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If you received a New York speeding ticket, you are now facing hundreds of dollars worth of fines and surcharges, not to mention potential DMV penalties. Below is a list of speeding offenses ordered by their respective Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Sections. You can identify the VTL section you’re facing by looking at your speeding ticket under the part that says “Section / Sub Section”. You can also take a look at your supporting deposition (if one was issued to you). If you are a Canadian resident who has received a speeding ticket in New York read our Speeding ticket FAQ for Quebec or Ontario drivers.  Even if you live in a different state, you are still subject to the same penalties (including fines and license suspension) as a NY driver.  In addition, if your state records violations from NY, you may end up with points on your home state driver’s license and/or increased auto insurance.

How Many Points is a New York Speeding Ticket?

In order to determine how many points are associated with your ticket, note how many miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit the officer said you were going. Then, use this table to determine the number of points you are facing. 

New York Speeding Ticket Points

  • Speeding 1-10 mph over the limit = 3 points
  • Speeding 11-20 mph over the limit = 4 points
  • Speeding 21-30 mph over the limit = 6 points
  • Speeding 31-40 mph over the limit = 8 points
  • Speeding 41 mph+ over the limit = 11 points

At 11 points the NY DMV will suspend your NY license or NY driving privileges (if you live out of state). Any points accumulated within a given 18 month period count towards suspension. If you have a CDL license or a Junior License, the penalties can be even more severe.

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How Much Will My New York Speeding Ticket Cost?

In addition to the DRA (where applicable), every speeding ticket carries a potential court fine and mandatory New York State surcharge. Use the table below to determine the fine associated with your ticket. Note that these fines are for first offenses. Each ticket carries a mandatory NYS Surcharge of $88 for a city court and $93 for a town or village court. If this is your second offense or greater, the range of potential fines is higher. The following are the fines for speeding tickets received anywhere in New York State except for New York City and Rochester (see below).

New York Speeding Ticket Fines

1180(a) Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent = $45-$150

1180(d), 1180(b) Speeding:

  • 1-10 miles an hour over the speed limit = $45-$150
  • 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit = $90-$300
  • 31+ miles per hour over the speed limit = $180-$600

1180(c) Speeding in a School Zone (7am-6pm on a school day):

  • 1-10 miles an hour over the speed limit = $90-$300
  • 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit = $180-$600
  • 31+ miles per hour over the speed limit = $360-$1200

1180(e) Failure to Reduce Speed (special hazards) = $45-$150

1180(f) Speeding in a Work Zone:

  • 1-10 miles an hour over the speed limit = $90-$150
  • 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit = $180-$300
  • 31+ miles per hour over the speed limit = $360-$600

Note that in the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) the points are the same but the fine schedule is different. In addition, negotiating a settlement or reduction (known as a “plea bargain”) is not permitted (see below). The TVB handles traffic tickets in the following areas:

  • NEW YORK CITY – All 5 Boroughs (click here for locations)
  • CITY OF ROCHESTER (click here for location)
*If you receive 6 or more points you may be subject to an additional fine known as the Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA). The DRA is a separate fine charged to you when you reach 6 points against your license in New York. At 6 points you will be fined $300 + $75 for each point over 6 points.

How Much Will My Auto Insurance Increase for a New York Speeding Ticket?

Simply put, auto insurance is all about risk. You pay an auto insurance premium so that if you get into an auto accident they will pay for the damage. An insurance adjuster’s job is to determine what your premium should be based on how likely they believe you are to get into an accident. The more New York traffic violations you have, the greater the risk and the higher the premium. If you rack up enough traffic tickets, your insurance company could even cancel your policy. Studies by sites such as InsuranceQuotes.com have concluded that your premium can go up as much as 22% for a single speeding ticket.

Should I Fight My Speeding Ticket or Plead Guilty and Pay the Fine?

