Essex County is bordered on the east by Lake Champlain, which serves as the New York-Vermont border. Essex County is a minor hub of high-tech, bio-medical and light industrial businesses. It is also home to the mountain village of Lake Placid, nestled in the Adirondacks, which hosted two Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980). Lake Placid remains a very attractive vacation spot for winter sports due to its vehicle-accessible high elevations and abundance of trails. It is also popular during the summer months for its lakeside spots and numerous golf courses.
Drivers ticketed for speeding in Essex County should fight the charges against them. The fine, points and other fees are often far higher than most expect. However, the prosecutors and judges can be tough and drivers will likely need the help of a skilled attorney in order to succeed.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
A driver with a speeding ticket in Essex County can usually expect a fine between $150 and $600. Unbeknownst to many, however, a mandatory state surcharge of $88 or $93 applies as well. Should the traffic ticket bring one’s point total to 6 or more (which can happen with just one ticket), the DMV charges an additional fee called a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA). This is separate from the fine and costs $300 for the first 6 points plus $75 for each additional point. Most speeding tickets will also impact auto insurance premiums, costing several hundred dollars more per year for three or more years.
Speeding Ticket Data from Essex County, NY
Among the 5,300 speeding tickets written in Essex County in 2018, only 28% went to female drivers, well below the state average of 35%. Moreover, police in Essex County issued the fewest proportion of tickets to drivers from New York State: less than 42%. By contrast, police wrote the second-largest percentage of speeding tickets to Canadians (18.9%), surpassing even Jefferson County (18.8%), which is home to a common Canadian border crossing. Only Clinton County, immediately to the north of Essex, ticketed Canadians at a higher rate (20.3%). Essex is also an anomaly in that nearly all speeding tickets were issued by State Troopers–97.4%, the most of any NY county.
Drivers who wish to beat their Essex County speeding ticket urgently need the help of a skilled traffic ticket attorney. While many tried, only 2.1% were successful in getting the charges dismissed and less than a third (31%) were able to successfully negotiate their ticket down to a lesser offense. With a talented attorney on one’s side, however, these odds can improve significantly.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Essex County, NY
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Essex County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
Essex County is the second-largest NY county by land area at 1,794 square miles, yet it has the third-smallest population (37,300) and is third-least population-dense county. However, it’s popularity as a vacation spot means it has a fairly sizable amount of traffic, boasting about 1.6 million vehicle miles traveled each year. While some of this is tourism traffic, much of it may also be through-traffic on I-87 taking drivers to/from Clinton County and the Quebec border as well as points south. U.S. Route 9 runs nearly parallel to I-87 through much of Essex County. These factors, plus the location of four State Trooper substations (Crown Point, Lewis, Wilmington, and Ray Brook near Lake Placid) within the county mean cops are always on the lookout for speeders.
Hiring an Essex County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Every driver ticketed for speeding in Essex County should consult with an experienced traffic ticket attorney to determine the best way to avoid or mitigate the consequences. An attorney is far more likely to succeed in negotiating with prosecutors to get the ticket reduced to a low- or no-point offense that won’t impact one’s insurance premiums. In addition, most drivers who hire a NY traffic ticket attorney do not have to appear in court in person.
Contact Rosenblum Law for help with your speeding ticket matter in Essex County. Our attorneys have represented clients in Essex County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those in Chesterfield, Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Essex, Jay, Keene, Lewis, Minerva, Moriah, Newcomb, North Elba, North Hudson, Schroon, St. Armand, Ticonderoga, Westport, Willsboro, Wilmington. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.