What To Do If You've Received A Speeding Or Traffic Ticket On Long Island
Most people consider traffic tickets to be a nuisance, but they can be more than just a mere inconvenience. They can carry expensive fines, and you have to miss work to spend the day in court fighting them. You can get points on your license for moving violations, which can affect your insurance premiums. And if you forget to show up and take care of them, your license can be suspended.
There are options available for you. You need to speak with an attorney who deals with these types of tickets can try to resolve them with either an outright dismissal, a plea to a non-moving violation (no points!) or as a last resort going to trial to see if the judge will dismiss your ticket. A good lawyer will discuss all possible options with you. The most important option is that once you hire an attorney to represent you, there is no longer any need for you to appear in court yourself. You can go to work or take care of whatever business you have, and your lawyer will appear in court on your behalf. No more missing work to fight a ticket.
If you’ve been given one or more traffic tickets, make sure you immediately contact an experienced defense attorney to discuss your options. Glenn Kurtzrock will appear in court for you and help you resolve your traffic matters. He believes there is no such thing as a small case, and he will take your case seriously.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
What is the Driver Violation Point System and how does it work?
The Driver Violation Point System gives the New York State DMV a way to identify and take action against high risk drivers. The DMV assigns points for certain traffic violations. If you get 11 points in an 18-month period, your driver license may be suspended.
How your point total is calculated
- you must be convicted of the traffic violation before points are added to your driving record
- your point total is calculated based on the date of the violation, not the date of the conviction
- the points for violations that all occurred within the last 18 months are added to calculate your point total. Once 18 months have passed from the violation date, the points for that violation no longer count toward your total. However, the points remain on your driving record as long as the conviction remains on your record and may be used by your insurance company to increase premiums.
Number of points assigned for common traffic violations
VIOLATION POINTS Speeding (MPH over posted limit) 1 to 10 3 11 to 20 4 21 to 30 6 31 to 40 8 Over 40 11 Reckless driving 5 Failed to stop for school bus 5 Followed too closely (tailgating) 4 Inadequate brakes (private car) 4 Inadequate Brakes (employer's vehicle) 2 Failed to yield right-of-way 3 Disobeying traffic control signal, STOP sign or YIELD sign 3 Railroad crossing violation 5 Improper passing, changing lane unsafely 3 Driving left of center, in wrong direction 3 Leaving scene of property damage incident 3 Child safety restraint violation 3 Improper cell phone use 5 Use of portable electronic device ("texting") 5 Any other moving violation 2
Points are not assigned for the following violations
- any bicycle violation
- any pedestrian violation
- any parking violation
- any violation related to unregistered, unlicensed or uninsured operation
- any violation related to motor vehicle inspection, vehicle weights or dimensions or vehicle equipment other than inadequate service brakes
- any violation related to a business or the sale of goods established in the Vehicle and Traffic Law or any local law
- a violation related to the improper use of High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes in Suffolk County, between exits 49 and 57 of the Long Island Expressway
- any other violation not resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
Driver Responsibility Assessment
If you receive 6 or more points on your New York State driving record in 18 months, you must pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee.
If you are convicted of a traffic violation in another state or country, points are not added to your New York State driving record, unless the violation occurred in Ontario or Quebec.
New York State has a reciprocal agreement with Quebec and Ontario. Traffic violation convictions that occur in these provinces are recorded on your New York State driver record, and the convictions have the same effect and carry the same points as convictions that occur in New York State. This can affect your driver violation point total and Driver Responsibility Assessment.
Insurance companies have their own point systems and can increase your premiums based on your driving record. Contact your insurance company for more information.
Point and Insurance Reduction Program
Taking a DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course will
- help to prevent you from losing your license in the event you accrued 11 or more points on your driving record
- 4 points are 'subtracted' for the purposes of calculating a suspension if you have 11 or more points
- the tickets/points do not physically come off your driving record
- save 10 percent on your automobile liability and collision insurance premiums
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