In most cases, it is NOT a good idea to plead guilty to the charge. Police officers and prosecutors want you to plead guilty to speeding charges because it makes their job very easy. Pleading guilty means you give up your rights to a trial and you automatically have to pay fines, take points on your license and pay higher insurance rates. Instead you canplead not guiltyand fight your ticket (see below)!

download_nowPleading guilty means you throw in the towel and give up your right to fight and potentially avoid the damaging consequences of a speeding ticket when in reality you are innocent until proven guilty. In many cases, an attorney can get you a dismissal (all charges are dropped and without fines or penalties) or a reduction in fines and points. Here are some reasons why you should fight your speeding ticket:

  • Excessive Fines & Surcharges
  • Points on your license
  • Higher Insurance Premiums
  • Possible License Suspension & Revocation
  • Possible State Fines – New York Driver Responsibility Assessment
  • Loss of your job (if a valid driver’s license or CDL is required)

How to Fight a New York Speeding Ticket

How a New York speeding ticket is typically handled depends on the jurisdiction (where you received it). Since the process of fighting a speeding ticket can be more complex than meets the eye, we strongly recommend that you hire an experienced New York traffic ticket lawyer to handle your case (not to mention being able to skip the trip to court in most cases). More on this below.

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Speeding Tickets in any Location Except NYC and Rochester
If you received a speeding ticket in any location other than NYC and Rochester, your ticket will be handled by a city, town or village court. The name and address of that court is listed at the bottom of the ticket. If you want to fight your ticket, you have to enter a plea of “Not Guilty” by filling out that portion of the ticket and mailing it in to the court. The court will mail you a pre-trial conference notice on which to appear and discuss your case with the prosecutor to see if you can agree on a settlement. Note, a prosecutor is not required to offer you a deal. You also have the right to reject any settlement you are offered and have a trial. The trial will most likely be held on a second court date (this means you will have to appear in court more than once). At the trial the police officer will present testimony to support his case. You have the right to question or “cross examine” the officer. The judge will make a ruling of innocence or guilt. If you are found “not guilty” you will not be required to pay any fines and you won’t get points. If you are found guilty you will get the full amount of points and be required to pay a fine.

Speeding Tickets in any Location Except NYC and Rochester
In New York City and Rochester, the tribunal handling your ticket is called the Traffic Violations Bureau or “TVB.” As mentioned above, in the TVB there are no settlements or plea bargains so if you want to fight your ticket, the only way to do so is to have a trial. Trials are tricky business and best handled by an experienced attorney who knows how to ask the right questions and make the best legal arguments in your favor.

The Benefits of Hiring An Attorney

There are many advantages of hiring an attorney. Our mission at The Rosenblum Law Firm is to get your ticket dismissed or minimize the damage that a speeding ticket in New York can cause you. We work toward that goal in every case we handle. Hiring an attorney to handle your case significantly increases your chances of getting a better outcome in your matter. We can offer you:

  • A specific strategy for your case and tailor it to the court where your speeding ticket is being handled.
  • A low flat rate to take care of your case; you will not pay more than the price you are quoted.
  • We offer representation by a licensed professional to give you advice, defend you, negotiate on your behalf (if applicable) and/or take your case to trial.
  • In most cases, you do not have to spend your day in court. You don’t have to waste time and money driving to court and waiting around for hours for your case to be heard.

Hiring us is fast and simple. Call us at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation. We’ll process your payment, you upload your ticket(s) and sign our Waiver of Representation Form online, and we’ll do the rest. This short video explains how our system works:

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  1. Received Speeding Ticket in 2003 in Town Of Poughkeepsie NY 12603. Exited Higher limit road onto side road which had limit reduced recently, cop was waiting by the 30 mph sign. Forgot about it until I found I can’t renew my Florida License until this is cleared up. I have been asked to sign a form with a plea, but have no idea of the fine I will have to pay if I plead guilty, or how it will impact my perfect driving record since I moved to Florida.

  2. I was exiting cold spring New York … It was about a month ago middle of summer school not in session nor were the lights flashing . I had just come off a light and a cop got me for 40/30 in a school zone … I find it hard to believe I broke 40 just 50 yards off of the light .. but I’ve never been to court before and I’m wondering what this is looking like .

    • You are facing a 3 point ticket with a fine of $393. School zone violations are particularly important to fight due to their increased fine and likely increased insurance implications.

  3. I was stopped by police and charged for driving at 85 with 65 allowed in NY state. I am a tourist visiting USA and leaving next week. I gave my foreign (Armenian) license and passport. Should i plead guilty and pay the fine or not guilty (but cant attend court as will be outside of USA already). Do they treat tourists softer/less fines or opposite?

