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Common FAQs

Why should I fight my traffic ticket?

Fighting a traffic ticket can help you avoid accumulating points on your license, which can lead to higher insurance premiums and, in serious cases, license suspension. Furthermore, contesting a ticket can sometimes result in the ticket being reduced or dismissed, saving you money and preventing negative impacts on your driving record.

Should I fight my traffic ticket case if I really am guilty?

Even if you believe you are guilty, it may still be beneficial to fight your ticket. Sometimes, there can be procedural errors or other technicalities that can result in your ticket being dismissed. A lawyer can help identify these potential angles for you.

How can a New York traffic lawyer help fight a traffic ticket?

A New York traffic lawyer can help you fight a traffic ticket by analyzing the details of your case, identifying any potential defenses or procedural errors, negotiating with prosecutors to potentially reduce the charges, and representing you in court if necessary.

Why should I hire your traffic ticket law firm?

Hiring our law firm ensures that you have experienced and knowledgeable professionals on your side who are familiar with New York traffic laws and court procedures. We can potentially save you time, money, and stress by working to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Do I have to appear in court if I hire your firm?

In most cases, hiring our firm means that you will not need to appear in court for traffic violations. We can represent you, handling all the necessary court appearances and negotiations on your behalf.

How do you communicate with your clients?

We prioritize clear and open communication with our clients. We are available via phone, email, and in-person consultations to keep you informed about the progress of your case and to answer any questions you may have.

Why shouldn’t I just plead guilty?

Pleading guilty can result in points on your license, increased insurance premiums, fines, and other penalties. By fighting the ticket, you have a chance to avoid or reduce these negative consequences.

What if I do not answer my ticket?

Failing to answer a ticket can lead to a default judgment against you, which can result in additional fines and penalties, including the potential suspension of your license. It is important to respond to your ticket in a timely manner.

Will a trial be required?

While many traffic ticket cases are resolved through negotiation or dismissal, some may require a trial. If a trial is necessary, we will advocate zealously on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.

How long do the points last on my record?

In New York, points generally remain on your driving record for 18 months from the date of the violation. However, the conviction can remain on your driving record for much longer.

How do I know if I have too many points?

You can check your driving record through the New York DMV website to see how many points you have accumulated. Accumulating 11 points or more within an 18-month period can result in license suspension.

What is a bond and how does it work?

A bond is a financial guarantee that you will appear in court for your traffic ticket case. In some cases, the court may require you to post a bond to secure your appearance. If you fail to appear, the bond may be forfeited.

What if my license is on probation?

If your license is on probation, accruing additional points or convictions can result in further penalties, including potential license revocation. It is important to consult with a lawyer to understand your options and potential strategies to avoid additional penalties.

How can I reduce points?

You can reduce points on your New York driving record by successfully completing a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles approved Point & Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). This can also help in lowering your insurance premiums.

Do points or convictions transfer from other states or provinces?

Yes, points or convictions from other states or provinces can potentially affect your New York driving record. New York is a member of the Driver License Compact, an agreement between states to share information about traffic violations and license suspensions.

Will a New York conviction transfer to my out-of-state license?

Depending on your home state’s policies, a New York conviction can potentially transfer and affect your out-of-state license. It is advisable to consult with a traffic lawyer to understand the potential implications.

Can we help professional drivers?

Yes, we can assist professional drivers in fighting traffic tickets. Professional drivers often face stricter penalties for traffic violations, and it’s especially important to maintain a clean driving record.

What is the Driver Responsibility Assessment Program (DRAP)?

The DRAP is a program in New York that requires drivers who accumulate six or more points within 18 months to pay an assessment fee. This fee is separate from any fines or penalties associated with the traffic violation itself.

What is the DRAP penalty?

The DRAP penalty is a monetary fine imposed on drivers who accumulate six or more points on their driving record within an 18-month period. The amount of the penalty depends on the number of points accumulated.

Do I have to pay the DRAP if I am an out-of-state license holder?

Yes, even out-of-state license holders are required to pay the DRAP if they accumulate six or more points from traffic violations that occurred in New York within an 18-month period. Failure to pay the DRAP can result in the suspension of your driving privileges in New York.