Why Fight A New York Speeding Ticket

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The first response that most people give when asked why should they fight their New York speeding violation ticket is points. Speeding convictions in New York State carry 3 to 11 points depending on how many miles per hour over the limit with which you are charged.

New York Speeding Ticket Chart

1 – 10 mph over speed limit 3 points

11 – 20 mph over speed limit 4 points

21 – 30 mph over speed limit 6 points

31 – 40 mph over speed limit 8 points

41+ mph over speed limit 11 points

The better response is that one should fight their New York speeding summons to avoid being suspended for too many points. In other words, it is the consequences of having too many points to which people are averse.

In New York State, if you accumulate more than 10 points, you can be suspended. Additionally, even with just one conviction for 31 mph (or more) over the limit, a judge could suspend your license.

Speeding Ticket and Insurance

The second reason for fighting your New York speeding ticket is auto insurance rates. Most people are aware that having a speeding ticket on your record (among other things) can raise your insurance rates. What many people do not know is that, if you have a clean record (no points or accidents) and you are convicted of one low speeding ticket, your insurance rates will not go up. For insurance purposes, a low speeding ticket is one where you are convicted of only proceeding 15 mph (or less) above the limit.

With insurance rates already high for drivers with a cleaning driving record, it is important to fight your New York speeding ticket to keep your rate as low as possible. Another thing you can do to keep your rates low is to take the driver safety class. This 6-hour class will take 4 points off your New York point total plus save you 10% off your auto insurance.

The last reason to fight your New York State speeding summons is money. The NYC speeding ticket cost is, at least, $90. Plus, New York State adds $50 to the fine making the cost of your speeding ticket $140 (or more). Moreover, for a 6-point speeding ticket conviction (21 mph over the limit or higher), the New York State Department Of Motor Vehicles will impose yet another fee called the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee of $300. This fee increases by $75 for every point above 6 on your NY motorist’s driving record. Therefore, a conviction to a New York State speeding ticket can get very expensive.

As discussed above, there are, therefore, three very good reasons to fight your NYS speeding ticket even if you have an otherwise clean record. If you have any questions about pleading not guilty to a speeding ticket in NY, or how to fight a speeding ticket in NY, try visiting our website for more helpful information.

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  • My wife got a speeding ticket on the Cross Island Parkway last week near Bayside (35th Ave). Clean record before this (60 years old). 70 mph in a 50mph zone.

    Given what I see about the TVB, on what basis could an attorney possibly fight a ticket like this? I don’t see anything amiss with the ticket, itself. She was speeding. The TVB apparently doesn’t bargain or reduce tickets, etc. Why would (or should) she plead not guilty and pay an attorney (not saying you’re advocating that – it’s a rhetorical question) when there doesn’t seem to be anything to build a case upon?

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to plead guilty, and then take a Defensive Driver course (cheap through AAA) to reduce points? Thanks.

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    • Rick,

      Pleading guilty is one option. Of course, pleading not guilty is another. The most common way that people win at the TVB courts is when the officer does not appear or when the officer makes a mistake during his testimony. Some people opt to just pay the ticket and other opt to “go down seining”. It is a matter of personal preference.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Thanks again. If you could give me a sense of the cost for you to handle this, I would greatly appreciate it. I can do all the communication except for the appearance in court. If I need to contact you offline, that’s fine. Also, I tried your beta ticket analyzer, and it seems solid.

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  • Hello- I appreciate the fact that your responses are more than boiler plate “Fight this; call us!” I’m sort of amazed at the time and care you take with some of the more complicated questions.

    As for me, I live and am licensed in MA. Received Speeding in Posted Work Zone (73/45) and Improper/No Signal. I have had no tickets for 10 years. I can reply by mail or in person by 2/9/16. Seems like at the very least I can plead Not Guilty and request a supporting deposition by mail on my own and take it from there. Obviously traveling to NY would be time consuming once I get a court date. One other note: for the speeding ticket, the “Supporting Deposition Provided When Ticket issued box is checked, but I did not receive anything other than the ticket itself.

    Again, than you so much for your time.

    Peter

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    • Peter,

      Thanks for your kind remarks. It does take quite some time to dispense so much free advice.