    • Courts treat all individuals the same. Your country of origin is irrelevant in the eyes of the court. I do suggest resolving this ticket before leaving the states.

  4. Hello,
    My name is Zongyu Wang.

    I live in Pittsburgh, PA. Tonight when I drove to Buffalo, I got a speed ticket at I-90 E/B MPM 495, RIPLEY town of 0770, county Chautauqua.

    The speed limit is 65, I drove at 99 miles per hour as the officer told me.

    It is my first ticket.

    I am 27 years old. Should I hire an attorney to against the ticket.

    To be honest, I know I am guilty, and I would like to pay the ticket fines, but I don’t wanna get points to my license and increase my insurance.

    Please give me advices,

    Thanks

    • While you are correct in that points will not transfer to PA, the violation itself will – likely causing an increase in your insurance rates. An officer is capable of issuing speeding tickets to multiple cars at the same time. Radar is not the only way that an officer can gauge speed.

  5. Hi,
    I pled not guilty to a ticket of going forty in a thirty five. I wanted to change my plea because I felt this wasn’t going to be high priced/points anyway. However, the prosecutor said no, that he will change the charge to leaving a vehicle unattended. I took the charge and when the judge asked if I was guilty of the lesser charge, I said guilty. Should I have pled not guilty? I was still charged 250 dollars anyway.

    • Christine – please clarify what violation code you plead guilty to. The issue will be whether the violation you have plead guilty to carries with it any points.

  6. My friend recently was ticketed for speeding through work zone …69 in 55 zone. No points on license before this. How much would a ” normal” fine for this be. Last ticket 2011. No speeding offenses.

  7. I got a speeding ticket while driving from Virginia to Buffalo New York. I was driving on interstate highway I86. Ticket is for driving 84 miles in 65 miles zone. I would like to know if I decide to fight the fine, how much you will charge and what would be probability of success.

    Please find below details on the Ticket
    Section Subsection :- 1180D, Tr Inf (Traffic Infraction)
    Description of Violation:- Speed in Zone,
    City:- Campbell,
    County:- Steuben
    Campbell Town Court,
    8529 Main St. Campbell, NY 14821

    Recorded Statements
    Do you know why I stopped you?
    Response:- Yes for Speeding
    Do you know how fast you were going?
    Response:- About 85
    Do you know what the speed limit is?
    Response:- 65

    • Shripad – you are facing a 4 point ticket that carries a fine of $393. Additionally, this violation will likely increase you insurance rates. I therefore suggest you contest this matter.

  8. My friend got a speeding ticket 97 in a 55 im only 18 my first ticket the officer told me to bring my father i guess cause the car is insured under my parents name. Do i have to bring them

    • Please contact me at 888-883-5529 to clarify your question. Did you receive the ticket, or did a friend of yours. Irrespective of whom received the ticket, this violation is an 11 point ticket, that carries substantial implications – including fines, insurance increases, and license suspension.

  9. Got pulled over on I87 for 84 in a 65 but there are some circumstances that suggest the trooper’s claim is dubious. Based on his actions and statements I’m confident he wasn’t sure who he clocked and decided to go after the guy with out of state tags. I have no prior offenses. Haven’t been pulled over in more than 15 years. I have out of state tags, but I do live in NYC. Would like to discuss options.

  10. So i have court today at 630pm i pleaed not guilty in hopes to get it reduced the ticket claims i was going 82 in 65 but when the state trooper pulled me over he showed me the radar and it showed 81 was driving in Grand Island, Ny just wanted to see what fines i would be facing so i know how much to bring. it is also my only speeding tickt on record. other was over 7 years ago in Elmia Ny and was reduced after the schooling and a fine of $180.

  11. Hi there:

    I got a speeding ticket while driving from Ontario Canada to New York.

    The ticket is for driving at 95 miles in 65 miles zone.

    I would like to know if I decide to fight the fine, how much you will charge and what would be probability of success.

    Thanks.

    • Parvez – we need additional information, namely which court has jurisdiction over your case, before providing you with our fees for handling your case.

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