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Traffic Violation

Having a traffic violation against you can cause some issues that you may not be able to resolve on your own. In some cases, you may want to hire an attorney to handle your case. Here is what you need to know.

Traffic Violation & Traffic Tickets

When you are issued a traffic ticket by a police officer, your first instinct may be to mail it in and plead guilty. However, this cost points on your license, time, and money.

Traffic penalties cost more these days than just the cost of the ticket. Per a recent analysis by insurance.com, reckless driving charges boost insurance premiums by 22 percent on average, for example, while driving without a license adds 18 percent. And higher rates can stay in place for as many as seven years. The average premium increase due to a reckless driving charge is $550 per year. Potential costs over seven years can equal $3,850. This alone should give you reason to fight a traffic penalty charge before just paying it.

In the state of New York, you could be charged with the following traffic violations:

  • Speeding
  • Overdue parking meter
  • Not using a turn signal
  • Parking in a handicapped zone without authorization
  • Making obscene gestures and over-aggressive driving
  • Improper stopping at a stop sign
  • Improper yielding to a yellow light
  • Cutting off another vehicle

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Appearing in Court for a Traffic Ticket

One of the most frequent questions I get asked on a speeding ticket is whether or not the client has to appear in court. In most cases throughout New York State, the answer is no. My law firm provides a service where the client signs a document that waives their appearance in the local court. This saves you time, money, and sometimes the humiliation and aggravation of appearing in a room full of people on your traffic ticket.

Cost of Hiring An Attorney For A Traffic Ticket

Most people wonder how much it will cost to hire an attorney for a traffic ticket. I charge a low, flat fee. It’s a one-time payment. I take into account the type of ticket you receive and the court I have to travel to. Also, one of the factors I take into consideration is how many times I have to appear in that court on your behalf.

If you want an attorney with years of experience handling cases just like yours, contact Buffalo DWI Attorney Arthur Pressman today.

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