Traffic

While many people do not think of traffic violations as serious crimes, they can be. Some traffic violations fall into the class of infractions, yet others are misdemeanors and a certain number are felonies. For example, repeated traffic violations that involve driving with a suspended or revoked license can rise to the level of a Class E felony, which carries potential penalties of probation for more than one year or up to four years.

Legal help with fighting traffic violations

A New York City traffic attorney can help a motorist fight a traffic violation and, for particular situations, it is worthwhile considering obtaining a lawyer. Motorists with traffic violations face fines, traffic school and license suspension. While penalties vary somewhat depending on the statutes, general penalties cover the majority of violations. Under § 1800. Penalties for traffic infractions unless the violations are classified as a misdemeanor or felony, with limited exceptions, most are subject to the following:

  • First conviction – maximum of $150 fine or up to 15 days in jail or both
  • Second violation within 18 months – maximum of $300 fine or up to 45 days in jail or both
  • Third violation or subsequent convictions within 18 months – maximum fine of $450 and up to 90 days in jail or both

Different penalties apply for individuals convicted of traffic infractions outside of a city having a population of one million or more:

  • First conviction – fine between $75 and $225 or jail up to 15 days or both
  • Second conviction within 18 months – fine between $150 and $375 and jail up to 45 days or both
  • Third conviction within 18 months – fine between $375 and $675 or jail up to 90 days or both

In addition to criminal penalties, motorists also face administrative penalties. Points are added to their traffic record, which can lead to license suspension or revocation.

Experienced legal guidance

Raiser & Kenniff helps motorists deal with traffic infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Get a legal opinion about the best way to deal with your situation.

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While many people do not think of traffic violations as serious crimes, they can be. Some traffic violations fall into the class of infractions, yet others are misdemeanors and a certain number are felonies. For example, repeated traffic violations that involve driving with a suspended or revoked license can rise to the level of a Class E felony, which carries potential penalties of probation for more than one year or up to four years.

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