This article is intended for individuals who live in another state besides New York and have received a speeding or traffic ticket in New York State.
New York license holders who receive an out-of-state traffic ticket click here.
Out-of-State Drivers Who Receive New York Speeding Tickets
Getting a New York speeding ticket can be quite a hassle, especially when you are an out-of-state driver. Unfortunately, most out-of-state drivers never contest their NY speeding tickets. They think that it is too much of a hassle to drive back for court. They usually justify their inaction by thinking that points and auto insurance increases likely will not result. However, in many cases this is simply untrue.
Points Can End Up on Your Driving Record
Despite what most people think, many states will assess points against your driving record for an out-of-state traffic violation.
For example, drivers from Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (just to name a few) will receive the full amount of points for out-of-state traffic violations as if they were committed right at home.
Similarly, New Jersey drivers will receive 2 points for every out-of-state traffic violation they receive (that is, two points per ticket). Likewise, California drivers will have 1 point assessed for minor violations and 2 points for major violations.
Additionally, many states will suspend your license if you are convicted of an out-of-state traffic offense that would have resulted in a suspension were it committed at home.
Why it Pays to Fight an Out-of-State Speeding Ticket
In most cases, if you hire an attorney to fight your out-of-state speeding ticket, you will not need to appear in court. In other words, if you receive a New York speeding ticket and are licensed to drive in another state, you will not have to drive back to New York if you hire an attorney to fight your ticket. Additionally, simply pleading guilty could be extremely dangerous. Most out-of-state drivers think they are only paying a fine, but they fail to realize that their insurance rates could go up dramatically.
Most states have entered into the Driver’s License Compact, so driving data is freely transferred from state to state. This means the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) will likely know about your out-of-state speeding ticket and your car insurance carrier will have access to this information too.
Furthermore, accruing 11 points or more in the State of New York—even as an out-of-state driver—will cause you to lose your ability to drive in New York (i.e. your right to drive in New York will be suspended). Remember, this accumulation of 11 points is based on the New York violations you commit under New York’s point system (not your state’s point system).
Imagine: While on a family vacation a police officer catches you flying down the Thruway at 41 miles over the posted speed limit (an 11 point offense). Getting convicted of this one offense will prevent you from driving in New York for quite a while.
Moreover, if you are convicted or plead guilty to a driving offense that would be 6 points in New York (e.g. driving 21-30 mph over the limit), you will be forced to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) to the State of New York. The DRA is $100 per year for 3 years and an additional $25 per year will be charged for each additional point over 6 you receive. This means 1 extra point will cost you $75 more (since the assessment lasts for 3 years).
At the end of the day, it pays to fight an out-of-state speeding ticket. After all, these hidden costs—which you may not even find out about until it is too late—far exceed the cost of hiring an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney to handle your case.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a New York speeding ticket and you are an out-of-state driver, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm. Their attorneys have many years of experience fighting traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and getting the results you are looking for. Call today: 888-815-3649.