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What happens if you get a traffic ticket in New York?

When you get a traffic ticket, you may think the simplest way to deal with it is just to pay it and move on. Doing this is an admission of guilt, however, and this can bring more complication and serious consequences than you expect. Before you make any choices regarding how to deal with your traffic ticket or moving violation, you may want to learn about the options available to you. 

Traffic violations can lead to suspension of your license, points on your record, increased insurance rates and more. If you drive for a living, it can impact your ability to continue with your job. Fighting back against a traffic violation may be in your interests, and you don't have to do it alone. It may help to work with an experienced attorney to protect your right to drive and mitigate the penalties you are facing.

Marijuana possession in New York is a serious offense

If you are facing criminal charges of marijuana possession in New York, your situation may be more serious than you originally presumed. While this type of criminal offense may not seem very serious, it can actually result in penalties that can change the direction of your life. It is in your interests to take your case seriously and work diligently to fight these charges against you.

Marijuana possession comes with penalties that include everything from time behind bars to expensive fines. Thankfully, entering a guilty plea is not your only option, nor is a conviction. With the right help, you can successfully fight these charges and work diligently to protect your future interests.

Is it worth it to fight a speeding ticket?

Like many in New York, you have a lot on your plate and a limited time to get things done. It may seem like you are always in a hurry or always running late. For that reason, it may not have been a surprise to you when police pulled you over for speeding. It may seem like no big deal, and you may decide you are just too busy to take the time to fight the fine. However, a fine is only the beginning.

Paying your fine amounts to accepting a guilty plea. Depending on the circumstances, your guilty plea may also place you at risk of getting points on your record. Points accumulate quickly and can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges. A ticket for speeding may also mean your insurance rates will spike. These are two important reasons to fight a speeding ticket with the help of a legal professional.

Do you know your options for getting home after drinking?

Having a few drinks is not necessarily a crime in and of itself. As long as you are of legal age and are consuming responsibly, you should not have any problems with law enforcement. Of course, matters do not always go as planned, and the chance exists that you could end up under the scrutiny of an officer if he or she suspects you of drinking and driving.

Because you want to avoid that scenario at all costs, you probably think ahead and consider your options for getting home. Fortunately, most people in New York have a number of choices for getting a ride safely.

Driver's license suspension and reinstatement

If you live in upstate New York or anywhere in the Hudson Valley, you know how important your vehicle is. Unlike residents in some parts of the state, you may depend on your vehicle to get to work, transport the kids to their obligations, and take care of daily errands and responsibilities. Trying to imagine a day without your vehicle may fill you with stress as you wonder how you will ever accomplish the things you need to do.

However, if the state of New York suspends or revokes your driver's license, you may be dealing with this scenario for considerably longer than one day. Losing your driving privileges usually means you have acted in some way that authorities consider a risk. It is important that you understand how easy it is to find yourself in such a situation and the options you have for resolving the matter and getting back on the road.

How will new car alcohol sensors affect my rights?

Through actions like lowering the allowable blood alcohol concentration, raising fines and other penalties, and mandating consent for breath tests, state and federal lawmakers continue to try to lower the terrifying statistic that 30 people die each day in alcohol-related traffic accidents. While you may agree that this is a noble effort, if you have ever faced accusations of drunk driving, you also know how easy it is to watch your rights go out the window when authorities are zealous in their cause.

Ignition interlock is one of the newer technologies the justice system uses to fight drunk driving. This device attaches to your vehicle's ignition system and prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol when you blow into its mouthpiece. Now, lawmakers are working to pass a law requiring all new vehicles to have similar systems for every driver.

Penalties for driving under the influence in New York

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal, and it can bring serious penalties in New York. State laws deal harshly with individuals convicted of this type of crime, and penalties can range from everything from a steep fine to time behind bars. If you are facing a DWI charge, you will want to know what you are up against and how you can protect your interests.

The specific penalties you are facing will depend on things such as your criminal history, your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest and other factors. An assessment of your case can help you see what a conviction could bring to your life and how you can fight back. The first step in a strong DWI defense is an understanding of the nature and potential consequences associated with the charges against you.

You were arrested for DUI. What happens now?

If you are like others here in New York, an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence is your only interaction with the criminal justice system as a defendant. For this reason, you have little to no idea what to expect when you get out of the back of that police car.

Fear of the unknown could cause you to make bad choices or mistakes when it comes to challenging a DUI charge. Accepting your fate and pleading guilty, or not having the proper representation and ending up with a conviction on your record, could affect your future for a long time. Starting with gaining an understanding of the broad outline of what happens next could alleviate some of your anxiety and help you make better choices.

Is license suspension or revocation really that bad?

You and many other New York residents rely on your driver's license. You may need to drive to work or carry out a number of other daily activities that put you behind the wheel. As a result, when a police officer pulled you over, you may have begun to worry about your driving abilities.

If the officer suspected that you had been drinking and driving, concern over your driver's license is understandable. Under state law, your license could face suspension or even revocation for a variety of reasons, including DWI. Of course, when facing this possibility, you may want to know the difference between having a suspended license and a revoked license.

Harsh penalties for failing to stop for school buses

In a matter of days, New York schools will open their doors, and teachers and students will settle into another year of discovery and learning. Your children may already be expressing excitement or dread over the new year, and you are preparing for those first chaotic mornings as you jump back into your routine.

You are certain to have many mornings when things do not go smoothly, and you find yourself rushing out the door, late for work again. The last thing you need is to get stuck behind a school bus that seems to stop at every block to pick up kids. However, think carefully before you attempt to pass that bus. You may face consequences that go beyond a traffic ticket.

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