      Yes, if you don’t mind returning to NY, then you can handle yourself. Plead Not Guilty but I wouldn’t request a supporting deposition as it may impair your ability to get the best possible plea bargain. Given your clean record, you should get a reasonably good offer. You are facing 6 points for the speeding ticket and 2 for the improper signal. Ideally, you want to end up with less than 6 points to avoid NY’s $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a speeding ticket in Staten Island on my way to work at 6am… 44 in a 25. There was no speed limit signs (i went back and checked) and the cop damn near crashed into me making a U-Turn to pull me over. I had to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting him. Is this a ticket I can win and avoid paying additional court costs?
    Thanks

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    • J,

      I seriously doubt that you can beat this case. The Staten Island Traffic Violations Bureau is the most difficult traffic court in the state in which to beat a traffic case. Further, if there are no posted speed signs, the speed limit on that stretch of roadway is 25 mph.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi, I am from Ontario and received tickets for violation 1110A in Town of Mount Morris, NY as officer told me that i am travelling at 40 miles in 30 MPH zone . I missed the sign of 30 MPH speed limit as this 30 MPH zone was between two 45 MPH speed zone. when giving tickets Officer told me that he is not giving me speeding tickets by giving me tickets with lesser charges. however as this violations carries 2 points and around 240$ fines in NY sttes, will I receive demerit points in Ontario? Should i fight this tickets?

    Thank You

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    • Bhaw,

      Because you received a “break” already, you may not get another and you risk the prosecutor amending the charge back to the original charge. With that said, you may get lucky and get it further reduced by you’re taking a risk.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I received a speeding ticket on the Belt Pkwy on May 17, 2015 for doing 101 in a 50. How should I go about handling this summons? My court date is 2/11/2016

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    • Mike,

      This is an 11-point ticket that carries roughly a $300 fine plus a $675 Driver Assessment Fee, and, if you are convicted, can lead to a suspension of your driving license or privileges. It can also adversely affect your insurance rates. We, therefore, highly recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This the only way to possibly save points, money and avoid a possible insurance increase. Further, given the seriousness of charge, you should consider hiring an experienced NY traffic lawyer to help you.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I was issued first speeding ticket in 30 years of driving. Going 41mph in a 25mph zone. I plead not guilty on 1/8/2016. My hearing is not until 1/4/17 one year later. can i still postpone after that? Also what are my chances of winning this or getting it reduced.

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    • Tony,

      Since the 1/4/17 hearing date is the “first time on”, you can postpone the case. In NYC, they do not plea bargain so there is no chance of a plea bargain. Outside NYC (and Rochester), you can likely plea this down.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi,
    I received a ticket stating that I went 48 mph in a 30 mph zone. I’m only 17 years old and this is my first ever speeding ticket. I also have a clean record. I really don’t want my insurance to go up and pay the fee because I have to do this with my own money and I don’t want to have this on my record at such a young age. What should I do?

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  • Mr Weiss,

    I received a ticket for mobile phone use. I understand that is 5 points and $50-150 in fines, plus a $93 fee. While I received the ticket in NYS near to the home address listed on my NYS license, I am currently located in NJ. I want to plead this by mail, as going to town court is just too far away. I am a decent driver otherwise — clean record (just a minor speeding ticket over a 12 years ago) — and this is my first cell phone offense. The only other thing I am concerned about is that I was in a minor traffic accident (no citations issued) last month shortly after arriving in NJ. The local NJ police found me at fault (I disagree completely, but I don’t see any time- and cost- efficient way of fighting that).

    My questions are, then: 1) Will the traffic accident affect me with regards to the mobile phone ticket? 2) Will points on a NYS license transfer to a future NJ license? 3) I can take a defensive driving course to reduce points — should I take that now, before I write to the DA, or will it suffice to say that I plan to take the course or I am already enrolled in it? 4) Is there anything else could I say to the DA to assist in a reduction (of fines or points or both)?

    I’m also wondering how these two things (accident, cell phone ticket) will affect my insurance.

    Thank you very much.

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    • LM,

      Answers in bold below.

      1) Will the traffic accident affect me with regards to the mobile phone ticket? No.
      2) Will points on a NYS license transfer to a future NJ license? No points assessed in NJ for a mobile phone ticket under current law. However, NJ will note and, if you get 3 such convictions, you will be suspended in NJ.
      3) I can take a defensive driving course to reduce points — should I take that now, before I write to the DA, or will it suffice to say that I plan to take the course or I am already enrolled in it? Wait to take the class given your clean record.
      4) Is there anything else could I say to the DA to assist in a reduction (of fines or points or both)? Dress nice and be polite.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I received a ticket in Brooklyn for driving in a Bus lane (1110A). The ticket does not have my correct NYS license number (it’s off by a few digits) or registration expiration date. Is this grounds for dismissal?

