How Much Is A Speeding Ticket In NY?

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

Of course, these ranges of fines do not include the $88-$93 additional New York State speeding fine surcharged imposed on all moving violations.  Additionally, it does not include the Driver Assessment Fee that is imposed on motorists who accumulate 6 or more points on their licenses.  This fee is $300 for 6 points and $75 for every point above 6.

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

New York Speeding Ticket Fines and Points

On the other hand, most of you know that speeding tickets result in points being added to your driver license.  In the state of New York, a speeding ticket carries a total of 3 to 11 points.  Below is an overview of NY speeding ticket points:

Speeding 1 to 10 MPH: 3 points

Speeding 11 to 20 MPH: 4 points

Speeding 21 to 30 MPH: 6 points

Speeding 31 to 40 MPH: 8 points

Speeding 41+ MPH: 11 points

 

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

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

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

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  • FIRST ticket: 82 in a 55, (I287, Harrison, Westchester County) I have CT license.

    10:16 PM, I was coming from NJ to home in Stamford CT, I passed a car and when I was going to slow down and return in a middle lane I noticed that police car parked on the shoulder turned the lights on and stopped me.

    How much is this ticket in terms of money, points and insurance hike if I plead guilty? And what are the chances in the court if I plead not guilty?

    Thank you for doing great job!

    Reply
    • George,

      This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine, and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee (assuming you have an otherwise clean record). It can also result in your auto insurance rates being increased. We cannot provide “chances” but do recommend that you fight it.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi My Daughter was driving back to school. She was on I80 doing the speed limit 65-70 as she was getting off the ramp slowing down they got her for 70 in a 55 . She goes to Buffalo & this was 4 hours away In Binghamton. What can we do for this first violation?

    Reply
    • Dee,

      Your daughter should plead not guilty. If she does, she likely can obtain a more favorable outcome. If she doesn’t want to drive to the court, then she can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for her.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • i got a ticket for going 76 in a new york state work zone which was 40mph ? it was 6am in the morning on memorial day weekend i was coming from atlantic city ? I’m pleading non guilty due to the severity of the ticket but what could my fines be if convicted guilty i guess just an estimate if you can

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      January 23, 2018 4:42 am

      Ricky,

      Worst case: I estimate your fine to be $300 to $500 plus a $300 to $450 Driver Assessment Fee.’

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I was pulled over at 12:48 am for doing 82 in a 55 on the southern state. I was just going home from dropping a co worker home. This is my first ticket. I did not know I was going that fast or know it was an officer. As soon as I got on to the highway he was tailgating me for 3 exits before he pulled me over. What should I do?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      January 19, 2018 8:12 am

      Andre,

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

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
    • Got a speeding ticket. For 71 in a 55. Havent had a ticket for years. I am unsure of what the price would be im trying to figure out also the da will they lower the points at all. Will taking a defense course online before the court date help?
      I dont know what to do as i dont have 300 for a ticket which i was the only car on the road and was going 71 for about 2 secs i slowed to 65 and then i saw him after and he said he had me before at 71 and gave me the ticket for that speed. 16 over the limit… Please help.

      Reply
      • Matthew Weiss
        January 22, 2018 9:10 am

        Daniel,

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

        Good luck!

        Matthew Weiss

        Reply
  • Sylvia Dietlin
    January 16, 2018 11:08 am

    Hello Mr. Weiss,
    My 20 year old so just got a speeding ticket on the Taconic parkway heading to Catamount mountain doing 84 in a 55 mile zone. This is his first first and only traffic offense. He wants to plead not guilty. He has to return to college out of state at the end of the month. What should he do?

    Reply
    • Sylvia Dietlin,

      He should plead not guilty. If he cannot appear in court, then he can retain a NY traffic lawyer to appear for him.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Mr. Weiss,

    I live in Canandaigua near Rochester. My 17 year old got stopped doing 37mph in a school zone. First offense and excellent student. What is your recommendation? Thanks, David

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      January 11, 2018 9:49 pm

      David Hough,

      Your 17-year old should plead not guilty and try and negotiate this down to a less serious charge. If he is still on probation, then you both need to familiarize yourselves with the special probationary license rules. Read my article entitled “How A New York Traffic Ticket Impacts a Probationary License“.

