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How Traffic Law is Affectd by COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound effect on the operation of the New York court system. While the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) has not itself been amended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain Court and DMV procedures have been altered. For example, DMV expiration dates have been tolled Read on…

What Is The Difference Between a Cell Phone Ticket and an Electronic Device Ticket?

There is a difference between receiving a Uniform Traffic Ticket in New York for a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 1225(c) (operating motor vehicle while using a mobile phone as opposed to VTL 1225(d) (use of portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle). What both violations share in common is the Read on…

Will Hiring An Attorney Save Me Money on a Traffic Ticket?

The short answer to this question is YES. However, the real concern (although money is always a concern) should be reduction of traffic points, or in some instances, reduction of a traffic misdemeanor (a criminal) charge to a lower, much less serious traffic violation. There are certain court costs that can not be waived. For Read on…

What Penalties Come With A First Time DWI Offense In New York?

The penalties for a first time DWI Offense in New York vary depending upon the particular facts of the case. What this means is that your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), your age, and whether you refused a chemical test can ultimately determine the outcome of the case as to penalties. Obviously, a motor vehicle accident Read on…

Can A DWI Be Reduced In New York? How To Get DWI Reduced In NY?

The simple answer to this question is yes, but there are a lot of factors that go into the question of whether a DWI can be reduced to the gold standard of VTL 1192.1 (Driving While Ability Impaired), which is a traffic violation and not a crime. Clearly a first-time offender stands a much better Read on…

Should I Plead Guilty or No Contest With My Traffic Ticket?

The first rule of thumb is before entering a plea to any traffic ticket, you should speak to an experienced traffic attorney. As a general rule, you should not immediately plead guilty to a traffic ticket. New York does not have “no contest” plea on the simplified traffic information (Uniform Traffic Ticket), although there can Read on…

What To Do If You Get A Work Zone Speeding Ticket?

When one receives a speeding violation in either New York, the consequences of the charge and possible conviction can have serious ramifications upon the motorist’s driving record, insurance premiums, and livelihood. If the motorist receives three (3) speeding convictions within an 18 month period, this scenario will subject the motorist to a six-month license revocation Read on…

Can A Traffic Ticket Be Dismissed In New York If They Put A Middle Initial On A Ticket And You Don’t Have One?

Generally speaking, certain ministerial errors on the face of an accusatory instrument (i.e. traffic ticket) can be cured upon refiling within the time frame permitted by statute. If the ticket is issued to a person who otherwise meets the description (i.e. height, weight, eye color, license ID number) of the motorist, but an erroneous middle Read on…

When Is It Worth It To Contest Or Fight A Ticket?

As it goes with most questions in life, there isn’t always a simple answer. This question is no different. Generally speaking, it is worth it to contest or fight a traffic ticket. In a vast majority of cases, you are better served by having your case handled by an experienced traffic violations attorney. Depending upon Read on…

What Are The Main Reasons for License Suspension?

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) establishes a variety of rules and regulations upon which your New York driver’s license (or driving privilege if you are out-of-state) can be suspended. There are two general categories of license suspensions. The first category is referred to as definite suspensions, which will last for a Read on…