White Plains Traffic Tickets Attorney
Traffic tickets may seem like a minor inconvenience, but they can lead to fines, higher insurance rates, and in some instances, a suspended license. Many traffic tickets are issued in White Plains, particularly to motorists traveling on I-287 (the Cross Westchester Expressway) and in the school zones that exist throughout White Plains where the speed limit can drop quickly. Tickets for traffic violations that occur in White Plains are handled in the White Plains City Court. Consulting an attorney after you receive a ticket is a useful way to obtain legal advice and alleviate any confusion surrounding the various consequences of your situation. At Tilem & Associates, our White Plains traffic ticket lawyers have successfully assisted many drivers in Westchester County and the surrounding areas with reducing or avoiding the penalties from a traffic violation. We can perform all of the work necessary to respond to a ticket and address the matter on your behalf.Information Regarding Traffic Tickets in New York
A traffic citation may be issued to anyone driving in New York for a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Some common traffic violations include speeding, running a red light, failing to stop for a school bus, improperly passing, or using a cell phone to text or make a call. A New York State traffic ticket will state the alleged violation, the amount of points and maximum fine and surcharge for the violation, the court and the court’s address, the date by which you must respond, and other information. Answering the ticket is crucial because failing to do so may lead to the suspension of your driver license. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you may face an arrest and a criminal charge for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (AUO).
You may respond to a traffic ticket by entering a plea of guilty, guilty with an explanation, or not guilty. It is important to understand that a guilty plea may subject you to other consequences besides a fine and surcharge, such as points on your driving record or a license suspension. Even if you think that you may be guilty of the violation, you have the right to enter a not guilty plea and make the prosecution prove its case. In fact, entering a not guilty plea will allow you to challenge the ticket and preserve your right to negotiate a plea agreement to reduce the charge or go to trial. If you hire a traffic ticket attorney in White Plains, he or she will be able to answer on your behalf, seek a plea bargain, and appear in court without you in most situations.Understand the Consequences of a Traffic Ticket
Traffic violations involve several types of penalties and ramifications. In addition to a fine, many traffic violations require the payment of a mandatory Vehicle and Traffic Law surcharge and a fee or a civil penalty. These surcharges vary but may be greater than the fine in some cases. Drivers may also receive points on their driving record under the New York State Driver Violation Point System. The system assigns points for certain traffic violations, such as speeding, improper cell phone use, texting, tailgating, and other moving violations. If you accumulate six or more points in 18 months, you will be required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee. Eleven points in 18 months may result in the suspension of your driver license. In addition, points on your driving record will likely increase your motor vehicle insurance premiums. For a lot of people, hiring a White Plains traffic ticket attorney can make a difference in avoiding many of these consequences.Resolve a Traffic Ticket with a White Plains Attorney
If you have received a ticket for texting while driving, speeding, running a stop sign, or committing another traffic violation, you can potentially fight the related expenses and driving points. The lawyers at Tilem & Associates have worked tirelessly to secure dismissals and negotiate lowered penalties for people throughout Westchester County and beyond. We also assist individuals located in Bronx, Queens, Kings, Nassau, Suffolk, Richmond, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. Contact Tilem & Associates today by calling 877-377-8666 or submitting our online form to arrange a free consultation with a traffic ticket lawyer in White Plains.