Syracuse New York Speeding Ticket Attorneys

Help When You Need it Most

Driver Responsibility Assessment: The NY DMV Fines Apart From the Courts

by Seth Azria on 1/05/2010

A "Driver Responsibility Assessment" (DRA) is a monetary penalty imposed by the New York State DMV on drivers with certain convictions. The DMV will mail the bill for this assessment to your home after your case has been concluded and it must be paid in addition to fines, surcharges, and other penalties from the courts. 

Alcohol or Drug Related Convictions

The DMV will send you a DRA bill if:

  1. A driver is convicted of an alcohol related violation.
  2. A driver is convicted of a drug related violation.
  3. A DMV hearing determines a driver refused a drug or sobriety test.

For 1, 2, or 3, above, related to alcohol or drugs, the assessment is $750.  

Traffic Ticket Convictions: 6 Points or More in 18 months

For most, points arising from traffic ticket convictions are the most common way to receive this assessment. For accumulating 6 points in an 18 month period, the assessment will be $300.  For every point over 6, there will be an additional charge of $75 per point. If you are unsure how many points are associated with your conviction see our chart.

Sample Calculation

Accumulating 8 points in 18 months, be it from one speeding ticket, or from several smaller tickets, will cost you $450. That's $300 for the first 6 points and $150 for the other 2 ( $75 x 2).

The DMV will allow to you to pay this bill over a three year period. However, we advise paying it all at once if possible. A missed payment, for example by moving and forgetting to inform the DMV of the move or otherwise having trouble with your mail, will cause a suspension which in turn will a cause a misdemeanor charge called aggravated unlicensed operation. 

An Unwelcome Surprise

This assessment comes as a surprise to many people. One common scenario we see is when a driver pleads guilty to speeding ticket for 86 mph in a 65 mph zone or similar.  Speeding 21 - 30 miles per hour over the posted limit is 6 points and causes the penalty. These drivers call to see if we can reverse the conviction, remove the assessment, and negotiate a reduction. This is sometimes possible.

All Drivers on New York Roads Not Just New York Licensed Drivers

The New York DMV will impose the assessment regardless of where the driver is licensed. Be it in New York, Ohio, or Ontario, the DMV will send the bill and suspend your New York driving privileges if it goes unpaid. 

Never Plead Guilty, Call a Lawyer For a Free Consultation

The best course of action is to never plead guilty to a traffic ticket without consulting an attorney to discover all the possible consequences. We have helped thousands of drivers with their tickets and we invite your call to discuss your ticket. If you have already pleaded guilty and you are now facing a driver responsibility assessment, we may still be able to help you. It may be possible to reopen the case and negotiate a reduction with a formal motion to the court.

Please feel free to call us at (315) 364-1155 to discuss removing a conviction that has caused an assessment or to discuss how the assessment might apply to you. All consultations are free of charge.

Read more at the New York DMV





LOADING





LOADING

 

 

 

(315) 364-1155

Call or Text

Free Consultations

 

Email Us About Your Ticket

Client Reviews of Our Traffic Lawyers

Seth stands by his work and gets results

From the first phone conversation with Seth in regard to my ticket for allegedly operating an electronic device I knew I had the right attorney. He assured me I had the best in the area and he was proven right when my ticket was dismissed by the judge. The process to collect as much positive information from a client like myself to go to bat for me has proven that he is an experienced professional and willing to go the distance for his clients. I couldn't be happier.

Andrew posted to Avvo
2 Tickets - greatly reduced points

Seth did a fantastic job in reducing both of my tickets. His office was very responsive and professional. I highly recommend him if ever you require a lawyer.

Chris Swingle posted to Avvo
Professional and reliable, highly recommended

After receiving a ticket upstate NY, I contacted Seth's firm based on the great reviews on this board and was really happy that I made this choice.

Seth explained the possible outcome in my case when I first called him and managed to achieve exactly what he told me, which shows that he is experienced and knowledgeable in his area of practice. He successfully negotiated with a DA a reduction of charges from a 6 point speeding to a non-speeding violation without me having to appear in court in person.

Monica, Seth's paralegal, kept me informed of all necessary details throughout the whole two month process and I received a response to every email that I sent to the firm.

I would highly recommend Seth's firm for anyone looking for reliable and professional attorney services.

anonymous posted to Avvo
Highly recommended

Mr. Azria did a great job handled my speeding ticket! All it took was a quick telephone call and he took care of everything. He got my charge (and fine) reduced and I did not have to appear in court. Everything was handled via telephone & email.

Mr. Azria was great to deal with and he did exactly what he promised for a very reasonable fee. I hope I don't need him again, but I strongly recommend him.

A Speeding Ticket Client posted to Avvo
Google+ Review

I look at myself as a very successful person in life. But I am nothing if I can't provide for your family. I was heading down that path with two speeding tickets to my name with very high points. My means of providing is driving over 100 miles daily. Many thanks goes out to the office of Azria & Bruffett Law Firm. Mr. David is such a wonderful person even advise you how to get things done. When you talk about communication with clients - Azria & Bruffett does it the best. I love these people.
I highly recommend this Law Firm if you have a traffic violation they are A1.





LOADING