New York City is a challenging place to drive a vehicle, even if you are a resident and know the city streets well. It can seem hard to avoid getting a traffic ticket sometimes, but the consequences of being charged make it worthwhile hiring a traffic lawyer. There are at least three good reasons why a traffic violation lawyer can help you fight a charge.

Traffic Violations will Cost You a Fine

Every traffic violation will cost you money. The most obvious cost is the fine. The amount of money you have to pay will depend on the violation and how many times you have been charged for this violation before. For instance, the fine for being caught going over the speed limit by 9 mph is less than it is for 19 mph over. If you have had a speeding ticket before, then the fine goes up.

Points will be Added to Your License

As you are probably well aware, New York State’s Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) operates a points system which acts as a penalty and can be used to suspend your license. You get a number of points for each different violation and they are accumulative. The minimum number of points is 3 and the maximum for any one violation is 11.

What is more important than any one individual addition of points is how many total points you will have accumulated in the last 18 month period. If you have a clean slate, then you can accumulate 10 points before you approach the danger zone. Getting 11 points in the last 18 months means your license will be suspended. You can get 11 points in 1 hit by doing 30 mph over the speed limit.

The number of points, like the fine, depends on what sort of violation you have been alleged to have committed. Points for speeding go up with the number of mph over the speed limit.

One other thing to remember about points is that they are never wiped off your record completely. They stay on your record and information about them can be passed form New York State to other states although your points don’t automatically transfer over if you have an out of state license. You can get them expunged, but it’s not easy to do this  by yourself.

Insurance Costs Go Up After a Traffic Violation

Your insurance premium is likely to go up if you get a traffic violation. How much it goes up depends on the violation. You can check with your insurance company before you send your plea in to the MVD. You might not have any more to pay if you only have a speeding ticket for less than 10 mph over, for instance.

Just these three things alone may make hiring an experienced New York traffic violation lawyer worthwhile. You just have to do the sums. If you are in danger of losing your driver license and depend on it for getting to work or because it is part of your work requirement, then this makes the need to fight your charge even more important.

Remember, if you send a check back in the mail, then you are admitting guilt. If you send a not guilty plea in, the prosecution has to prove you are guilty. Your traffic lawyer can probably either get your penalties reduced through a plea bargain or get them dismissed altogether. A good New York traffic violation lawyer knows the system well and can use your individual circumstances to your best advantage.




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    The objectives of Delco’s Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program are manifold: (1) to identify driver’s problems; (2) to change the problematic driver’s behavior by giving information and opportunities for training; (3) if needed be, to impose continuous sanctions after more accumulation of convictions/points on driving record of the individual. Governed by Division Policy Regulation #45, the goal of the program is to prevent crash . There are steps in the program geared to the gravity of the driving record that maybe the cause of an advisory letter, a mandated suspension, and/or taking a driving course on modification of attitude and behavior. Added is a reinstatement fee of $25.00 to be paid at the Division of Motor Vehicles for reinstatement of license. The point system of Delco: speeding violation of 1-9 MPH over posted limit  = 2 points; speeding violation of 10-14 MPH = 4 points; speeding violation of 15 – 19 MPH = 5 points ; speeding 20 MPH = 5 points + other actions including suspension. Point system for: passing a school bus that stopped = 6 points; reckless driving = 6 points; aggressive driving = 6 points; disregarding red light or stop sign = 3 points and other moving violations = 2 points. For the first 12 months from the date of violation, calculated points are credited at full point value. After the initial expiration of initial 12 months, the calculated points will get a half-point value for the next 12 months. All rates are determined by the based upon entire calculated […]

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    Secane Pa. – A 2nd charge of DUI homicide is filed versus a woman from Delaware County who repeated acts of creating havoc while driving her vehicle. Authorities reported that this week, Nichole Labelle, age 24 and resident of Secane is facing her second DUI crash in less than two years. Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood of the Upper Darby reported that the woman was unsteady; her clothes were in disarray and wearing only one shoe when they apprehended her. Labelle in her latest crash hit a car and she told Chitwood that she was driving her vehicle when she hit another vehicle. The officer said just last year, Labelle was DUI when she slammed her car and killed her passenger identified as George Kaminski, age 21. During her last crash, Labelle was out on bail. It is in the news that a awaiting trial on charges of killing a young man while driving impaired in Philadelphia two years ago was again arrested in Upper Darby last Tuesday night for crashing her car while high on heroin and prescription pills. Labelle rammed her vehicle into a parked car that was unoccupied along Westbrook Dr. in the vicinity of Alverstone Rd. at about 8:45 o’clock Tuesday evening. When police reached the scene, they saw that had only one shoe on and was speaking in a slurred manner. She told Chitwood that she got distracted and crashed her car. When police questioned her further, she told officers she had shot up heroin and took doses of Adderall […]

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    Experts of traffic safety pronounced three classifications for distractions: it maybe manual, visual and cognitive. Manual distractions happen when you are moving your hands away from the wheel and the task of controlling the vehicle. For example: reaching for a falling personal object. Visual distractions take place when you turn your eyes away from the road. For example, when you are looking at a road map to ascertain where you are going. A cognitive distraction is the wandering away of your mind instead of paying attention to the road. For example, thinking of your date tonight. Some facts about distractive driving are quite alarming. Studies showed that drivers within the 20-24 year group caused crashes related to cell phone use; the 25-29 year olds follow and those 19 and under follow very closely. It appears that 55% are crashed committed by males while 45% are the females. Friday crashes due to distracted driving are higher compared with any other days. Delaware is among the states with the toughest imposition of laws on distracted driving for Delco wants to alleviate traffic safety. They are strongly enforcing cell phone bans as using a mobile while behind the wheel has been considered as top driving distraction. Just consider lots of car mishaps on roads across America due to use of mobiles while behind the wheel. Here is a list of prohibitions imposed by the state of Delaware to drivers especially more impositions to newbie and bus drivers. In the state of Delco, no […]

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    Delaware roads have claimed 139 lives and injured more than 9,657 over the past three years in crashes involving aggressive driving. In fact, about 42% of all fatal car accidents in Delaware for the year 2010 were caused by aggressive driving with more than 1/3 were due to the failure of driver to grant the right of way. It was in 1998 that Delaware passed an aggressive driving law that defines this type of driving as a combination of three or more specific illegal actions from one continuous incident. There are specific acts that can be considered under the charge of aggressive driving: (1) not following a traffic control device; (2) passing at the right; (3) not driving within the traffic lane; (4) tail driving; (5) failure to yield; (6) improper entrance to the roadway; (7) not using turn signals; (8) failure to stop or yield at a sign; (9) overtaking and passing a stopped school bus; and (10) speeding . Anyone given a citation for aggressive driving is subject to stiffer penalties. These is a fine from $100 to $300, an imprisonment for 10 to 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment even for a first offense. For another offense than occur within three years of the previous, the sanctions include a fine from $300-$1,000, imprisonment for 30 to 60 days, or both, plus 30-day suspension of driving privileges. There are no suspensions of sentences. Violators have more obligations to face; they must pass an approved course that addressed behavior modification or […]

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