Buffalo Traffic Ticket Attorney
Need to Fight Your Traffic Ticket? Call Today!
If you recently received a traffic ticket and have questions about your defense options, don't hesitate to contact Dwan Counter, Attorneys At Law. We can help you assess your situation for free and help you make an informed decision that serves your best interests!
Simply paying the fine on your original ticket is equal to pleading guilty to the offense. Learn about your options before taking any action.
Our fees are extremely affordable. In fact, anyone who goes lower than we do likely doesn't have the experience necessary to successfully handle your case. Our Buffalo criminal defense attorneys can help you potentially stay on the road and avoid a dramatic spike in your insurance payments.
Our firm can handle the following traffic offense cases:
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Reckless Driving
- No Seatbelt Violation
- Red Light Violation
- Texting While Driving
- Work Zone Violation
- And More...
NYS Driver Point System
In New York, there is a Driver Violation Point System that is used to give the DMV a way to track how many times you have failed to follow traffic laws. It also helps them identify potentially high risk drivers and enforce an increased level of penalties if necessary. Each traffic violation has a specific point valuation, with only certain exceptions. For example, parking, registration, insurance, and unlicensed violations do not carry any points.
On the other hand, the following points can be enforced for these violations:
- Speeding between 1 and 10 MPH over: 3 points
- Speeding between 11 and 20 MPH over: 4 points
- Speeding between 21 and 30 MPH over: 6 points
- Speeding between 31 and 40 MPH over: 8 points
- Speeding 40 MPH over: 11 points
- Any type of reckless driving: 5 points
- Inadequate or unmaintained brakes: 4 points
- Following too another car too closely: 4 points
- Improperly passing or changing lanes: 3 points
- Texting or talking on the phone: 5 points
- Failure to yield the right-of-way: 3 points
- Failure to follow a traffic signal or stop/yield sign.: 3 points
Why do these points matter? If you get 11 points or more in an 18-month time period, you could have your license suspended. However, it is important to understand that these points are calculated based on the date of the actual violation, not the date of the conviction. Furthermore, if you are convicted of a traffic violation outside of New York (other than Quebec or Ontario), no points from this offense will be added to your driving record.
How to Reduce Your Points & Your Insurance Rates
If you do have a serious amount of points on your license, it could lead to having your insurance premiums raised. Some insurance companies have their own point systems and are designed to increase your premiums based on your driving record.
In some cases, you may be able to take a DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course to reduce the points on your record and potential increased insurance costs. For example, you could have a maximum of 4 points reduced from your record and up to 10% savings on your liability and collision premiums.
Call Our Firm Today for Trusted Counsel
At Dwan Counter, Attorneys At Law, we have been fighting traffic tickets for our clients for numerous years. With more than five decades of experience, we know how to craft strong defenses and strategic approaches that secure the best possible outcome.
Reach out to our Buffalo traffic violation lawyers today and
we will evaluate your case!