      Or call us for a free consultation. We regularly appear in the Monroe County courts.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

      Reply
  • Hi Matthew,

    Over the holiday, I received a ticket on I 684 for 83 in a 65. It’s a 4 point violation.

    The last speeding ticket I got was in 2003 (roughly a 75 in 55 IIRC on I 95). I have an otherwise clean record. Is this worth fighting? The court is a hike, and I’m inclined to plead guilty and take a defensive driving course to reduce my points, but this is such a helpful thread that I’d like to see what others think of this.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      January 8, 2018 4:27 pm

      Pete,

      Because this speeding ticket is 18 mph over and because you can likely get this reduced, we recommend that you plead not guilty. If you cannot appear in court, then you can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hey I was clocked doing 70 in a 55 in buffalo, ny on accident not paying attention to my speed. I never had a ticket. I notice I was speeding and started driving at 60. The police officer then followed me going 60 for about 7 mins or so. Then decided to pull me over when i exited the 290 on to the 990 and stated i was speeding on 290 a while back. What should I do ?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      January 4, 2018 10:00 am

      Jay,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this 4-point speeding ticket down to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I got caught by a state trooper on I-81 S in Broome County NY , for going 115 in a 65 zone . A ticket was given for reckless driving , what do you think i should do ?

    Reply
    • Adrian,

      You need to plead not guilty and fight this one. Reckless driving tickets carry 5 points, can adversely affect your insurance and (most importantly) result in you getting a criminal record.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Holly Esposito
    November 26, 2017 8:14 pm

    We live in the Bronx , my son is turning 17 on 12/3/17. He was caught driving in Harrison NY at 9:12 pm. He was also caught speeding 77 in a 55 zone . What will happen ? Will license be suspended?

    Reply
  • Hi Matthew,
    I received my first speeding ticket for driving 82 on 65mph speed limit near Clifton Park, NY. I have a clean record otherwise. I am moving to Oregon in 2 weeks for good. Please advise if I should fight for it or just pay it off.

    Reply
    • Perk,

      A conviction to a New York moving violation WILL transfer to your future Oregon license. Therefore, you should fight your NY speeding ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I received a speeding ticket this past weekend on the Cross Island Parkway in Queens, NY. I was clocked at 73mph in a 50mph zone. I’m a NYC resident with a NY drivers license and I’ve only received 1 moving violation in my life previous to this one (back in 2011 for going 40mph in a 30mph zone in a different NY county where I plead guilty).

    What should I do? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      November 4, 2017 8:21 am

      David,

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

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Matthew

    Greetings –

    End of October on 87 N & S full of police speed checks. As I passed a slower moving vehicle police car pulled out of median, accelerated and followed me -then turned on lights. Said I was 85 in a 65 – which I do not believe is accurate (I get teased by everyone I know because I drive very slowly). I have been told not to argue nor state what you think your speed was when asked by the officer. When he asked if I knew how fast I was going, I replied “no” as I knew it would not do any good as it is his radar verses my word. This was in Clifton Park – I am in Saratoga with no moving violations or other car related tickets. Suggestions?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      November 1, 2017 9:16 pm

      Cee,

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

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Ibrahim fedon
    October 30, 2017 9:06 pm

    I have NY driver licence, and I got a VTL 1180 0D ticket by going 85/65. I plead not guilty and the court scheduled a hearing date for me. And also suggested me to contact DA’s office for Diversion Program.
    I asked DA’s office for application and they replied that I have to pay 400$ for application.
    What is your advice?

    Reply
  • I received a ticket in Courtlandville NY on doing 104 in a 65, I am also a NJ resident, how much is the ticket and how many points will that inquire. Also in NJ we can go to court and speak to the prosecutor and get the ticket degraded to something with a lesser consequence 3 times, do you get the same opportunity in NY? Thank you

    Reply
    • Jose Vargas,

      This NY ticket carries 8 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $450 Driver Assessment Fee (assuming you have an otherwise clean NY record). Only 2 points will transfer onto your NY record, however. In Courtlandvillle, you can definitely try to plea this down.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
    • Hello Mathew,
      Three weeks ago i received a ticket in Westport NY doing 85 mph in a 65 mph speed limit zone on my way to New York city for vacation.

