about a plea via mail and whether your husband can appear in your place. Each court has different practices.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Andrea - July 30, 2012 9:15 am

I received a ticket yesterday for 87 in a 55 in Washington county. I was speeding; however, I was in the middle of legally passing a truck with a trailer hitch and I was trying to get around him as quickly as I could due to the unexpected appearance of oncoming traffic. I live 4 hours from here and the court date they assigned is several weeks away, so it’s not practical for me to come back for it. However, I could appear in person if they could move up the date, as I’ll be in the area for a couple of weeks. Is it worth going in person (or rather, will going in person help me get this reduced/dismissed), or will I need a lawyer to get this reduced? Thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - July 30, 2012 9:14 pm

    Andrea,

    This is a serious speeding ticket. It carries 8 points, roughly a $300 fine, and a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. I therefore recommend that you retain an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer to help you (especially because you live so far away from the court).

    If you fight this ticket, you likely can save fine money and points.

    Matthew Weiss

Doug - July 30, 2012 9:10 am

I was pulled over for doing 75 in a 55 on the taconic state parkway by a Columbia county sheriff. The ticket does not state the fine associated with it. I will be away at school so I will not be able to appear in court if I try and fight it. This is my first violation so I am not sure how to go about resolving this

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    Matthew Weiss - July 30, 2012 9:16 pm

    Doug,

    If you plead guilty, the fine for this speeding ticket will be around $200. If you fight it, the fine will be roughly the same but you can likely save points and avoid an insurance increase (assuming your license is otherwise clean).

    Matthew Weiss

jonathan - July 28, 2012 4:47 pm

I got a speeding ticket coming back from Bear Mountain NY yesterday. I was doing 101 on a 50 zone. I would like to know how much and how many points will I get for this! I read an article giving me a range but not sure if its correct. I believe it said 6 points but don’t know the amount that I have to pay. Thanks ahead of time! BTW first ticket ive ever gotten.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 28, 2012 4:51 pm

    Jonathan,

    A NY speeding tickt for 101/50 is a very serious ticket. It carries 11 points, roughly a $350 fine, a $675 Driver Assessment Fee, a likely auto insurance hike and likely suspension. Therefore, you should definitely plead not guilty and fight this ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

prasad - July 23, 2012 1:29 pm

Matt, I received a speeding ticket on westmorefield, for travllling at 83Mph on 65Mph zone, this is my first offence and my driving record is clean, i stay 275 miles away from the court, should i fight this case.? will i get points added to my record, I have a CT drivers license and MA registration.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 24, 2012 6:52 am

    Prasad,

    This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. It will not transfer as points onto your CT license, however. I recommend that you check with your insurance company to see if it is worth fighting. If will adversely affect your rates, then you should fight it (or hire a NY traffic lawyer to appear in court for you).

    Matthew Weiss

Sandy - July 21, 2012 10:24 pm

Matt, I received a speeding ticket today, 83 in a 65. I am a Chauffeur and had two passengers in a Town Car. I have a class B license. Never had a speeding ticket or any other in 50 years. The court is 2 hours away. Should I fight this charge even though I was speeding? Will that Driver Assessment Fee apply here? This happened in Chautauqua County in the Town of Pomfret, NY. I live in Buffalo, NY and how will this affect my insurance? Where do you find NY Traffic Lawyers?

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    Matthew Weiss - July 21, 2012 11:22 pm

    Sandy,

    This speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. The Driver Assessment Fee does not apply because you have an otherwise clean record and your speeding ticket only carries 4 points. A conviction to this charge can affect your insurance. It depends on your insurance company but, because it is 16+ mph over, they can raise your rates for this one ticket. Therefore, we recommend that you fight this speeding ticket.

    Finally, you ask where do you find a NY traffic lawyer. That’s easy … me/us. Call our firm on Monday and we’re happy to provide a free consultation. We cover the entire State of New York and regularly handle cases in Chautauqua County.

    Matthew Weiss
    212-683-7373

Erin Baskervile - July 19, 2012 10:31 pm

I was pulled over for going 48mph in a 30mph zone in Jamestown, NY and I live in PA which is 3 hours from the courthouse and the police officer told me if i cant make the hearing which is scheduled for Aug. 1st at 9:30 am to choose my plea and mail it to the courthouse. I already sent in my plea as guilty because I dont want to have to drive up and appear in court

Am I going to have to appear in court at sometime or will they mail me the ticket price and i can mail them the payment? Also how much do you think its going to cost?

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    Matthew Weiss - July 19, 2012 10:54 pm

    Erin,

    If you’ve changed your mind, then contact the court immediately. Hopefully, you can un-do your guilty plea. Otherwise, you will likely not have to appear in court. With a guilty plea, generally you just receive a bill in the mail. I estimate that your fine will be around $200.

    A NY traffic lawyer can go for you and you won’t have to appear.

    Matthew Weiss

      Erin Baskervile - July 24, 2012 4:07 pm

      will the points carry over to my PA license?

        Matthew Weiss - July 24, 2012 8:38 pm

        Erin,

        Points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer as points onto your PA license.

        Matthew Weiss

Kelly Hofschneider - July 17, 2012 1:45 pm

I received a speeding ticket for going 70 in a 55 on Route 374 near Plattsburgh (about 45 miles from where I live). I mistakenly thought I was in a 65 mph zone and admitted to the officer that I thought I was driving around 7omph. Unfortunately I am out of town on the day I am to appear in court. Should I try to fight this? Is it possible to change a court appearance date?

Thanks so much for your help!

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    Matthew Weiss - July 17, 2012 2:14 pm

    Kelly,

    Yes, call the court and ask for a new date. You should be able to get one. If not, you can always retain a NY traffic lawyer who can appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

George - July 16, 2012 7:19 pm

Matthew,

In early June, I was pulled over for speeding in Walton, NY (Delaware County) and issued a summons–doing 56 mph in a 30 mph zone. Unfortunately enough, I lost sight of the summons and forgot to mail it back before the appearance date. I did mail in a guilty plea shortly thereafter. I just received a letter that predated when the guilty plea would have gotten to the courthouse with a rescheduled date of the hearing. The problem is that I live in NYC, quite a ways away from the courthouse and my internship would likely not allow me to go up there to handle it. So a few questions.

1. Would it be possible to just call them when they’re next open (this Thursday) to confirm a guilty plea and not have to trek back up to Walton?

2. Would they likely be amenable to rescheduling the hearing date again?

3. Do you think that even though they received my guilty plea after the first appearance date, they’ll accept it and resolve this without my having to go up there?

4. How much do you think the fine will be?

Thanks.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 16, 2012 9:15 pm

    George,

    Answers to your questions in bold.

    1. Would it be possible to just call them when they’re next open (this Thursday) to confirm a guilty plea and not have to trek back up to Walton? Yes, this is possible although the court will need something in writing.

    2. Would they likely be amenable to rescheduling the hearing date again? It is very possible. We are often able to get a second re-schedule.

    3. Do you think that even though they received my guilty plea after the first appearance date, they’ll accept it and resolve this without my having to go up there? Again, this is possible but you’ll have to ask the court.

    4. How much do you think the fine will be? Roughly $200.

    Matthew Weiss

kumar - July 14, 2012 11:01 pm

Dear Matthew
I am a california driver and was on vacation in NY State . While i was driving on 390 S , headed toward Corning , I got a traffic ticket for going at 81 on a 65 .

– Do you suggest me to “plead guilty ” or fight it ?
– If i plead guilty , does the points transfer to California ?

Thanks,
kumar

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    Matthew Weiss - July 15, 2012 6:40 am

    Kumar,

    Because a NY conviction will transfer as points onto your CA license, I recommend that you fight this speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can get this ticket reduced to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Tim - July 13, 2012 12:12 am

Hi I was pulled over a little over a week ago and got a ticket doing 85 in a 55 this is my second ticket in almost two years and the officer told me to plea not guilty. I was just wondering if it is possible that I could get a reduction in points and/or fines. I dot this ticket in irondequoit in Monroe county

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    Matthew Weiss - July 13, 2012 1:15 am

    Tim,

    Yes, it sounds like you could plea this ticket down to a less serious charge if you plead not guilty.

