All speeding tickets are infractions under New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law. Also, speeding is often the underlying offense for traffic stops that result in additional or more serious criminal charges such as Aggravated Unlicensed Operation or DWI.
And because many of us tend to drive at speeds above the posted limit, we are all in danger of being issued a speeding ticket nearly every time we’re on the road. Therefore, getting caught is not so much a matter of if, but when.
So what should you do when it happens?
1) Remain calm and be polite to the officer.
2) Don’t argue the ticket. Most importantly, do not get upset. Fight the ticket in court, not on the roadside.
3) Plead NOT GUILTY to the ticket, or call a lawyer for advice and representation.
In many cases, you or your attorney will be able negotiate with the prosecutor or ticketing officer to seek a reduction of the charge down to a lesser infraction with lesser fines and points.
For a detailed explanation of the fines and points associated with speeding tickets, see How the New York DMV Point System Works.
Speeding tickets generate significant revenue for the courts and state through the hefty fines and surcharges that are imposed with a conviction.
So, don’t just fork your money over to the entity that pulled you over and ticketed you (state or local police). Save time, money, and the hassle of the whole process by hiring a skilled professional to fight them and your ticket for you.
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