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This thread discusses speeding tickets and traffic tickets in the state of New York. For parking tickets go here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15090.0 or here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=23665.msg1088489. For moving violations outside of New York, please start a new thread and add a link here.

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Please read this wiki first. I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice.

Q: Can I get a plea bargain in New York City?
A: No. Every single ticket goes to trial, guilty or not guilty, in New York City. (The 5 boroughs of NY, Kings, Queens, Bronx and Richmond.)

***Join the push to change the system in NYC. https://www.change.org/p/new-york-change-traffic-courts-in-new-york-city-nyc-tvb ***

Q: How long does it take for points to fall off your New York State record/license/abstract?
A: For DMV persistent violation purposes 18 months from the date of offense regardless of the date of conviction. At 3 years after the date of conviction on the following January first the points are no longer visible on the driving record which insurance companies and traffic prosecutors look at. DMV always keeps a record of your conviction and if you get too many points over your lifetime you could get a "10 year" revocation, however those records are not visible to insurance companies.

Q: Does it pay to fight my NY ticket or should I just pay it?
A: In order to figure the true cost of a traffic ticket conviction (aside from figuring out the total fines and the effects on your record) you need to call up your insurance company and ask them 2 questions. 1. How much will my insurance go up over the next 4 years if I pay this ticket? 2. How much money in "good driver discounts" will I loss over the next 4 years and how much does this add up to?

The reason you need to ask these 2 questions separately is because the insurance companies "shield themselves" from the statutory requirement to not raise insurance rates for a first violation (or speeds up to 15 MPH) by granting "good driver discounts", and then taking away these good driver discounts when you get your first violation. Therefore the (technically) correct answer to the first question you ask them could be "your insurance will not be raised at all". Then when you ask them the second question the answer may be in the thousands of dollars over the next 4 years, depending on your insurance bracket.

Q: How can I find my New York ticket online? 
A: If it is New York City ticket you can find it at https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/pleadnpay if you received a ticket anywhere outside of NYC and anywhere upstate you must contact the individual Court by phone or mail. There is no way to find your ticket online. Google is not able to find most small Courts as it get confused with giving you the most popular courts and attorneys, therefore I suggest you look up your Court at at www.town-court.com.

Q: How can I get a copy of my NYS driving record/license/abstract?
A: You can buy it at the statutory minimum of $7 at https://my.dmv.ny.gov/crm

Q: Do NJ tickets show up on a regular non CDL NY license?
A: As long as you pay them, no they will not.

Q: Do NY tickets show up on NJ licenses?
A: Yes as a 2 point out of state conviction (most violations).

Q: Do NJ tickets show up on a NY license?
A: As long as you pay them, no. Exceptions 1. if you have a CDL the NJ conviction will record on your NY license. 2. DUI/DWI and criminal driving convictions from NJ do record on your NY license. 3. as stated above if you don't respond to the ticket the suspension will follow you to NY. In addition NJ issues warrants for failing to respond to traffic tickets. 4 If you are convicted of a high speed (90+ MPH, 100+ MPH) in NJ the Judge may suspend your NJ driving privileges. 

Q: Can I pay Court fines with a CC?
A: In NYC for moving violations you can use https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/pleadnpay. For NYC parking tickets you can use http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/parking/parking.shtml. As far as "upstate" Courts go, most Courts will allow you to pay with visa or mastercard in person. Many Courts have a CC sheet which you can fill in and mail back, other Courts have a third party processor such as https://www.ncourt.com to accept cc payments. Call the Court to find out what options they have. No one (so far that I have seen) will take CCs over the phone.

Q: I received a camera ticket for a red light (3 points) or speeding (3-11 points) or a bus lane violation (2 points). Do traffic tickets issued from a camera add points to my license?
A: Camera Tickets never go on your license as they are issued against the car and not the driver. Therefor a camera ticket will not add points to your license or increase your insurance.

