Note: 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 can click here for more information.
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 all the way back to court. They usually justify their inaction by thinking that points will not transfer back to their home state. However, in many cases this is simply untrue.
Points Can End Up on Your Out-of-State License
Despite what most people think, many states will assess points against your driving record for an out-of-state traffic violation.
In many states, a driver will receive the full amount of points for out-of-state traffic violation as if the violations was committed within his home state.
In other states, the rules differ. For example, New Jersey drivers receive 2 points for every out-of-state traffic violation (2 points per ticket). Likewise, California drivers generally get 1 point 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. Failure to pay a New York State fine or Driver Responsibility Assessment (see below) can also lead to license suspension in your home state.
Why it Pays to Fight a New York Speeding Ticket
In most cases, if you hire an attorney to fight your New York 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 home 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 and your home state may suspend you as well.
In addition, if you are convicted or plead guilty to a driving offense that would be 6 points in New York or greater (e.g. driving 21 mph+ over the limit), you will be required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) to the State of New York. The DRA is $100 per year for 3 years for the first 6 points plus $25 per year for three years for each additional point over 6 you receive.
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 for Help?
If you recently received a New York speeding ticket and you are an out-of-state driver, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. Mr. Rosenblum has years of experience fighting traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and getting the results you are looking for. Call him today at 888-815-3649.