If 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 Speeding Ticket Cost?
A speeding ticket in New York State costs between $45 and $600. For speeding 1 to 10 mph over the limit the rage is between $45 and $150. For speeding 11 mph to 30 mph, the range is $90 to $300. Finally, for speeding 31 mph or more, the range is $180 to $600.
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).
Speeding Ticket Points:
- 1 to 10 mph, 3 points
- 11 to 20 mph, 4 points
- 21 to 30 mph, 6 points
- 31 to 40 mph, 8 points
- 41 mph and up, 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 which 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
The 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.
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?
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
There 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 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
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. According to NYtimes.com "A single ticket for speeding, for instance, costs about $150 on average, but adds an average of $341 to your annual premium. When you multiply that over three years, the total impact on your rate can top $1,000."
Usually not. If the police officer accidentally writes down the wrong color of your vehicle or spells your name wrong, this will not be enough to get your New York speeding ticket dismissed. Although substantial defects in the ticket may nullify its effect and lead a judge to dismiss it outright, it is best to hire a New York traffic attorney who will be able to identify these for you.
It depends. If you are arguing with the police officer to get out of the ticket before he gives it to you, certainly not. This type of argument should be reserved for the courtroom. Although this usually is a valid defense in court to make, it might not get you very far. Whether we like it or not, judges generally defer to the discretion of the police officer (who took the time out of his day to go through the administrative hurdles of pulling you over and writing out a ticket) instead of you, the driver (who, in the eyes of the judge, could be saying anything to get out of the ticket).
In New York, if you hire an attorney, you will not have to attend the trial date. Accordingly, contact a New York traffic attorney like Adam H. Rosenblum of Rosenblum Law and he will handle the whole matter for you. However, if you do not hire an attorney, you will have to attend the proceeding or call the municipal courthouse and see if they will allow you to reschedule the date (which is rarely permitted).
Always remember that the government does have records of your traffic offense, even if you committed it while driving in another state. In other words, your speeding ticket will not go away until you adequately and properly deal with it. Failing to appear in court to contest your speeding ticket or failing to pay your ticket in a timely fashion can lead to your license being suspended.
Yes, it was appropriate. The law does not compel a police officer to show a driver the speed reading on a radar gun used to stop those driving above the speed limit.
Although he may choose to show you if he is feeling nice, it is certainly not required. It is also a good idea not to ask for it at all. You want to avoid doing anything that can be construed as impolite or questioning their authority.
Other Types of Speeding Tickets
- Speeding in a Work Zone – VTL 1180(f)
- Speeding in a School Zone – VTL 1180(c)
- Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent – VTL 1180(a)
- Failure to Reduce Speed Special Hazards -VTL 1180(e)
- Second or Third Speeding Ticket in 18 Months