    Matthew Weiss

      Tim - July 13, 2012 9:50 am

      Thanks. Will I end up paying the 300 dollar driver assessment too? Because I had to pay that for my last ticket. Also the officer said that he most likely wouldn’t be in court on my scheduled day. Is that right? Finally, would the last ticket I received and this recent one add up to 11 points? It’s been over 18 months since the last one was issued.

        Matthew Weiss - July 14, 2012 8:32 pm

        Tim,

        If you accumulate 6 or more points on your NY license within 18 months, then you must pay the Driver Assessment Fee.

        The officer will generally not be in court on your initial court date. He only comes when a case is actually scheduled for trial and, in most courts, this does not occur on the first date.

        You only aggregate tickets that are issued within 18 months of one another basing the 18-point period on the dates of offense.

        I hope this helps.

        Good luck!

        Matthew Weiss

MK - July 10, 2012 7:42 am

I was pulled over Sunday and told I was doing 79 in a 65. I live out of state. I assume it makes the most sense to just plead guilty and wait to see how much my fine is since it’s too far to come back for court? If so, do I write any sort of explanation on my ticket where it provides the space to do so? This was my first violation in 22+ years of driving.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 10, 2012 8:04 am

    MK,

    What state are you licensed in? This will make a difference as to whether you want to fight this speeding ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

      MK - July 10, 2012 1:20 pm

      I am licensed in OH.

      Thanks!

        Matthew Weiss - July 10, 2012 3:00 pm

        MK,

        Points from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your Ohio license. I still recommend that you check with your auto insurance company before pleading guilty. If it can hurt your rates, then you may want to fight this traffic ticket.

        Matthew Weiss

Trevor Burgess - July 7, 2012 8:12 pm

Matthew,

Firstly, the volumes of responses you provide are impressive… Here is one for you… I just received (today) notice in the mail that my “driving” privileges in the State of New York are “suspended” for an unpaid ticket from Nov 11th 1993… 75 in a 55. (Obviously the County is in dire need of cash…)

It then asked me how I wished to “plead”. I am a Canadian resident, was one at the time of the infraction and have remained one since. The suspension has little to NO effect on my life here, but life and business have me throughout the states. With all that, any recommendations on what to do? I have to wonder if the Trooper that issued the ticket is EVEN working for the State Police any longer, which I assume would be an issue if I chose to plead “Not-Guilty”.

Thanks,

Trevor.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 8, 2012 7:55 pm

    Trevor,

    Thanks for your kind compliment.

    In regard to your speeding ticket, I’ve seen courts find old ticket, but a 1993 one is extraordinary. I doubt that the police officer is still on the force and, even if he is, that he still has his notes from your ticket. Of course, it would take time on your behalf (of that of your NY traffic ticket lawyer) so it might not be worth taking this one to trial. It really depends on what type of plea offer the prosecutor will make. My advice, therefore, is to plead not guilty and see what you can negotiate. If you do not want to appear in court, then you can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

    Matthew Weiss

Jim - July 7, 2012 3:27 pm

I just got a ticket on the I90 just past Batavia heading east (Stafford Town Court). I was ticketed for doing 83 in a 65. I have no prior tickets. What do you recommend. If I plead not guilty do I have to physically go to court? If I plead not guilty what will the fine be?

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    Matthew Weiss - July 7, 2012 6:31 pm

    Jim,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. A conviction to a NY speeding ticket that is 16+ mph can adversely affect your auto insurance rates.

    If you do fight it, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge. I you plead not guilty, you or your NY traffic lawyer will have to appear in court.

    Matthew Weiss

frank - July 5, 2012 9:31 am

I was pulled over doing 71 on a 55 zone. There were two cop cars pointing the speed radar at oncoming traffic. I was a in a group of cars and i and another car were pulled over out of the pack. What are my chances of not getting too badly fined? I was in westchester county.
thanks.
F

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    Matthew Weiss - July 5, 2012 10:59 am

    Frank,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this NY speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can negotiate it down to a less serious charge. A 71/55 carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine.

    Matthew Weiss

Terence - July 5, 2012 8:50 am

Hi, I was wondering if I can plead not guilty to a speeding ticket i got in a workzone on the 4th of July, i was going 70+ on 55mph zone, the arrest type is laser. This took place in monroe county, NY on Hwy 390. The officer said he was reducing my speed to 70, I’ve had a clean record up to this point. How many points will this put on my license and how much would the fine be, do you think it can be reduced? Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - July 5, 2012 10:07 am

    Terence,

    A 70/55 NY speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. In a work zone, the fines double, however. I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and/or money.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

courtney - July 5, 2012 2:04 am

I got a speeding ticket on 07/02/12 at Bolton town, new york, on the I 87. the ticket says I was doing 90 in a 65mph zone. this is my frist speeding ticket. my driving record is clean. but I am going to Immigration court on 09/12/12.
Will this affect me?
Should I mail the ticket in or go to traffic court?
well am not guilty that what am going to say.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 5, 2012 8:08 am

    Courtney,

    This speeding ticket could affect your immigration application. I don’t handle this area of the law but have been told that traffic tickets must be disclosed and often resolved before the INS will make a determination. Check with your immigration lawyer on this one.

    I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save NY points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Ally - July 4, 2012 8:19 pm

I have a court date next week for doing 81/65 on interstate 87 by Woodbury. Then today, the idiot driver I am literally got an identical ticket in the same area. The trooper today was really friendly and said “you havent had an violations in 5 yrs so if you choose to plead not guitly theres a high chance it will be reduced to a parking violation” He was clearly hinting to me to plead not guilty and I guess my other ticket doesnt show up on their end yet? So now i meet with the Woodbury DA next wk and I have no idea what to do. I have to mail the ticket i got today by july 31st. Ive clearly learned my lesson today about speeding, i should probably slow down.

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    Matthew Weiss - July 4, 2012 10:53 pm

    Ally,

    I recommend that you plead not guilty to both speeding tickets. If you do, you likely can negotiate them both down to less serious charges.

    Matthew Weiss

Calvin - June 30, 2012 12:29 pm

Hello,

Over a month ago on May 23rd I received a ticket for going 82 in a 65 mph zone. I pleaded guilty on the ticket and sent it to the indicated address in Rensselear NY. Currently I am still waiting on any sort of response from the court. Does it normally take this long? Unfortunately I neglected to make a copy of my ticket so I do not have any sort of reference number

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    Matthew Weiss - June 30, 2012 5:30 pm

    Calvin,

    It can take 2 to 6 months for a court to schedule your case. Meanwhile, I recommend that you call the court to confirm that it received your not guilty plea.

    Matthew Weiss

Beth - June 29, 2012 8:50 am

Hello,
I am from Indiana and I was driving on a highway in New York (90). All of the cars around me were going 80 mph, so I thought the speed limit had increased (but it was still 65 mph). The car in front of me swerved a bit, so I sped up a bit and got into the passing lane. Then I saw the lights go on. He said that I was going 85 in a 65 and didn’t give me a chance to explain. I have never received a ticket before. Do you think I should fight it? I live far away and I’m a college student-what little money I have needs to go to college.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 29, 2012 10:03 pm

    Beth,

    Because you have a clean record, live far away and apparently cannot afford a NY traffic lawyer, I recommend that you just pay this ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

John T - June 28, 2012 3:47 pm

Got a speeding ticket doing 78 in a 55 on SR-222 in Berks County Pennsylvania. The ticket states a total amount due of $167.00 and the officer said in PA this ticket is 4 points.

My questions are: Do these points transfer over to my NY license?
If so is it more than 4 points?
If I fight it what are the odds I would end up with no points and just a fine?

