New York Traffic Ticket Attorney
Were you cited for a traffic offense in New York City?
If you have recently been pulled over and issued a traffic ticket, you
may be facing heavy fines, license suspension and possibly even criminal
consequences. Before you pay your traffic ticket, discuss your case with a
New York City and Queens traffic ticket lawyer at
Musa-Obregon & Associates. Our firm has extensive experience defending clients accused of all types
of offenses, including traffic infractions, misdemeanors and felonies.
Common Types of Traffic Citations in NY
Listed below is some of the most common traffic violations that the attorneys
of Musa-Obregon & Associates are prepared to handle for clients:
Driving over the designated speed limit can warrant a traffic citation.
The higher your speed above the designated limit, the more severe your
citation will be and the more potential points could count against your license.
Failure to Yield
This violation describes moving violations where a driver failed to yield
the right of way or failed to yield to a traffic signal. For example,
this could include running a stop sign or failing to stop for a school bus.
This is a class of driving offenses that include extremely serious or
aggressive behaviors on the road, such as tailgating, extreme speeding,
cutting other drivers off, etc.
A person can be arrested for
DUI if they test at or above the legal limit of .08 percent BAC (or any measurable
alcohol if under 21 years old). Similarly, an individual can be arrested
for refusing a chemical test after being stopped for suspicion of DUI.
Texting and Cell Phone Use
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of avoidable injury and
death in New York, so the state imposes very strict penalties for cell
phone violations. This could include heavy fines and up to five points
against your license.
Impact of Traffic Tickets on Insurance in Manhattan
When it comes to the treatment of traffic violations, no two insurance
companies are the same. However, many providers may increase your rates
for traffic-related convictions. In New York, drivers do have the opportunity
to save up to ten percent on liability or collision premiums if they are
ticketed. This is due to the state's point and insurance reduction
program (PIRP). For more information, it is important to speak directly
to your insurance provider.
How Traffic Tickets Can Affect Your Driver's License
The state of New York DMV operates on a point system when it comes to driver's
licenses. Each traffic violation warrants a different number of points
against a person's license. Listed below are some common traffic violations
and how many points the DMV gives upon a conviction:
- Speeding: 3 points
- Speeding 11-20mph over limit: 4 points
- Speeding 21-30mph over limit: 6 points
- Speeding 31-40mph over limit: 8 points
- Speeding 40+mph over limit: 11 points
- Reckless Driving: 5 points
- Cell Phone Use and Texting: 5 points
- Failure to Yield: 3 points
It is important to remember that you are not obligated to pay your traffic
ticket. Paying your traffic ticket is essentially an admission of guilt.
You have the opportunity to contest your traffic ticket so that you are
not ultimately convicted. If you are not convicted, the points won't
go against your license. It is also important to note that the New York
DMV does not count points against your license for violations outside
the state (with the exception of violations in Ontario and Quebec).
Points against your driver's license accrue for 18 months. If the DMV
applies 11 or more points against your record within an 18-month period,
then they have the right to suspend your license. Contrary to DUI-specific
DMV hearings, individuals cannot request a DMV hearing to contest their
suspension for 11 points or more. The only exception would be DMV hearings
to prove that it was not you who committed the traffic offense.
Retaining a Queens Criminal Defense Lawyer for Your Case
If you or someone you care about has recently been issued a traffic citation,
or a traffic violation in addition to other criminal charges, a New York
City criminal defense attorney from
Musa-Obregon & Associates is here for you. Our firm represents individuals throughout New York City
to provide high-quality legal counsel and optimal case results. If you've
been issued a traffic citation,
contact our Queens and NYC firm today for an evaluation of your case!
We advocate on behalf of individuals throughout Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx,
Manhattan, Rockland County and Westchester County.