      First of all i live in Montreal Canada where i am studying. I do not have a Canadian licence driver. because I am from Africa and as an international student in Canada i have the rights to drive with my country driver licence. do i need to plea guilty or not guilty?

      Reply
      • Matthew Weiss
        October 29, 2017 4:30 pm

        Baila Kahn,

        Since you live here for school, I would plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can obtain a more favorable outcome.

        Matthew Weiss

        Reply
  • Lakshmana swamy. Atluru
    October 12, 2017 11:59 am

    yesterday I got a speeding ticket on 85 mph over the 65 mph speed limit. I didn’t even realize I was going so fast, as I was moving with traffic. Should I plea guilty or not plea guilty. I am from Connecticut with clean driving record
    Thaks

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      October 13, 2017 8:26 am

      Lakshmana swamy,

      I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this down to a less serious charge. While NY points will not transfer onto you CT license, a NY conviction can affect your insurance rates in CT and, of course, will result in points on your NY record.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I plead not guilt to a speeding ticket in which I was going 81 in a 65 mph zone for passing a tractor trailer that was going too slow. I missed my scheduled court date and instead appeared on the following day as a result of a scheduling error on my end. I got a letter from the DMV that my license will be suspended. If I reappear in court, am I still able to plead not guilt? What are all the possible fine and charges that I might now be facing for this mistake?

    Reply
    • Anna,

      Contact the court ASAP to straighten this out. They should be able to help. If not, call us at 212-683-7373.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi Matthew,

    I got caught speeding 90 on a 65 mph zone on the 390 in Avoca, NY while on my way to visit members of my church in Binghamton. I also got a ticket for not stopping in a construction zone, though I had not seen any signs that had made it obvious that I was in one. This is my first ticket or violation. Avoca is way too far from where I live in NYC. What should I do?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      October 9, 2017 10:51 pm

      Justin Kim,

      You can hire a NY traffic lawyer (like our firm) to appear for you. Given that this is a 6-point speeding Ticket, I believe it is worth fighting.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi,

    My wife was going at 54 miles in a 20 MPH (over 31 miles) posted speed limit near watkin glenns state park. We just got off from highway and were following GPS instructions and she did not check on her speed. She has a Pennsylvania drivers license. This is her first ticket, no violations. What should we do?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      October 9, 2017 10:46 pm

      Sandy,

      She should plead not guilty. If she does, she likely can save some NY points and even possibly avoid the $450 NYS Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hello,

    I just got a speeding ticket in Ulster County driving south from Saratoga Springs to my home in NYC, for going 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. This is my first ever traffic ticket in a car (I did receive a few tickets on my bicycle this year but understand these tickets do not take points off my license). If I plea GUILTY, will I just have to pay a fine? Are there any other potential negatives, aside from the fine and points taken off for pleading GUILTY? And approximately how much will that be? If I plead NOT GUILTY, will I (or a lawyer) definitely have to appear in court? I live in NYC and really don’t want to travel to Ulster to go to court but am trying to weigh my options with the potential traffic fine and points taken off. If you recommend pleading NOT GUILTY, can you please email me your rates.

    Thanks so much,
    Deric

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      October 5, 2017 12:04 am

      Deric,

      If you plead guilty, you will have to pay roughly a $200 fine and will be assessed 4 points. If you have an otherwise clean record, then there will be no other consequences of pleading guilty.

      If you plead not guilty, then you or your traffic lawyer will likely have to appear in court. I’ll email you separately with more information.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Mitchell Edward Engel
    September 29, 2017 8:03 am

    Hi,
    Just got a ticket for 78 in a 55 in Suffolk county, town of Islip. The NYS cop was on the right with lights on just finishing up with another car – saw this and moved into left lane.. he got into his car and then pulled me over.

    This was commute time in the AM / everyone on their way to work. Ticket says “LEFT LANE REAR STATIONARY RADAR IN MARKED STATE POLICE UNIT # WITH EMERGENCY LIGHTS ACTIVATED FROM PRIOR TRAFFIC STOP ON RIGHT SHOULDER VISUAL 80 ACTUAL 78, ONLY VEHICLE ON THE ROAD WAY GOING WEST.”

