Topic: Traffic Violations
Taking a Defensive Driving Class may, under certain circumstances, provide an opportunity for a driver to avoid a suspension of driving privileges. Recently, I was contacted by a driver who had received a Notice of License Suspension from NYSDMV which stated “because you have received 11 or more points on your driver license record as the result of traffic violation convictions, your license is being suspended for 31 days, as authorized by Section 510-3(d) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.” The suspension was scheduled to take effect in approximately 14 days. This driver had received 5 traffic tickets during the preceding 18 months and, in each instance, without seeking legal advice, pleaded guilty by mail to the charged offense. As a result of these guilty pleas, the driver had accumulated 14 points on his driving record. Fortunately, this driver was eligible to take a NYS approved Defensive Driving Class, which he took and completed immediately. We then, prior to the effective date of the suspension, contacted the NYS Driver Improvement Unit by telephone and faxed the class completion certificate. Upon review, the Driver Improvement Unit accepted the certificate and deducted 4 points from the driver’s record. The driver now had less than 11 points on his record and the Notice of Suspension was lifted. This case illustrates that there may be strategies available for a driver to consider when facing a Notice of License Suspension.
We represent drivers who receive speeding tickets and other traffic tickets which are returnable to the Southampton Town Justice Court, the East Hampton Town Court, the Riverhead Town Court, the Southold Town Court and Village Justice Courts of Southampton, Sag Harbor, Westhampton Beach and Quogue. Drivers with such traffic tickets may contact our office for a free consultation on the best way to respond to the ticket.
Disclaimer: The above posting is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter. Legal counsel should be consulted for legal advice on any matter. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome and results vary from court to court.