Syracuse New York Speeding Ticket Attorneys

New York Points for Speeding Tickets and Traffic Infractions

by Seth Azria on 5/04/2014

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) keeps track of NY driving records with a point system.  Many traffic violations and all speeding ticket convictions have points associated with them. Points mean fees, revocation, suspension, and can cause increases in your insurance premiums. Our goal is to protect your record from points by a securing a dismissal or negotiating a plea bargain to a reduced charge with less or no points. Depending on your driving record and the circumstances of your case, reductions to no-point, non-moving violations are often possible.   

Penalties for Points on Your NY Driving License

For NY drivers with 6 points on their license, the DMV will charge $100 per year for three years and an additional $25 per year for each point over 6. Read more about Driver Responsibility Assessments. If you get 11 points against your license in any 18-month period,  the DMV will notify you and suspend your driving license.  You may request a hearing only to show that some else committed the violations. You may not request a hearing to show that you were not guilty of the violations or to request a waiver of the suspension.

Your insurance company may increase your premiums or drop your coverage.

Points for NY Speeding Tickets and Traffic Infractions

For example, if you get a speeding ticket going 42 in a 30 mph zone and plead guilty,  you will have acquired 4 points against your license. Another conviction for traveling 86mph on the New York Thruway will result in another 6 points for 10 points total. After the second ticket, the DMV will notify you that you owe a Driver Responsibility Assessment of $600 payable $200 per year for three years. One more ticket within that 18-month period will cause the DMV to suspend your license. 

Points for Speeding Tickets 
  • 1-10 mph over posted limit - 3 points (Fine Range $130 - $243)
  • 11-20 mph over - 4 points (Fine Range $175 - $393)
  • 21-30 mph over - 6 points (Fine Range $175 - $393)
  • 31-40 mph over 8 - points (Fine Range $255 - $693)
  • over 40 mph over- 11 points (Fine Range $255 - $693)

*The above fines are for the first offense and include the $93 surcharge for town and village courts, the surcharge in city courts is $88. For the second conviction, the fine minimums are the same but the maximums increase to $385, $535, and $835. For the third conviction, the maximums increase to $610, $760, and $1,060.  The court must revoke a driving license if all three speeding convictions occurred in the same 18-month period.   

Points for other Traffic Violations
  • Cell Phone Use- 5 Points 
  • Texting While Driving - 5 Points
  • Reckless Driving - 5 points
  • Failure to Stop for a School Bus -5 points
  • Following too closely (tailgating) - 4 points
  • Failing to Yield Right-of-Way - 3 points
  • Violation Involving Traffic Signal, Stop Sign, or Yield Sign - 3 points
  • Improper Passing or Lane Use - 3 points
  • Leaving scene of an incident involving property damage or injury to an animal - 3 points
  • Failure to use proper child restraints- 3 points





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Azria & Bruffett did a very professional and effective job of dealing with my (out of state) speeding ticket in upstate NY. I was going 75 in a 65 which means multiple points along with a hefty fine. Ralph Habib was able to reduce the magnitude of my ticket down to a no points, non-moving violation. The paralegal Monica coordinated all of the communications and made it a very easy process for me. Fees were reasonable and competitive with other firms I shopped around at. I would recommend them to anyone else facing ticket issues as well.

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I found Mr. Bruffett after calling several lawyers in Syracuse. I had 6 outstanding tickets that I completely blew off and forgot about until I was arrested in NYC over a suspended license. Mr. Bruffett was able to get ALL of my tickets reduced with NO POINTS and he also got 2 tickets dismissed. When I first met him, it was the most pleasant experience one could ask for. He's one of the few lawyers who actually cares about YOU and not your money. He quoted me an extremely reasonable amount for all 6 tickets. I never had to step foot into a court room and he has a great relationship with the DA and he was able to work something out that was in my best interest. I feel a huge relief knowing all of my tickets are over with, and I could not thank Mr. Bruffett enough. He also gave me his personal phone number and I was able to text and call him whenever I needed him. Before I even retained him, I had a question and texted him and he called me and walked me through the entire process. I highly recommend Mr. David Bruffett and his firm Azria & Bruffett. Thank you for everything David, and although I hope I never have to retain you again, if anything should ever happen, you'll be the first person I go to. 
Sincerely, Casey N.

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I was very satisfied having them represent me on a speeding ticket. The process was seamless and very convenient. I highly recommend them and will not consider anyone else to represent me if I should ever land in any sticky situations again. They fight tirelessly for you and make it easy for you. They are great.

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Azria & Bruffett provided excellent representation for my 89-year old father who was charged with two tickets in Cortland, NY. For a very affordable fee, they were able to obtain dismissal of the moving violation resulting in a very small fine and court costs. I live in another state so this was especially convenient for me to help my dad and they saved me a lot of time. We spoke with an attorney and a paralegal (Monica) guided my dad and I through the remainder of the process. The firm responded to all of my questions promptly. Highly recommended.

My experience with Seth Azria

I had multiple traffic tickets that included two misdemeanors, speeding, seat belt, expired inspection you name it I had it. Seth was very proficient, effective beyond my expectations, always returned my calls and kept me notified. I know almost nothing related to the law and he was was capable of explaining things in "normal English." I highly recommend him to anyone. On a 5 star scoring system, I rate him as a 10. Thank you Seth.

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