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New York traffic ticket FAQs

With the 2012 holiday season comes an uptick in New York traffic tickets, which makes it a good time to address some of the questions drivers frequently ask about traffic violations.

What happens if I don't respond to a traffic ticket?

If you do not pay or contest a traffic ticket, the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) will inform the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will suspend your driver's license. You will not be considered guilty of the charge unless you continue to ignore the ticket. If the court enters a default conviction, however, you will face multiple additional charges.

How can I contest a traffic ticket?

If you receive a TVB ticket, you can plead to it online, including scheduling a hearing. You can choose to pay for the fine, but you may want to consult with a New York traffic ticket attorney if you have multiple tickets on your record or other circumstances that may cause you to face significant consequences.

How many points do I need to have on my record before my license is suspended?

Generally, the DMV will suspend your license if you receive 11 or more points on your record. Note: You may only contest your license suspension if you can show that a different person committed your traffic violations. This is another reason why it may be a good idea to contest your traffic violations as they arise. The DMV will also revoke your license if you receive three speeding violation convictions in an 18-month period.

What if I get a speeding ticket in another state?

Out-of-state traffic violations will not go on your driving report unless you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or committed a moving violation in Ontario or Quebec. Your New York license could be suspended, however, if you do not respond to a traffic ticket from another state.

Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, "What must I do if I receive a traffic ticket in NYS?

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