Also it states on the ticket that if pleading NOT GUILTY I must notify them in writing, sign and submit a portion of the ticket, AND send them the total amount due of $167.00 + $7.00 costs as collateral. What should I do?? I have 10 days to respond. Btw I have a clean license. Thanks in advance for any info.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 28, 2012 11:41 pm

    John T,

    Points from a PA traffic ticket conviction will NOT transfer onto your NY license. A PA conviction will be reported to NY, however, and therefore could negatively impact your auto insurance rates.

    In regard to your other questions, I would feel more comfortable if you asked them of a PA traffic ticket lawyer. I do not practice in PA and, therefore, am unfamiliar with PA’s practices.

    Matthew Weiss

eli - June 27, 2012 7:32 pm

hi
I was driving with family to Niagra falls from NY city on the highway in the county of Steuben, i was driving 95 on 65 and the officer gave me three tickets first over speed 95 mph on 4:25 pm and the other is 92 on 4:35 , the third is changing lanes without signals.
The officer gave me tow different courts for my tickets in diffrent cities. what would you recommend me to do and what are the consequences?
Thanks in advance
Eli

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    Matthew Weiss - June 27, 2012 9:18 pm

    Eli,

    Ouch! The officer really nailed you. I recommend that you fight these tickets as you are looking at 14 points, a lot of fine money and a hefty Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight them, you likely can save points and money.

    Matthew Weiss

Jon - June 20, 2012 9:55 pm

Matthew,

My wife got pulled over in Kingston NY. Officer claims he clocked her on radar doing 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. This is her first traffic violation of any kind. She would like to fight it somehow, but does not want to travel there for a court date.

1. Is it worth fighting it?

2. Do you know if Kingston tends to offer plea deals?

3. Is there any chance she could plead not guilty and then negotiate a plea deal via mail?

4. If not, is it worth hiring a traffic lawyer?

Thanks for your help!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2012 10:39 pm

    Jon,

    Answers follow each of your questions.

    1. Is it worth fighting it? Yes (to hopefully save points and avoid a possible insurance hike).

    2. Do you know if Kingston tends to offer plea deals? Yes, and they offer pretty good deals too.

    3. Is there any chance she could plead not guilty and then negotiate a plea deal via mail? I do not believe so. Kingston requires that you (or your NY traffic lawyer) appear.

    4. If not, is it worth hiring a traffic lawyer? Yes if you want to save points, etc.

    I hope these answers help.

    Matthew Weiss

      Jon - June 21, 2012 12:57 pm

      Matt,

      Thanks. This is extremely helpful. Can you recommend a lawyer who could represent us?

      Thanks,

      Jon

        Matthew Weiss - June 21, 2012 5:23 pm

        Jon,

        That is the easiest question that I have every gotten on this blog … we recommend Weiss & Associates, PC (my law firm). Since 1991, we have defended 1,000s of motorists with all types of vehicle and traffic law matters throughout New York State.

        You can read reviews about us at Avvo.com, an independent website that rates lawyers.

        Matthew Weiss
        212-683-7373

MB - June 20, 2012 9:26 pm

I was driving with family to Niagra falls, Buffalo from Illinois on 15th and was stopped going 85 in a 65 mile an hour zone. I have a IL license and have never been pulled over or ticketed before. I could not attend the court date in person on 18th but the officer had said that I can post mail as well if I cannot appear in person. What is my best course of action? Will the points get transferred to my IL license?
Thanks for you help.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2012 9:46 pm

    MB,

    A conviction to a New York moving violation WILL transfer to your Illinois license. Three moving violation convictions within one year in Illinois results in a suspension of an Illinois license (if under 21, then 2 convictions within two years can result in a suspension), and a New York moving violation conviction counts towards the three (i.e., the conviction transfers). We therefore recommend that you fight your NY speeding ticket.

    You can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer who can appear without you needing to be there.

    Matthew Weiss

Dillon - June 20, 2012 2:01 pm

Matthew,
I am 17 and just recieved a ticket for doing 42 mph in a 30 mph on a city street in Amsterdam, NY. This is my first incident with the law and need some advice! Should I fight it or pay it? Should I get a lawyer?
Thanks,
Dillon

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    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2012 9:04 pm

    Dillon,

    You should definitely plead not guilty to this NY speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save points on your license.

    Matthew Weiss

paul nelson - June 19, 2012 7:17 pm

To Name it simply: Dated November 24th 2011, two (2) speeding tickets from Highlands New York (ongoing) dated posted after I pay misssed court date $ 100.00, subsequeently again: Two separate occasions from Verrazzano bridge 1) speeding ticket (hearing set July 6 for trial) together with recent 2) disobeying posted sign herewith crossing double line and written ii) ticket careless movement operation motor vehicle (e.g. two-ticket issued same day on Verrazzano toward brooklyn belt)
Total of five tickets total Highland (2) tickets; (1) speeding ticket [Verrazzano]; and (2) ticket[s] [Verrazzano] ” plead-not guilty to all tickets ” help received lincese last year 2011 call 347-246-3260 (P.S.: I really request assistance from anyone whom can assist me in this endeavour eventhough I am idigent can I work out a deal by your firm ?)

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    Matthew Weiss - June 19, 2012 8:22 pm

    Paul,

    Simply stated, you need to plead not guilty and fight these tickets. I recommend that you consult with a NY traffic ticket lawyer.

    Matthew Weiss

Matt - June 19, 2012 3:09 pm

I was stopped today going 82 in a 65 mile an hour zone in NY state. I have a CT license and have never been pulled over or ticketed before. What are the consequences of this, and what is my best course of action?

Thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 19, 2012 5:14 pm

    Matt,

    This NY speeding ticket carries 4 NY points and roughly a $200 fine. A conviction will not transfer, however, as points on your CT license.

    I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save NY points and get this reduced to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Al - June 19, 2012 12:20 am

Dear Matthew,

Hello, hope you are doing fine. I’m 18 yrs old, and I’ve had my license for about 1.5 yrs. I was driving my mom’s car, and I was pulled over for going 52 mph on a 35 mph zone in Staten Island. I know I immediately slowed down when I realized I was going over 40, and am pretty sure I didn’t go over 50. Should I plead guilty, or not guilty? Since I don’t have any proof. And will the insurance hike up because of it? I’m assuming it’s a 4 point ticket based on the article. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 19, 2012 12:22 am

    Al,

    Beating a speeding ticket in New York City is very tough. Beating one in Staten Island is near impossible. This is a 4-point ticket and could result in your insurance increasing. You may want to take a Driver Safety Class to offset any increase. This class saves you 10% on your auto insurance rates.

    Matthew Weiss

Kate H - June 17, 2012 11:28 pm

Hi Matt,
I got pulled over this morning for going 82 in a 65 on route 81 in Broome County (Kirkwood). I’m from PA and this is my first violation in NY. I was on my way to my grandparent’s house for Father’s Day and going with the flow of traffic. The officer was hiding on the shoulder of the off ramp from the highway about 3 car lengths in from the edge behind trees, so you wouldn’t see him until you were right on top of him. My ticket says: In violation of – NYS V and T Law, section subsection 1180D. When asked if I knew why I pulled over, I said “I was speeding.” and it is noted on my ticket.

Questions:
1. Should I fight this?
2. What are the best and worst outcomes I can expect if I do decide to fight this?
3. I am currently an unemployed college student, will the court let me make a payment plan for my fine?

I appreciate any help you might be able to offer.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 18, 2012 6:54 am

    Kate H,

    Answers follow your questions below.

    1. Should I fight this? Yes.
    2. What are the best and worst outcomes I can expect if I do decide to fight this? The worse outcome is guilty as charged. The best outcome is likely guilty to a reduced charge.
    3. I am currently an unemployed college student, will the court let me make a payment plan for my fine? The court may give you time to pay but not a “payment plan”.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Chandra - June 17, 2012 3:36 pm

Hi ,
I have received speeding ticket at forrest ave / MLK expressway location for driving 65 in 45 mph zone by NYPD officer at staten island. I have few questions .
1) I am a NJ resident , so how many point I incur if I plead guilty.
2) Officer wrote 45 mph zone , how ever it NB MLK expressway is 50 mph limit zone. So I am not sure why he has written incorrect information.
3) Will matter be heard in TVB court , if yes then what are the possibility of getting bargain such as 2 points etc.
4) It says $195 as the fine , so are there any more charges on top of it .
5) If I plead not guilty and go to court , and found convicted will I be paying extra charges on top of my $195 .

