Your driving history can have a heavy impact on your future. Not only will all of your moving violations will be visible on what is called your Driving Abstract, but you can have your license suspended if you receive a certain number of points on your record within a certain amount of time. In New York, if you receive 11 points in a period of 18 months, you are at risk of having your license suspended.
Associating Points of Each Violation
Every violation carries a specific number of points. Therefore, the speed at which you accrue points may differ depending on the degree of the alleged offense. For instance, driving 1-10 miles per hour (MPH) over the speed limit carries the weight of 3 points whereas driving 40 MPH or more over the speed limit carries the weight of 11 points. Simple math shows that it can take one speeding ticket or four to result in a license suspension.
This may sound harsh, and compared to other states, it is. New York traffic laws are rigid and unforgiving. If you have found yourself in a situation where you at risk of a suspended license because of traffic infractions, your best option is to speak with an attorney. In many cases, you will be encouraged to avoid paying for the ticket but fighting it instead. Dealing with the ticket promptly is also important to avoiding a license suspension and the other repercussions that follows a traffic violation conviction.
How Point Totals Are Calculated
In order for points to go on your record, you must actually be convicted of the specific violation. Your point total will then be calculated based on the date that the violation occurred, not the date of the conviction. Every violation’s points will then be totaled together from all violations occurring within the period of 18 months starting with the date of the initial violation. After a period of 18 months, although the violation can still be seen on your record, it doesn’t count toward the total.
Violations Occurring in Another State
If you are convicted of a violation in a state other than New York, points will not be added to your total. The exception is if the violation occurred in Ontario or Quebec because New York State has a reciprocal agreement with those provinces.
What You Need to Do Now
Fighting a traffic ticket is typically the best option to avoid the penalties for the violations. Since points do not get added to your record unless you are convicted, taking legal action rather than pleading guilty to the offense is what our team often encourages. As experienced New York City traffic ticket attorneys, we are ready to help you get the results that you need.
Call us today for the advocacy you can count on and require.