Handheld Cell Phone Tickets
If you like to use a mobile telephone while driving, you aren’t alone. Many people find it convenient to do these two things at once. However, in many states, including New York, driving while holding and using your mobile telephone is a serious offense that will cost you money and points.
New York is now charging drivers for operating a mobile telephone while driving. They are concerned that drivers who are distracted will cause accidents. If you get ticketed for driving while using your handheld phone in Ulster County, don’t plead guilty. Call an experienced NY handheld cell phone ticket lawyer.
I’m Jonathan D. Katz, Esq., and traffic law is my specialty. I know that if you are found guilty of driving while holding a phone, you will get five points on your license and be forced to pay increased insurance premiums. You may even face losing your license. With legal representation, however, it may be possible to reduce the charge to a non-moving violation or get it dismissed. My firm can represent you with the goals of keeping your driving record as clean as possible, minimizing your points, and keeping you on the road.
In most cases you do not have to appear in court. As your lawyer, I can stand in your place in court and in negotiations, saving you time and money. This is especially important if you don’t live in Ulster or Orange counties. Call 845-834-4747 or send an e-mail to arrange for a free consultation.New NY Laws on Mobile Telephones
New York law makes it a motor vehicle violation to drive while using a handheld phone, sending or receiving text messages, sending e-mails, playing handheld electronic games or taking a photo with a handheld electronic device.
The law applies to drivers with a Commercial Driver’s License as well as typical drivers. It also applies to drivers with a learners permit. For these drivers, the penalties may be even more severe such as suspension or revocation of your license.Exceptions and Defenses
There are many exceptions to the law. You can make emergency calls such as to a hospital or police officer. In some, but not all, cases you may be allowed to make a call if you’re properly stopped.
Since there are possible defenses to the driving while using a handheld device law, you need to talk with a qualified traffic attorney who knows the laws and has experience defending these charges.Consult with an Attorney Before You Do Anything
Don’t pay the ticket before you’ve spoken with a lawyer. Paying the fine is an admission of guilt, and you will collect points on your driver’s license. If you do not respond to the ticket, you can still be found guilty. Once again, points will be assessed and your license will be automatically suspended, pending a hearing.
Most people can’t earn a living without a driver’s license. I’ve been practicing law and defending traffic citations in Ulster, NY for over 36 years. I can help you keep your license so you can get to and from work. Whether you’re a local Ulster County resident, a New York driver, an out-of-state driver or even a Canadian driver, I can help you with your Ulster traffic tickets.