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    Matthew Weiss - June 17, 2012 7:02 pm

    Chandra,

    Answers follow your questions below.

    1) I am a NJ resident , so how many point I incur if I plead guilty. 4 NY points which transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license.

    2) Officer wrote 45 mph zone, however it NB MLK expressway is 50 mph limit zone. So I am not sure why he has written incorrect information. If you are right, this error may help you defend this case.

    3) Will matter be heard in TVB court, if yes then what are the possibility of getting bargain such as 2 points etc. Yes, almost all NYC traffic tickets are heard in the TVB courts. There is no plea bargaining or deals in any of the TVB courts.

    4) It says $195 as the fine, so are there any more charges on top of it? Assuming you have an otherwise clean record, there are no other charges.

    5) If I plead not guilty and go to court, and found convicted will I be paying extra charges on top of my $195? No

    Good luck!

      Chandra - June 17, 2012 8:16 pm

      Matt ,

      Thanks for your quick reply. Appreciate all your efforts in making all replies prompt .

Geneviève - June 16, 2012 8:25 pm

Hi! I am from Quebec city. I just had a ticket in New York city while I was coming back. I was driving 84mph in a 65 mph zone. The police officer gave me a paper. I have to check either im guilty or not and send it by mail. Than they will send me my ticket. Well that is what I understood. I don’t really get it could you help me? Also I cant find the adress that I have to send the paper to. How much do you think it might cust? How much points will I loose?!… I am a little lost!!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 16, 2012 10:52 pm

    Geneviève,

    Because points from New York transfer to Québec, we recommend that you fight this ticket. We represent many drivers from Québec and are very familiar with your demerit point system. In NY, your speeding ticket carries 4 points and will transfer as 3 demerit points to your Québec license.

    The fine for this ticket is roughly $200 and it can adversely affect your insurance rates.

    Feel free to call me if you have any other questions.

    Matthew Weiss
    212-683-7373

      Geneviève - June 16, 2012 11:45 pm

      But the problem is that if I fight this ticket, I will have to go to new york again to go to court… i really dont have the time for that…and it would be very complicated because it is not my first language! I would prefer to pay it it would be more simple. But the only thing i dont understant is that i dont have an adress to send my paper that I have to check if i’m guilty or not!:S…

        Matthew Weiss - June 17, 2012 8:29 am

        Geneviève,

        You have two options. Plead guilty or not guilty. You enter your plea via mail. To find the court’s address, go to use our free New York Traffic Court directory.

        The other option is to retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer who can appear for you. With a NY traffic attorney, you will NOT have to go to court, and you will likely get a better outcome than your current charge.

        Bon chance!

        Matthew Weiss

IPS - June 14, 2012 10:06 pm

Hi Matt,

Yesterday I got a speeding ticket on Taconic state pky N just 2 miles before hitting I-90 (Chatham county). Radar got me on 76 in 55 zone. I have all clean record and this is my first violation ever. It was late in the night and was all alone on the road, there was a long slope (downhill) and I didnt notice when my speed went up, I immediately got it back in 60s but seems like the cop was standing right at the end of the slope. Since this is my first experience with this stuff ever, I am very confused. Your blog has educated me that I will have about $250 fine + 6 points with $300 assessment fee and my insurance will also go up.

So, what should be my next steps. 1) Shall I plead not guilty (ticket says that I have to inform them within 48 hours if I am pleading not guilty) 2) Do I have to call the court before I go there? 3) What does plea bargain means and whats the process? 4) According to you, what should be my best bet?

Sorry about asking too many questions. Thanks a lot in advance. Really appreciate your advise.

-IPS

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    Matthew Weiss - June 15, 2012 12:33 am

    IPS,

    You should plead not guilty via certified mail, return receipt requested. The court will then schedule you for a conference and/or trial date. At that time, you likely can negotiate this speeding ticket to a lesser charge likely saving points and the Driver Assessment fee. A bargain is a deal when you plead guilty in exchange for a less serious harge.

    Matthew Weiss

      IPS - June 17, 2012 10:43 am

      Thanks Matt. Just a quick question on your last comment about plea bargain. I have already sent the ticket back pleading not guilty, so does that means we wont be eligible for bargain since we need to plead guilty for that?

      Also, where can we know about the lawyer charges for your firm to to make a case for getting rid of all points…Thanks!

        Matthew Weiss - June 17, 2012 11:55 am

        IPS,

        Actually, for a plea bargain, you need to plea not guilty. So you did it right. The court will schedule a court date and, at that time, you’ll ask for a conference. At the conference, you likely will be able to get an offer to a reduced charge.

        A NY traffic lawyer will charge generally between $400 and $600 to handle a traffic case.

        Matthew Weiss

          IPS - July 12, 2012 5:46 pm

          Hi Matt,

          I pleaded not guilty to above ticket and received 2 letters from DA office. 1) Agreement to Plead Guilty and 2) Notice of DA Conference. I didnt sign the first letter at all. I just got my Driver’s Abstract and sent that along with a copy of the above documents.

          Now, I have received a new letter from DA with a plea offer. The reduced charge says “VTL 1201 A. I searched on internet and it refers to some non-movable kind of ticket.
          So, Can you please guide what are the implications and what does this mean to my case. Does that mean that if Judge signs it off, I will get 0 points? and a heavily reduced fine?

          Thanks for your help and time.

          -IPS

          Matthew Weiss - July 12, 2012 9:27 pm

          IPS,

          This is a great offer. Take it and run!!

          It carries 0 points and has no consequences on your license or your auto insurance.

          The judge likely will approve it (but it is not a guarantee).

          Matthew Weiss

JJ - June 14, 2012 5:37 pm

I received a ticket for 44 in a 30 MPH zone. The Speed limit abruptly changed from 50MPH to 30 MPH going downhill. I had a tractor trailer truck not too far behind me and I didn’t want to slow down too quickly and cause him to possible hit me. I had my foot off the gas and was decelerating as I passed the police officer’s car. This was in Champlain NY. I have a clean record. Is it worth fighting this ticket. Do the points transfer to Ohio?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 15, 2012 12:29 am

    JJ,

    I recommend that you fight this ticket to hopefully save points on your license and even avoid a speeding conviction all together.

    Matthew Weiss

      jj - June 15, 2012 7:23 am

      Do the Points in NY transfer to Ohio?

Arleen - June 14, 2012 12:03 am

I just received a speeding ticket for doing 73 in a 40, while crossing the Triboro Bridge.and I’m kind of confused at to what to do next. The officer asked my for my license and didn’t even bother to ask me for my registration or insurance. I have a clean driving history with absolutely no tickets of any kind. Should I plead not guilty and if so what is the likelihood of getting any reduction on this? Any help would be greatly appreciated…thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 14, 2012 6:24 am

    Arleen,

    Ouch, this is an 8-point ticket, carries roughly a $300 fine and a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Pleading guilty is the only way for you to possibly get a more favorable result.

    I recommend that you read my article entitled “Fighting A Traffic Ticket At The Traffic Violations Bureau” to learn more about how one fights a NYC speeding ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Kurban - June 13, 2012 11:42 pm

Hi, I was ticketed last week on I-90 in the Town of Brant NY. I was going 78 in a 65. It is my first offense. I am from PA and I was wondering if I should plead not guilty to this and if I would have to go to court for it. I am a full time college student and I work 3 jobs to pay for my own schooling so I really don’t have the money for a spike in my insurance because of the points, although I am willing to pay the fine. Would there be any way to have a decrease in the points?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 14, 2012 6:27 am

    Kurban,

    If you plead not guilty, then you can likely save NY points. Keep in mind that points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer onto your PA license. I do recommend that you check with your insurance company before you make your final decision as to whether to fight it. Given your clean record and that this is a NY speeding ticket, your insurance rates may not be increased if you are convicted.

