Getting a New York speeding ticket under VTL 1180(b) or 1180(d) is never fun. For many people, New York speeding tickets can cause anxiety, fear, and frustration. However, fighting a New York speeding ticket does not have to be complicated. In fact, we will make your legal problem as simple and easy as possible.
When fighting a New York speeding ticket, let us help reduce the hassle and stress associated with fighting a New York speeding ticket. In plain English, our staff will walk you through the process, as well as be honest about your prospects. By hiring us, you can eliminate the need to wait on a DMV line or waste time in traffic court. Our New York speeding ticket lawyer will appear for you. At the end of the day, you’ll see it’s no big deal!
New York Speeding Ticket Points
In New York, a motorist can be suspended for 11+ points and New York speeding ticket convictions are often the type of ticket that “sidelines” motorists especially a New York City speeding ticket. Below is a chart of how many points are assessed for speeding tickets in New York City or elsewhere in New York State:
1-10 mph over: 3 points
11-20 mph over: 4 points
21-30 mph over: 6 points
31-40 mph over: 8 points
41+ mph over: 11 points
Even with an otherwise clean record, a New York speeding ticket lawyer will tell you that a conviction to an 8-point or 11-point New York speeding ticket can result in a suspension of your license. Even if you take a New York Driver Safety Class (which deducts up to 4 points from your point total), a traffic judge can suspend you for one such NY speeding ticket. Such a suspension to an 8-point or 11-point New York speeding ticket is based on public safety and the extent of the speed. Further, such a speeding ticket in New York requires a personal appearance. This means that you or your New York speeding ticket lawyer must appear to address the case rather than pleading guilty to your NY speeding ticket in the mail or online.
Even with a 3-point New York speeding ticket, 4-point New York speeding ticket or 6-point New York speeding ticket, you can be suspended if you have other convictions that make your point total 11 or more. We, therefore often recommend fighting any speeding ticket issued in New York and consult with, if not retain, a New York speeding ticket attorney.
Speeding Ticket Insurance Rates
An experienced New York speeding ticket lawyer knows that some speeding tickets in New York can result in your insurance rates being raised even if you have an otherwise clean record. Specifically, any New York speeding ticket conviction that is 16+ mph is enough to allow an insurance company to raise your auto insurance premium for 36 months. Even a 3-point NY speeding ticket conviction, 4-point NY speeding ticket conviction or 6-point NY speeding ticket conviction can result in an auto insurance hike. This can occur if you have any other New York moving violation convictions with 36 months of your New York speeding ticket conviction.
Fighting NY Speeding Tickets
A speeding ticket attorney will tell you that another reason to fight your New York speeding ticket is money. You often can save money when you do so. Specifically, in New York State when you accumulate six or more points, you have to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee (it is really a tax but DMV does not call it that) of $300 for six points and $75 for each point above six.
Further, when imposed, New York drivers, as well as out-of-state drivers, must pay the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee. Otherwise, your license or privilege to drive in New York will be suspended. Even for those with a clean driving record, a conviction to a 6-point New York speeding ticket, an 8-point New York speeding ticket or an 11-point speeding ticket will result in the imposition of a $300, $450 or $675 Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee, respectively. The Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee must be paid in addition to the fine and surcharge paid to the court.
If you lose one or more New York speeding tickets, you pay a fine and surcharge (regardless of and possibly in addition to paying a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee). The fine is subject to the traffic judge’s discretion and falls with a range that is authorized by statute. The surcharge is required by New York State law and is added to the fine. A New York speeding ticket lawyer can possibly help save you fine money but is more often able to reduce or avoid the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee.
When you or a New York speeding ticket lawyer fight a NY speeding ticket, you may save money and points on your record, as well as possibly avoid an insurance hike. When fighting a New York City speeding ticket, these cases are resolved at the Traffic Violations Bureau. Unfortunately, they do not plea bargain cases at the Traffic Violations Bureau.
Therefore, if you plead not guilty to a New York City speeding ticket, you or your New York City speeding ticket lawyer will be scheduled with a hearing date. Once you or your New York speeding ticket attorney either win or lose as you fight your NYC speeding ticket case, there is no room for settling it for something less serious. Even with an experienced New York City traffic ticket lawyer, it is hard to win any NY traffic ticket at the Traffic Violations Bureau but is even harder to beat a New York City traffic ticket there.
New York Speed Limits
Two more important things to note about New York City traffic tickets involves the speed limit. In New York City, the maximum speeding limit is 50 mph. This will be surprising to many who assume that it is 55 mph. However, New York City has decided to keep its highway speeds lower than the rest of the state of New York. Further, when you’re not driving on a highway or parkway, then the speed established by the applicable speed sign governs. But what happens if there is no applicable speed sign? Such stretches of roadway are called “un-posted” zones and, in New York City, the maximum speed limit in un-posted zones is only 25 mph. So, as you can imagine, for these reasons, it is a lot easier to be subject to a New York City speeding ticket than elsewhere in the state where the limits are often higher.
Negotiating NY Speeding Tickets
New York speeding tickets given outside New York City and Rochester are resolved in local traffic courts. Unlike the Traffic Violations Bureau, these local traffic courts do engage in plea bargaining with a motorist or NY speeding ticket lawyer. Therefore, motorists or NY speeding ticket lawyers can often negotiate the New York speeding ticket case down a few points (or even sometimes a non-speeding ticket). However, the chance that you or your New York City speeding ticket lawyer can negotiate a New York speeding ticket down depends on whether you have an existing New York speeding ticket or New York moving violation currently on your record and a few other variables.
Our Speeding Ticket Attorneys Know How To Fight Speeding Tickets
Should your New York speeding ticket need to go to court, a New York City speeding ticket lawyer will vigorously defend you anywhere in New York State, including at the New York City Traffic Violations Bureau. You do not have to be inconvenienced. Let a New York speeding ticket lawyer appear on your behalf instead and make the whole experience as easy as possible. Our flat fee means no surprises for you. And our experienced team of New York speeding ticket lawyers really knows how to fight your New York City speeding ticket.
Read how Weiss & Associates, PC has helped motorists with their speeding tickets issued in New York City or elsewhere in New York, click here now for a free consultation, or just call us at 212-683-7373.