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Traffic law

Thankfully, most people’s only “brush with the law” in life is getting a traffic ticket. While that’s of some solace, the truth is, answering a traffic ticket can be quite troublesome for many people. Either they know they were wrong and they were caught, or they believe they are not guilty and want to prove their case to the Court. Either way, there’s always a lot of anxiety attached to going to Court.

Our Team Members in this field are exceptionally experienced and have a certain way of addressing traffic tickets that has many times resulted in complete dismissals of serious traffic matters that would have otherwise been quite costly in many ways.

Our traffic law attorneys will review your individual tickets and find the best possible way of handling them so that you will pay the lowest fines available and accept the lowest Department of Motor Vehicles points for convictions.

These are all experienced trial attorneys who handle these cases, so if your case must go to trial, it will be well taken care of and a beneficial outcome is assured. So, contact us by completing the Contact form or email us at intake@thelawteam.com to arrange for a screening consultation and a referral to the right traffic law attorney for you


NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF MOTOR VEHICLES
ADDS HUGE NEW “SUPER-SURCHARGE”

The New York State Legislature has just added a Draconian “super-surcharge” to all those drivers who have received six or more points on their licenses over an 18 month period. The “super-surcharge” is in addition to the fines and normal surcharges already charged by DMV and lasts for three years.

So, if you get six points on your license during an 18 month period you can expect to be charged an additional $100.00 per year for the next three years. Also, for each additional point over six points, an additional $25.00 is charged on top of the $100.00 per year. Also, for three years. That means that if you have 10 points on your license within an 18 month period of time, you will be paying $200.00 per year for three years for a total of $600.00.

You should also remember that New York has recently increased regular surcharges by almost 50%. That means that they increased first offense violations of traffic laws for minor speeding (under 10 MPH over the limit) to $150.00. The same goes for improper passing or even a red light. Commit two of them within 18 months, and you’re stuck with the “super-surcharge”.

In addition, the legislature has added a $250.00 "super surcharge" for three years on every driving while intoxicated (DWI) or related case.

Of course, you still have to pay surcharges and crime victims fees on these violations as well, before the state hits you with the “super-surcharge.”

On top of that, if you get a moving violation, the insurance companies are now charging an insurance surcharge and withdrawing any discount that you may have previously enjoyed for being a “safe driver”. That means that not only will you lose the 10% safe driver discount, you will also be charged an additional surcharge of approximately 10% on your insurance costs. That’s a total of 20% increase in your insurance rates on top of all the DMV charges and fees.

So beware of simply sending in your traffic tickets with a plea of guilty, it will cost you a huge amount of money in the future. We can actually help you in some of the jurisdictions and the outlying courts to avoid these exorbitant fines, surcharges and super-surcharges. But you must act immediately upon being issued a summons. You’re best advised to not send in the ticket with a not guilty plea until after you have spoken with us about your matter. So, contact us by completing the Contact form or email us at intake@thelawteam.com to schedule a free initial consultation and we’ll provide you with the necessary documents to start the process immediately to save yourself from a conviction that will cost you for years to come.

     
   

If you've received a ticket on or after Nov. 18, 2004, you are subject to the new Driver Responsibility Assessment. Bills are not scheduled to be mailed to drivers until this coming February. Following are the number of points given for specific violations:

Speeding
(mph over speed limit):

1 - 10 mph ................................3
11 - 20 mph ..............................4
21 - 30 mph ..............................6
31 - 40 mph ..............................8
Over 40 mph ...........................11

Reckless driving .......................5
Failed to stop for
a school bus .............................5
Following too closely ................4
Passing improperly, changing
lanes unsafely, driving to the
left of center, driving in the
wrong direction ........................3
Failed to obey a traffic signal,
stop sign or yield sign ..............3
Railroad crossing violation .......3
Failed to yield right of way .......3
Passenger safety violation,
including seat belts, child safety
seats or passenger under the
age of 16 ..................................3
left the scene of an accident
that includes property damage
or the injury of a domestic
animal .......................................3
Other moving violations ............2

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles maintains a website for more information on Traffic Tickets, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), and the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

 
 

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