Although a speeding ticket is just an infraction, it could have a serious impact on your life. Depending on your previous driving record, your license might be suspended if you’re convicted of driving too fast. Let’s take a look at some other reasons why you might want to contest a traffic ticket in a New York court.
Were you actually speeding?
There is a possibility that the officer who issued your citation made a mistake in doing so. For instance, the radar gun used to measure your speed may have been improperly calibrated. If a speed limit sign was obscured from view when you were pulled over, that fact might be used to cast doubt as to whether you intended to break the law.
A judge may agree to reduce the charge
In New York state, you could face a fine of up to $1,200 if you are convicted of driving too fast for road conditions. Furthermore, you may see your auto insurance rates go up if you’re convicted of a speeding infraction. However, if you have a relatively clean driving record, the judge overseeing your case may agree to reduce the charge. This would likely reduce the fine you’ll pay, the number of points that are added to your license or the potential increase to your auto insurance premium. If you received multiple traffic tickets during a traffic stop, a judge may drop a speeding infraction in exchange for a guilty plea on the other charges.
If you are cited for speeding, you have the option to plead guilty and pay the fine prior to your court date. However, you also have the option to dispute the charge. Having an attorney represent you in court may increase the odds of having a charge reduced or dismissed.