    Matthew Weiss

Joey Zmicki - June 13, 2012 5:28 pm

I was just ticketed last week for going 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. It’s my second speeding ticket but only my first within the past 18 months. I’m very nervous about meeting infront of a judge. How many points and how much am I looking at in terms of this ticket? I also have 1 parking ticket on my record. I live in Amherst, New York. Also, am i better off pleading guilty or not guilty? Ive been told to plead not guilty even without a strong plea. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 13, 2012 8:40 pm

    Joey,

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

    Matthew Weiss

John - June 12, 2012 5:06 pm

Matthew,

I was pulled over on the meadowbrook parkway by the NYS police doing 76 in a 55 with a laser. I have a clean record. I would give you the reason but know it doesnt hold its weight in court. What would be the fine associated with this and would there be points assessed? Does it make sense to chance and show up in court in hopes the officer does not appear? How likely would they reduce the fines/points if I was moving out of the way of a tailgater since i had my daughter in the car?

Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - June 12, 2012 8:12 pm

    John,

    You should plead not guilty. If you do, you (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer) can most likely negotiate this to a less serious offense and even save you the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

Jordan - June 12, 2012 4:38 pm

Got a speeding ticket for a 77 in a 55 in Town of Deerfield (Oneida County) on 12/26/11. Spoke with judge who said I should plead not guilty and write the DA. Had things come up in life and completely forgot to do this. Just received a notice of suspension to take effect (in two days from now) for failure to answer summons for the ticket. Not sure if I should plead guilty to avoid suspension of license or if there is a way I can contact the DMV and delay the suspension date until I speak with the DA. I have no speeding violations on my record, but do have a ticket for leaving the scene of a property damage accident in June 2011. Would appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 12, 2012 8:11 pm

    Jordan,

    Call the court tomorrow, and try and work it out.

    Matthew Weiss

Fer - June 11, 2012 3:53 pm

Hi Matthew,

I got pulled over yesterday on I90E by a NY State Cop leaving Syracuse. I was heading home to Jersey City, NJ from a trip to Niagara Falls Canada. He got me with laser passing someone at 88 in a 65. I had my license since 1995 and I never got any kind of ticket so my record is clear and clean so now, I don’t Know what is the best way to resolve this problem.
How much would I expect to pay for this ticket pleading guilty by mail? or What is your email to scan the document?
Thanks in advance.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 11, 2012 5:06 pm

    Fer,

    If you plead guilty to this NY speeding ticket, then you will get 6 NY points (which will transfer onto your NJ license as 2 NJ points), roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight it, you likely can save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

Raj - June 11, 2012 12:20 pm

Hi Matthew,

First of all, thanks for this wonderful website. This is really very useful and help a lot.

I got pulled over yesterday on GSP traveling south in Rock land county by a NY State Cop. He got me at 84 in 65 zone and gave ticket under section 1180D (Speed in Zone). He asked if I knew how fast I was going and truthfully said probably around 76 which he wrote on the bottom of the ticket. This is my first ticket ever.

I am from CT, and was going to NJ. Should I plead guilty or not guilty? If plead guilty, how much fine and points I am going to get? If I plead not guilty and fight the ticket, is there a possibility that I would get points and fine minimize (I am guessing this is a 4 point violation)? Are the points going to be transferred to my CT license and effect my insurance?

Thanks for any advice,
Raj

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    Matthew Weiss - June 11, 2012 5:12 pm

    Raj,

    Thanks for your kind remarks.

    If you plead guilty, you will be given 4 NY points and have to pay roughly a $200 fine. The good news is that a NY conviction will not transfer as points onto your CT license. Such a conviction, however, will be reported to CT and your CT insurance company can use it when determining your rates.

    If you fight this ticket, you likely can get this matter reduced to a less serious charge which will reduce the NY points and possibly help you vis-a-vis your CT insurance company.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Erik - June 11, 2012 10:44 am

I got a ticket doing 75 in a 55 on Southern State, i didn’t admit to speeding i just told the cop i was keeping speed with the people in front of me. From what I’ve read on the responses i guess i should just take it to court to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 11, 2012 5:15 pm

    Erik,

    If your NY speeding ticket was issued in Nassau County, you can likely can save NY points by fighting the ticket and entering into a plea bargain.

    If it was issued in Suffolk County and its returnable at the Hauppague Traffic Violations Bureau, then it is a tougher situation. In this court, there is no plea bargaining. It is therefore “all or nothing”. I still recommend fighting it for points and insurance purposes. It is just that your likelihood of a favorable outcome is much lower.

    Matthew Weiss

Dan RI - June 4, 2012 12:59 pm

Hi Matthew,

I got pulled over yesterday on I90E by a NY State Cop leaving Syracuse. I was heading home to Rhode Island from a trip to Toronto for a couple Red Sox games. He got me with laser passing someone at 80 in a 65. He asked if I knew how fast I was going and truthfully said probably around 78 which he wrote on the bottom of the ticket. I haven’t had a ticket in 7 years, and that was expunged due to good driving record.

It’s a good 5-6 hour drive out there for me to Dewitt Town Court. I don’t know if it is worth pleading not guilty. How much would I expect to pay for this ticket pleading guilty by mail?

Thanks for any advice.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 4, 2012 4:20 pm

    Dan RI,

    Points from a NY conviction will NOT transfer onto a Rhode Island license. It will be reported to Rhode Island, however, and therefore you should check with your insurance company as to whether a NY conviction of this type will affect your rates.

    If it doesn’t affect your auto insurance rates, then you may want to just pay this NY speeding ticket to avoid the time and effort of returning to Dewitt (or hiring a NY traffic ticket lawyer).

    Matthew Weiss

John - June 3, 2012 9:12 pm

Thanks for your immediate reply ,Matthew .

a) Do yo know how much expense i will incur if i hire a traffic lawyer in Albany, NY. ?

b) What is a driver assessment fee..?, What should i do apart from paying the fee..?

Advance thanks for your answer.

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    Matthew Weiss - June 3, 2012 9:37 pm

    John,

    a) Do you know how much expense i will incur if i hire a traffic lawyer in Albany, NY? A NY traffic ticket lawyer will charge roughly $400 to $600.

    b) What is a driver assessment fee? I wrote this article about the Driver Assessment Fee.

    c) What should i do apart from paying the fee? Actually, you should pay the ticket or any fees. You should plead not guilty. If you (or your NY traffic lawyer) enter a not guilty plea, you likely can save points and avoid the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

John - June 3, 2012 8:47 pm

I find this website very useful, My case is below…

I got a speeding ticket in I-90 (near Albany) a week back, 77 in 55 mph zone. I do not think that i traveled that fast. But i don’t know how to prove that.
My questions are,

1) I have MA license. This is the first time i’m getting a ticket. How many points will i get transferred to MA licence?

2) Should I plead guilty (I do not have any proof) or non guilty (but 48 hours is already over)?

3) If I plead guilty how much amount much I pay? Do I need to take any course as I read in some websites (this is my first speeding ticket)?

4) Is it worth it to hire a lawyer and plead not guilty, so that lawyer can appear in behalf of me and reduce the points and monies?

5) Any other option?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 3, 2012 9:02 pm

    John,

    Thanks for the nice words.

    My answers follow your questions below.

    1) I have MA license. This is the first time i’m getting a ticket. How many points will i get transferred to MA license? Points from a New York conviction WILL transfer, in part, to your Massachusetts license. The Massachusetts DMV will assess you 2 points for New York moving violation as long as Massachusetts has an analogous violation.

    2) Should I plead guilty (I do not have any proof) or non guilty (but 48 hours is already over)? You should plead not guilty. Definitely.

    3) If I plead guilty how much amount much I pay? Do I need to take any course as I read in some websites (this is my first speeding ticket)? You will pay roughly a $150 fine plus a $300 Driver Assessment Fee if you plead guilty. If you fight this ticket, you likely can save points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    4) Is it worth it to hire a lawyer and plead not guilty, so that lawyer can appear in behalf of me and reduce the points and monies? Yes, especially since you would have to travel from Massachusetts. If you hire a NY traffic lawyer, then you will not have to appear in court and he or she likely can save you points and the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    5) Any other option? No.

