When you think of a traffic violation, you likely think of a speeding ticket that you can simply pay and forget about. However, it is important to realize that traffic violations come in many forms, ranging from relatively minor to extremely serious. In addition, paying a ticket can often result in unforeseen consequences that can be expensive and can create serious issues down the road.
Deciding what to do following a traffic ticket can be confusing. On one hand, people may be telling you to pay the ticket and others may be saying to call a traffic violation attorney. At the law firm of Hirsch & Hirsch, we provide free legal consultations regarding traffic tickets so you can learn more about how we can help you at no cost and then make an educated decision on how to proceed. If you have received any type of traffic violation, do not delay in calling our office for advice today.
Common Traffic Violations in NY
Traffic violations in NY can range from a seemingly simple ticket to serious allegations that may result in criminal penalties. Some examples of the violations we handle include the following:
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield
- Reckless driving
- Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
- Driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
No matter what type of traffic violation you are facing, call our office today to discuss your case.
Penalties for Traffic Violations
Traffic violation penalties can vary widely depending on the accusations. However, all traffic violations have one thing in common–there will be penalties if you are convicted. Many moving violations are not considered to be criminal matters but, instead, are considered to be infractions. This does not mean they should not be taken seriously because there can still be many penalties for traffic infractions.
First, traffic violations almost always require you to pay a fine. Paying the fine and avoiding a court date may seem like the easiest option. However, many people do not realize that paying a ticket means that you plead guilty to the violation and a conviction will go on your driving record. Convictions for moving violations often mean that points are added to your driving record, which can cause an increase in insurance rates and other complications. In addition, if you accumulate too many points on your record, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend your driver’s license. A suspension can cause personal and professional challenges and can also lead to additional driving while suspended charges.
More serious traffic violations such as reckless driving or leaving the scene of an accident can be charged as misdemeanors, which are criminal charges with penalties including extensive fines and even time in jail. If serious injury or death occurs as a result of a driving violation, you can even face felony charges and receive a prison sentence.
Traffic Violation Lawyer
An experienced traffic attorney can assist you in many ways with any type of traffic violation. First, many people forget to pay a ticket or do not show up in court on the required date. Failing to pay a fine or appear in court can result in serious consequences including immediate suspension of your driver’s license and a warrant issued for your arrest–often without your knowledge. This means that the next time you get pulled over, you can find yourself in jail, having to post bond, and facing additional charges for failing to appear in court. An attorney can represent you in court to ensure that you do not miss your date and that no warrant is issued.
If you are facing a moving violation, your traffic attorney can negotiate with prosecutors to get your ticket amended to a non-points violation. This way, you can avoid any insurance increases or other points-related penalties. If you are facing a more serious violation, it is imperative to have a lawyer who can defend against your charges and help you to avoid license suspension, jail time, and criminal convictions whenever possible.
Consult with an experienced NY Traffic Violation Attorney at Hirsch & Hirsch, LLP
At the law office of Hirsch & Hirsch, we have many tools and resources to handle traffic violations including an in-house DMV Terminal to confidentially view and evaluate your charges. We handle traffic cases ranging from minor traffic violations to felonies and you can rely on us to seek the most favorable result possible in every case. Please call for a free consultation today at 516-486-8500.