It’s Just a Traffic Ticket…How Bad Can it Be???

June 24, 2015

In most cases, probably not too bad. Maybe a few points (hopefully few enough that your insurance company won’t find out), pay a fine and surcharge, and get on with your life, right?

But then you get another one a few months later, and that first ticket that you pleaded guilty to and mailed back to the court (‘cuz what’s the big deal…) is coming back to bite you!

It’s really not that hard to find yourself fighting to avoid extra DMV assessments – or even to keep your license – if you catch a few tickets, or even ONE ticket if it’s severe enough!

How quickly can you rack up points?

Violation                                                                                    # of Points Assessed
Speeding (MPH over the limit)

  • Speed not indicated…………………………………………………….………3
  • 1-10 MPH over the limit…………………………………………………..3
  • 11-20 MPH over the limit…………………………………………………4
  • 21-30 MPH over the limit…………………………………………………6
  • 31-40 MPH over the limit…………………………………………………8
  • More than 40 MPH over the limit………………………………………11

Reckless driving (a misdemeanor)……………………………………………….5
Failed to stop for a school bus………………………………………………….5
Inadequate brakes………………………………………………………………….4
Improper cell phone use………………………………………………………….5
Following too closely………………………………………………………….……4
Passing improperly………………………………………………………………..3
Changing lanes unsafely………………………………………………………….3
Driving to the left of center……………………………………………………….3
Driving in the wrong direction…………………………………………………….3
Failed to obey a traffic signal, stop/yield sign………………………………..3
Railroad crossing violation……………………………………………………..…3
Failed to yield right-of-way…………………………………………………..…..3
No seat belt/safety seat for child under 16………………………………………3
Leaving scene of property damage accident………………………………….3
Leaving scene of accident involving injury of a domestic animal……………..3
Other moving violations………………………………………………………..…2
Inadequate brakes (vehicle of an employer)……………………………………2
Use of portable electronic device (“texting”)………………………………….5

Why You Need to Speak to an Attorney Today

If you acquire 6 or more points during any 18 month period you be will subject to the Driver Responsibility Assessment of $300 and an additional $75 for every point above 6. If you don’t pay it, your license will be suspended.

If you acquire 11 or more points during any 18 month period, your license will be suspended.

If you are convicted of 3 or more speeding violations during any 18 month period, your license will be suspended.

And while it is not really a concern in most run-of-the-mill traffic offense, the more serious offenses could expose you toup to 15 days in jail! 

If you’re one of the many unlucky drivers who are ticketed in New York every day, your best bet is to contact an experienced traffic ticket defense attorney who understands the point system and all the intricacies that go along with it. Not only does an attorney know how to reduce or eliminate the points associated with your ticket, but in many cases they can even save you from ever having to set foot in a courtroom yourself!

 

Call Catalano & Carpenter at (845) 454-1919, or visit our traffic ticket page at www.CatalanoCarpenter.com/traffic-tickets.html to schedule a free traffic ticket consultation.