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Why Are Traffic Tickets So Expensive?

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You find yourself in a minor fender-bender in a parking garage. The other driver insists on filing a police report. Next thing you know, you get an $87 traffic ticket for following too closely. You want to avoid going to court, so you handle everything by mail. When the bill comes, you’re looking at a total fee of $250, more than double the original ticket. How could this be? Why are traffic tickets so expensive.

Administrative Fees

In New York and many other states, you’re not just paying the ticket itself. The ticket represents police revenue, but it needs to be processed by the courts. The courts, naturally, throw on a fee for their part in the case.

Drivers may also face a state surcharge and multiple local municipality fees. In almost all New York traffic ticket cases, this means that the actual fine is more than double, sometimes even triple, the value of the original ticket. Drivers who aren’t prepared for these fines often struggle to pay the fees when they see the revised bill.

Dismissing Tickets

The best way to deal with these expensive traffic tickets is to have them dismissed altogether. It’s always better to fight these tickets because it provides the chance to have the ticket reduced or thrown out altogether. After all, no ticket means no ticket fees.

The best way to have a ticket dismissed is to call upon an experienced New York traffic ticket attorney. An attorney can analyze the facts of the case and make compelling arguments that can have the traffic ticket dismissed altogether.

If you received a traffic ticket, you don’t have to fight it alone. If you’d like an experienced New York traffic ticket attorney from Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C. to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (212) 235-1525.

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