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  • Hey, got ticketed doing 72 in a 50. This my first ticket and I’m 23. Been driving since 18 and I plead not guilty online and my court date is in 20days.. I need help on what to say and do to get this reduced hopefully. Was looking to branch off and get my own car insurance this year off my fathers’ so this ticket can not happen. So what’s best for me to do right now and say when I’m in court? And also ppl told me about the postpone trick, does it work? Thanks

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    • Charles,

      Postponing sometimes works. In regard to what to say, I cannot answer that question. I can say that your best chances of winning are if the officer is not present or ready for his hearing, of if the officer makes a mistake about the case during his testimony.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello Mr. Weiss,

    I am a 21 year old female who was pulled over in Monroe County for speeding (going 47 in a 30) on my way to a friends after a long day and I was only 10 minutes away from the residence. The officer gave me a “disobeyed traffic control device” (1110 A) ticket and told me he was being extremely kind. I want to fight the ticket (plead not guilty) since there are points associated with the ticket but how can I fight this if I wasn’t charged for speeding? This is my first ticket and I don’t want the ticket to go up to a speeding ticket.

    Thank you!

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    • Brenda,

      Because you received a “roadside plea”, you may not want to fight this one. You already got a break and many courts will not provide a further break. In fact, some will seek to amend the case back to the original charge in response to a not guilty plea of such a case. Further, the disobey traffic control device ticket only carries a minimal amount of points (2).

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I’ve been trying to pay the Town of Middletown Justice Court online for the past week. I live in NYC and can’t make the trip. Why is it so difficult to grab a hold of someone over the phone or even have a decent website? On top of that, I called the office and their answering machine said the office will be permanently closed on Dec 18, 2015. Now I’m at the risk of a suspension, which is an extra $70 charge. I’m trying to pay it before the due date of Dec 17, 2015.

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    • Ronald,

      I’m not sure how I can help you with this unfortunate situation. My best advice is to send in the guilty plea and check via Federal Express with a signature record. Make sure to make copies of all documents being sent.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a ticket (1180d) for going 45 in a 30 in Green island NY. Do you think I can do a plea bargain with the DA to get it down to parking on pavement? I got a citation for “failure to follow traffic control device” about 6 months ago but it got reduced to a parking on pavement. Would that affect this ticket?

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  • Hi I got a speeding ticket at the buffalo ny turnpike. The officer stated that I was going 70mph at a 55mph zone. This is my first speeding ticket after 5 years and I would like to know if it will effect my insurance rate and also, where will I find a lawyer as I am from Ontario Canada.

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    • Dawood,

      I am not familiar with the insurance laws in Ontario Province so I recommend that you call your insurance company and inquire. In NYS, one 15-mph speed will NOT raise your rates (assuming a clean record and no claims or accidents).

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Is a state trooper allowed to pull you over for speeding while they are driving at you in the oncoming lane in NY? I got a ticket for 62 in a 45

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  • I missed my pretrial date and have a court date scheduled in two days for a speeding ticket of 78 in a fifty zone. what is my best option at this point

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    • Leah Paretzky,

      This sounds like a NYC case (50 mph limits are mostly in NYC). If so, there are no pretrial conference and there is no plea bargaining. So it sounds like you didn’t miss anything. On your hearing date, you need to fight your case or ask for a new date. Feel free to follow up with any other questions.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a ticket for 62 in a 45 by NYS police for ulster town court. I am pleading not guilty. How and when is the plea bargaining occur?

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  • Hi
    I have received my first ever speeding ticket. The officer indicated that I was doing 85 in a 65, however, my speedometer and GPS show that I was driving at 73mph in a 65, that is, while I was over taking a truck to get back in the slow lane. This occur along the I-90. Should I fight this speeding ticket or plead guilty. If I am over taking aren’t I allowed to speed up? This is my first violation ever.

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    • Eric,

      You are NOT allowed to speed in excess of the posted limit (except for an emergency situation). Therefore, this is NOT a valid defense. With that said, we recommend that you plead not guilty. This is the only way to possibly save points and avoid a possible insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello Matt,

    I’m 16 with a Connecticut license. I got my first speeding ticket where I-684 turns into route 22. I was caught doing 75 in a 55. What will happen to me? What should I do?