    Was thinking to pay but I have a clean license but this is a 6 point violation. In the PLEA OF NOT GUILTY section you can request a deposition.

    What do you recommend?

    Edward

    Reply
    • Mitchell Edward Engel,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save points, avoid a possible insurance hike and save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi,
    I’m a PA resident and received a speeding ticket back in March. I completely forgot about it until I received a notice in the mail saying my license will be suspended if I do not respond soon.

    I was going 87 in a 65. Neither the letter or the original ticket said how much it was going to cost.

    The court I need to respond to is in Worcester NY and they’re only open from 4-6 on Tuesdays…. I called today (a Tuesday) and they didn’t answer me.

    What should I do??

    I’ve had one speeding ticket before in PA in 2014. At that time I was also overdue to renew my license so I got a ticket for that

    Reply
    • Erin,

      You need to keep calling and write them a letter. Do whatever is necessary to contact the court and avoid a suspension being issued.

      If you plead not guilty (which is what I recommend), then you can likely cave NY points as well as the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hello – I’m a PA resident with a clean record. Yesterday, I was passing two tractor trailers on NY8 in Chenango county who were running under the 55 mph speed limit. In order to pass them during the limited duration of the passing zone I went over the speed limit, passed and then returned to normal speed. The NY State officer gave me a ticket for my maximum speed during the pass of 78 mph. I see that this is a 6 point ticket on NY’s system. Is it subject to the $300 driver assessment fee as well? Also, is it worth it to file a ‘Vehicle & Traffic Application for Reduction of Charges’? I admit that I was speeding during the pass but I feel there are extenuating circumstances here. Thanks in advance..

    Reply
    • Steve,

      Yes, if you lose this speeding ticket, you are subject a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. I do think you should try and negotiate this speed down to a less serious charge so you can save this fee and get less points. Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I was clocked by the officers radar going 73 in a 55 mph on Route 30 in the Town of Malone heading to Potsdam. Only reason why I was traveling this way was because the original route was blocked off. I was only 30 minutes from Suny Potsdam and because of the blocked road i had to travel to Malone, which added 2 and half hours to my ride making a total of 7 hours of driving. I did mention to the officer that I was going like 70 or 75. This is is my first speeding ticket. I been driving since I was 18 and now 23. I have a clean record. How should I go about this ticket? should I just pay the fine..

    Reply
    • Gabriel,

      The detour does not excuse your speeding violation. With that said, you should plead not guilty as this is the only way to possibly save points and a possible insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hello

    I got a ticket for speeding at 82 on a 65 mph zone while traveling from NYC to Niagara.

    I’m a visitor, at this moment I’m back in my country and I don’t have plans to go back to NY in next year.

    Which is my best option? Plea of guilty or NOT? What happen if my response arrives after the suggested Date?

    Best regards

    Reply
    • Mario Quintero,

      I would plead guilty and pay the ticket as you do not live in the US and apparently do not dire here often. If you’re late in doing so, plead not guilty as soon as possible to avoid extra charges and a suspension.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hello,
    I am a Pennsylvania resident andreceived a New York state speeding ticket for 74 mph in a 55. There is no fine price on the ticket so I do not know whether to plead guilty or not guilty. If the price was on the ticket it would make my decision much easier. Also, in 28 years, this is my first traffic violation. Any idea of cost?
    Thanks,
    Matt

    Reply
    • Matt,

      If you plead guilty, the judge has discretion to impose a fine within a certain range. With that said, the fines for such speeding tickets are usually around $200 to $250.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi Matthew,

    I got a ticket for going 74 in a 55 zone (highway I-81 in Jefferson county, NY heading north to Canada). I have an Ontario license and this is my first ticket ever with a clean record. I am wondering how should I proceed (plea guilty or not), how much would the fine be and how would my Ontario license be affected? I’d rather not go to the court anyways as it is far from where I live.

    Could you also let me know your fees?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can provide.

    Reply
    • Maz,

      Because points from New York transfer to Ontario, we recommend that you fight this ticket. If you do, you likely can save some of the 4 NY points and 4-Ontario demerit points that this ticket carries.

