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At Michael A. Arbeit, P.C., we understand the severe consequences that come with speed contest charges. Illegal street racing not only endangers lives but also leads to significant legal repercussions. With our extensive experience in criminal defense, we are committed to providing aggressive representation to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome.

Understanding Speed Contest Charges

A speed contest, often referred to as illegal street racing, is a race between two or more vehicles on public roads, outside of authorized racing venues. In New York, engaging in such activities is considered a serious offense, with law enforcement actively working to curb these dangerous events. Speed contests not only pose significant risks to public safety but also carry substantial legal consequences for those involved.

What Are the Potential Consequences for Illegal Street Racing in New York?

Being charged with participating in a speed contest can lead to severe penalties that may impact your life profoundly. The consequences of a conviction can include:

  • Criminal Charges: Depending on the circumstances, participants can face misdemeanor or felony charges, leading to a criminal record.
  • Fines and Penalties: Convictions often result in hefty fines, potentially costing thousands of dollars.
  • Incarceration: Jail or prison time is a possibility for those convicted of illegal street racing.
  • Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation: Your driving privileges may be suspended or revoked, affecting your ability to commute and maintain employment.
  • Increased Insurance Rates: Convictions can lead to significantly higher auto insurance premiums.
  • Vehicle Impoundment: Law enforcement may impound vehicles involved in speed contests.

Each case varies, and specific consequences depend on the details of the offense, including prior convictions and the presence of aggravating factors such as property damage or injury.

Why Choose Michael A. Arbeit?

With years of dedicated legal service, Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. has developed a deep understanding of the nuances of criminal defense, particularly in cases involving speed contests. Our approach is to provide personalized legal strategies tailored to the specifics of your case, ensuring your story is heard and effectively represented.

Our firm has a history of successful case resolutions, from reducing charges to securing acquittals. Your defense is our priority, and we work tirelessly to achieve results that matter. We also know that legal concerns don’t keep office hours. Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. is available 24/7 to provide the support and guidance you need, whenever you need it.

Our Services

Navigating the legal system alone, especially when facing charges as serious as those for participating in a speed contest, can be overwhelming and fraught with risk. Michael A. Arbeit, P.C., offers experienced legal representation tailored to the unique circumstances of your case. Here’s how we can help:

  • Legal Consultation: Schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case. We’ll review the charges against you, explain your legal options, and outline a strategy moving forward.
  • Case Preparation and Representation: From gathering evidence to negotiating with prosecutors, we handle all aspects of your defense. Our goal is to minimize the impact of the charges on your life and future.
  • Courtroom Advocacy: Should your case go to trial, you can count on skilled litigation from Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. We’ll vigorously defend your rights in court, striving for the best possible legal outcome.
  • Potential Consequences: Conviction can result in hefty fines, driver’s license suspension, and even incarceration. Additionally, it can have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional life.
  • How We Can Help: Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. specializes in dissecting the prosecution’s case to identify weaknesses and build a strong defense. Whether it’s negotiating for lesser penalties or fighting for an acquittal, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

24/7 Availability & Immediate Jail Visits in New York & Long Island

Don’t let speed contest charges derail your life. Contact Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards safeguarding your future. Together, we can navigate the complexities of the legal system and work towards a favorable resolution.

Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. assists clients throughout Long Island including Nassau County, Suffolk County, Garden City, and New York, including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

S 1182. Speed  contests  and races.   1. Except as provided in section
  eleven hundred eighty-two-a of this article or section  sixteen  hundred
  thirty,  sixteen  hundred  forty,  sixteen  hundred forty-two or sixteen
  hundred sixty of this chapter, no  races,  exhibitions  or  contests  of
  speed  shall be held and no person shall engage in or aid or abet in any
  motor vehicle or other  speed  contest  or  exhibition  of  speed  on  a
  highway.  Such  event, if held, shall be fully and efficiently patrolled
  for the entire distance over which such race, exhibition or contest  for
  speed  is  to  be held. Participants in a race, exhibition or contest of
  speed are exempted from  compliance  with  any  traffic  laws  otherwise
  applicable  thereto,  but shall exercise reasonable care. A violation of
  any of the provisions of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and
  be punishable by imprisonment of not more than thirty days or a fine  of
  not  less  than  three  hundred  dollars  nor  more  than  five  hundred
  twenty-five dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.
    2. A second conviction within twelve months of  a  violation  of  this
  section  shall be punishable by imprisonment of not more than six months
  or a fine of not less than five hundred  twenty-five  dollars  nor  more
  than seven hundred fifty dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.