Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets

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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.

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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.

NY Infractions Can Result in Points

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.

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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 Rosenblum Law. 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.

521 thoughts on “Out-Of-State Speeding Tickets”

  1. I received a 1110A ticket for disobeying traffic control device in Westmoreland, NY. I have a Illinois license and residing in Massachusetts. I was going slightly above speed limit of 65 while passing on the left and I have a clean record. The officer did not include the speed on the ticket. We would not be able to show up to court so we plan on pleading guilty. But would this impact insurance? And how much should I expect to pay for this ticket?

    1. Hello Joshua and thank you for contacting us. Your charge in violation of VTL 1110-(a) imposes 2 points on your license and maximum fine of $243. Please note, an attorney would be able to represent you before the Court without your appearance. A conviction for 2 points will likely have an impact on your insurance for the foreseeable future.

  2. Last year I received a ticket for speeding in NY. 20 mph over the limit. I am from Europe so I didn’t show at the court. How do I deal with it so that I don’t face problems when I come back there. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello Ben and thank you for your inquiry. If you are still in possession of your ticket, we suggest contacting the Court listed on the ticket and paying your likely overdue fine in order to avoid any potential issues. You may also contact the New York Department of Motor Vehicles if you have misplaced the ticket and they may provide you with more information.

  3. I am a California licensed driver and got speeding ticket in NY state for going 75 mph in 65mph zone in Livingston county, north Dansville, NY. I am moving back to my home country in mid of December. I don’t know whether I should plead guilty or fight this ticket because if they ask me to appear in court I will probably be not in USA by that time. Please suggest.

    1. Hello Dharmesh and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that driving 10 miles over the limit carries a maximum 3 point penalty and a maximum fine of $150 with $93 in court fees. This will likely result in an increase to your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest pleading “Not Guilty” and retaining an attorney, who may likely represent you in your absence, in an effort to mitigate the insurance implications and points on your license.

  4. I was given a speeding ticket of 80 in a 65 stated by direct observation and stalker dual radar on RT 219 by a State trooper. Ticket days to mail my please to Orchard Park Town Court. I honestly don’t know that I was driving that speed, because traffic was passing me left and right. Did I get plucked because of my out of state tags? I don’t know if I should please guilty or contest it. I don’t have time nor money to go to court, and I have a very good driving record. I’m 46, and haven’t had a speeding ticket in probably over 20 years.

    1. Hello Tanja and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that driving in excess of 15 miles over the posted speed limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty with a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. This will likely have an adverse effect on your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the ticket in order to attempt to mitigate the impact on your insurance and avoid points on your license.

        1. Hello Harmanpreet and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense for driving 38 miles over the speed limit carries a maximum 8 point penalty and a maximum $600 fine with a $93 court fee. 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. Please note that NY imposes an additional $75 for every point after 6, thus you will be assessed a total of $450 from the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee alone or face license suspension. Since the offense occurred in NY, 2 points will be transferred onto your NJ license. However, the 8 point violation will still be reported to your insurance provider and thus will likely have a detrimental effect on your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest contesting this ticket with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the likely substantial increase to your insurance, the points on your license, and significant fees.

  5. My daughter has a clean driving record. She was pulled over for the first time at the PA/NY line on the way home from seeing her bf in NY at his college. She was polite and courteous. Instead of a warning the cop gave her a ticket. It doesn’t say a fine or points. We were planning on fighting it. I assume this will send us a court date but this site says you can hire a lawyer to fight it. What would the advantages be? Don’t lawyers cost more than just going up to court?

    1. Hello DV and thank you for your inquiry. Tickets do not list the fine, point penalties, or insurance implications. Hence, people are oftentimes shocked when they plead guilty and suddenly see a spike in their insurance, a $300 imposed assessment fee in addition to fines, or even license suspension. In order to provide you with more information, we would need to know: What Court has jurisdiction on your daughter’s case (listed on the ticket), and the exact offense the Officer charged your daughter.

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