      If you cannot go to court, then you can retain a NY traffic ticket lawyer (like us) to help. I will email you separately to discuss further.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • A police officer was tailgating me and after he finally passed me and another car, which was driving in front of me, he stopped us both and gave us tickets for driving 80mph in a 65mph zone (around Binghamton, NY). I really can’t go to the court that far, because I live 3 hours away. Should I just pled guilty? How much should I expect to pay? My history was clean prior to this incident.

    Reply
    • John,

      This is a 4-point ticket. The fine for such a ticket is roughly $200. Since you have a clean record and this is a relatively low speed, it would not be unreasonable to just pay this one. With that said, I recommend fighting it. You can always hire a NY traffic lawyer to appear for you.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi I have a NY license and yesterday I received a ticket while driving on I-81 N(Cortland, NY) with description ‘Speed in Zone’. It says I was driving at 89 in a 65 MPH Zone. Ticket also says speed has been verified by Radar. I have to return the ticket by 10/02/2017.

    This is my first ever ticket in my driving history of close to 10 years. How should I go forward with this ticket?

    How much points and fine I will have to pay if I choose to be guilty?

    What are your fees if I choose to Plea of Not Guilty? How many points this might reduce?

    Reply
    • Chandru,

      This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. We therefore recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save 2 to 4 points and avoid the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi Matthew,

    I received a $368 ticket – my first ever speeding ticket – last Monday for going 78 in a 55 at 8:30am returning from the airport and a red-eye flight. However, the officer said he’d bump my speed down so I was in a different bracket, and my ticket says 75 in a 50. I went back to that same place two days ago, and the speed limit is listed at 55 mph, 50 mph for trucks, and no construction signs are posted anywhere. Why is my fee so high, and how should I proceed?

    Thanks,
    Ryan

    Reply
    • Ryan,

      The fine amount is within the discretion of the court, and some courts are quite pricey. Perhaps, you can ask the judge for a lower fine.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hello,

    Yesterday I got my first speeding ticket on my NY learner’s permit. The officer reported that I was driving at 100 in a 65 mph zone. This is my first offense. I was driving from Buffalo to New York City and the officer caught me near Syracuse area. Do you know how much fine will I be charged? And if I would want to use your services to dismiss the fine, what would be the fees involved. Thanks

    Reply
    • Micky,

      The fine could be around $400 and then you’ll also have to pay a $450 Driver Assessment Fee. My advice would to plead not guilty especially since you were driving with a Learner’s Permit. BTW, why would you go such a speed on a Learner’s Permit?

      You need to get a good NY traffic ticket lawyer ASAP.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi Matthew,
    I got a ticket for going 75 in a 65. In Chautauqua NY, I’m from Ohio with an Ohio license. How should I proceed. I would really rather not go to court.
    Thanks,
    Moshe

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      August 20, 2017 5:05 pm

      Moshe,

      Points from a NY conviction will not transfer onto your Ohio license. Also, 10 mph over the limit is a minor ticket.

      If you have an otherwise clean record, I would recommend just paying this one.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Hi Mathew
    Two nights ago I got a ticket on the palisades for speeding I was doing 86 on a 50 zone.
    This is my first ticket I ever got and I have been driving for 3 years now.
    On the ticket it shows that I have court date on the 6th of September. How do you think I should move forward with this ticket. Will I be able to push it off?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      August 13, 2017 8:15 am

      Rachamim,

      You can ask for a new date or appear as scheduled. The date on the ticket may only be an arraignment date (meaning that it is only for you to enter a plea). If so, you can do so by mail and save a trip. Regardless, you should plead not guilty to possibly save points and money.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • Adriana Lemus
    August 7, 2017 3:53 pm

    Hi Matthew, this might be posted twice, if it is I apologize.