Q: If I push a ticket off for 18 months and then I am convicted, can I still be suspended by the DMV for having more than 11 points?
A: Pushing off a ticket will not help protect you from DMV actions. The reason is as follows: if you receive 2 tickets worth 6 points each on the same day, and you plead guilty to one of them on that same day and you push the second ticket off for 5 years, and then you plead guilty to that second ticket, the DMV computer will look at the 2 dates of violation and say "the motorist accumulated (more than) 11 points within an 18 month period" and issue a persistent violator suspension against you license.

Insurance companies work the other way around. They can only raise your premium after your date of conviction. Therefore in our example the insurance companies will increase your insurance after the first conviction appears on your record when they renew your policy (which will stay on your record for 3 years and then until the next January 1st) and then they will increase your rates again after the second ticket conviction shows up on your record when they renew your policy, (once again this second ticket will stay on the record for  3 years plus until the next January first. It follows that pleading/being found guilty in December saves 11 months of policy increase, and if there is a way to lock in a one year policy right before a conviction in December you can be looking at a car increase for only 2 years and 1 day, instead of 4 years minus one day.)

Travelers Insurance offers 1 year rates.
Geico is 6 months.

Traffic Ticket Lawyers:

State
New York Attorney Matisyahu Wolfberg http://www.speedingdefense.com/
New York Attorney Zev Goldstein www.zevgoldsteinlaw.com 845-356-7770
New Jersey Attorney Adam H. Rosenblum www.ticketdefenselaw.com
New Jersey Attorney Leib Klein www.avvo.com/attorneys/08701-nj-leib-klein-1602182.html 732-987-7040

Great Upstate NY lawyer at very cheap prices. http://jaydrillings.net/

Not that many parking ticket lawyers!
Parking ticket Non Lawyer (NYC)
Cathy Mei She takes 50% to fight the parking or camera ticket
Office Number 212-349-4978
Email 329ticket@gmail.com
Fax 646-699-3630

Parking Expert non attorney (718) 384-5052

Non attorney runner http://www.myticketsnyc.com/

Non attorney runner http://www.wefighttickets.com/

10 Counties in upstate NY have diversion programs, allowing you to dismiss the ticket for a fine and defensive driving class. Conditions and restrictions apply. Check the District Attorney's website for your county: Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Franklin, Livingston, Orleans, Otsego, Tioga, and Wyoming.

This wiki is not legal advice, or the advice of an attorney.
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1290 on: July 31, 2014, 06:43:21 PM »
a friend of mine got a ticket in NJ offense 39:3-17 what is the violation?
Didn't show his license?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1291 on: July 31, 2014, 06:45:09 PM »
Hey there! I am using DansDeals Forums.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1292 on: August 01, 2014, 01:03:55 AM »
Failure to signal when changing lanes in NYS is what type on violation?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1293 on: August 01, 2014, 05:36:56 AM »
I just got a cell phone ticket in NYC today. I have 2 questions.
1- can I be given a ticket for holding a cell phone even if I'm not using it?
2- on the ticket the officer wrote the wrong expiration date for my license. Is that enough of a reason to get it dismissed?
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1294 on: August 01, 2014, 09:18:27 AM »
Yes they changed the law recently, ur not allowed to even hold it

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1295 on: August 01, 2014, 10:07:51 AM »
I got a ticket this morning in nj for obstructing passage of other vehicles  39:4-67
I basically drove a truck in the left lane the cop said he's giving me a break since I have a NY CDL.
 The question is if I should just pay the $54? or fight it which I would if it goes on record and if NY accesses points for this infraction. TIA
If you have a CDL that means that NYS has a record for you and the federal government has a registry for you as well. The feds record everything (someone enlighten me otherwise please).

You need to fight/reduce this. It could kill some job opportunities for a very long time. Either go down there yourself and try to get a non moving violation or try contacting a NJ traffic attorney. Good luck!

I got pulled over on saddle river in Monsey for going 40 in 30 at 2 am... Worth to fight? What sld my defense be?
Plead not guilty and trade your guilty plea of a parking ticket in so that they don;t have to drag you into a trial.

