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 in an 18-month period can have their license suspended by the DMV.
Points for speeding violations in New York are as follows:
- 1 to 10 mph over the limit: 3 points
- 11 to 20 mph over the limit: 4 points
- 21 to 30 mph over the limit: 6 points
- 31 to 40 mph over the limit: 8 points
- 40+ mph over the limit: 11 points
In addition to the risk of a license suspension, accumulating points on one’s license can result in higher auto insurance premiums – making a $500 speeding ticket potentially cost thousands of dollars over time. Excessive speeding could even result in criminal reckless driving charges, which can carry jail time, up to five additional points on your license, increased auto insurance rates, and expensive fines.
Should I Pay the Ticket or Fight it?
It is always worth it to fight a speeding ticket. Points will not be added to your driving record unless you are convicted. By paying a ticket, you are essentially pleading guilty to the offense and will receive the corresponding amount of points on your license. If you already have a high number of points on your record, paying your ticket could cause you to have your license suspended without contest.
If you have been issued a speeding ticket, the New York speeding ticket lawyers at Gannes & Musico, LLP can help you fight your ticket and maximize your chances of keeping your driving record clean. Having successfully handled thousands of cases over more than 20 years of collective practice, we have what it takes to help you get the results you need.
Call (877) 803-2603 or contact our office online today to retain the advocacy you deserve.