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    • Nick,

      I do not handle CT DMV issues so I cannot answer your question. You need to speak with a CT traffic lawyer regarding the consequences of receiving a 70/50 speeding ticket while only 16.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello Matthew,
    I received a speeding ticket while driving on ST – 17 in NYS – near the town of Owego, Tioga County.
    I was speeding at 83 mph but the posted limit was 65 mph. I already have a speeding ticket from August last year (2014) in Delaware with 2 points on it. The previous year (2013) I received a speeding ticket also in Delaware but went to court and asked for a probation which was approved and up to the same day. I am a resident of Delaware.
    Can you please tell me what are my options now:
    Shall I plead guilty and get 4 points from the NYS and is this going to be transferred on my DE driver’s license? What are the other consequences? I have to pay a high fine and even higher driver’s responsibility assessment fee. Shall I mention that I will take a defensive driving class?
    If I plead not guilty – what are the consequences? How can I successfully fight the ticket?

    Thank you so much in advance!
    -Dimi

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    • Dimi R,

      You should plead not guilty and try and obtain a more favorable result. A New York conviction will transfer to your Delaware license and Delaware DMV will assess whatever points that violation has under the Delaware point system. Consequences of a conviction are points, fine, surcharge, Driver Assessment Fee and possible insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I received a ticket for 20 mph over speed limit in passing lane (passing a truck) on I-90 by state trooper, court is in Town of Clarence, Erie County. Ontario driving license, clean driving record, pleaded not guilty. Is it possible to have this reduced to a non moving violation?

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  • I got a speeding ticket where the cop said I was going 66 in a 45. I have a fiat and just got on the parkway where he was hiding. There is no way my car can go from 0-66 in that time. I also noticed that there are no speed limit postings on the FDR. I took video of this as I was shocked that is was 45 mph. My question is, the courts have rescheduled my court hearing 2x now. Is that legal? I thought they are allowed one reschedule.

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    • Jeremy,

      In NYC, the Traffic Violations Bureau can re-schedule your case in advance of your hearing multiple times. On the hearing date, however, they usually will only re-schedule it twice at the officer’s request.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Mathew Thomas
    March 8, 2014 10:29 am

    My wife got a ticket in Port Chester, NY. The Cop said that she was going 51 in a 30 mph zone. This is her first ticket. Do I need to get a lawyer or should I just talk with the courts to see if I can reduce the points? What are my options. How much do lawyers charge?

    Matt

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    • Mathew Thomas,

      This ticket carries 6 points, roughly a $200 fine and a $300 Driver Assessment Fee. Therefore, your wife should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Traffic lawyers charge between $400 to $600 to fight such a case. The benefits are that your wife will NOT have to appear in court and she’ll have an experienced professional to advocate for the best outcome possible. She could handle it herself, however, if she has the time and comfort level.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • AMITAVA ROY
    May 23, 2013 2:28 pm

    I got a speeding ticket for doing 65 miles in 50 mile speed limit on 9A near Dyckman Street after crossing the harlem river bridge entering New York City from Yonkers, Westchester. I do not have any speeding viloation in last 3 years but I do have a minor accident happened in Queens (1 1/2 years ago), but not my fault (still 15% my fault because of the way claim settlement works in New York). I did drivers safety course last november as a result my geico insurance came down 10%). My question is should I plead not guilty for this ticket keeping in mind this happend in New York City (very upper Manhattan, on 9A much before George Washington bridge coming from Westchester). It is written on the ticket under “FINE SCHEDULE FOR GUILTY PLEAS BY MAIL” as follows: “Fines could be higher if you plead NOT GUILTY and are then found GUILTY at hearing, or when appearing before a judge, even to plead guilty.” I will very much appreciate your kind advice on this. Thank you, Amitava

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    • Amitava Roy,

      I recommend pleading not guilty and fighting this 4-point. While it’s hard to win in the NYC traffic courts, you have very little to lose by fighting it.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • AMITAVA ROY
        May 24, 2013 8:40 am

        Dear Mathew Weiss,

        This ticket was given on a Radar Enforced Zone, will this increase the fine , or it will be $195.00 only.

        One more thing if I plead not guilty in this case what would be my line of defence at the court. May I tell the court that my driving record is very clean and request for at least they do not give any points.

        Also is it possible to choose a court date some time in the future in August as I will be travelling out of the country for 6 weeks.

        Thank you very much for all your advice.

        Sincerely,
        Amitava Roy

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        • Matthew Weiss
          May 31, 2013 11:07 pm

          Amitava Roy,

          The fine does not get increased if you are in a “Radar Enforced Zone”.

          A clean driving record helps with sentencing but does not provide a defense to the charge.

          Finally, you can get a court date in the future.

          Matthew Weiss

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  • I’m a 19 year old driver and I have had my licence for 8 months I got a ticket for going 86 in a 65 on the thruway while passing someone. It’s my first ticket. should I try to fight the ticket?

