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Traffic Law FAQs

What is the effect of a traffic ticket on your car insurance rates?

The more serious the traffic violation, the higher the rates will be in the event of a conviction.

How do I plead Not Guilty to a Speeding Ticket in New York?

Depending on the Court/Traffic Agency, not guilty pleas may be entered in person, by mail, by fax, or via e-mail/on-line.

Do I need a lawyer to contest a ticket in New York?

It is not required, but it is recommended. However, a business (i.e. corporation, LLC) must be represented by an attorney.

If one of my traffic tickets is a misdemeanor, can I resolve the ticket by mail?

Misdemeanor traffic violations require your personal appearance in Court.

Can I resolve a traffic ticket infraction by telephone?

In most cases, the answer is No.

What if I ignore my traffic ticket or traffic violation?

Depending on the ticket, your license or driving privileges will be suspended and a warrant my issue for your arrest.

My ticket is in warrant status. What do I need to do?

You need to appear in Court to recall the warrant, appear, and have the warrant vacated. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting arrested and brought into Court. It is better to voluntarily appear to recall the warrant.

Can my driver’s license be suspended if I am licensed in another state?

You can only be licensed in one state, however, your driving privileges can certainly be suspended in another state for a variety of reasons (i.e., unanswered tickets, accumulation of enough points to merit suspension).

What do traffic attorneys do?

Represent motorists who are charged with VTL violations or misdemeanors. They also represent companies charged with violations of the VTL and Transportation Law (TL) (“trucking tickets”).

Is it illegal to pass on the shoulder in New York?

Yes, it is a three (3) point violation for improper passing on shoulder.