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Answers to 10 Common New York Speeding Ticket Questions (GUEST BLOG)

How many points am I facing for my New York State speeding ticket?

New York States allocates points according to the rate of speed that you are convicted of. This chart clearly demonstrates how many points a New York licensed driver is facing.

NY Speeding Ticket Point Chart at a Glance

Speeding Points
01 to 10 mph over the limit 3 points
11 to 20 4 points
21 to 30 6 points
31 to 40 8 points
More than 40 11 points

Is my traffic ticket a criminal charge?

There are many different tickets that can be issued to a driver resulting in a felony, misdemeanor, or unclassified misdemeanor criminal charge. Small samples of these charges include but are not limited to Driving While Intoxicated (VTL 1192), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (VTL 511), and Reckless Driving (VTL 1212).

How will a speeding conviction affect my job?

Every employer will interpret a conviction to a speeding ticket differently. It has been our experience that motorist that drive for a living stand the most to lose with a conviction on their record. Quite often, CDL truck drivers (including bus drivers) and taxi cab drivers will have contractual stipulations that their employment could be in jeopardy for a speeding conviction.

How long will points stay on my license? How will points affect whether or not my license is suspended?

Points will remain on your license for 18 months from the date that the ticket was issued. If you obtain a copy of your driving record, a conviction still be visible for several months after the 18-month period.

There are many different reasons why a persons privilege to drive can be suspended. Two of the most common grounds for suspending a license are accumulating 11 or more points in an 18 month period and being convicted of 3 or more speeding tickets in an 18 month period.

Should I hire a New York traffic attorney?

Hiring an attorney is not mandatory. However, if you hire our law firm to represent you, you will have the benefit of having over 30 years of legal experience on your side as well as having a former prosecutor spearheading your defense. Furthermore, we are award winning lawyers and have been recognized for our excellence in getting tickets either dismissed or reduced.

Fighting my ticket is a hassle. Why should I bother to fight my speeding ticket?

It has been reported that less than 5% of all motorists issued a speeding ticket will contest it. It is our recommendation that you fight any moving violation that you are issued. A conviction can cost you thousands of dollars in fines, surcharges, insurance increases, and time missed from work or school. Pleading no contest to certain charges such as driving without insurance under VTL 319.1 could result in an automatic one-year license revocation. You stand to gain a substantial savings by hiring our lawyers to fight for you.

Can I be given an additional administrative fine for a conviction for 6 or more points?

New York has instituted a “driver’s responsibility assessment” for anyone accumulating 6 or more points against their license in an 18 month period. Forever point above six points, the driver will be given an addition $75.00 fine.

If I take my case to trial, would it be advisable to have an expert witness at trial?

Having as many legitimate witness available to testify at your trial could be a huge benefit. You may consider retaining an expert to help you contest the use of radar or the calibration of mechanical equipment. An expert is not necessary but it could be very helpful if utilized properly.

Will a defensive driving course help in my defense?

Taking a defensive driving course will not help you a trial. It will not help you persuade a judge in a New York Traffic Violations Bureau Court. However, providing proof of competition may help you ameliorate the situation in a pre-trial conference in a local court. Most local courts offer these conferences as a mechanism to help facilitate the legal process.

Can I appeal my speeding ticket conviction?

If you are convicted of speeding after a trial, you can file an appeal. Your time to file is limited. Your failure to strictly abide by the appellate procedure can result in an automatic dismissal of your appeal. It is important that you contact an appellate lawyer immediately following the trial to preserve your rights.

About Our Firm: At Villanueva & Sanchala, we excel at getting tickets dismissed or reduced. Our team of traffic and criminal defense lawyers is lead by former prosecutor Joseph P. Villanueva. As a former prosecutor, he can help in analyzing critical issues in your case and work to give you the best defense possible. He was honored by Arrive Magazine as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in the entire Northeast. Having our firm represent you can make the difference in keeping your license or having your license suspended or revoked. Call us now at 800-893-9645.

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