    I hope these answers help.

    Best,

    Matthew Weiss

danyelle - June 2, 2012 8:09 pm

I just got a ticket for going 60 in a 40 in Durham ny… I was coming into the town and slowing down. I did not even reach the second speed sign.. should I fight it?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 3, 2012 9:37 am

    Danyelle,

    Yes, you should plead not guilty and fight this 4-point NY speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid a possible insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

Krishna - May 31, 2012 11:30 pm

I was stopped for a radar reading of 82 in a 65 mph on I-90 in CHAUTAUQUA, DUNKIRK TOWN OF – 0757, NY. This is my first ticket in New York State. I reside in Memphis, TN and do not have any tickets for speeding since I started driving the car (almost 3 years). It was around 6 AM early in the morning and I had elderly persons sitting along with me in the car who had to use rest area. So I was driving fast to get to the closest rest area.

Is it worth showing up to a court date? I really don’t see that I have any defense other than explaining the same as stated above, but I heard that showing up and pleading no contest can sometimes reduce the fine/points. Is this true or will I probably be getting the full fine anyway? What is the full amount that I needed to pay? I just want to make sure there are no points added to my license and additional driver assessment fee is not included. Since I made a mistake I am ready to pay just the fee.

Since I live in Memphis, TN, I may have to spend on flight and hotel stay in NY. Is it worth to attend the court or pay the fine. I am afraid I will end up spending more than I would save on fine by traveling from Memphis to attend the court. I am also worried if the policeman does not show up, I may have to travel again second time.

Please can you guide me on this?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 1, 2012 7:20 am

    Krishna,

    A conviction to a New York moving violation WILL transfer to your Tennessee license. The Tennessee DMV will assess you the number of points that would have been assessed if the New York violation had occurred in Tennessee. An adult Tennessee driver who accumulates 12+ points within a 12-month period can be suspended by the Tennessee DMV. We therefore recommend that you fight this ticket.

    It makes no sense to spend all that money to return to New York, when you can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you. They will charge between $400 and $600 for their service.

    Matthew Weiss

Ashley - May 31, 2012 7:01 pm

Hi Matthew,

I was pulled over doing 70/55 on a rural road in Colden, NY in Erie County. I have a clean driving record with no previous speeding tickets and I was just wondering what you suggest I do. How likely you think it would be that the charges get reduced? Will my insurance rates go up if the charge isn’t reduced?

Thank you!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 1, 2012 7:17 am

    Ashley,

    Your insurance will not go up if you get this case reduced. In fact, because you have an otherwise clean record, your insurance cannot go up even if you just plead guilty. With that said, I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this NY speeding ticket to a less serious charge.

    Matthew Weiss

Harry - May 31, 2012 7:00 am

I had been pulled over for driving 78 in a 55 on I787 in menands village (Albany County) in NY. I was wondering what the fine would be, and if it would be worth it to take the ride back up there from North Virginia. I am having a clean driving record and no tickets in past. What is the best I can do to avoid/reduce points? plead guilty, or plead not-guilty? can I do plea bargain via mailer instead of going court? Your expert suggestions and advise please.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 31, 2012 8:06 am

    Harry,

    Points from a New York conviction WILL transfer to your Virginia license as demerit points. The Virginia DMV will assess the amount of demerit points that would have been assessed, if any, if the violation occurred in Virginia. We therefore recommend that you fight this NY speeding ticket by pleading not guilty. If you do, you (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer) can likely negotiate this ticket to less serious charge saving you points and money.

    This ticket carries 6 NY points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. If you fight it, you likely can save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

    Matthew Weiss

LY - May 30, 2012 2:58 pm

Hi Matthew,

I got a speeding ticket on I-88 (Milford, Otsego County) May26,2012. I held a MA driver license and my rented car was registered in NH.

The cop said my speed was 81 while the limit is 65. My record was clean for the past two years.

My questions are

1) How much do I need to pay if I plead guilty?
2) If I plead non-guilty, I must appear in the court, right? Writing a letter to explain the situation won’t work, will it?

I live in MA. Going to the court in Otsego will take me approximately 5 hours…I think the cop also noticed my non-NY plate when she captured me since another car passed me even faster without the cop’s heed at all.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 30, 2012 11:35 pm

    LY,

    The fine for this NY speeding ticket is roughly $200. If you plead not guilty, then you (or your NY traffic lawyer) likely will have to appear in court to answer the ticket. I recommend that you call the court to see if it will alternatively handle it via mail.

    Matthew Weiss

Jack - May 30, 2012 9:22 am

I got pulled over yesterday for doing 41 in a 25 zone in Monroe, NY. I’m not even so sure I was doing 41. I have a court date for another ticket I got in NYC for talking on my cell phone. Can I fight the speeding ticket? Will my insurance rates go up because of me having the cell phone ticket?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 30, 2012 11:30 pm

    Jack,

    You can fight this 4-point speeding ticket. If you plead not guilty, then you (or your NY traffic lawyer) can likely negotiate a reduction to a lesser charge. A conviction to he speeding offense alone is enough to allow your insurance company to raise your rates. Therefore, you definitely want to fight this tone. I also recommend that you fight your 3-point cell phone ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Sojuar - May 29, 2012 10:28 pm

I had been pulled over yesterday driving 80 in a 65 on I-90 in Seneca County (Town of Junius) in NY. I found that there are 4 point to the license, but I was wondering what the fine would be, and if it would be worth it to take the ride back up there from Boston, MA. I am having a clean driving record since my driving in US ( moved to US recently and driving little over an year). What is the best I can do to avoid/reduce points? plead guilty, or plead not-guilty? can I do plea bargain via mailer instead of going court? Your expert suggestions and advise pl.

Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - May 30, 2012 12:26 am

    Sojuar,

    The fine would be roughly $200 if you plead guilty to this NY speeding ticket. If you fight this ticket, you can likely get it reduced to less (or no) points.

    You need to contact the court to learn its procedures about plea bargaining. Different courts have different rules.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

DL - May 29, 2012 1:26 pm

Hi-

I was pulled over in upstate NY over memorial day weekend for going 71 in a 55. I am wondering what this is likely to cost me, and how this will affect my insurance. I am a VT resident/ have a VT license. Since I am not local, showing up at court would be a significant cost (driving + time off work, or hiring someone…). I imagine it might not be worth it to fight it, but I am not sure about the points system or total costs of the ticket.

Thanks!

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    Matthew Weiss - May 29, 2012 3:55 pm

    Dl,

    As to convictions in NY, VT will treat them as occuring in VT for purposes of points, etc. (or the most closely analogous violation). Therefore, it is worth fighting this ticket.

    In New York, this speeding ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine. If you fight it, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge (possibly with no NY or VT points).

    Matthew Weiss

Bob Smith - May 27, 2012 1:31 am

Hey there guys,

I am in need of some help at the moment. I am a Canadian citizen but while visiting Cortland, NY, i got a ticket today by radar for going 85 in a 65 zone. I was going 20 over as the police officer said and do not know what to do. I am a new driver and he gave me the sheet to Plead Guilt or Unguilty and mail it off to an address which was on the sheet. What should i do? Any suggestions? I really did not mean to speed and it’s my first ticket..I reside in Toronto,Canada

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    Matthew Weiss - May 27, 2012 1:54 am

    Bob,

    Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this ticket. We represent many drivers from Ontario and are very familiar with your demerit point system. Your NY speeding ticket carries 4 NY points and 4 Ontario demerit points. If you plead not guilty and fight this ticket, you or your NY traffic ticket lawyer can likely negotiate this charge to a less serious offense.

    Matthew Weiss

Steve - May 25, 2012 10:06 am

Thank you . Your advice has been very helpful.