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  • Hi,I just got a ticket for doing 83 in a 55, what should I do ?and what’s the worst that can happen ? .. I have 2 accidents on my insurance

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    • James,

      This is a 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 (especially given your 2 prior accidents which also can affect your insurance rates). 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

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  • I got pulled over this morning in Seneca Falls NY and was assessed a 1110A ticket in lieu of a 53 in a 30 speeding ticket. I have never had a ticket before *9 yrs driving, mostly in Oregon* and am a student (although living here 1 year) who had not taken that specific road many times before today. My friend says I should definitely go to court because there is a chance that the officer won’t show up (she knows him as this is a small town) and the case will be thrown out. But more likely, that the DA will be nice and not make me have points on my license. I have a NY license and a car registered in OR. What is your advice?

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    • Amber,

      You already got what’s called a “roadside plea” (i.e., the officer reduced it from a 6-point speeding ticket to a 2-point disobey traffic control device ticket). Therefore, if you plead not guilty, the court may amend the charge back to the original, more serious charge. It is therefore risky to fight this ticket rather than accepting the already reduced charge. Given your clean record and the fact that the charge is minor, you may want to just pay it rather than taking this risk. Of course, you could get lucky and get it reduced further.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • OK, if I get the 2 points, will that make my insurance go up? I was reading on here and I saw that some posts talked about that. I have never had any accidents, and as before, this is my first ever ticket.

        I was not thinking of ‘fighting’ the charge per say, as I had asked the officer what I am required to do (he was very nice, and gave me the reduction, he says, ‘because I was respectful and cooperative’) and he also said that if I mailed in or said in court that I wasn’t guilty, that the DA may reinstate the 53 in a 30.

        I won’t deny I was speeding, and being from Oregon I don’t really understand the whole points thing, but 2 points is much better than 6, in both fines and potential problems later on, correct?

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        • Amber,

          Assuming an otherwise clean record, one 2-point ticket will NOT adversely affect your insurance rates in New York.

          Yes, 2 points is much better than 6 and allows your to avoid being subject to the $300 Driver Assessment Fee.

          Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello Mr.Weiss
    I was recently pulled over in NYS highway for speeding. The speed limit was 55mph and I was driving at 62mph on cruise control. The officer asked me the speed I was driving, I said @ 62 mph which was displayed on the speedometer and on my gps. But when he gave me the ticket he wrote I was driving 70 mph which was displayed on his radar. I told him I was @62 mph, he said the reading was inaccurate in my car/gps. How can I fight the ticket, I am a NY resident with clean record.

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  • I got a speeding ticket in Orange County NY on route 84 going 90 in a 65. I am a resident of PA and have one ticket from 3 years ago but no points. I was on my way to a friend of mine’s funeral. I can’t get there to court as I work in Philadelphia, if i plead guilty do I write on the ticket that I want to do the drivers improvement class to lower the fine? Thanks!

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    • Christine G,

      If you plead guilty (which I do NOT recommend), then you should write a letter explaining any mitigating factors that will minimize your fine. Taking the Driver Safety Class is one such mitigating factor.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • hi Matthew Weiss,

    I got a ticket and the ticket states i was going 49 miles/hr in a 30 mile/hr zone.

    not only is this way wrong (i was doing about 35miles/hr), but can you confirm if it is legal for NYPD to pull you over while exiting the Highway?

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    • Mike Singh,

      Yes, it is legal for a police officer to pull you over while exiting a highway. The police a trained to pull motorists over in safe locations and sometimes this means waiting until they exit.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi,

    I received a ticket in New Paltz county for doing 81 in a 65. How much $ and points would this ticket be and what reduction could I expect from a plea deal if I go to court? I currently have no points on my record and my last speeding ticket was over 10 years ago. It is a 2 hour drive for me each way so I would like to know how much it would save me.

    Thanks,
    Matt

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    • Matt L.,

      New Paltz is a pretty good court for motorists. I believe that your 4-point speeding ticket would be dropped down to a 2-point ticket (and possibly down to a 0-point ticket given your driving record). The fine will be the same (roughly $150) if you plead guilty, or plea bargain.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Johnny Aspers
    April 28, 2013 2:13 am

    I’ve heard that I can get a 1110A (disobeyed traffic control device) reduced down to a parking ticket if I plea bargain in a Rockland County NY court. Is that common? Is it worth it to save the 2 points on my license, even when I haven’t had a ticket in more than 13 years?

