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July 2014 Archives

Officer accused of misconduct in DUI case

With the continual push of the mayor's Vision Zero plan, drivers in New York may well feel a bit under siege at times. While authorities are tasked with maintaining public safety, the need to respect the rights of all parties, including those accused of crimes including driving while intoxicated, is of equal importance. Two components to this are the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and the ability to receive a proper and fair defense.

Grand jury to hear speeding case

People in New York can receive driving violations for many reasons. These may include speeding, driving with suspended or revoked drivers’ licenses, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failing to obey traffic signals or signs and more. The penalties for each type of violation vary based upon a variety of factors. While many drivers must end up paying fines and having points added to their driving records, such actions need not necessarily result in all situations.

Driver initiates lawsuit against Manhattan for traffic camera citation

New York traffic law can be complex at times. One of the rights offered to all drivers is the ability to lodge a traffic ticket defense if they feel that they have been wrongly accused of any violations. If this is not done, default convictions are achieved. These convictions can result in the levying of heavy fines as well as points on driving records. These consequences can negatively impact drivers for many years after the original ticket was issued.

Man enters not guilty plea for traffic tickets

New York drivers can receive citations for a variety of traffic law infractions at any time. However, it is important for all residents to remember that a traffic ticket defense is possible. A single ticket does not necessarily need to result in a default conviction. This is the case for a variety of ticket reasons such as speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal, reckless driving or more.

Ignition interlock devices subject of new bill in Congress

Throughout New York as well as across other states in the country, many police checkpoints are commonly set up to seek out drunk drivers over key holiday times. The recent Fourth of July holiday weekend is no exception. Press coverage about drunk driving can make it hard to remember that many people who are arrested for driving while intoxicated are actually honest, responsible citizens. It is easier than many may realize to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above. Not everyone in this situation should be looked upon as dangerous criminals.

Suspended license charge lessened for bishop

Most New York drivers will have or have had at least one traffic citation over the course of their driving years. In some cases, traffic violations are minor annoyances that require the payment of fines and nothing more. In other cases, however, drivers can face high insurance surcharges, points on their driving records, driving license suspensions and even jail sentences.

New law facilitates traffic plea bargains in Buffalo

Traffic tickets can be highly expensive propositions for drivers in New York. Not only do traffic violations result in fines that must be paid but they can also raise insurance premiums for drivers. This happens when points are added to drivers’ records and insurance companies see those points. A successful traffic ticket defense can feel out of reach for some drivers yet it is the only way to prevent these consequences.

State and city officials work on new traffic laws

New Yorkers live among some of the nation’s most congested and busiest streets. Whether as drivers, passengers or pedestrians, there are risks associated with being on the streets of New York City every day. For drivers, one of those risks is being accused of breaking New York’s traffic law in some way. The associated fines or other penalties after receiving a speeding ticket or other citation can be costly and challenging.

Police hit 13-year old in response to dispatch call

For several months now, New York City residents have heard about various efforts by the local government aimed at cracking down on speeding in the city. People who are caught speeding on area streets can face high fines, the addition of points on their driving records or even the potential for drivers’ license suspensions. In some cases, jail sentences may even be ordered.

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