New York Traffic Violations
Traffic violations are a potential legal problem for anyone who ever gets behind the wheel. Even the most careful drivers cannot always avoid being issued a traffic ticket for allegedly committing a traffic violation. The most important piece of advice we can give anyone who has been accused of committing a traffic violation from a speeding ticket to a simple seat belt violation is to consider all your options instead of simply sending in the fine payment. Understand that paying the ticket, even if you have a clean record, can lead to increased insurance rates, suspension or revocation of your driver license and significant fines and/or state assessment fees
Ticket dismissal is always our goal. We’d love for each client to walk away from their case with absolutely no points, fine or other mark on their driving record. However, we are not a law firm that will make all types of guarantees and promises we may not be able to keep. When we speak with a potential client concerning a traffic ticket, we will consider the procedures followed by the particular court in question and offer competent legal advice based on our experience and the particular case at hand. In some cases and some courts, proceeding to trial and pursuing outright ticket dismissal is the proper strategy. In other cases, it may be prudent to negotiate a favorable plea bargain. Our greatest asset is our ability to offer sound legal advice and realistic strategies for the purpose of minimizing any damage that a traffic ticket may cause.
Local village, town, city and county courts handle traffic tickets for moving violations in most parts of New York State. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicle Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) handles moving violations that occur in New York City as well as a few other jurisdictions within the state.
There are some significant differences between the New York State TVB and the local courts which handle cases outside the TVB. Anyone who receives a traffic ticket should understand these differences before making a decision on how to proceed. Whether a case is or is not in the TVB will potentially change how a ticket should be contested.
Misdemeanor traffic tickets
When a NY traffic related matter is more serious than a traffic violation it may be classified as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor convictions will result in a permanent criminal record and should be handled with particular care. Read more.