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Got a Speeding Ticket in New York? Here is What You Need to Know

speeding carFor many New Yorkers speeding is simply a way of life. Unfortunately for anyone convicted of speeding in New York the accumulated penalties of these violations can result in devastating consequences. It is wise to work with a skilled New York speeding ticket lawyer as soon as you receive a ticket, rather than simply paying the fine which is pleading guilty.The points that can be added to your driving record vary with the speed over the miles per hour (mph) limit.

  • 1 to 10 mph over the limit — 3 points
  • 11 to 20 mph over the limit — 4 points
  • 21-30 mph over the limit — 6 points
  • 31-40 mph over the limit — 8 points
  • 40+ mph over the limit — 11 points

If you are convicted of 11 points or more  within 18 months or if you are convicted of a combination of 3 speeds and/or driving related misdemeanors within 18 months, even if you do not received 11 points, your license gets suspended. If you take a defensive driving course before you are convicted of the points, your point limit extends from 11 points to 14. The defensive driving course does not help with 3 speeds and/or driving related misdemeanors within 18 month.

Speeding Ticket Fines

Additionally, the speed directly affects the penalties you face. All tickets generally have 3  fines. “The Fine” that Judge sets with a minimum and a maximum, the “Court Surcharge” which is a set fee depending on what find of ticket you are facing, and the “Driver Assessment Fee” which is dependent on the amount of points which you have accumulated over the last 18 months. “The Fine” for speeding in a regular  roadway or highway is as follows:

  • From one mph up to 10 mph over the speed limit: up to a $150 fine, plus a Court Surcharge of around $100.
  • From 11 mph up to 30 mph over the speed limit: up to a $300 fine, plus a Court Surcharge of around $100.
  • More than 32 mph over the speed limit: up to a $600 fine, plus a Court Surcharge of around $100.

driving wide If you are pleading guilty to the second speeding ticket within a 18 month period or you received the speeding ticket in a school or work zone these fines may be higher going up to $1,575.00.

With every moving violation (even repeated minor infractions) that you are convicted of, you can expect more points to be added to your license. If you get 6 or more points within an 18 month period, the DMV will fine you a surcharge known as the “Driver Responsibility Assessment.” For drivers with 6 points, the fine is $300 and for every additional point after 6 an additional $75 fine will be added. This fine is issued against a driver even if they have an out of state license. This fine can not be paid to the Court in which one is convicted however it can be paid online at

These penalties can be modified at any time therefore it is crucial that you consult with a skilled New York speeding ticket lawyer each time you receive a speeding ticket.

Speeding Ticket Jail Time

In addition to the fine amounts the village or town judge may use his or her discretion to imprison anyone speeding 11-30 MPH over the speed limit for up to 15 days in jail (very rare) and 30 days in jail for 31 MPH and over (also not common). if you are charged with a high speed it is very important to contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer to advice you of the particular habits of the Judge you will be facing upon sentencing.

ticket - suspended license If you need an experienced New York speeding ticket attorney, contact our office today. With 30+ years of experience and a detailed understanding of traffic violation defense, we can fight to get your ticket reduced or dismissed altogether. It is our goal to limit your exposure to the penalties associated with speeding tickets. Speeding Tickets In New York for Out-Of-State Drivers
It is not uncommon for out-of-state drivers to receive a speeding ticket in New York which looks and acts differently then your state’s speeding tickets. One of the most obvious differences is that there is no fine amount written on the ticket. To learn more about your personal speeding ticket contact our office immediately. In most situations, it is possible to resolve the matter without the necessity of you appearing in court in New York from your home state.


Contact The Speeding Ticket Lawyer
If you have further questions regarding speeding tickets or any other kind of traffic ticket, do not hesitate to contact a skilled New York traffic ticket attorney. Our office can be reached by calling 800-464-8269 or by completing our online contact form. We offer free initial consultations and accept credit cards and checks as payment for services.