New York Speeding Ticket Information

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The cost of NY speeding ticket infographicIf you received a New York speeding ticket, you are now facing points, fines and surcharges, potential DMV penalties, and also increased auto insurance.

How Much Does A NY Speeding Ticket Cost?

In New York, the maximum fines for speeding tickets are as follows:
  • $150 for driving at a speed of up to 10 mph over the maximum speed limit.
  • $300 for driving 11 – 30 mph over the maximum speed limit.
  • $600 for driving more than 31 mph over the speed limit.

Every New York speeding ticket carries a court fine, mandatory New York State surcharge and points on your driving record. If you are a repeat offender, the range of fines is significantly higher. The fines listed are for speeding tickets received anywhere in New York State except for the five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island).

How Many Points Is A Speeding Ticket?

  • 1 to 10 mph over the limit, 3 points
  • 11 to 20 mph over the limit, 4 points
  • 21 to 30 mph over the limit, 6 points
  • 31 to 40 mph over the limit, 8 points
  • 41 mph and up over the limit, 11 points

Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee (DRA): If you receive 6 or more points as a result of violations that occurred within an 18 month period you will be subject to an additional fine known as the Driver Responsibility Assessment fee (DRA). When you reach 6 points you will be penalized $300. An additional $75 will be imposed for each point after the 6-point mark. This penalty is paid to DMV and is separate and in addition to the court fines associated with your ticket.

At 11 points the NY DMV will suspend your NY license or NY driving privileges (if you live out of state). Any points accumulated for violations that occur 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.

Speeding Tickets in NYC

drivers in New York CityThe Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) handles traffic tickets in all 5 Boroughs of NYC ( Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island). In the TVB the points are the same but the fine varies depending upon the nature of the violation. In addition, negotiating a settlement or reduction (known as a “plea bargain”) is not permitted (see below).  Read more about NYC Speeding Tickets

How Much Will My Auto Insurance Increase for a 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 your insurance provider will pay for the damage. An insurance underwriter’s primary role is to determine what your premium should be based on how likely they believe you are to get into an auto accident. The more traffic violations you have on your record, the greater the risk and the higher the premium. If you accumulate enough traffic tickets, your insurance company could even cancel your policy.

Studies by sites such as InsuranceQuotes.com have concluded that your NY auto insurance 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 easy. Pleading guilty means you give up your rights to a trial and you automatically have to pay fines, incur points on your license and pay higher auto insurance premiums. Instead of facing these consequences you can choose to plead not guilty and fight your ticket!

In many cases, an attorney can either 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:

  • Significant fines & surcharges
  • Points on your license
  • Increased auto insurance premiums
  • Possible license suspension or revocation
  • DMV Penalties (where applicable) i.e. NY Driver Responsibility Assessment
  • Loss of your employment (if a valid driver’s license or CDL is required)

Will a New York Speeding Ticket Affect Me if I Live in a Different State?

Speeding Ticket Example - New York

Out of state drivers are subject to the same fines and surcharges as a NY driver. If a driver fails to pay these fines, NY will suspend his or her NY driving privileges and that individual will be barred from driving in NY during that period of suspension or revocation. In addition, the suspension will be reported to the driver’s home state which can also trigger a license suspension from your state DMV.  In addition, many states will list out of state convictions (i.e. those that occurred in NY) and assess their own respective points and penalties.  Sharing of information between states can therefore result in increased auto insurance rates.  Thus, in most cases it is more advantageous to fight a New York speeding ticket even if the driver lives in a different state. Read More

The Benefits of Hiring an Attorney

traffic ticket courtThere are many advantages of hiring an attorney. Our mission at Rosenblum Law is to get your ticket dismissed or minimize the impact on your record. 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 during the consult.
  • We offer representation by a licensed professional attorney to give you advice and defend you by negotiating on your behalf (if applicable) and/or taking your case to trial.
  • In most cases, you do not have to spend a day (or more) in court. You won’t have to waste time and money driving to court and waiting around for hours for your case to be heard.

You should hire the Rosenblum Law Firm because:

  • We have a 97% success rate in reducing traffic tickets in NYS (where applicable).
  • We are the largest and highest rated traffic violations law firm in New York State.

Hiring us is fast and simple. Call us at 888-434-0406 for a free consultation.

How to Fight a New York Speeding Ticket Without a Lawyer:

how to fight speeding ticket in NY ebookHow a New York speeding ticket is typically handled depends on the jurisdiction (where you received the violation). Since the process of fighting a speeding ticket can be more complex than meets the eye, we strongly recommend that you hire an experienced lawyer to handle your case. Call us at 1-888-434-0406 for a free consult.

Speeding Tickets in any Location Except NYC

If you received a speeding ticket in any location other than NYC, 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 (see example here). 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 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 and may offer you a less favorable deal if you are not represented by an attorney.

Remember, attorneys (like the prosecutor) are skilled negotiators. 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 or third 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 NYC

In New York City the tribunal handling your ticket is called the Traffic Violations Bureau or “TVB” (except in a criminal case like DWI or reckless driving – those are handled by the criminal court). 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. Call us at 1-888-434-0406 to find out how we can help you fight your NYC speeding ticket.

