For many traffic offenses within the state of New York, conviction for the offense means that you’ll get points on your license. Points on your license are not something to be taken lightly- they can lead to higher costs and possibly the loss of your driver’s license in the future. Yet, many people do not really understand how points work and they make the wrong choices when it comes to responding to a traffic citation as a result of their misconceptions.
NYC traffic lawyers can provide assistance to motorists in understanding how points work and in determining how many points they may get on their license if they are found to have committed traffic offenses. Attorney Simon Kabzan can also help motorists to explore ways to avoid getting points on their license, which can be necessary to protect their ability to drive.
You should contact a traffic attorney as soon as you can after being accused of a traffic offense- and especially before pleading guilty to a traffic crime- to try to avoid getting points on your license.
In New York, a points system is used to measure the severity and frequency of traffic offenses. A variety of different violations of traffic crimes are each assigned a certain number of points. More severe offenses result in a higher number of points. For example, for speeding between one and 10 miles over the limit, you’d get three points on your license but for speeding between 31 and 40 miles over the limit, you would get eight points on your license.
Points continue to accrue for multiple violations, and if you get 11 points or more within an 18 month period of time, this can trigger the suspension of your license to drive. You only get points if you are actually convicted of a traffic offense or if you plead guilty, and all points that you got within an 18-month period are added together to determine the total number of points on your record.
The 18-month period starts to count down on the date when you committed the driving infraction that resulted in the points, not from the date of your conviction. If you were cited for speeding on May 1 but not convicted of speeding until June 15, your 18-month clock would start running on May 1.
If you are accused of an offense for which you’ll get points on your license, the only way to avoid those points is to not be found guilty of the offense that you’ve been accused of.
Many people simply pay their tickets because they don’t think that a speeding ticket or other moving violation is that big of a deal. The problem is, paying the fine is an admission of guilt. When you pay a ticket, you get the points on your license that correspond to the offense you’ve been accused of. You won’t be able to try to fight the ticket or keep points off your license. You should talk with a NY traffic lawyer to find out if you can avoid points or reduce your points by fighting conviction, taking driver’s education classes, or pleading down to a lesser offense.
You don’t have roll over, pay the citation and be done. Over-eager traffic enforcement intermingles with errors every day. Always be ready to fight back. The odds are in your favor when you work with NY Traffic Firm.
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NY Traffic Firm has helped many clients throughout the state of New York to try to avoid getting points on their license. You don’t want points to illustrate to potential employers – and to your auto insurance company – that you are a dangerous driver. You also don’t want to take any chance your license will be lost.
You should give our firm a call as soon as you have been cited to find out if you’re facing points and to discuss your best options for defense strategies with experienced NY traffic ticket lawyers.
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