    I got a speeding ticket on 7/23/17 they said I was going 62 in a 45 zone in Ulster County on route 28, this would be my first violation in NY (I have a CA drivers license).
    If I plead guilty does NY offer the option for traffic school to get the ticket wiped off my record? If I plead NOT guilty what would be my next steps to proving my case? Would I need to go to court?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      August 9, 2017 10:36 am

      Adriana Lemus,

      NY offers a traffic school option but it does not delta the ticket (only deducts 4 points from your total). Further, the NY school will not help when such a conviction is reported to CA. I recommend that you plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can get this reduced to a less serious charge.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I live in PA(near Philly) and my license is PA License. I got a speeding ticket while driving from Philadelphia to Niagara. I was driving on I-81 N/B and this Ticket is for driving 82 miles in 65 miles zone. Do the points affect my PA License? And what should I do now? Please let me know
    Please find below details on the Ticket
    Section Subsection :- 1180D,
    Description of Violation:- Speed in Zone,
    City:- Kirkwood
    Kirkwood Town Court,
    70 crescent drive, Kirkwood, NY-13795
    Recorded Statements
    Do you know why I stopped you?
    Response:- No
    Do you know how fast you were going?
    Response:- I was going about 70
    Do you know what the speed limit is?
    Response:- 65
    Where are you going?
    Response:- We are going to Niagara.

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      August 3, 2017 1:35 pm

      Vijav,

      The four NY points associated with this ticket will NOT affect your PA License. It could affect your insurance rates, however (especially if you have any other convictions on your PA record).

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I got pull over by state troopers I was in a emergency of using the bathroom he said that I was going 25 more than the limit I can I do in this case first violation for speed

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      July 23, 2017 9:08 am

      Em,

      You should plead not guilty and, on your court, date try to negotiate this down to a less serious charge.

      BTW, an “bathroom emergency” is not a valid defense in New York.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I got a ticket for going 79 in a 65 heading north on I87 by Saugerties, NY. The NY state trooper claimed on my ticket the speed was verified using a laser but my radar detector never set off and I do not believe I was going that fast. Can I ask for proof of my speed at that time? Hoping I can get this ticket dismissed or at least drop the charges to a lesser penalty. My driving record has been clean for roughly 4 years.

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      July 20, 2017 5:11 pm

      Anthony,

      You do not need to ask for proof of speed to get the charges dropped. I would focus on your clean record when you go in to negotiate your case.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I just got a speeding ticket, on I-87 heading north through Westchester county in Yonkers. He clocked me at 79 in a 55. Its my first violation of any kind & i’m a NYS resident. Should I plead not guilty and go to court? Thank you for any advice you can offer.

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      July 18, 2017 1:32 am

      Jess Kenul,

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

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • My son was traveling in NY state route 81 near Cortland, NY. He was going 84 in a 65 mph zone. He is 24 and it is his first violation. Any advice?

    Reply
    • Matthew Weiss
      July 17, 2017 9:07 am

      Ethan Aranov,

      He should plead not guilty as this is the only way for him to possibly obtain a more favorable outcome.

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply
  • I just got pulled over by a cop on my way home from work. I have nevada plates and a nevada drivers license but recently moved to new york. I was told i was doing 75 in a 55 but theres no way i was doing more then 63-65 mph, he also said i was following “too closely” but there was traffic and there were a good 6-8 cars “close” to eachother, and I got another ticket for “no distinctive plate/insecure/dirty” but i have brand new plates on a new car i just bought and they are clearly visible, im not sure what my best options are here please help.

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 14, 2017 7:55 am

      Stephen,

      You have two options fight or pay. Pleading not guilty would be the only one of these two options which possibly will allow you to obtain a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a speeding ticket while driving from Niagara Falls to Cincinnati. I was driving on I-90 WB and this Ticket is for driving 80 miles in 65 miles zone. I would like to know if I decide to fight the fine, how much you will charge and what would be probability of success. I am moving out of Cincinnati end of this month and going to west coast. If i fight for the fine, do i need to stop by in person to the reported court? Or should i go for Guilty. Please let me know
    Please find below details on the Ticket
    Section Subsection :- 1180D,
    Description of Violation:- Speed in Zone,
    City:- Dunkirk
    County:- Chautauqua
    Dunkirk Town Court,
    4737 Willow Rd, NY 14048
    Recorded Statements
    Do you know why I stopped you?
    Response:- No
    Do you know how fast you were going?
    Response:- somewhere 75
    Do you know what the speed limit is?
    Response:- 65
    Reply

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 14, 2017 12:53 am

      Balaji,

      Answers below in bold.

      How much you will charge and what would be probability of success. For this case, we charge a flat fee of $500 and your chances for success are VERY high.

