Michel A. Arbeit, P.C. regularly defends clients throughout Long Island and New York City against traffic infractions. Being convicted of a traffic violation can lead to fines, points on your driving record, and higher auto insurance premiums. More serious violations (e.g. DWI, reckless driving) can result in a license suspension and even jail time, which makes working with an experienced traffic violations attorney essential.
When you consult with us, we will explore all your legal options and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. You can depend on us to help you avoid penalties and protect your driving privileges. Lead attorney Michael A. Arbeit is a highly regarded criminal defense attorney with an impressive track record of success defending traffic tickets. Contact our office today for a consultation.
New York Traffic Infractions And Penalties
Our firm defends clients against a wide range of traffic infractions, including:
- Failing to obey a traffic signal
- Unsafe lane change
- Improper passing
- Reckless driving
- Driving with a suspended license
- Failing to stop for a school bus
- CDL violations
- Leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage or injury
- Cellphone use/Texting and driving
Penalties for traffic violations include:
- Fines, court costs
- Community service
- License suspension
- License revocation
- Jail time or imprisonment
- Required ignition interlock devices
- Mandatory attendance at substance abuse programs
Fines for traffic violations on Long Island and around New York City depend on factors such as the type of violation and whether you have prior traffic convictions. Instead of paying the fine and moving on, talk to an experienced traffic infractions attorney to discuss your options.
Points for New York Traffic Infractions & Violations
Under New York’s harsh point system, anywhere from 2 to 11 points will be added to your driving record for a moving violation. The more serious the infraction, the higher the points. You must pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee if you receive 6 or more points within 18 months. The Department of Motor Vehicles will automatically suspend your license if you fail to pay this fee.
Points remain on your driving record as long as the conviction is on your record. Also, insurance companies have their point system and may increase your premium based on your driving record. Our traffic infractions attorney can help to keep your driving record clean.
Mandatory Appearance Tickets in New York
If your traffic ticket indicates “Court Appearance Required,” you must appear in traffic court on the date noted – paying the ticket online or by mail is not an option. If you fail to appear in person, a bench warrant for your arrest may be issued, meaning that law enforcement will arrest you if they pull you over for another alleged offense. Having an experienced attorney represent you in traffic court can mean the difference between a conviction and dismissal or reduction of charges.
Why Choose Us
Simply paying a traffic ticket or appearing in traffic court without a defense attorney is a mistake. Signing and returning a traffic ticket is an admission of guilt, and you waive any legal defenses. In addition, traffic violations are strict liability offenses, meaning that prosecutors must only prove you committed the violation to gain a conviction.
The best way to avoid harsh fines and other penalties is to work with our experienced traffic violation attorneys. We have comprehensive knowledge of NYS vehicle and traffic laws and a proven history of helping our clients beat traffic tickets. When you meet with us, we will take the time to review your case, obtain and review the police report, and choose the best line of defense.
Suppose that you receive a speeding ticket. It may be possible to show that the radar device was defective or that the arresting officer used it improperly. Similarly, if you are facing a DWI charge, we will challenge the validity of the breathalyzer or chemical tests.
If you have not received a mandatory appearance ticket, we can take your place in court, saving you time, aggravation, and money. Regardless of the traffic violation facing you, we will work to reduce or eliminate any fines and protect your rights.
Contact Our Experienced Long Island Traffic Infractions Attorneys
Being ticketed for a traffic infraction is more than an inconvenience. A traffic conviction may seem like a minor offense, but penalties, fines, and points can add up and jeopardize your driving privileges and your freedom. With so much at stake, you need the informed representation we provide. We offer reasonable rates, aggressive representation, and dependable service. Let us help you beat that traffic ticket. Contact our office today to get started.
Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. defends people in traffic-related infractions and matters throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx.