In July 2011,
texting while driving became illegal in the State of New York. Since then, almost 25,000 tickets
have been handed out to drivers who were writing / reading texts while driving.
Before this law passed, a police officer could have been watching you use your phone while driving and could legally do nothing. Then, they still needed another reason to pull you over. This is no longer the case. Now, it is the law! Even more shocking is that this violation is considered a 'Primary Offense' in the State of New York.
A 'primary offense' is defined as "the most serious offence of a group of offenses that a person committed at the same time, or is charged with committing at the same time."
The 'Primary Offense' category has made it even harder for drivers
to combat this
ticket. Plus, in addition to dealing with the ticket, be prepared for your insurance
increase your auto insurance premiums.
Without a driver hiring an attorney to work directly on a their behalf, the driver is subject to receiving 3 points on their permanent driving record, in addition to substantial fines.
Therefore, it is certainly in your best interest to hire an attorney in this situation. The gifted staff at Gannes & Musico, LLP are well-informed about protecting the rights of drivers who have been cited for this particular offense. Additionally, legal services, in this scenario, would ultimately cost less than the fees and headaches associated with this type of ticket.
There is no argument for advocating this activity in states, such as New York, where this act is illegal. It is dangerous to all drivers on the road and that is why Governor Cuomo decided to make this a 'primary offense'.
As human beings, we are not perfect and are subject to making errors. Sometimes we forget the rules or get caught up in the moment. It happens to the best of us.
So, if you find yourself in this legal conundrum, do yourself a favor and call the expert attorneys at Gannes and Musico, LLP. They will work their hardest on your behalf to lessen, or even to dismiss the charges altogether.