DeRoberts Law Firm

Focused On Protecting Your Family And Your Future

Traffic Violations: Do Not Pay The Fine Without Understanding The Consequences

Last updated on March 8, 2022

Before you mail your payment for that traffic ticket or enter a plea to a misdemeanor traffic violation, you need to know the full consequences of doing so. Even a simple traffic citation could push you over the edge under New York’s points system, resulting in the suspension of your driver’s license.

Syracuse criminal law attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts handles all traffic offenses, from minor infractions to serious misdemeanors that could result in jail time. He practices in town, village, city and county courts of Onondaga County and nearby jurisdictions of Central New York.

Confidently Defending Clients Against All Types Of Moving Violations

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) assigns each traffic violation a specified number of points. The more points you accumulate on your driving record, the more sanctions you could potentially face. The points penalties for traffic violations in New York are:

  • Reckless driving – 5 points
  • Improper cell phone use – 5 points
  • Texting – 5 points
  • Failure to stop for a school bus – 5 points
  • Following too closely/tailgating – 4 points
  • Inadequate brakes – 4 points
  • Failing to yield the right of way – 3 points
  • Violating traffic signals, stop signs or yield signs – 3 points
  • Railroad crossing violation – 3 points
  • Illegal passing – 3 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage or animal injury – 3 points
  • Seat belt violations for persons under 16 – 3 points

Moving violations other than the ones listed above generally incur 2 points. Speeding violations incur anywhere from three to eight points depending on how far above the posted speed limit you were driving. If you receive more than 10 points during an 18-month period, you may be required to attend a DMV hearing and your license may be suspended or revoked. If you are convicted of a drug or alcohol violation or if you receive more than three speeding tickets within an 18-month period, your license will automatically be suspended or revoked. The effective date for license points is the date of the violation and not the date of conviction.

Get The Legal Help You Need To Minimize The Consequences

You should consult an experienced traffic violations lawyer as soon as you receive a ticket for your best chance at minimizing the consequences. Attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts has been helping drivers reduce the amount of points on their record and resolving traffic cases successfully for more than 25 years. Call today for help with:

  • Speeding tickets
  • Red light and stop sign violations
  • Illegal passing
  • Reckless driving or racing
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Zero Tolerance citations (underage drinking and driving)
  • DWAI and DWI
  • All traffic offenses

Many citizens are not aware that their driving privileges are in danger until it’s too late. For example, a third speeding ticket in an 18-month period can lead to revocation. Or, any combination of 11 points in 18 months triggers a suspension. Mr. DeRoberts can often get misdemeanors reduced to non-criminal offenses, and point violations knocked down to nonpoint tickets. He can also address prior traffic tickets to “undo” a guilty plea so that the latest offense does not result in suspension.

If your license has been suspended by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles over too many violations (or unpaid traffic tickets), we can help you fight to restore your license or obtain restricted driving privileges.

Effective And Knowledgeable Representation Is Your Best Resource For Dealing With Traffic Violations

Our team at the DeRoberts Law Firm has been aggressively fighting traffic violations cases since 1993. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your case and appointments are available at your convenience. Call us at 315-479-6445 or contact us online today.