The State of New York operates under the point system. When you are convicted of a traffic offense, part of the penalty is a certain amount of points being placed on your driver's license. When you build up a certain amount of points, your driver's license could be taken away. Within an 18-month period, if you get a total of 11 points, your license could be suspended for a month. This may not sound like a serious penalty, could it could hinder your ability to take care of your family and get to work.
It is important to know, however, that there are other ways your license could get taken away besides building up 11 points. For example, if you were given three speeding tickets within an 18 month period, your license could be immediately taken away, even if it did not add up to 11 points. Although the record of the citation will remain on your record for up to 3 years, the offense will not count as a point once it has been on your record for 18 months. If you want to remove points from your driver's license, you could attend an accident-prevention program and up to four points could be removed.
If you have questions regarding the exact number of points on your license, you can request a copy of your driving record from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. Not only do points put your driving privileges at risk, but your insurance premiums could significantly go up. Understanding the impact that points could have, it makes it clear as to why you need to fight any citation you have been given. Please, do not hesitate to get in touch with a New York traffic ticket lawyer from our firm to learn how we could help you!