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Speeding Ticket FAQ

An Experienced Speeding Ticket Attorney Ready To Answer All Of Your Questions

Too many New York drivers just pay their speeding ticket citations because they are unsure about what options they have. It is your constitutional right to fight against allegations that you have broken the law; an attorney can help preserve your record and fight the charges against you. You do not have to automatically pay the fine just because you have been issued a citation for driving over the speed limit. There are lots of reasons why you may be able to contest a speeding ticket successfully and avoid the penalties that come with an admission of guilt.

Jeffrey DeRoberts and the criminal defense team at the DeRoberts Law Firm uses a detail-oriented approach to craft the most effective defense possible when you are faced with a speeding ticket.

Jeffrey DeRoberts is a well-known and highly-regarded criminal defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience. He tenaciously defends you in court and answers all of your questions along the way.

What Does A Speeding Ticket In New York Cost?

A speeding ticket conviction can cost you a lot more than just the original fine for the traffic citation. The additional costs besides the initial fine for speeding in Syracuse include:

  • Points – Each citation conviction comes with points that are automatically added onto your driving record. The number of points depends on much over the speeding limit you are accused of driving. When you accumulate enough points, your license will be suspended.
  • Possible license suspensions/revocations – If you get three speeding tickets and/or misdemeanor traffic violations within an 18 month period, then your license will be suspended for at least six months.
  • Driver’s responsibility assessments (payable to DMV) – The driver’s responsibility assessment is a fee that must be paid in addition to your fines that must be every year for three years if convicted of an applicable driving offense.
  • Insurance surcharges – Getting points applied to your driving record after a speeding conviction will cause your insurance premiums to increase. The costs can add up to thousands of dollars.
  • Possible jail sentences – Depending on the circumstances surrounding a speeding violation and your driving history, you may be sentenced to serve time in jail.
  • Lost income – If you receive a summons for a speeding citation, you may be forced to miss work to attend traffic court.

Why Fight A Speeding Ticket?

There are a lot of potential benefits to hiring an attorney to defend you against a speeding ticket. Our reputation for success has been built upon skillful legal representation and giving personalized attention to every client. The benefits that we may be able to offer you when fighting against a speeding ticket include:

Protection from fines and points – The fines that you may incur in New York include more than just the initial price of the ticket. The state may also require you to pay additional driver’s responsibility fees each year for getting points on your license. We try to get your fines and points removed entirely or at least get them reduced.

Preventing suspension or revocation of your license – If you get 11 or more points on your driver’s license within an 18-month period, then your license will automatically be suspended for at least six months. An experienced speeding ticket lawyer in Jefferson County can fight on your behalf to protect your ability to get to work and drive your family.

Saving time and money – Hiring our speeding ticket defense attorney can save you a lot of money in the long run. You only pay a flat fee when you hire Mr. DeRoberts to represent you to fight a speeding ticket, and most of the time you do not even have to miss work to attend traffic court.

What Happens If You Plead Guilty To A Speeding Ticket By Mail?

Mailing in a fine for a speeding ticket is legally considered to be the equivalent of being convicted from a trial. This means that you are waiving your right to a trial, giving up your right to have an attorney represent you and asking the court to decide on the fine and the penalty. Mailing in the fine exposes you to the full penalties of the law without having the opportunity to get the ticket reduced in any way.

Hiring an attorney gives you the opportunity to request a reduction in the penalties associated with your citation. Prosecutors will often reduce tickets upon request for any number of reasons, but you cannot negotiate a ticket once you have admitted guilt and paid the fine.

Do I Have To Go To Court For My Speeding Ticket?

No, we can normally achieve a resolution to your speeding ticket without your needing to go to court. However, there are some rare circumstances when you may need to attend court.

Do I Have To Hire A Lawyer To Fight A Speeding Ticket?

Although you do not have to hire an attorney, you will almost always get a better result by hiring an attorney to represent you in court.

Speeding tickets in New York are difficult to fight. Officers are well trained in giving citations, and they do it regularly. An experienced attorney will know what specific details in the record to look for to give you the best chance of keeping your record clean. We fight all of the evidence to try to keep it off the record. When evidence like the radar is kept off the record, we have the best chance of winning.

When the evidence against you is solid, we work with the prosecutors to get a fair reduction to the charges. We have been very successful at keeping licenses clean so that our client’s jobs are not affected, and their lives are minimally disturbed by citations.

How Will My Insurance Rates Be Impacted By A Speeding Ticket Conviction?

If you have a speeding ticket conviction, more often than not, your auto insurance rates will increase. How much will depend on the severity of the speeding ticket? The faster the rate of speed you are traveling over the speed limit, the higher the insurance rate increase can potentially be. And unfortunately, insurance rate hikes can stay with you for a very long time – anywhere from three to seven years. Excessive points on your driver’s license or a license suspension can also cause your auto insurance rates to increase significantly. Therefore, it is safer to keep your driving record clean and hire an attorney to keep citations off your record.

What Is The Point System In New York?

The state allocates points based on the violation that goes onto your driving record. Speeding tickets in Syracuse range from 3 points to 11 points.  If you get six points, New York now charges you a surcharge of $100 per year for three years, plus additional charges for each point. If you get 11 or more points within an 18 month period, then you will lose your driving privileges for at least six months.

Contact A Speeding Ticket Defense Attorney Today

Rely on attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts and the DeRoberts Law Firm to answer all of your questions about your traffic citation, or other criminal matter. A free initial consultation can be made by calling us at 315-479-6445 or you can contact us online. Don’t wait, contact us today.