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Defending Against Traffic Violations In Upstate New York

Have you been ticketed in New York for driving on a suspended license? Do you need help with a speeding ticket? Are you a commercial driver worried about losing your livelihood as well as your license? Are you a driver from out of state cited for a violation on the New York State Thruway, Northway or the Taconic Parkway?

I’m Jim Wagman, a lawyer with over 35 years of experience representing local and out-of-state drivers on traffic violations ranging from improper lane change to aggravated unlicensed operation.

Contact the office of James M. Wagman, Attorney at Law, online to arrange your free consultation about your case and your legal options.

Call 866-901-8742 For Advice About Traffic Tickets

Your best defense against a speeding ticket is an experienced lawyer who knows the courts, the local customs and strategies to pursue for reduced or dismissed charges. My ability to protect your interests in the local courts around the state can help you avoid a license suspension.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Fight A Ticket?

I have appeared in many courts in my 35-plus years of practicing law for clients who have been issued traffic tickets. With just a few exceptions, I can and do appear without my clients needing to be present. The main exception would be if you are charged with a criminal traffic violation (see below).

You may wonder why you should hire an attorney. It has been my experience that prosecutors and judges appreciate dealing with an attorney who they know understands the process and “speaks the same language.” Also, an attorney can effectively advocate his or her client’s position, pointing out positive points regarding the client and the facts of the particular situation. Some courts will allow a negotiation through the mail and even in these situations, the aforesaid still applies.

I’m From Canada. What Will Happen To Me If I Fail To Pay A Ticket?

Most Canadian provinces, including Quebec and Ontario, have reciprocity agreements with New York that allow them to share information about traffic violations. If you fail to answer a traffic ticket in New York, your Canadian driver’s license may be suspended or insurance rates may increase. I provide traffic ticket defense for both Canadian and out-of-state drivers.

What Is A Criminal Traffic Violation?

A criminal traffic violation is a serious offense that would result in a permanent criminal record, such as leaving the scene of an accident, if you are convicted. Other examples of criminal traffic offenses are reckless driving, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation (AUO) and driving on a suspended license. Whenever you face criminal traffic charges, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Can A Speeding Ticket Affect My CDL?

Traffic tickets can result in points that will result in suspension of your commercial driver’s license, even if you were driving your personal vehicle at the time. Other federal and state trucking regulations may also come into play. This can pose a particular hardship for commercial truckers and other professional drivers.

How Can I Get My Driving Privileges Back?

Restoring your driving privileges involves a number of different steps depending on your situation. I will review your case, outline what needs to be done and help guide you along the way to getting your driving privileges back.

What Are The Consequences Of Paying A Traffic Ticket?

Paying a traffic ticket is the same as pleading guilty. In vast majority of cases it will result in points on your license that could cause your insurance rates to go up. If you receive three speeding convictions or 11 points or more within any 18-month period, your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked.

What Happens If I Don’t Pay A Traffic Ticket?

If you don’t pay a ticket, you may be subject to increased fines and your driver’s license can be suspended.

Will My State’s DMV Find Out If I Get A Traffic Ticket In New York?

A number of states have reciprocity agreements that permit them to share information about traffic violations. If you fail to answer a traffic ticket in New York, your driver’s license in your home state may be adversely affected — possibly suspended.

Dedicated Defense Against All Traffic Violations

I can help you resolve such traffic violations and misdemeanor offenses as:

My goal is to reduce and/or eliminate speed and points, and to keep your license out of suspension. In most cases, you won’t need to visit my office or appear in court to resolve your traffic violation problem. I can advise you over the phone or email, and keep you fully informed about your legal options and the progress of your case.

Connect With My Firm To Get Honest Answers To Your Traffic Ticket Questions

I offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about traffic tickets in the state of New York. I handle traffic violations throughout upstate New York and the Hudson Valley. I represent New Yorkers, as well as Canadians and visitors from other states who receive traffic tickets in New York.

For more information about the scope of my traffic violations defense practice in the Hudson Valley and along the New York Thruway, Northway and Taconic Parkway routes, email or call 866-901-8742 to reach James M. Wagman, Attorney at Law, for a free consultation.