      If i fight for the fine, do i need to stop by in person to the reported court? You or your traffic lawyer will have to appear if you fight this ticket.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi my son is a 20 year old college student home for summer break and just received a speeding ticket for going 45 in a 30. We live in troy NY and he received the ticket going down a steep hill. This is his first moving violation. How should he plea

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 12, 2017 12:50 am

      Barr Foster,

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

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi Matthew,

    I got a speeding ticket in Saratoga County for going 82 in a 65. I would really rather not travel there to appear in court, but it seems as though I will have to, even if I do plead guilty (unless I get a lawyer). Is this true, or can the ticket be settled through the mail?

    Thank you,
    Carlene

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  • Hello
    I live in PA (near philly) and received a speeding ticket today from NY State police, I was going 75 in a 65 zone. Should I plead guilty and just pay the fine? Or should I plead not guilty? And if I plead not guilty will i have to appear in court?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 10, 2017 11:19 pm

      Sarah,

      This is a relatively minor ticket which carries 3 NY points but which will not transfer as points onto your PA license.

      To avoid a court appearance, you’ll need to plead guilty. If you have an otherwise clean NY and PA record, then this outcome is not too bad for you.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Matthew,
        Thank You so much for your quick response. Woulf You be able to tell me approximately how much my total ticket will be, with all fees including? A ball park number is fine. Thanks so much for your help.
        Sarah

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  • My son received a speeding ticket for doing 85 mph in a 65 mph. Ticket is from Chestertown in Warren County NY. He was on his way to Vermont where he will be for the next 3 weeks. He needs to send in a plea by mail. Any guidance on how to plead, will he have to go to court, how much it will be and how many points? He is from NJ. Thanks,

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 9, 2017 11:39 pm

      Walt,

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

      He or his attorney will have to appear in court if he plead not guilty.

      This ticket carries 4 points and roughly a $200 fine but, if he fights it, hopefully he can obtain a more favorable result.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • First ticket EVER. 81 in a 55. I have a GA license but currently live in NY. Idk how fast I was going however, I do know I was speeding bc I had been driving for 2hrs, drinking lots of water, and needed the restroom. Not exact sure what to do BUT i do want to avoid high fines and points. My car ins was going to be lowered for my perf driving record but I assume thats out the window now. HELP!!

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 9, 2017 11:37 pm

      CJ,

      You should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can save the $300 Driver Assessment Fee as well as some points.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello I received two tickets 1. For tints and 2. Driving over hazard lines on the Bqe. How much is each ticket? Are there points? Should I fight them?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 9, 2017 11:31 pm

      TJ,

      Each ticket carries roughly a $150-$200 fine with the latter also carrying 2 points. If you have an otherwise clean record, then you may not want to fight them. However, if you have other convictions or are worried about getting future tickets, then you should plead not guilty.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I was doing 89 in 45 on LIE.. I’m diabetic I was rushing to get my insulin. I plead not guilty. I’m from Ohio.
    Is there’s any chance NY can take my license if I’m convicted even tho I have Ohio license?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 8, 2017 1:32 am

      Enriko,

      This is a serious ticket that can result in a suspension of your NY driving privileges. If you get suspended in NY, Ohio will eventually honor that suspension.

      You need to fight this ticket. Further, you should consult with (if not hire) a NY traffic lawyer so that you hopefully get the best possible outcome.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Over the weekend I got a speeding ticket on 287 for 30 miles over the 55 mph speed limit. I didn’t even realize I was going so fast, as I was moving with traffic. The ticket says speed was taken by ‘pace’ but I think this was only when I was moving past a car that was very close to me, so that was my passing speed, not my normal driving speed. Is “traveling with traffic” an acceptable defense?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 8, 2017 1:22 am

      Ryan,

      It is not a defense to “travel with traffic” in New York State. In fact, it is close to admitting guilt so we do not recommend advancing this “defense”.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I was clocked going 51 in a 30 at 5:30am heading to the gym. The speed limit goes from 55 to 30 immediately and he clocked me as soon as I hit the 30mph. This is my first ticket, no violations. What should I do?

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    • Matthew Weiss
      July 6, 2017 7:09 pm

      Lauren,

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

      Matthew Weiss

      Reply

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