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NY State Traffic Violations FAQs

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Can a lawyer defend my case in court without me?

— In most cases YES – the motorist does not have to appear if an attorney has been retained to represent him/her in court.

Why should I fight my traffic ticket? or, Why shouldn’t I just plead guilty?

Do you want to –

  • avoid points, fines and surcharges?
  • preserve your driving privileges?
  • keep your insurance rates low?

Yes? Then you should definitely fight your ticket! You should also consider that New York DMV may assess extra fees for drivers with 6 or more points on their license.

Should I fight my case if I really am guilty?

Yes. Why? Because the People must prove its case against you, not the other way around. Remember, you may remain silent, which helps your attorney obtain the best possible outcome on your case.

How can a New York traffic lawyer help?

New York Ticket Defenders understands the types of proof required to convict you.  We appear regularly before many of the traffic judges and understand their practices, tendencies and nuances. We are skilled questioners.  We appreciate the types of defenses which are worth advancing, and we conscientiously and consistently do our very best to obtain a favorable result.

How can I reduce points?

You can take a New York Driver Safety Class. After completing the program, you will get up to 4 points off of your driving record and get up to 10% savings on your automobile insurance.

Will a New York conviction transfer to my out-of-state license?

It depends. Each state has different laws about whether (and to what extent) a New York conviction affects your out-of-state license. Contact us if you would like us to look up your particular state.

What is the Driver Responsibility Assessment Program (DRAP)?

Starting from November 2004, DMV penalizes drivers for three years when they accumulate 6 or more points within an 18 month period or are convicted of an alcohol or drug related offense. The defensive driving class will not avoid the DRAP.  All motorists, regardless of where licensed, are required to pay the DRAP. A suspension will be issued if the DRAP is not paid. Many other states will honor any such suspension.