I just got a cell phone ticket in NYC today. I have 2 questions.
1- can I be given a ticket for holding a cell phone even if I'm not using it?
2- on the ticket the officer wrote the wrong expiration date for my license. Is that enough of a reason to get it dismissed?

The date of your license is not enough to get it dismissed.

As far as holding a phone goes, you are allowed to hold the phone however there is a statutory assumption that if you are holding it, you are using it. That assumption is rebuttable should you find a way to show that you were not using your phone.
5 Points no plea bargening:/ Good luck!

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1296 on: August 01, 2014, 11:00:39 AM »
If you have a CDL that means that NYS has a record for you and the federal government has a registry for you as well. The feds record everything (someone enlighten me otherwise please).

You need to fight/reduce this. It could kill some job opportunities for a very long time. Either go down there yourself and try to get a non moving violation or try contacting a NJ traffic attorney. Good luck!
 Plead not guilty and trade your guilty plea of a parking ticket in so that they don;t have to drag you into a trial.

The date of your license is not enough to get it dismissed.

As far as holding a phone goes, you are allowed to hold the phone however there is a statutory assumption that if you are holding it, you are using it. That assumption is rebuttable should you find a way to show that you were not using your phone.
5 Points no plea bargening:/ Good luck!
NEW YORK STATE'S MOBILE PHONE and PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE LAWS

New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.

Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device


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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1297 on: August 01, 2014, 02:44:07 PM »
I got 2 tickets:  >:(

1) HOV + EZ-pass lane and did not have my EZ-pass with me. HLC (battery) Tunnel. (2 points)

(I honestly didn't realize you needed both, i thought if you had either one you were good. Plus i was trying to make my flight in LGA, so being in this lane was a complete accident as LGA is the other way, i am not from NY)

2) Uninsured vehicle. (I am insured, didn't have the correct paperwork in my car at the time)

Does anyone know if fighting these are worth it? or just pay them (I don't know how much)?

The Uninsured vehicle ticket was a mandatory hearing... So i just went with pleading not-guilty and ill try to fight both. Date set for Beginning of 2015

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1298 on: August 01, 2014, 04:14:45 PM »
NEW YORK STATE'S MOBILE PHONE and PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE LAWS

New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.

Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device

Show me.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1300 on: August 01, 2014, 04:25:45 PM »
I just got a cell phone ticket in NYC today. I have 2 questions.
1- can I be given a ticket for holding a cell phone even if I'm not using it?
2- on the ticket the officer wrote the wrong expiration date for my license. Is that enough of a reason to get it dismissed?

I got a ticket like that about 14 months ago. I just have my lawyer keep pushing it off. My next hearing is in Dec  :P.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1301 on: August 01, 2014, 04:31:07 PM »

I got a ticket like that about 14 months ago. I just have my lawyer keep pushing it off. My next hearing is in Dec  :P.
Won't be able to push it off past then.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1302 on: August 04, 2014, 12:23:34 AM »
http://www.safeny.ny.gov/phon-ndx.htm
Even though this is not the official text, I quote the page you mention. I don't understand what is wrong with the black on white text. Read it carefully:
"New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.

Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and:

Talking on a handheld mobile telephone
Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
Viewing, taking, or transmitting images
Playing games

The law defines the following terms as:

(a) "Portable electronic device" shall mean any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined by subdivision one of section twelve hundred twenty-five-c of this article, personal digital assistant (PDA), handheld device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device.

(b) "Using" shall mean holding a portable electronic device while viewing, taking or transmitting images, playing games, or composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages, or other electronic data."[/b]

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1303 on: August 06, 2014, 11:11:39 AM »
I got a driving ticket, with a court date in NJ. It was about a month ago, and I didn't show up. I haven't heard anything since. Can I ignore it, or are they going to follow up? I live in NY.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1304 on: August 06, 2014, 11:55:30 AM »
I got a driving ticket, with a court date in NJ. It was about a month ago, and I didn't show up. I haven't heard anything since. Can I ignore it, or are they going to follow up? I live in NY.
Same thing happened to  me, they jst mailed me a new court date. Might depend on which town the ticket is for.