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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 Law PC. 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 Law PC are prepared to handle for clients:

  • Speeding - 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.
  • Reckless Driving - 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.
  • Drunk Driving - 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 Law PC 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.

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