Speeding tickets are one of the most common legal problems people have, but that’s no reason to take them lightly. Speeding tickets can come with steep fines and trigger increases to your car insurance premiums. New York City has some of the toughest speeding laws in the state, so if you get a ticket there, you’ll need an experienced New York City traffic attorney to help you.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR SPEEDING IN NEW YORK CITY?
The exact fine for speeding varies based on how far over the speed limit a driver was going. In addition, every ticket comes with an eighty-eight dollar surcharge, points on your license, and an extra fine of at least three hundred dollars if you end up with more than six points on your license after the ticket.
The fine for driving one to ten miles per hour over the limit starts at one hundred thirty-three dollars and will add three points on your license. Speeding eleven to twenty miles per hour over the limit will cost you a minimum of one hundred seventy-eight dollars and four points, twenty-one to thirty miles per hour over the speed limit will result in a fine of at least four hundred seventy-eight dollars and six points on your license.
If you hit thirty-one to forty miles per hour over the limit, your fine will start at seven hundred eighteen dollars and result in eight points on your driver’s license, and driving forty-one miles per hour over the limit can lead to fines of up to one thousand, three hundred sixty-three dollars and eleven points on your license.
There’s also another, hidden cost to getting a speeding ticket: it will likely increase your car insurance premiums. One study found that speeding tickets can cause up to a 33% increase in New York City drivers’ car insurance premiums, which adds up to hundreds of dollars per year.
As you can see, the consequences for a speeding ticket can be very costly, so fighting it in court is worth the effort.
HOW DO I BEAT A SPEEDING TICKET IN NEW YORK CITY?
It’s harder to beat a speeding ticket in New York City than in most places. The city has a special court, the Traffic Violations Bureau, or TVB, that handles speeding cases. The TVB has stricter rules than most courts. It doesn’t allow plea bargains, it doesn’t require proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, it limits the kind of evidence a driver can demand access to before the trial, and it allows the police to admit hearsay at the scene.
All of this means that speeding tickets can have a very low rate of acquittal in New York City. But our experienced attorneys have a dismissal rate of over fifty percent. A traffic attorney who knows the rules of the TVB can sometimes poke holes in an officer’s story and get the ticket thrown out.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET A SPEEDING TICKET IN NEW YORK CITY?
If you get a speeding ticket in New York City, contact Rosenblum Law for a free consultation today. The city requires drivers to respond to tickets in fifteen days, so there’s no time to delay. We’ll answer your questions, provide you a fee quote so you know how much representation will cost, and walk you through the process from beginning to end.