NY Speeding Tickets | Plead Guilty or Not Guilty

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Published: Dec 13, 2017 | Updated: Nov 11, 2022 |

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Should I Plead Guilty to My NY Speeding Ticket?

The Short Answer is Never. Speeding Tickets in New York State carry 3 to 11 points on your license depending on how many miles per hour over the limit the officer claims you were going. If you accumulate 11 points, in an eighteen (18) month period, your license can be suspended. If you are convicted of traveling 31 mph (or more) over the limit, a judge could suspend your license.

Another reason for not pleading guilty is that your insurance rates might rise. For Instance, If you are convicted for a speeding violation, your insurer may tack a temporary charge on your insurance policy for three years. Your rate could increase as much as 25% depending on the circumstances. New York also added a new surcharge of $100 per year for three years if you get six points, plus $25 per year for each additional point. This is called a Drivers Responsibility Assessment.

The last reason not to plead guilty is that it is usually cheaper (see dmv.org) to hire a lawyer and get the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation if possible, and avoid the points, fines and surcharges associated with pleading guilty. The fine for a three (3) point speeding ticket will probably be about, $150, Plus, New York State adds $93 to the fine making the cost of your speeding ticket $243 (or more). Moreover, for a 6-point speeding ticket conviction (21 mph over the limit or higher), the New York State Department Of Motor Vehicles will impose yet another fee called the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee of $300. This fee increases by $75 for every point above 6 on your NY motorist’s driving record. Therefore, a conviction to a New York State speeding ticket can get very expensive.

How Much Does it Cost for a Lawyer to Represent Me on a Speeding Ticket?

Generally speaking it will cost about $250.00 for most speading tickets but it depends on the speed and your driving record. Perhaps the better question would be what is the cost if I don't hire a lawyer.

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