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    • Johnny Aspers,

      Such a plea bargain is possible in Rockland County (it depends on which court). I recommend pleading not guilty and trying to plea this down. Even though you have a clean record, you can’t predict what will happen in the future.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi Mr. Weiss,

    I was recently pulled over and received a summons going 46 in a 30, I believe that’s a 4 point violation with a $195 charge. My question is, would my insurance increase if I had no prior violations in the past 36 months (or over 10 years for that matter)?

    Thank you.

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  • I got a ticket for not coming to complete stop at a stop sign in queens. Its it worth it to try to fight this ticket

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    • Jason,

      They are hard to beat in Queens (actually all of NYC) because there are no plea bargains in this court. You have nothing to lose (other than your time) by pleading not guilty and fighting it yourself. If you have an otherwise clean record, then there isn’t much upside to fighting this ticket as a conviction will NOt affect your insurance rates.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • Thanks for the response!

        If I plea not guilty to this plea online now, can I change it to a guilty plea later on and pay the fees without ever having to go the DMV or court?
        Can it all be done on the DMV site?

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  • I received a moving violation on monday night about 12:30am (Technically Tuesday 4/16/13) for doing 50 in a 30 as I was coming off the Pulaski Bridge coming from Queens. The office stated he was in a good mood and said I should plead not guilty. The bridge has no speed limit posted and I was going with the flow of traffic. Can I use these to my defense? I intend to plead not guilty but would like your opinion. I have a clean driving record and have had my license for about ten years. Thank you for your time.

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    • Manuel,

      Yes, definitely, plead not guilty. This is the only way to obtain a more favorable result than the 4 points that you are facing. The lack of a sign may help. Take photos. Going “the flow of traffic” will not help, however.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got my first speeding ticket in NY, my License is from NY.
    I was fined by a city cop for going 75 on a 50 on the i95.
    He told he me clocked me at 77, but that he marked me for 75.
    Honestly, who goes 50 on the i95?
    I was on the left lane, alone.
    When I noticed the cop, I looked at my odometer and read “70”, I then dropped to 55.
    I was EXTREMELY far from him, and before I was anywhere near 500 feet he had already started driving forward to pull me over.
    He started tailgating me with no lights, I switched to the middle. He switched to the middle. I was so distracted with him tailgating me I felt like HE was going to cause me and accident.
    Finally after like 3 minutes he flashed his lights. I pulled over.

    A friend suggested me to just pay, that I shouldn’t get points since it’s my first speeding ticket.
    But if I fight the ticket, they will then give me the points.. Is this true?

    I want to fight it, honestly I rather defend my 70mph.
    I commute this trip 6 days a week, for I manage two at&t stores.
    One in tarrytown, and one in the Bronx.
    I know for a fact I was not going no damn 77, I do this EVERYDAY!
    I was pulled over while still on the clock.

    PS The ticket comment was “speed in posted zone”.
    He was babysitting the sign.
    Driving from tarrytown, I’m used to the signs saying “55″.

    I’m sure he clocked me from over 1000ft.

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    • Luis,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. This is the only way to possibly save points and money. The ticket is Tarrytown is easier to fight because at that court you can plea bargain. In contrast, the Bronx Traffic Violations Bureau does not engage in plea bargaining. There, the only way to win is if you beat the case at a hearing.

      Good luck!

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I just got a ticket for going 71mph in a 55. I am from Ontario and I am confused about what to do. The officer wrote on the ticket that I said I don’t know the difference between KIL and Miles — But, I actually asked him if he knew how many kil I was over the speed limit and he said he didn’t know how many miles were kil. Anyhow, do you know how much this will be in Waddington New York? Any Advice?

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    • Janis,

      Because points from New York transfer to Ontario as demerit points, we recommend that you fight this ticket. If you hire a traffic lawyer, you should find one that represents many drivers from Ontario and is familiar with your demerit point system. This ticket carries a fine of roughly $200.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got caught today by a state trooper [update NY] on I-81 near the mattydale exit, going 95mph in a 65. the trooper was extremely rude. did not believe or listen anything I had to say, and made me very uncomfortable. I just started two new medications for anxiety and bipolar disorder, and today was my first day on them. I was on my way to work and in panic of being late, I was speeding. She assured me I was going to lose my license, and maybe the judge would believe my false story [I even had the prescriptions with me] in court. I understand 30 over the limit is a lot, and is a 6 pointer, however, my family is more afraid of the actual speed at which I was driving being the one aspect that takes my license away… I am a 22 year old female, no points on my license currently. first ticket…

    fight or not? and how do I go about this… 6 points, plus her telling me I am losing my license regardless, deffinitly not something good to help with my panic attacks… 🙁 help

