When you get a ticket, you need a traffic lawyer who will fight for you.
Cell phone tickets
In the cell phone age, New York police officers aggressively enforce the state's two cell phone statutes, both of which carry a whopping five points. You cannot speak on the phone while driving. You can't text or surf the Internet. As a driver, you cannot even have a phone in your hand while your car is in motion. Traffic court judges have heard all of the common excuses for this violation. To win, you need an experienced attorney.
Passing a red light is a three-point ticket. For your first red light conviction, you will pay a minimum fine of $190 -- and they get much higher for your second and third violations. But to establish a red light violation, the charging police officers must testify to numerous minute details. With a lawyer, your chances of winning improve greatly.
Red Light tickets
New York City's streets are dotted with traffic signs. Most commonly, they prohibit turns; but this section of the law can include a plethora of other instructions that drivers often disobey. New York officers enforce specific intersections looking for unaware motorists to make an illegal turn. It can happen to any driver who isn't careful. A conviction carries two points and a minimum fine of $138.
Traffic control device tickets
Obstructing traffic lane tickets
If you drive for a living in New York, watch out for this ticket. When you stop to pick up or drop off a passenger, or to make a delivery, you might find yourself cited for obstructing traffic. This is a two-point ticket and is commonly issued in the more high-traffic areas of New York City, such as Penn Station and Times Square.
When you make a turn in New York, the law requires you to utilize the left lane for left turns and the right lane for right turns, unless a sign tells you otherwise. Many judges take this two-point ticket very seriously, with the belief that turns from the wrong lane pose a serious danger to other vehicles.
A single 11-point speeding ticket can get your license suspended. If you accrue three speeding convictions in a short time frame, your license will be automatically revoked. These tickets come with high points and high fines, and are frowned on by insurance companies. Don't mess around with your speeding ticket.
Failure to yield tickets
The City's "Vision Zero" program includes heightened enforcement for motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians or cars when making turns. If pedestrians have the right of way while you turn, be very careful. If you come too close, you might find a police officer eager to issue you this three-point violation.
Passing a school bus tickets
New York law offers special protections for school buses as they load and unload passengers. This ticket carries five points and an extremely high fine. And if you're convicted and have a bad driving record, don't expect leniency from the judge. A license suspension is very possible.
Stop sign tickets
A cousin of the red light ticket, this violation carries three points. The law requires drivers to come to a "full and complete" stop. Just slowing down is not enough.
The DMV holds a variety of administrative hearings to deal with unique situations. If you are the driver in a car accident with a fatality, you are subject to a hearing in which your license can be suspended or revoked. If you refuse a breathalyzer test after a DUI arrest, your license will be suspended until you have a hearing in regards to your arrest and refusal. The stakes for these hearings are very high. You will need a lawyer by your side.