Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets

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 and argue. 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 Do Transfer

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 2 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 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 .


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  1. I received a ticket back in March 2017 on west belt in brooklyn for a fabricated speed of 76 mph in a 50 mph zone. It took almost 5 months to get the ticket in the system and I didn’t and couldn’t answer it in time cause of the states tardiness in receiving the ticket in Albany Ny .Eventually they sent notice to Pennsylvania to revoke my license on Oct 30, 2017 for not answering a nys ticket so I went to a TVB office and pled not guilty and now have a court date for Oct 30 ,2018. Now pennsylvania says that I must plead guilty and return with a paid receipt to stop my suspension in pa and I am not allowed to plead not guilty. Nys does not give you a receipt for pleading not guilty so now I am in the position that I must plead guilty to stop the suspension in Pennsylvania from taking effect on Oct 30,2017. This is wrong and I am being forced to pay a ticket in nys cause I am unable to plead not guilty. They effectively took the first step in eliminating a not guilty plea. Suggestions ???

  2. Mr. Rosenblum,

    I recently received a speeding ticket at 71/55. This occurred in the town of Richfield on10/06/2017. The ticket return date is 11/0/2017. My residence is St. Augustine, Florida. Can you assist in this matter?

    Respectfully,
    Richard Scimone
    scimonerj@gmail.com

  3. Looking for some help with a speeding ticket that I received in the state of New York. I just wanted to see what my options are. Thank you

    • Suzanne – Your options will depend on where you have received this ticket, and how fast you are accused of going. These details are necessary to provide you with any information regarding your traffic ticket.

  4. I recently received a speeding ticket for going 78 in a55 zone state route 190 Altona, town of -1050 Clinton county NY.. l live in Delaware and new to the area. I was not going as fast as the car in front of me. The officer was coming in the opposit direction , past the car in front of me and l turned run . The car in front of me started jolting to a stop and l kind of tried to make way for the officer thinking he was going after the other person. Imagine my surprise when he parked behind me. The offer said he caught me by radar, but l think it was the other car. I have a clean driving record and l don’t know what to do. I don’t think l was going as fast as the officer claim. I was going to help my daughter who just moved to the area unpack her stuff. I was driving with the aid of a gps so couldn’t have been going that fast for the area is strange to me. What should l do?

    • Heidie – you are facing a 6 point ticket that carries fines of $393, along with an assessment fee of $300. Additionally, this will likely have a substantial impact on your insurance rates. The speed of the other cars in the vicinity is not relevant to your traffic ticket. Whether the officer was able to accurately determine whether you were in fact speeding, is.

  5. I recently received a speeding ticket on I-99NB in Lindley Town, Stuben County NY for driving 88 in a 65 zone.

    We were rushing to get to the next stop about 5 miles away to use the bathroom due to a sick person in the car.
    I am a registered driver in the state of maryland with a squeaky clean record and I have read that the points do not transfer
    over but I need to know the best way to approach the defense so that this violation does not affect my driving record and insurance rates.

    Notes:
    The NY DMV lists the points as 6 and fine up to $300.00
    The County has a fine reduction program application on their website.

    Regards

    • Lafay – I suggest you contest this 6 point ticket. This violation carries a fine of $300, court fees of $93, and additional assessment fees of $300. Please note, as speeding is a strict liability offense, any reason as to why you were speeding would not help your case. If you would like to discuss potential stratgies in handling this violation, you may contact us for a free consultation at 888-434-0406 .

  6. My son just got a ticket for doing 75 in a 65. He lived in Rhode Island. He was on his way to college in Ohio. I am wondering a few things – does NY have reciprocal agreement with RI? I care mostly about my insurance rates. He is 19 years old and I already pay enough. It will be a huge pain in the neck to get him back to NY to appear in court if he pleads not guilty. But if I hire an attorney to represent him, I am guessing that will also cost a lot?
    Thanks.

    • Holly – the offense will transfer to RI – likely increasing insurance rates. Hiring an attorney will allow your to contest this ticket without personally appearing. If you would like to discuss our pricing structure, you may reach us at 888-434-0406 .

    • Dina – we strongly suggest that your daughter contest this ticket as the points, fines, and particularly insurance implications will be severe.

  7. I recently received a speeding ticket in Covington Township, Wyoming County outside of Buffalo for driving 71 in a 55. I was following behind a car who was also pulled over at the same time and ticketed. The officer passed me and pulled the other car over before jumping out into middle of road and pointing for me to pull over. It seems like it would be difficult to clock us both by radar in the short amount of time before I slowed down. I live in PA and read they will not assess points for out of state tickets. What type is fine am I looking at for pleading guilty?

    • Jay – You are currently facing a 4 point ticket that carries a fine of $393. While points will not transfer to PA, the violation will transfer – thus impacting your insurance rates. We therefore suggest you contest this ticket to mitigate / avoid these consequences.

  8. I recently passed through Boston NY to Canada to attend a funeral. I was pulled over for going 100/65 which i do not believe because many a lot of cars kept passing me and if i was doing a 100 what were those cars doing and where never pulled over? I am not guilty and even cannot make it to NY from VA. I went to Canada for a day and returned after the funeral. My Question is what is the probability that if i plead not guilty you all can get me out of this mess? I was, like Leesa wanting to just plead guilty and pay but seriously i do not believe i was doing 100. I may be doing 80 as i set my cruise to 75 but not 100. Please advice?

    • Akwasi – I strongly suggest you contest this violation, as you are facing substantial fines and penalties here. Please advise me of what court will be handling this case, as the procedures differ based on the court.

  9. I received a speeding ticket, 70/55 and pled not guilty. I am considering writing and changing to guilty and paying the fee because I might not be able to drive over 500 miles to the appearance in Sept. What should I do?

    • Leesa – hiring an attorney will allow you to contest the ticket withouot your physical presence at court,.