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  • Mr. Weiss,
    I’m from Ontario and was pulled over last week on the 90 Eastbound near Stafford and ticketed for doing 75 in a 65 zone (1180D). How should I proceed? Not Guilty? Can I enter a Not Guilty plea online?
    Dov

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    • Dov,

      You should plead not guilty and fight this ticket. Your plea must be done via mail or in person. This ticket carries 3 NY points and 3 Ontario demerit points.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Mr. Weiss,

    I recently got a ticket for doing 84 in a 65. I am a male and 21, however, this is my first ticket. It happened on 81 south in NY. I am aware that this could be 4 points on my license and a hefty fine, what action should I take? I also told the officer I thought I was in the upper 70’s out of panic when I meant to say 60’s. This could raise my insurance a lot, which is what I am afraid of. Any chance for a reduction?

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    • MAP,

      I believe that you can likely get this ticket reduced. Plead not guilty and, on your court date, you’ll be offered an opportunity to conference the case and discuss a plea.

      Good luck.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Good Morning Mr. Weiss, I too am a Hofstra Graduate. I have a court date on April 5, 2013 at the Flushing DMV for a 1110A violation. I exited the cross island parkway onto Northern Blvd West. There is a double solid line, but the car in front of me was not going or moving so I cut to the left and crossed over the lines. The officer was parked opposite direction of me facing southbound on 223rd street about 200 feet away. Is this a case you can represent ? Please advise thanks……

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    • Zem Ahmad,

      Yes, we can defend you. We handle over 1,000 cases per year in the NYC Traffic Violations Bureaus and appear regularly there.

      Call us to discuss.

      Matthew Weiss
      212-683-7373

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  • Hi Matthew,

    I’m from Ontario and have a clean record prior. Last week I got pulled over doing 80 mph while passing a 72++ mph truck on the I-90 (65 mph speed limit). First word that officer asked was why my front registration plate was “covered” … it was covered in snow & due to a snow blizzard earlier. Asked me if I knew that I was doing 80 on a 65 & issued me a ticket to be mailed back.

    What should I do?

    Thank you.

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    • Paul,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your Ontario license as demerit points, we recommend that you fight this speeding ticket. This is the only way to avoid or reduce demerit points, and avoid a possible insurance hike.

      Matthew Weiss

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      • But am I too late as I’ve already pass the 48 hours “Plead Not Guilty” mail in time frame?

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        • Paul,

          No, if it isn’t past your arraignment date (the date towards the bottom of the ticket), you can still enter your not guilty plea. Even past that date, you can call the court, and try and get get your belated not guilty plea entered.

          Matthew Weiss

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  • I got pulled over on campus about a week ago by our University Police. We were driving behind someone we knew and were honking, flashing at him, and ended up passing him. No one was ever in danger as there were no other oncoming cars or padestrians on the road. The cop that pulled us over ended up citing me for crossing a double yellow line and excessive use of the horn.

    I plead not guily and got the sheet from the Village Court today. On it it states a “no passing” and “inadequate breaks”.

    Is this error enough to get my case thrown out? I’ve tried researching on how to fight a no passing ticket but haven’t found anything useful. I’m 19 and can’t afford the bloated ticket prices

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    • Kyle,

      There are a few types of un-safe passing violations in New York. It sounds like you were written up under VTL 1120. Below is the text from this statute so you can see what constitutes a violation of this law. The wrong description may be enough for a dismissal but it’s hard to tell from the limited information provided.

      I hope this information helps.

      Matthew Weiss

      § 1120. Drive on right side of roadway; exceptions.
      (a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon
      the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
      1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same
      direction under the rules governing such movement;
      2. When overtaking or passing bicyclists, pedestrians, animals or
      obstructions on the right half of the roadway;
      3. When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left
      of the center of the highway; provided, any person so doing shall yield
      the right of way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon
      the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to
      constitute an immediate hazard;
      4. Where travel on the shoulder or slope is permitted by section
      eleven hundred thirty-one of this article;
      5. Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under
      the rules applicable thereon; or
      6. Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.

      (b) In addition, upon all roadways, any vehicle proceeding at less than
      the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the
      conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then
      available for traffic, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb
      or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another
      vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left
      turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

      (c) Upon any roadway having four or more lanes for moving traffic and
      providing for two way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to
      the left of the center line of the roadway, except when authorized by
      signs or markings designating certain lanes to the left side of the
      center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to use
      such lanes, or except as permitted under subsection (a) (2) hereof.

