All drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and abide by applicable traffic laws. Nonetheless, New Yorkers always seem to be in a hurry because thousands of speeding tickets are issued each year. A speeding ticket is not just a nuisance, it can have serious financial consequences, including fines, surcharges, and higher insurance premiums. This is why you should call an experienced speeding ticket attorney if you’ve been given such a ticket.
AutoTrafficTickets.com routinely defends clients against speeding tickets in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and throughout the greater New York area. We have working knowledge of state and local vehicle and traffic laws as well as regulations of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). We will assess your situation and explore all of your options — you may have been ticketed unfairly or there may be other defenses available to you. Let us help you fight your speeding ticket and protect your driving privileges.
Penalties for Speeding in New York
The penalties for speeding depend on the number offenses and how must faster than the speed limit you were going. The penalty for a first conviction can generally range from $45 to $600. If you were going less than 10 miles over the posted speed limit, for example, the ticket may cost you between $45 and $150. Speeding between 11 and 30 miles an hour can result in a fine between $90 and $300. Going more than 31 miles over the posted limit can lead to fines ranging from $180 to $600.
In New York, a moving violation surcharge of $70 will also be assessed against you. It is worth noting that the fines are increased for second and third convictions, which can ultimately result in a license suspension or revocation. Although it is rare, a judge can even give you a jail sentence of up to 30 days for a speeding ticket violation.
Driver License Points
In addition to fines, the DMV implements a points system for moving violations — failing to use a turn signal, disobeying traffic signals, driving under the influence (DUI), and speeding. The number of points that will be assessed against your license for a speeding infraction depends on how fast you were going:
- Between 1 and 10 miles over the speed limit — three points
- Between eleven and twenty miles over the limit — four points
- Between twenty-one and thirty miles over the limit –six points
- Between thirty-one and forty miles over the limit — eight points
- Forty-one miles or more over the limit — eleven points (and an automatic license suspension)
New York also imposes a Driver Assessment fee for those who have accumulated at least 6 points on their licenses. Because these violations become part of your driving record, it is likely that you will also face higher insurance premiums.
What should I do if I am pulled over for speeding?
If you are stopped by the police or state highway patrol officers, you should cooperate. Be prepared to produce your license, registration and driver’s insurance card. Did you know that you will be charged will additional violations if you are not carrying these items? Above all, do not get into an argument with the police over how fast you were going. At the same time, do not admit your guilt.
Then, you should contact the traffic violations attorneys at AutoTrafficTickets.com. We will assess the facts of the case and design an appropriate defense strategy. In some cases, we may be able to show that the officer who issued the ticket did not use a radar, and did not actually know how fast you were going. On the other hand, it may also be possible to prove that the radar device gave an inaccurate reading about your rate of speed. Finally, there may be mitigating circumstances, such as a health emergency that caused you to speed.
New York Speeding Ticket Attorney
Being pulled over for speeding can be a frustrating experience, and you may be tempted to plead guilty and just pay the fine or go to court without an attorney. If you’ve been given a speeding ticket, it is essential to have proper legal representation. At AutoTrafficTickets.com, we have in-depth knowledge of New York vehicle and traffic laws. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the evidence, including reviewing the police reports and records of radar detection devices.
In some cases, we may seek a reduced charge to a violation involving lower fines and fewer points. On the the other hand, we may be able to get the speeding ticket thrown out entirely.
Each case is unique, however, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to beat the ticket. Nonetheless, having an attorney handle your speeding ticket is worthwhile if you want to avoid fines, points on your license, and the potential loss of your driving privileges. Call our office today or complete the contact form on our website to set up a free consultation.
With offices in Massapequa, Riverhead, and New York City, AutoTrafficTickets.com represents clients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York City and throughout the New York State.