Fast & Furious: Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Lawyer for Your Speeding Ticket

At some point, most people will have the misfortune of receiving a speeding ticket. While this may seem like a simple issue, there are actually rather severe consequences that can result if that ticket is not resolved correctly. Before you sign and send in that traffic ticket or think about heading to court by yourself, here are the top 5 reasons why you should hire an attorney to represent you.

Fines & Surcharges

Even though you may not be a lead foot by nature, your first speeding ticket can be costly. Fines on first-time speeding convictions may range from $45 – $600 along with mandatory state surcharges of $88 – $93 in New York State! A lawyer can advocate on your behalf and present legal issues to the prosecutor that will often result in a reduction of the ticket as well as negotiate lower fines with the prosecutor and judge. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer may even be able to get your ticket dismissed.

Points

Receiving a speeding ticket not only involves the court but the Department of Motor Vehicles as well. Most traffic violations result in points being assessed on your driving record. Your speeding ticket for doing 45 MPH in a 30 MPH zone will always come with 4 points on your license and it will stay there for four years. Under New York DMV regulations, if you accumulate six or more points within an 18-month period, you are subject to paying a “Driver Responsibility Assessment” fee of at least $300. A defense attorney can help to negotiate that ticket down to a violation carrying less or (possibly) no points. And that will make your insurance company happy while saving you potential increases on your premiums.

Collateral Consequences

Those tickets result in points and those points add up. If you accumulate 11 points or more within an 18-month period, your driver’s license is subject to suspension or revocation meaning you will not be able to legally drive in New York State for an extended period of time. This can obviously have serious ramifications on your ability to drive to and from work, transport family members to school or medical appointments, or even run to the store for groceries. Getting relicensed requires time and additional DMV fees.

Convenience

Getting a ticket can be a hassle. If you don’t plead guilty and send the ticket in, you’re required arrive to the court personally in front of the judge. In most cases in which you are charged with only a violation-level charge (i.e. speeding) and have no other misdemeanor or felony level charges pending, hiring a defense attorney will negate this need for you to appear in traffic court to resolve your traffic ticket. This is particularly helpful if you received the ticket in a jurisdiction located a great distance from your home.

Peace of Mind

Every court and county prosecutor’s office has slight variations on how they process and resolve traffic tickets. When you have an attorney who has experience in dealing with a particular court and prosecutor’s office, they can give you the assurance that your traffic ticket has been resolved completely and properly so that you no longer have to be concerned about the impact on your driving privileges.

In the end, don’t let getting a speeding ticket put a crimp in your driving abilities. Our recommendation is to hire a defense lawyer who knows the best way to handle that ticket saving you time, money, and headaches. If you have been issued a speeding (or other traffic) ticket, we’d like to help. Please feel free to fill call us at (315) 215-0517) for a free consultation. You can also submit a contact form on our website or email us at Info@TeamGreenLawyers.com. At Team Green Lawyers, we’re working to give you back your life.