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Ever received a traffic ticket and felt overwhelmed by the legal process that follows? Don’t worry, you’re not alone Traffic Tickets may not seem like a big deal to most, however, they could cause damaging circumstances, such as points on your license, insurance increases and even license suspension.
If you’ve been hit with a traffic violation or criminal charge, call our trusted traffic ticket lawyer in New York. Gina M. Wicik has successfully litigated thousands of traffic ticket violations, and she’s ready to help you!

Why you should fight your traffic ticket

Fighting your traffic violation is almost always the best choice. Challenging your ticket may help you avoid potential fines, DMV surcharges, insurance increases or suspension of your driving privileges.

Even if you’re guilty, you still have the right to challenge your ticket. Depending on the specifics of your case, the benefits of challenging your ticket may outweigh the costs. We recommend having a consultation with our traffic violations attorney, then making the decision that is best for you.

The Legal Process for Traffic Violations in New York

Contesting traffic tickets in New York is essential to avoid points, fines, surcharges, and additional fees imposed by the DMV for drivers with 6 or more points. It’s recommended to contest a traffic ticket, as the People must demonstrate their case against you, and you may choose not to make any statements.
The potential outcomes of contesting a New York traffic ticket may include dismissal of the ticket, reduction of the charge, or a guilty plea with reduced fines or points associated with your traffic ticket.

Understanding Your Traffic Ticket

Comprehending the charges and penalties associated with your traffic ticket is essential for making informed decisions about your case. For example, a traffic violation such as failing to stop at a stop sign in NY may result in a hefty fine, points on your license, and costly insurance hikes.Another important law is the Move Over Law, which requires drivers to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle. Failure to comply with this law can result in fines, points added to your driving record, and a surcharge.

Traffic Court Procedures

Familiarizing yourself with traffic court procedures, such as appearances, plea bargaining, and trials, is crucial to effectively navigate the process. In many instances, a traffic ticket lawyer can represent your case in court without your physical presence, saving you time and stress.
The procedures of traffic court typically involve the clerk calling each case, the driver and officer who issued the ticket coming up to the front, entering a plea, gathering evidence, and proceeding with a trial that includes opening statements, testimony, cross-examination, closing statements, and a verdict.Keep in mind that there are no juries in traffic court, and a judge determines if the defendant is guilty or not guilty.

Potential Outcomes

Potential outcomes of a traffic ticket case can vary depending on the specific circumstances. For a speeding tickett in New York, fines may be significant, and car insurance premiums may be increased. Neglecting your traffic ticket can lead to a suspended license in New York (or your home state), a warrant being issued, credit issues, and difficulties renting a car, among other potential issues. It’s essential to engage a traffic ticket attorney to help you navigate the potential outcomes and work towards the best possible result for your case.



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Could I Be Convicted of  a Criminal Charge for my Traffic Violation

New York State recognizes several criminal traffic violations. These violations can result in jail time, hefty fines, license suspension or revocation, negative implications on immigration status, misdemeanors, or felonies. Some examples of potential criminal violations (link to criminal defense page) in New York include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving While under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI)
  • Traffic violations that result in bodily injury or death
  • Evading the authorities
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Special Cases and Considerations

In certain special cases and considerations, additional expertise may be required, such as for commercial drivers, out-of-state drivers, and those with multiple offenses. Gina M Wicik provides legal services to clients who have been issued tickets for moving violations in New York and New Jersey.Commercial Drivers

Given the potentially more serious repercussions for traffic offenses committed by commercial drivers, it is essential to enlist the services of an attorney with expertise in this field. Commercial drivers must obtain and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from their home state and adhere to the regulations stipulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
An attorney with experience in handling commercial driver cases can ensure that your rights are protected and help you navigate the specific legal requirements for commercial drivers.

Out of State Drivers

Out-of-state convictions do not add points to your New York driving record unless those convictions happened in Ontario or Quebec.

Out-of-state drivers should consider a lawyer with experience in handling cases for non-residents to guarantee proper representation and knowledge of state-specific laws. The legal processes for out-of-state drivers may differ depending on the state, and it’s essential to consult with the particular state’s DMV for the precise process. By choosing a lawyer familiar with handling cases for non-residents, you can ensure that you receive the best possible representation, regardless of your home state.

Multiple Offenses

Those with multiple offenses may necessitate a more assertive defense approach and an attorney experienced in managing complex cases.

How Does The New York Point System Work

The New York Driver Violation Point Systems helps the Department of Motor Vehicles identify high-risk drivers. If you are considered high risk, you may have your drivers license suspended or revoked, incur fees and State surcharges, or have to pay large insurance premiums. The New York State DMV may suspend your license if you incur 10 or more points within an 18 month period. If you receive 6 or more points on your NYS driving record within a period of 18 months a Driver Assessment Fee will be assessed on you by the DMV, the fees start at $100.00 a year for a total of 3 years, any additional points received within that 3 year period will add an additional $75.00 per point to the yearly surcharge.

The process of fighting a ticket can be complex and stressful. When you hire an attorney, it largely cuts down on that complexity and frustration. We will work to make the process as simple and approachable as we can for you.

Why should I hire a Traffic Violations Attorney

By choosing a lawyer who is communicative and readily available, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. Gina M Wicik understands the ins and outs of the court and its processes, whether you’re Upstate, on Long Island or in NYC, her level of experience and commitment to success are assets to her clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket, red light ticket or any other common New York traffic violation, we have the expertise and discipline to help protect your driving record.
Contact us for a free consultation and find out how we can help you win your traffic ticket. Gina M. Wicik has successfully litigated thousands of traffic ticket violations, and she’s ready to help you, 516-253-4278!

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