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Caught Speeding? What To Do Next

For the most part individuals have very little police contact. One of the exceptions to this is a vehicle and traffic stop. Most people know the frustration of being pulled over for a vehicle and traffic stop such as speeding.

Speeding is a violation of the vehicle and traffic law and as such is not a crime such as a misdemeanor or felony. When a speeding ticket is received many people ask the question of what to do next. On almost all speeding tickets in New York State a court date is given for the return of the ticket on the lower left hand side of the ticket, which also specifies which court has jurisdiction over the matter. That is the return date for the ticket to be sent into the court with a Guilty or Not Guilty plea.

I always recommend that a Not Guilty plea be entered and mailed into the Court whether you are retaining an attorney or not. As an attorney I handle all matters related to a speeding ticket including mailing the ticket in appropriately and either having the case dismissed outright or negotiate a plea bargain.

Speeding tickets have severe consequences and can result in the loss of a driver’s license if an individual has 11 or more points in an 18 month time period. In addition, speeding in a work zone two or more times will result in the suspension of a driver’s license.

Speeding tickets carry not only fines set by the court but mandatory state surcharges of $93.00 as well as points depending on the speed that is alleged. If an individual has six or more points on a license a driver’s assessment fee is imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The issues surrounding speeding tickets can be avoided through a court proceeding that individuals can do themselves, or hire an attorney for. In some cases as an attorney I am able to negotiate better settlements regarding these matters or have the ticket outright dismissed based upon my knowledge of the law. In addition, many times these court appearances take place either in the evening or during business hours when individuals are either working or with their families. I have the ability to appear for people in Court so that their appearances can be waived and handle the legal matter without my client present enabling an individual to spend time with their family, work or not travel significant distances to be in court.

If you have any questions about the consequences of a speeding or other vehicle and traffic ticket consult an attorney. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony matter under the vehicle and traffic law always consult with and hire an attorney to represent you.