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Westchester Traffic Ticket Lawyer

About New York's Driver's License Point System

Under New York state law, numerical points are assigned to each type of traffic violation. Every time a driver is cited for a traffic infraction, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) assigns the appropriate number of points to the individual's driving record. A driver is only allowed to accumulate 11 points within an 18-month period before the DMV will move to suspend the driver's license. The point values for each traffic violation are as follows:

  • Speeding up to 10 mph: 3 points
  • Speeding up to 20 mph: 4 points
  • Speeding up to 30 mph: 6 points
  • Speeding up to 40 mph: 8 points
  • Speeding more than 40 mph: 11 points
  • Passing improperly or unsafe lane change: 3 points
  • Red light or stop sign violation: 3 points
  • Failure to yield right-of-way: 3 points
  • Seat belt violation: 3 points
  • Following too closely: 4 points
  • Reckless driving: 5 points

The DMV may also move to suspend a driver's license based on circumstances other than excessive points, such as for accumulating three speeding violations within 18 months.

Not only will a traffic ticket conviction cost you the price of the fine on the citation, it will also most likely result in steep increases in the rates you pay for insurance. The DMV will report the conviction to your insurance company, and they will in all probability raise your premiums based on the fact that you now appear to be more at risk of causing or being involved in a collision. Paying your traffic ticket instead of fighting it could end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Let a Former Prosecutor Fight for You

Most people simply go ahead and pay their traffic tickets, but this is very often a serious mistake. You have a right to contest any traffic ticket in court, and by doing so, you just might win. It is in your best interests to hire a Westchester criminal defense lawyer who can represent you in court and fight to have the ticket dismissed or to have you exonerated. The founding lawyer at The Law Offices of Robert Schuster has handled thousands of traffic misdemeanors and violations since 1995, including aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, and operating with a suspended registration, offenses which may even include a sentence of imprisonment for a conviction. Contact the firm now for a complimentary telephone consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about how Robert Schuster can help.