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Steve - May 25, 2012 8:23 am

Thanks Matthew. Just two other questions: Are you familiar with the court in Taghkanic, and can I do myself any additional harm by trying to fight it?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 25, 2012 8:29 am

    Steve,

    Yes, we are familiar with the Taghkanic traffic court. In fact, we represent many clients in almost all of the Columbia County traffic courts.

    If you fight it, it is not likely that you can do more harm. The one exception would be if the officer already gave you a “break” when he pulled you over by reducing the actual charge (aka a “roadside plea”).

    Matthew Weiss

Steve - May 24, 2012 11:23 pm

I received a speeding ticket today on the Taconic Parkway doing 80 in a 55mph. It is retainable at Taghkanic Town Court in Ancram, NY. I have a clean record, and drive about 30,000 miles per year. What was odd about the ticket is that I do not believe I was speeding, in addition, there was another car in front of me in the left lane and we were each passing a car in the right lane. The trooper was in the divider to the left and ended up pulling me over, not the driver in front of me. When I asked the trooper how he could tell it was me speeding and not the car in front of me, he said his radar could pick that up. When I asked him if I could see the reading on the radar, he said he did not save it. Then he said, he doesn’t need the radar to give me a ticket, and from his experience can tell whether someone is speeding just by looking at someone drive by? Isn’t this my word against his? When he asked me how fast I thought I was driving I said I was not sure and he said that in of itself is enough to give me a ticket? Does that make sense?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 25, 2012 1:19 am

    Steve,

    A police officer is not required to show you the radar reading. Further, he is correct when he said that he can get a speeding conviction just on his visual estimation. Nevertheless, because this ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight it. If you do, you likely can save points and money via a plea bargain.

    Matthew Weiss

Sean - May 22, 2012 11:21 pm

I was driving down I-87 Town of Woodbury in NY. I was pulled over for doing 82 in a 65, I had just came from a wake as my family member had passed away. I have never had a moving violation, or driving ticket in my life. The time was about 10:30 at night I have a clean driving record. I do not own a car or have car insurance as when the gave me this ticket I was in a rental car. Any advice as to what to do? Fight it or just pay?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 23, 2012 12:10 pm

    Sean,

    I am sorry for your loss.

    Your New York speeding ticket carries 4 points, and roughly a $200 fee. Since you have a clean record and do not pay auto insurance, you may want to just pay this one. However, if you are worried about future tickets or simply want to keep your license as clean as possible, the plead not guilty and fight the speeding ticket. If you do, you (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer) can likely negotiate this down to a lesser serious charge and save you points.

    Matthew Weiss

Steven Craig - May 22, 2012 10:12 pm

I had been pulled over today doing 80 in a 65 on 17e in Suffern County in NY. I had another car speeding up behind me so I changed over to the right lane and slowed down to let him pass. This car flew passed me and I stayed in the right lane. A little less than a minute later we were both being pulled over from a Trooper behind us. I was not close to 80 when I was in the right lane as I was being pulled over. I live out in eastern long island and it is about a 4 hour ride just to get back out there. I found that there are 4 point to the license, but I was wondering what the fine would be, and if it would be worth it to take the ride back up there..

Thanks

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    Matthew Weiss - May 23, 2012 12:22 pm

    Steven,

    If you have an otherwise clean record, then you may want to just pay this one. As know know, this New York speeding ticket is 4 points. It carries roughly a $200 fine and will NOT hurt your auto insurance rates (assuming you have an otherwise clean record in the last 36 months).

    On the other hand, if you are worried about future tickets (or have some other blemishes on your record), the we recommend fighting it.

    If you do not want to drive 4 hours, you can retain a New York traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you. Traffic lawyers cost roughly $400 to $600.

    I hope this help.

    Matthew Weiss

Nancy Knip - May 18, 2012 2:41 pm

Matthew, great advice and information here. I was pulled over last Sunday (Mother’s Day, of all days! Despicable!!) for doing 75 in a 55 work zone, in Albany. Sadly, I had noticed I had dropped well behind everyone else, just cruising along listening to the Yankee game, and was just speeding up a bit with my cruise control, when the cop pulled out and pulled me over. I have a fairly clean record (I don’t think I’ve had any NYS tickets in at least 5 years), should I try to plead this one down?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 18, 2012 3:04 pm

    Nancy,

    Thanks for your kind remarks. Yes, you should plead not guilty and fight this NY speeding ticket. If you do, you likely can save points and avoid an insurance hike.

    Matthew Weiss

      Nancy Knip - May 18, 2012 3:48 pm

      So I live in Vestal, about 2 hours from Albany. Can I plead not guilty successfully through the mail or on the phone?

      Thanks again.

        Matthew Weiss - May 18, 2012 5:23 pm

        Nancy,

        If you plead not guilty, then you (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer) will have to appear in court. You cannot fight it without someone appearing in court.

        Matthew Weiss

          Nancy Knip - May 19, 2012 8:22 am

          Matt, once again, thanks for your advice. If I ever find myself in need of a traffic attorney (or know someone who does), I will be in touch! Fortunately, I received a dismissal in the mail this morning, saying the ‘Return Date was a Court Holiday.’ I guess the officer scheduled me for Memorial Day! Does someone upstairs like me or what??? (I think I’ll buy me a lotto ticket today. If I win, I will share.)

          Matthew Weiss - May 19, 2012 5:17 pm

          Nancy,

          That’s great! I’ve seen this mistake before but not often. You certainly got lucky.

          Matthew Weiss

Marcia Vazquez - May 17, 2012 8:50 am

My husband and I just got pulled over in Putnam County NY for 81 in a 65 zone. We saw the police car and I asked my husband how fast we are and we were 66 mph. Then the officer stopped us and said we drove 81 mph – believe it or not but that is not true. I just can’t think of a reason why a police officer would do this, he must know he is lying. We looked when we saw the police car and we drove 66 mph. But courts will always side with police so we won’t have a chance … right?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 17, 2012 12:24 pm

    Marcia,

    Definitely plead not guilty. If you do, you (or your New York traffic ticket lawyer) can likely negotiate a plea bargain to a less serious charge. This will save you points and possibly money.

    Matthew Weiss

      Marcia Vazquez - May 17, 2012 3:17 pm

      thank you very much Matthew. We will definitely take your advice and we will also demand to know about HOW he used the laser gun, where he stood, how far away, what model of laser gun it was and when it was last calibrated… I think we will really need to fight with all we have.

        Matthew Weiss - May 17, 2012 5:53 pm

        Marcia,

        Good luck fighting this one.

        Matthew Weiss

          Marcia Vazquez - May 17, 2012 7:45 pm

          thank you Matthew

Enrique - May 15, 2012 3:02 pm

hello ,
i got stopped and received a speeding ticket for going 90mph by “direct observation and and verified by radar”… in fishkill, town of 1455.. i live in chicago, and the officer issued the ticket to the wrong address. i was wondering what would happen if i plead guilty, and how much would it be in fines. also my license its from another country.

thanks in advance for your help.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 15, 2012 5:14 pm

    Enrique,

    Wow, 90 mph is a very serious speeding ticket. You can be suspended in NY for this ticket and Illinois will honor a NY suspension. Assuming your ticket was issued in a 55 mph limit, you are looking about roughly a $400 fine plus a $675 Driver Assessment Fee. Therefore, you definitely want to fight this NY speeding ticket by pleading not guilty. If you do, you likely can avoid a suspension, save money and NY points.

    Because you live in Illinois, you may want to retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer so you won’t have to return to New York.

    Matthew Weiss

Charlie - May 15, 2012 9:23 am

Thanks again for your time and responses.

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Charlie - May 14, 2012 6:08 pm

Thanks Matthew, sorry for the long winded post. I meant to type not guilty. Will the fact the trooper was traveling and the reference to “estimated” speed and clean record give me any chance at reduction via a plea by mail (should they give me that option). It looks like i could be fined ~200 plus the 300 assessment fee, is that correct?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 15, 2012 8:00 am

    Charlie,

    Your clean record will help you with the plea negotiations and, yes, you are looking at roughly a $200 fine for your speeding ticket. You are not subject to any Driver Assessment Fee because your speeding of 75/55 carries only 4 points and this fee only kicks in at 6 points.