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  • Robert Johnson
    March 14, 2013 3:57 am

    I am 23 years old, I am a foreign student in NJ and I got my NJ license about 6 months ago, after having a European license for 5 years. I got a ticket last night for going 80 mph on NY Route 17, where the limit is 65 mph. When I got pulled over, the officer told me that I was going 95 mph, which I don’t think is true. She gave me a ticket for going 80 mph and she said if you decide to plead not guilty, I will be happy to tell the judge that you were going 95 mph. I know I was above the limit, but I don’t think I was going 95 mph. The officer wrote that the speed was verified by radar and that I said that “I think I was going a little fast”. This is my first ticket. How much do you think the fine will be? How many points? Is it worth to plead not guilty?

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    • Robert Johnson,

      I anticipate that the fine will be around $200. You will also get 4 NY points for an 80/65 which will transfer as 2 points onto your NJ license.

      Given that the officer stated that he’ll amend the charge back to a more serious one (95/65), I do not recommend that you fight this ticket. You could end up in worst shape if you do.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • I got a NYC speeding ticket I pled not guilty, but on the back side of the ticket i didn’t see any box for requesting a diposition. How can i get the diposition from the cop? I have already sent the ticket with not guilty plea.

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    • Rashid,

      New York City traffic tickets are mostly adjudicated in the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) and, in the TVB, you are not entitled to a supporting deposition. It is one of the many disadvantages of the TVB vis-a-vis other traffic courts.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hello,

    The other day I received my first traffic ticket in Potsdam, NY. I’m almost 23 and got my license at 16. I was caught going 45 in a 30. (the speed limit jumps from 30 to 55 on this country road and I honestly had thought I was in the 55 zone already, and by the time I was pulled over we were well into the 55 and I could not figure out why I was being pulled over) I am usually very careful and could not believe he had clocked me at 45 still in the 30.

    My license is clean, the only problem I ever had was a ticket for an overdue inspection while driving my mothers car. Should I try to fight this ticket, or since it was my first offense (at 4 points and under 16mph) should I just pay it and take one of those classes?

    I am at odds as I think of myself as a careful conscientious driver, but I don’t know if I can afford to hire someone. I am a college student not very well off financially.

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  • My son got a speeding ticket in the city of Buffalo. He was clocked at 70 in a 55, by a state trooper. He’s 18 and had his license almost 9 months. He got a ticket for running a red light about 7 months ago, in a suburbian town. He got that reduced to a parking ticket and went to traffic school. Should he plead not guilty now, and go to court? Is there any way he can get this ticket reduced? He is on my insurance, and I’m afraid he’ll get points on his license and my rates will go up.

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    • Corey M,

      Unfortunately, the City of Buffalo adjudicates traffic tickets in the Traffic Violations Bureau. This is a unique venue in which they do NOT plea bargain.

      The only way to obtain a favorable result is by pleading not guilty. You could possibly beat this ticket but not likely based on the two items that you mentioned.

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

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Joshua Stilwell
    March 3, 2013 11:11 am

    I just moved to NY on 2/26/13 from Richmond VA. As I was driving up in my car, I was pulled at a rest station in Greene Co; heading to my new home in Schoharie Co. Officer advised I was doing 90 in a 65 when I passed him at a round-about. He ticketed my for 85 in a 65 once he caught up with me at the rest station. I did not previously see him.

    My car registration and Driver’s License are VA issued.

    Does this report to VA? Should I take the Traffic School online and call it a day (to get the points removed)? Or should I try to get the ticket reduced? Does NYS have a ‘prayer for judgement’ like NC?

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    • Joshua Stilwell,

      Because a NY conviction will transfer onto your VA license, I recommend that you plead not guilty and fight this ticket. NYS does not have a “prayer for judgment” option.

      Matthew Weiss

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  • Hi,
    Was pulled over yesterday by a state trooper in Nassau county section of the Northern state Pkwy going 80/55.
    I have clean record in NY for over 20 years, and last speeding ticket was over 30 years ago in NJ.
    The court address on the ticket is in Hempstead , and is called ‘Nassau County TVA’
    Shall I plead not guilty and plea bargain ?

    Thanks.

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    • Joe D,

      Yes, you should plead not guilty. If you do, you likely can negotiate this ticket down to a less serious charge saving points and money.

      Your case will likely be heard at the Nassau County Traffic & Parking Violations Agency located at 16 Cooper Street, Hempstead.

      Matthew Weiss

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