If you’ve gotten a speeding ticket in New York, particularly in the Westchester County area, you might be worried that the repercussions are going to be more than you can handle. Fortunately, that’s where we come in. Our attorney understands the New York court system. That means that we’ll analyze your case and help you put together a legal strategy to handle your ticket. We provide aggressive representation so that you no longer will have to worry about the effects of the ticket alone.
Speeding Ticket Fines
The amount of the fine you’ll have to pay after being given a speeding ticket will depend on how much over the speed limit you were going. In general, these guidelines apply:
- 1-10 mph over the speed limit: $90-150 (Look to DVM or avoid completely)
- 11-30 mph over the speed limit: $180-300
- 31+ mph over the speed limit: $360-600
- Traveling too fast for safety given the current road conditions (inappropriate speed): $45-$150
If you’re traveling through a work zone, the amount doubles. Two work zone speed convictions within eighteen months is a mandatory suspension. Speeding through a school zone or on a restricted highway may have its own variations in fine amounts. Of course, there are other fees that can be added on top of these amounts: for example, driver assessment fees, increases in your insurance, and the New York State Moving Violations Surcharge of $88.
Points on Your License
The state of New York keeps track of your traffic violations through a points system. Speeding tickets can be between 3 and 11 points depending on the severity of the offense. The breakdown is as follows:
- 1-10 mph over the speed limit: 3 points
- 11-20 mph over the speed limit: 4 points
- 31-40 mph over the speed limit: 8 points
- Over 41 mph over the speed limit: 11 points
If you accumulate 11 or more points on your license within eighteen months, you can have your license suspended. Depending on the judge, one or two eight or eleven point speeding charges may be all it takes. Accumulate three speeding tickets within eighteen months? This results in an automatic one year revocation of your license.
While speeding doesn’t always carry jail time as a consequence, it can! If you’re less than 30 mph over the speed limit, you can be required to serve up to fifteen days. Speeding at more than thirty miles per hour can cost you thirty days in jail.
Insurance Rate Hikes
Once your insurance company knows that you’ve been convicted of a speeding ticket, your rates can increase, as well. Simply traveling 1-14 mph over the speed limit can lead to a 11 percent hike in your rates. 15-29 mph over? The amount increases to 12 percent. If you’re 30 or more mph over the speed limit, you can expect to pay an increase of as much as 15 percent in your car insurance rates. Thankfully, a driver safety class can take 10 percent off of your insurance rates. Source
The consequences for speeding in New York are harsh. Worrying about the consequences associated with your speeding ticket? Contact us today for a free consultation and information about how to proceed.