Certain traffic offenses in New York automatically enter a motorist into the state’s responsibility assessment program. The fee associated with the program is tacked on to any fines or penalties that are already owed as part of the violation. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we know that these fees can be costly and cause even more financial hardship for those accused of a traffic offense. Understanding the implications of certain tickets may encourage drivers to fight the charges.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, traffic law requires the following people to pay the assessments:
- Anyone in New York who has refused to take a chemical test for blood alcohol content
- Anyone who has six or more points on a driver’s record over a period of 18 months for offenses in New York, Ontario or Quebec
- Anyone who has been convicted of a DUI or drug-related traffic offense, including those on a vehicle, boat or snowmobile
The fee, which varies depending on either the offense or the number of points on the driver’s record, is assessed every year for three years. People who fail to pay the assessment may face a loss of driving privileges or a license suspension.
The assessment program is only part of the repercussions drivers may face following traffic violations. The attorneys at Martin A. Kron & Associates make it a priority to help clients reduce and dismiss charges in order to avoid fines, jail time and loss of privileges.
For more information about this program, please visit our page that details the program and associated fines and penalties.