Syracuse Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Fighting Speeding Ticket in NYC

If you recently received a ticket for speeding, running a stop sign or some other traffic infraction, you may think that it is much easier for you to avoid the hassle and just pay the fine for your ticket than to go through the effort of fighting it. Tickets are more prevalent than ever with law enforcement getting ever more vigilant in giving out tickets and with some areas counting on the stream of revenue that tickets bring in to help fund their offices. Legal intervention in these cases can protect drivers from hefty fines and points on their license. At Team Green Lawyers, as experts in fighting traffic tickets, we can tell you that it is well worth it for you to fight your traffic ticket.

Our team handles a wide variety of different cases—from serious felony allegations to simple traffic infractions. If you have been issued a citation or have been accused of a misdemeanor traffic crime, our traffic attorneys in Syracuse, NY are ready to help you explore your defense options.

Our former prosecutors are ready to discuss your traffic citation or charge. Contact us today to request a free consultation with our team.

Infractions vs. Crimes

Most traffic tickets are simple infractions. That means they can simply be paid and resolved (with points added to the driver's license) or can be contested in court. If you seek legal counsel for this process, your lawyer can often appear in court on your behalf.

If your traffic ticket is marked a misdemeanor, however, you must appear in court. These cases are considered more serious and can result in other penalties for the driver. If your traffic ticket indicates that your traffic violation is a misdemeanor, call our offices today.

Common traffic infractions include:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to stop for school bus
  • Improper passing/lane changing
  • Railroad crossing violation
  • Tailgating (following too closely)
  • Disobeying traffic light or traffic signage

The Costs of Blindly Paying Your Speeding Ticket

When you get a traffic ticket and decide just to mail it in or pay it in person, you could be doing yourself a great disservice. You are likely aware that pleading guilty to any traffic ticket can have a negative effect on your car insurance, causing your rates to go up and up. What you may not know is that if you have received multiple tickets within a period of time that you can have your driver’s license suspended, leaving you without means to drive yourself to work. You might also have your insurance company drop you, leaving you scrambling to find car insurance you can afford.

Pleading Not Guilty to a Speeding Ticket in NY

Upon deciding to fight your traffic ticket, you'll submit a "not guilty" plea and argue your case before the court. Even if you decide you want to contest your traffic ticket in Madison County, NY, you want to make sure you have the right help on your side to guide you through the process.

Facing the court alone with legal representation can be intimidating, and it may be difficult for you to win your case without some knowledge of your rights and how to defend yourself. That is why it is important that you get the help of a legal team that is experienced in traffic court.

Out of State Traffic Tickets

Most drivers are unclear as to what the consequences are if you receive a traffic ticket in another state. What actions do you have to take? How does this transfer to your New York State driver’s license? It is important to understand how an out of state ticket will affect your New York driving record in order to appropriately decide what actions to take in addressing your ticket.

Will I Receive Points on My Record?

The New York State DMV doesn’t record traffic violations received out of state. The exception to this is for commercial vehicles, or violations received in Ontario or Quebec, Canada. This means that for most out of state traffic tickets, no points will be added to your New York license. While this may not affect the points on your NY license you still have to pay applicable fines and surcharges in the state that issued the ticket. As a result, the ticket could impact your insurance premiums depending on your insurance company. Depending on the severity of the offense, the state that the ticket was issued could suspend or revoke the offender’s privilege to drive in that state while possessing an out-of-state license.

How Will an Out-Of-State Traffic Ticket Affect Me?

Some drivers think that an out of state traffic tickets won’t affect them. That is a big mistake. What would be a simple traffic infraction in New York might be a misdemeanor in other states. As a result, anyone issued a ticket out of their home state should consult an experienced traffic ticket lawyer to make sure the infraction isn’t a crime. Also, if you ignore a traffic ticket from another state, your license will be suspended not just in that state, but in New York State as well. There are a few exceptions, however in most cases failure to answer the ticket will cause suspension in both states. Your license will remain suspended until you have answered the traffic ticket.

Can I Contest a Traffic Ticket?

What if you want to contest a traffic ticket or attempt to get the ticket reduced? While some state courts will allow you to contest a traffic ticket through a written affidavit, other state courts require you to be present for a court appearance. This can be inconvenient or impossible depending on where the ticket was received, as well as the time you need to take off from work to travel and appear in court. In these instances it is important to consult an experienced traffic attorney. Each state has varying laws on how a driver can plead or contest through mail or in person, and an experienced traffic lawyer can help you to understand what your options are based on which state and the violation of which you have been accused.

Dedicated to Protecting Your Driving Privileges

If you have been issued a citation and are interested in what your options for defeating the ticket might be, we invite you to call Team Green Lawyers today. For many drivers, we know that these citations can accumulate and even threatens their driving privileges. We will thoroughly examine the circumstances of your ticket and, if necessary, appear in court to assert your rights and interests.

Call our traffic ticket lawyer in Syracuse, NY at (315) 215-0517 today. We are available 24/7 and offer a free case analysis.

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