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If you have been issued a traffic ticket or were accused of a more serious offense like drunk driving, it can be confusing to determine where to turn for help. Our team at Gannes & Musico, LLP is dedicated to helping people in New York who are dealing with moving violations. Our firm has experience handling cases ranging from DUI to operating without insurance to suspended driver's licenses. Should you choose to work with our team, you could not only avoid harsh penalties, but you could avoid points being accumulated on your license. We have compiled some common questions regarding these issues, but if you have more questions, please feel free to contact our office. You could also fill out our free case evaluation form to let us know the details of your case.
Can the DMV suspend my license?
The short answer to this is yes, there are a number of reasons why the Department of Motor Vehicles may choose to have your license suspended. New York State operates under the point system and if you accumulate too many points on your license, the result may be a suspended license. Following an arrest for driving while intoxicated or driving without car insurance, your license could also be suspended. If you are ever accused of driving on your suspended license, you could be facing such harsh penalties as jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and the loss of your vehicle.
What penalties result from driving without a license?
Forgetting your license at home while driving may not seem like a serious offense, but it can result in harsh consequences. The same is true for underage drivers who do not yet have a license or people who have failed to renew their license. In New York, those found guilty of this type of traffic violation could be fined up to $300 as well as put in jail for up to 15 days. If, however, you had simply forgotten to renew your license, there will be a $40 fine if it was within 60 days of the date.
Why is it important to fight a traffic ticket?
When issued a traffic ticket, it may seem like the simplest solution is simply to pay the ticket and make it go away. Even though it may seem like a waste of time likely to fail, our team has discovered that this is not the case. When someone takes the time to fight a ticket and has competent and aggressive representation on their side, it is very possible to get the case dismissed. Traffic tickets can result in up to $5,000 in fines, up to four years in prison, and the suspension of your license. In some cases, the only way to avoid this is by fighting your ticket. By contacting our office, you could learn if this is possible in your situation.
How does the point system work in New York?
In order to regulate traffic offenses in New York, the state has imposed a point system. Traffic violations will carry with it a specific point penalty and once a driver has accrued a certain number of points, they can face the suspension of their license. Examples of offenses which could result in points on one's license include speeding, reckless driving, following too closely, and failing to yield. Speeding over 10 mph could result in three points on up to speeding 41 or more miles over the speed limit could be 11 points. If someone acquires eleven points or more points in eighteen months, the result could be a suspended driver's license.
Should I fight my ticket or go to traffic school?
Choosing between fighting a ticket and attending traffic school will depend on the nature of your violation and your existing driving record. If you already have several points on your license, attending traffic school may be a wise choice to clean up your record and avoid an expensive hike of your insurance rates. With that being said, choosing traffic school is essentially pleading guilty to your violation and will subject you to the associated fines. Fighting your ticket in court can potentially allow you to have your ticket dismissed altogether.