Drivers who have recently received a traffic citation will have the opportunity to contest their ticket at an administrative DMV hearing. Depending on the nature of the infraction, penalties can include hefty fines, points on your driving record, or even a license suspension or revocation. With your driving privileges on the line, it is important to understand what you can expect at an administrative hearing and what you can do to prepare.
Common moving violations can include:
- Reckless driving
- Violation of a traffic signal/sign
- Use of a cell phone or electronic device
If you have already received a traffic ticket, it is important to act quickly as drivers generally only have 15 days in which to contest a ticket and enter a plea of not guilty. Failure to respond in a timely manner may forfeit your ability to contest a violation, no matter how convincing your evidence. Once you plead not guilty to a traffic violation, your case will be sent to and heard by a DMV administrative law judge.
Attending a DMV Hearing
At your hearing, the judge will listen to and consider evidence presented by the officer who administered your ticket as to the nature of the violation. You, the defendant, will also have an opportunity to testify and present your case including evidence and witnesses. The administrative law judge will then determine if you are guilty. If found guilty, there may still be an opportunity to appeal the decision.
When you attend an administrative hearing, you are given the right to representation by an attorney. While you are not legally required to hire a lawyer, it often makes sense to do so. The majority of drivers will seldom go through the experience of arguing their case at a hearing. Traffic attorneys, on the other hand, are deeply familiar with the laws and circumstances involved with all types of traffic violations. Although these hearings do not involve criminal charges, they can still be overwhelmingly complex and you will want to ensure that your case is presented as effectively as possible.
New York City DMV Hearing Lawyers
If you have an upcoming hearing, securing a knowledgeable New York City traffic ticket attorney can make the vital difference in your case. At Gannes & Musico, LLP, we know how to efficiently structure your legal representation and how the judge will look to evaluate your case. When you work with our firm, we will do everything in our power to ensure that you hold on to your driving privileges.
Call (877) 803-2603 to Schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.