If you've been a licensed driver for any length of time, you've probably experienced that sinking feeling that comes from seeing those dreaded flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Your mind races, considering all the ways a traffic ticket could affect your future, such as:
- Added points to your license
- Increased insurance rate
- License suspension
While many moving violations can be resolved by simply paying the fine, you do have another option; one that can help keep your driving record clean and your insurance rates reasonable.
If you have recently received a traffic ticket, you're probably wondering how an attorney can help. Here is some information regarding the potential outcomes of violations along with some reason you may wish to seek the help of a lawyer.
The potential penalties of moving violations
Unless you are facing serious charges such as vehicular manslaughter or a DWI, you will likely not go to jail. That doesn't, however, mean that it won't have a negative impact on your wallet and your driving privileges.
Like most states, New York has implemented a point system. Each infraction has a point value based on its severity. Accumulating 11 points over an 18-month period will result in license suspension. What many don't realize is that just one traffic stop can cause your license to be suspended.
For example, if you receive a ticket that includes speeding, texting while driving and improper passing, you will accumulate enough points for a suspension if you are convicted of all three charges. Also, a conviction for driving 40 MPH over the speed limit adds 11 points - an immediate grounds for suspension.
How a legal professional can help you
Whether you're facing DWI charges or a simple speeding ticket, seeking counsel from an attorney can save you time and money. A lawyer can protect your legal rights, gather evidence and work with law enforcement and court officials to help ensure that you obtain the most favorable outcome. An attorney from Law Office of James L. Riotto will answer any questions you might have and prepare you for both worst and best-case scenarios.