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Fighting New York City traffic tickets

Many people in New York City have the misconception that they must pay the fines and surcharges when they are issued traffic tickets. This can be the case even in situations when drivers feel a ticket was unwarranted. Doing so, however, is in effect an admission of guilt and can carry consequences beyond just the fines that are assessed. At the law firm, Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we often consult with people who have received traffic tickets they feel were undeserved. In this post, we will discuss how to fight a traffic ticket in New York City.

Actor, Anthony Mackie found guilty of driving drunk in Harlem

In Manhattan, and throughout the state of New York, drinking and driving is considered a serious criminal offense. As such, people who are convicted of DUI charges may face severe penalties. These may include fines, driver’s license suspensions or revocations, and jail time, among other consequences. Often, such convictions and the resultant penalties can have lasting effects on people’s personal lives, as well as their professional lives.

The consequences of driving with a suspended license in New York

Motorists in the state of New York may have their driving privileges suspended for any number of reasons, including certain traffic violations. With few exceptions, people in these situations are not permitted to operate motor vehicles during their period of suspension. Depending on the circumstances, those who drive while their licenses are suspended could be charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses, which can have serious consequences.

What are your rights during New York traffic stops?

Motorists throughout New York City are often pulled over by law enforcement. According to the New York City Police Department, there were more than 64,000 summonses issued for traffic violations in January of 2015 alone. Although traffic stops are common, many drivers are unaware of their rights, which could lead to them somehow incriminating themselves. In order to ensure they are protected, it behooves people to know their rights during a traffic stop.

What are the penalties for speeding in New York?

There are any number of reasons why people in New York, and elsewhere, may drive in excess of the speed limit. While it may seem minor, speeding on New York roads can result in serious legal issues for motorists, regardless of the reasoning. There are a number of penalties that may be levied on drivers of non-commercial vehicles who are caught exceeding the speed limit, many of which far outweigh a simple slap on the wrist. 

Understanding New York’s Driver Responsibility Assessment

Law enforcement officers in Manhattan, and throughout the state of New York, regularly issue tickets to motorists for violating the state’s traffic laws. According to a New York State Traffic Safety Data report, there were more than three million tickets issued to drivers for vehicle traffic law violations throughout the state in 2013 alone. Often, people who are ticketed are of the belief that receiving a ticket is a minor offense. However, this is not always the case. In addition to fines, possible jail time, driver’s license suspensions and other penalties, some New York drivers may also have to pay the driver responsibility assessment.

How does New York’s driver’s license point system work?

There are a number of reasons you might want to avoid a traffic ticket in New York, such as incurring a fine. Additionally, according to SafeNY, you might want to avoid speeding because for every 5 miles an hour you travel over 60 miles an hour, you are essentially paying an additional 24 cents a gallon.

MADD: New York’s DUI child endangerment laws are ideal

It is widely known that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an organization that aims to strengthen DUI laws and penalties. In New York and across the country, there are statutes that dictate legal limits for blood alcohol content as well as the consequences of a DWI conviction. MADD recently rated the states based on their efforts to reduce the incidence rate of drunk driving, finding New York to hold model laws in one specific area.

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