New York is a great place to live and work and a wonderful place to visit. However, you don’t want to get stopped and ticketed for speeding or any other moving violations in Ulster County. These tickets have serious consequences and should not be taken lightly. Extra points on your license can result in an increase in your insurance premiums and the possible suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. A loss of license can mean you lose your job and ability to earn a living.
Further, there are extra penalties for repeat offenders which can cause extra fines, more jail time and a greater likelihood that your license will be suspended or revoked. This is especially true if the offense was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or if the driver was using a commercial driver’s license.Consult with an Attorney Before You Do Anything
Don’t pay any tickets before you’ve spoken with a lawyer. Paying the fine is an admission of guilt, and you will collect points. If you do not respond, you can still be found guilty. 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 precious time and money if you live far away. In many cases, I can reduce a traffic ticket to a lesser charge or a non-moving violation. Call 845-834-4747 or send an e-mail to arrange for a consultation.What are Some Common Repeat Offenses?
Multiple speeding tickets – If you get three speeding tickets in an 18-month period, your license will be suspended for at least six months. The New York DMV will also add a $300 Driver Assessment fee when you get six points on your record plus another $75 for each point over 6.
Points – If your points total 11 during an 18-month period, your license will also be suspended and a Driver Assessment Fee will apply.
Multiple DUI offenses – Repeat offenses for Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) offenses (drug or alcohol) carry increased jail time, increased fines and increased penalties. Repeat DWAI offenders will need to use an interlock ignition device on their car. New York is also considering long waiting periods before repeat offenders can get their license restored.
CDL (Commercial Driving Licenses) – Your license will be suspended for at least one year for the most serious violations — many alcohol related, crime related and other defined offenses. Repeat offenders will lose their CDL for life. For less serious traffic violations, repeat offenders will lose their license for 60 days for two offenses in a three-year period and 120 days for three offenses in the same time frame.
Don’t pay the ticket before you’ve spoken with a lawyer. Repeat offenses will significantly increase your fines, penalties, potential jail time and your likelihood of losing your license. I invite you to contact us at 845-834-4747 or send us an e-mail to request your free, initial consultation. I’ve been defending traffic citations in Ulster, NY for over 36 years. Let me put my experience to work.