How Many Points is a Speeding Ticket in New York? What other Considerations Should I Know About?
The answer to these questions usually depends on how many miles per hour above the speed limit you are convicted of traveling. The higher the speed the higher the associated points.
If you are convicted of speeding 10 miles per hour or less above the speed limit in New York, the ticket carries 3 points. These points will attach to your New York State license or a record that is created for you if you have an out of state license. There is a separate violation of speed not reasonable or prudent which also carries 3 points. Police will write this ticket when they believe that the speed you are traveling is unsafe given the road conditions. Police do not need to use a radar or laser device to issue this ticket. These tickets are far more subjective than the standard speeding ticket which are verifiable with some sort of device which confirms the officer’s speed estimate.
Driving 11-20 miles per hour above the speed limit carries a penalty of 4 points. There are a lot of misconceptions out there (some perpetuated by unscrupulous traffic court attorneys) about whether a single speeding ticket will cause an increase in your insurance premiums. The line in the sand is right in the middle of the 4 point New York speeding ticket. New York State Insurance Law states that a speeding ticket of less than 15 miles per hour cannot in of itself cause your insurances rates to increase. This can be a huge difference for a lot of people in determining whether to fight their speeding tickets and what results will help them the most.
Traveling 21-30 miles per hour above the speed limit carries a penalty of 6 points on your record. It is at this level of speed ticket that the state of New York begins to charge additional fees based on the number of points accumulating on a person’s record. New York has instituted a Driver’s Responsibility Assessment which requires motorists to pay $300 for 6 points issued in an 18 month period. For additional points above 6, New York mandated an additional $75 per point. You can see how the fees really start adding up once 6 points hits your record. The 6 point speed fills your point tally to pay the assessment in one fell swoop.
If you are convicted of traveling 31-40 miles an hour above the speed limit, 8 points are added to your record. These tickets are considered “excessive” speeds and in New York City traffic courts (TVB) you are mandated to appear before a judge even if you want to plead guilty to the charge. The court requires this because the judge may take license action against you if you have prior convictions or the judge deems the circumstances of the speeding tickets egregious.
The final category of New York speeding tickets is for traveling 41 miles per hour or greater above the speed limit. These speeding tickets carry 11 points on a record and very well can result in a license suspension or revocation if convicted. It is important to remember that when a judge finds you guilty or takes a guilty plea on a case like this, they DO NOT have to issue a suspension. The suspension is completely discretionary to the individual judge and is not mandatory.
There are many considerations that must be taken into account if you receive a speeding ticket regardless of its severity. Call our office for a consultation to fully understand what is at stake and how we can help you.
Submitted by Matthew Greenberg