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Do Traffic Tickets Impact My Insurance Rates?

Most convictions for moving violations under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) will have some impact on your auto insurance rates. Obviously, other factors are also taken into account to determine one’s insurance risk such as age and accident history. Traffic convictions, whether misdemeanor or simple infractions, can impact one’s auto insurance Read on…

Understanding The New York Traffic Point System

Most moving violations committed in New York State have a point value assigned to such violations. Usually, the increase in point value is directly related to the seriousness of the traffic infraction committed by the motorist. For your reference, the point system with the various violations and the points assigned to each can be found Read on…

Should I Fight My Traffic Ticket or Go To Traffic School?

The answer to this question is not an either-or scenario, but rather an and scenario. In most instances, a motorist should both fight their ticket and go to traffic school (which ostensibly means enrollment in a NYSDMV approved defensive driving course). Most traffic tickets that a motorist receives on Long Island fall within the jurisdiction Read on…

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…