    Matthew Weiss

Charlie - May 14, 2012 5:30 pm

I received a ticket in Hamilton county, town of Long Lake for going 75 in a 55. Ticket states a 1180B sub section violation. The NY State Trooper stated to me and wrote on the ticket that he “estimated” my speed to be 75 mph using his radar. The trooper was traveling in the opposite direction and was not parked using his radar (not sure if that makes a difference in the accuracy). I do not believe I was going over 70 mph. I live in south west CT and have not received a ticket in NY or CT in over 10 years. I’d like to avoid going all the back to Long Lake, NY. If I plead guilty and provide the the above details in the optional statement segment will they take that into consideration or just hit me with the full points and fine for going 20 mph over. Will this show up at the CT DMV. (Also the trooper got the color of the car wrong on the ticket, not sure that matters). Is this worth fighting?

Thank you

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    Matthew Weiss - May 14, 2012 5:37 pm

    Charlie,

    The only way to save points is by pleading not guilty and appearing (or your NY traffic ticket lawyer appearing) at the Long Lake traffic court.

    Because a conviction to speeding 75/55 can negatively affect your auto insurance rates, we recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this New York speeding ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

jennifer - May 13, 2012 1:05 pm

Five months ago i got a speeding ticket on NY 90. I pleaded not guilty and got it reduced to a loud muffler. Today I was passing a car and was stopped for going 82 in a 65 I plan on pleading not guilty but i have a few questions. For one will they be able to see that i was given a ticket for speeding before or only for the muffler? And what do you think my chances are for getting it reduced or lowered to a non moving violation?

thank you for your help

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    Matthew Weiss - May 13, 2012 8:25 pm

    Jennifer,

    The court will only be able to see that you were convicted of a loud muffler ticket. It will not know what the nature of the original charge

    Your chances are high for a reduction given your pretty clean record and that fact that this is a relatively low speeding ticket

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

alex - May 13, 2012 10:29 am

Hi Matthew,

Two days ago, I was ticketed for doing a 79 in a 45 on the I495. The officer did not turn on lights/sirens to pull me over until I was in a 50 mph speed zone and I also am positive I could not have been travelling at 79 coming off a ramp. This is my second speeding ticket ever (the first was committed in Hartford, CT). I should note that this ticket is a Traffic Violations Bureau. How should I plead?

Thank you in advance!
Alex

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    Matthew Weiss - May 13, 2012 8:29 pm

    Alex,

    This NY speeding ticket carries 8 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. Further, you could be suspended for this infraction. I therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket.

    The Traffic Violations Bureau is a very tough venue and, thus, you likely will want to retain a New York traffic lawyer. An experienced NY traffic ticket attorney can help maximize your chance for a successful outcome.

    Matthew Weiss

Michael - May 10, 2012 6:06 pm

Hey Matthew,

I know this is out of place, but I am in need of some quick information. I recently got a ticket for failure to disobeying a no right turn sign. Do you have any idea what kind of penalties are involved in this ticket (fines / points / etc?)? Thanks in advance!

Michael

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    Matthew Weiss - May 10, 2012 6:09 pm

    Michael,

    Your ticket was likely written up as a violation of VTL 1110a (a disobey traffic control device ticket). Such a ticket carries 2 points and roughly a $150 fine.

    Matthew Weiss

      Michael - May 10, 2012 7:16 pm

      Thank you very much, Matthew. Out of curiosity, if I go to court and plead not guilty (perhaps by simply admitting to not seeing the sign, which is what happened), what do you think the potential reduction will be? Do they usually reduce the fine and remove points, or simply one or the other? As an aside, I got a ticket four months ago for going 35 in a 30, which was reduced to Parking on the Pavement of a Highway (no points, $150 fine).

        Matthew Weiss - May 11, 2012 8:53 am

        Michael,

        Because a disobey traffic control device ticket carries 2 points and NY does not have 1 point violations, any reduction would have to be to a 0-point ticket (ex., seat belt, equipment ticket, parking ticket).

        In regard to the fine, that won’t be reduced. If anything, you may have to pay a little more because you got a “break”.

        Matthew Weiss

Rajeev - May 10, 2012 4:55 pm

First off, thanks for being helpful to everybody who stopped by here.
Now my (sob?) story. My wife was recently issued a ticket doing 84 in 65 zone on I-90 near Phelps, NY. Her license is from NC and she is moving to NY. On advice from a colleague of mine, I pleaded not guilty through mail and got a reduced 1180(d) charge for 74 in 65. This saves her license from being suspended. So one problem solved.

She will be changing her license soon to a NY license. So my question is once her license is changed will that clear her driving records? The reason I am worried is we are non-resident aliens in US and would not like this speeding ticket to affect our future visits to US compromised. Would you have any idea on that?
Thanks,
Rajeev

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    Matthew Weiss - May 10, 2012 5:01 pm

    Rajeev,

    When your wife surrenders her NC license and obtains a NY one, her NY record will transfer onto her NY license. DMV doesn’t want loopholes which allows people to “clear” their record by moving in-state (or out-of state). With that said, sometimes the system does not “mate” up the record but, for your purposes, assume that it will.

    Matthew Weiss

Roger - May 10, 2012 3:51 am

i was stopped about a week ago at roughly 10:30 am heading to work. i came up to a T in the roadway. i was making a right turn, the turn is more like a bend to the right in the road. the cop was sitting to my left. i stopped and even noticed him there. needless to say as soon as i completed my turn he pulls up behind me and pulls me over when my traffic light that i’m waiting for turns green.. says he pulled me over because my wheels didnt come to a complete stop. they stopped/paused/stopped then i went. but to make a long story short he wrote me a ticket for failure to yield right of way at stop sign. “not” failure to stop or running the sign. this happend on 5/2/12 in rome ny.

now on 5/10/12 im out having chat and coffee with a couple of buddies and leave to come home and wasnt paying any attention. a cop that is hidden in the dark pulls me over for speeding 45 in a 30. i thought i was doing 35-36 but anyways. this is all in the same city and i havent even when to court for the first ticket yet. and the ticket i just got is written for a court date of memorial day. which we know courts are closed that day. any suggestions on what i should do. being i got the 2 tickets almost back to back if i should just hand it to a lawyer and in hopes to get the two of them reduced. otherwise i have a clean license minus some window tint tickets and a ticket for opening a door unsafe in traffic. which was reduced from speed about a year ago. ty for the advice in advance. not that i have the money for a ticket or lawyer but my jobs requires a license and the cleaner the better

also can both of these tickets be handled at the same time even though they are 2 seperate court dates. even if i was to just go in and represent myself? i’am also leaving for a week to go out of state and dont really wanna be tied up for court dates.and cant actually with prior plans “yes i know stop speeding” but things happen. ty for the help matt.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 10, 2012 6:40 am

    Roger,

    You should plead not guilty to both tickets. I recommend that you visit the court in-person so you can ask for both cases to be heard on the same date. They should accommodate you.

    On your court date, you likely will be able to negotiate a favorable reduction like you did with your prior speeding ticket. If you are too busy to appear in court, then you can retain a New York traffic lawyer to appear in your place.

    Matthew Weiss

Richard - May 8, 2012 9:44 am

Hi Matthew,

I recently received a ticket for 89 in a 65 zone on a trip back from Canada on I-90E in the town of Wheatland in Monroe County. I am a MA driver and would like to know how I should proceed with the ticket. Attached to the ticket was a supporting decomposition. I understand that this is a 6 point and roughly $500 ticket. Am I likely to get a reduced fine if i plead not guilty and hire a traffic lawyer? Also will the lawyer be less than the $300 assessment fee I am likely to get dropped if I hire a lawyer? Finally only 2 points should transfer to my MA licence correct?

Thank you in advance.

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    Matthew Weiss - May 8, 2012 3:32 pm

    Richard,

    This speeding ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty and fight it. If you do, you or