New York’s Madison County is in central New York State, just east of Syracuse and north of Binghamton. Pratts Hollow in the Town of Eaton is the geographic center of New York State. The county is bordered on the north by Oneida Lake and Oneida Creek. Madison County’s economy is largely agricultural, including dairy processing, hops/beer, and meat processing. It also is a center for renewable energy production.
Anyone ticketed for speeding in Madison County should fight the charges. A speeding ticket can come with many hidden costs and other consequences. Those who hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney have the best chance of beating the ticket and avoiding those consequences.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
The fine for speeding in Madison County is typically between $150 and $600. Drivers must also pay a mandatory surcharge of $88 or $93. If the points associated with the ticket bring the number on one’s license to 6 or more, an additional fee called a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee applies. A DRA costs $300 for the first 6 points and an additional $75 for each point over 6. In addition, one’s insurance company is likely to raise rates by several hundred dollars per year following a speeding ticket conviction.
Speeding Ticket Data from Madison County, NY
Police in Madison County wrote 3,862 speeding tickets in 2018. Speeding made up 26% of all traffic citations in the county that year. Of those who received speeding tickets, more than 14% were charged with other offenses during the same traffic stop. The most common were licensing violations, such as driving on an expired license (24%), followed by driving while suspended (14%). Another 10% were cited for equipment violations. More speeding tickets were issued on Friday than on any other day in Madison County last year (18%), followed by Sunday (17%) and Saturday (15%).
It is possible for a driver who challenges his/her speeding ticket in Madison County to get the charges dismissed. However, less than 6% of drivers were able to do so last year. Those who hire a skilled traffic ticket attorney are far more likely to either beat the ticket or negotiate it down to a lesser-point or no-point offense.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Madison County, NY
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Madison County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
The New York Thruway (I-90) runs through the northern part of Madison County heading east-west. Drivers can also take NY Route 31 off I-90, which will take them along Oneida Lake and connect to I-81 north of Syracuse. U.S. Route 20 passes through the bottom third of the county in the same direction. Madison County has a moderately sized population (over 70,000) and some tourism to its waterfront properties, among other attractions. The county also hosts a sizable student population thanks to the presence of Colgate University, Cazenovia College and SUNY Morrisville. All of these factors keep State Troopers and local police on their toes as they watch the roads for those who might make them unsafe.
Hiring a Madison County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Drivers ticketed for speeding in Madison County are strongly advised to hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney. An attorney also offers the best possible chance of beating a ticket or getting it reduced to a lesser offense. In most speeding cases, the attorney can appear in lieu of the driver, ensuring that he/she does not have to take time off from work to attend a hearing.
Contact Rosenblum Law for help with your speeding ticket matter in Madison County. We can offer you a free consultation about your case and have our attorneys fight on your behalf. Our attorneys have represented clients in Madison County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those in Brookfield, Cazenovia, DeRuyter, Eaton, Fenner, Georgetown, Hamilton, Lebanon, Lenox, Lincoln, Madison, Nelson, Oneida, Smithfield, Stockbridge, and Sullivan. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.