Frequently Asked Questions

A ticket for driving 15 mph over the posted limit can cost between $90 and $300. A conviction means 4 points on one’s driver’s license.
A ticket for speeding 20 mph over the posted limit can cost between $90 and $300. As above, a conviction can result in 4 points on one’s license; 1 mph more—21 mph—increases the points to 6!
Speeding 30 mph over the posted limit can cost between $90 and $300 and result in 6 points on one’s license and a minimum $300 DRA penalty in addition to the fine.
A speeding ticket will stay on your driving record for 3-4 years after the conviction.
How much an insurance company will increase one’s rates following a speeding ticket will depend on many factors, including the driver’s past history, income level, and just how fast the driver was going. Some studies have shown that rates can go up as much as 20% even for low speeds (<15 mph over). For serious speeders (30+ mph over the limit) it can be as much as 30%.
Each state handles out-of-state speeding tickets differently. Some will assess points as though the ticket were issued at home, and others will not. Nearly all states will communicate the details of the offense with a driver’s home state, and many will record the offense on one’s driving record as a result (even if no other penalties are issued). Visit our information page for more details on out-of-state traffic tickets.

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  1. I received a speeding ticket in Nassau earlier this year. However, I was in NY temporarily and have a California drivers license. At the time I was pulled over, the officer gave me a citation paper, with no ticket amount on it. I searched around with how that would affect me and came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t. I was going through a rough time and really didn’t want to deal with it, so just sent it back with a guilty plea, thinking that would be the end of it.

    I was then sent a ticket for $625. I snoozed on it, for it to ultimately go to collections.

    Now, what do I do? I looked up the ticket via the Nassau courts and it’s showing as having gone to collections. 1 ticket found, 0 to be paid, 1 requires appearance.

    I checked my California driving record and it’s perfectly clean, so nothing transferred over. My collections letter threatens that failure to pay can result in suspension of license, motor vehicle registration, and/or judgement entered against me. What can they really do? Should I be fighting this?

    Also, I’ve since moved to NY permanently and want to get a NY drivers license. Will this affect me?

    1. Hi Ashley and thank you for your inquiry. Your collections letter is correct in that your failure to pay the fines associated with your ticket will result in penalties such as a suspension of your driving privileges. While it may not have been reported to your California Driver’s License yet, it will appear once the suspension is enacted. This is because a suspension in one state is honored by every state, therefore, it will hinder your efforts in obtaining a NY Driver’s License. We suggest contacting the Court to pay your fine, they may be willing to work out a payment plan.

  2. Hey everyone. I recently got a speeding ticket on I-87 heading upstate NY in the Saugerties region on my way to Lake George. I was driving my mothers car and am not listed as a secondary driver on the vehicle for insurance. The state trooper pulled me over and said I was going 86mph in the 65mph. There is no question I was going over the speed limit, but there is no way I was going over 75mph. He claims the laser gun registered 86, but the ticket also says by “direct observation”. I should have requested to see the radar gun but did not. I found it interesting that this happening at the end of the month, and at having me at 21mph vs 20mph to put me in the next bracket of increased points and payment. I would like to dispute it, and have reached out to a family friend who is an attorney in Albany region. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hello Daniel and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense for driving 21 miles over the limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. Furthermore, for accumulating 6 or more points on your license, you will be charged an additional $300 for the NY imposed Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee. This will likely incur a substantial increase in your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the insurance implications, points on your license, and substantial fees.

  3. I was going at 71 MPH on 20A where speed limit is posted at 55 MPH . Just checking fine i will be required to pay for this in Perry City ,Wyoming county in New York .How much defensive driving course amount i am looking for and average attorney amount if i want to plea not guilty .I am from Maryland ,will points be carried to Maryland state and how much

    1. Hello Varin and thank you for reaching out. The offense for driving in excess of 16 miles over the speed limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty with a maximum fine of $300 and $93 for court fees. Please note that a defensive driving course does not remove points from your license but rather increases the threshold required for a driver to be suspended. While no points will be added onto your Maryland license if you are convicted of the offense, it will still be reported to your insurance company and likely have a negative impact on your premiums. We suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney to increase your chances of mitigating the likely impact on your insurance.

  4. Hey, I got a 1180D ticket driving at 82mph on a 65mph speed limit off exit 97. I was around ~73 mph and there were a few cars ahead of me. It was also a slope. I have not received a ticket before. I also live 4 hours away from the court (Liberty, NY) and do not think I will be able to attend in person. Please advise!

    1. Since you were ticketed at 82mph in a 65mph zone, this offense incurs a maximum 4 point penalty on your license in addition to a maximum fine of $393 with likely increases to your insurance rates for the next few years. We suggest contesting the ticket in order to mitigate the impact on your insurance. As you live a considerable distance from the court this may prove difficult to do by yourself, please consider contacting us to further discuss your options.

  5. Hi, I received my first speeding ticket almost during Nov 2017 going 40mph on a 25mph speed limit on a winding road coming off of Exit 1 on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn. I might have been driving a little over 25mph but don’t think 40mph (had my family in the car so I was not going to be reckless). I didn’t see the yellow sign that “suggested 20mph” on the winding road (kind of obscured by trees upon revisiting the area) and was driving through the normal flow of traffic just before I encountered the traffic cop hiding under the underpass. The cop said he could have hit me with a double fine for speeding in a school zone (pointing at a school nearby) but didn’t see any speed limit sign for school zone. I pleaded not guilty and my court hearing will be held at TVB Coney Island this November.

    I have a clean driving record until receiving this ticket. Some say it will be very difficult, almost impossible, to refute the evidence of the cop if he used his radar gun properly. Others have said to perhaps not try an refute the cop’s argument and ask the judge for leniency due to a having a clean driving record.

    May I ask for you opinion on how I should approach this? Thank you.

    1. Hello James and thank you for contacting us. Due to the serious consequences associated with this ticket we would suggest pleading not guilty and bringing this case to trial. The chances of success, unfortunately, may not be significantly high handling the case yourself, therefore, we would recommend hiring an attorney to assist you.

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