Fines & Costs

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  • NYC Child Seat Laws Could Be Changing Again

    Do you have a child under the age of two? Odds are you restrain them in a car seat while driving, but what direction do they face? If they face forward, you may be affected by a new law that could go into effect soon in the state of New York. A 2007 study by the University of Virginia found that a forward-facing seat was 75 percent more likely to cause an injury to a child under the age of two ...
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  • How Many Points Will Go on My Record for Speeding?

    While many people’s initial concern after being issued a speeding ticket is the associated fine, possibly a far greater consequence is the addition of demerit points to a person’s driving record. The New York DMV has a point system for traffic violations that keeps track of a person’s driving history, with different points being assigned for different infractions. Individuals who accrue 11 points ...
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  • Should I Fight My Ticket or Go to Traffic School?

    One of the most frequently asked questions regarding traffic tickets is whether you should fight a traffic violation in court or just go to traffic school . This is a complicated question, as there are several pros and cons to each side. From a financial standpoint, it is almost always in your best interest to fight a traffic ticket instead of electing to go to traffic school. Choosing traffic ...
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  • Text Message Reminders Sent to NYC Residents for Courtroom Appearances

    If you are like most everyone between the ages of 10 and 75, you probably check your smartphone routinely throughout each and every day for new text messages and notifications. While most of them are probably just the latest gossip on celebrity news, wouldn’t it be great if it was actually something useful? Something that could help you avoid getting arrested ? The New York criminal justice ...
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  • Vision Zero Means Civil Penalties Apply to Hit-and-Run Drivers

    Vision Zero is New York City’s official initiative to significantly decrease the number of fatalities and injuries caused by car accidents and make the city’s streets a much safer place to be. According to one study, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured each year by traffic accidents. This is unacceptable and Vision Zero intends to rectify the problem. One of the most notable ...
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  • New Speeding Ticket Policy Proposal

    The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is trying to make it hard for motorists to plead down a speeding ticket . Currently, defendants are allowed to plea to a lesser offense, which allows the local court to pocket the fine money rather than giving it to the state. Governor Cuomo believes that "this practice threatens public safety and leads to a loss of $58 million annually," so he wants to ...
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  • New York State Liability Insurance Requirements

    Any motor vehicle registered in New York must have liability insurance; the NY required minimum limits are $25,000/50,000 for injury and $50,000/100,000 for death, and $10,000 for property damage caused in an accident. The state of New York is considered a "no-fault" state; therefore, all New York drivers must maintain their liability coverage while their registration is valid, even if they are ...
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  • Read the Fine Print - It Costs A Lot if You Don't!

    So there he was, scanning the speeding ticket that the police officer just handed him and the following went through my client's head: "Oh, the fine is only $195.00…well, it's not cheap but why bother with an attorney? I should just write a check and put this event behind me and avoid any further hassles." Well folks, my new client, John, who is both intelligent and practical, did not stop to Read ...
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