Amherst Traffic Ticket Lawyers
Amherst in Erie County
Amherst is the most populated town in western New York and an inner-ring suburb of Buffalo, in Erie County.
The longest interstate highway in the country (I-90) passes through the southern part of the town on its long route westwards to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and beyond. The Interstate 290 also runs through the entire East-West length of the Town and I-990 (the Lockport Expressway) runs roughly north-south through the southwest and central part of the town.
The town also borders part of the Erie Canal, which helped spur the growth of the town in the 1800s.
Nowadays, Amherst is better known for its large throughput of traffic from Canadian visitors, with the borderless than a two-hour drive away. Its large shopping plaza district is a popular haunt of Ontario residents and many commercial vehicles pass through the area.
Amherst houses several notable universities and colleges and is known for its large student population. The north campus of the University at Buffalo is here, as well as the graduate campus of Medaille College, a satellite campus of Bryant and Stratton College, and Daemen College.
Traffic enforcement officers around Amherst are busy. The speed limit along part of I-290 is 65 mph but drops to 55 mph in the town itself, catching many drivers out. Speed limits also drop in the work zones on this busy stretch of road. Speed cameras are widely used.
This makes Amherst Town Court one of the busiest traffic courts in the state. It processes almost $3 million in annual traffic ticket fines and surcharges – the highest in all of New York State.
The NYS Police, Erie County Sheriffs and local town police officers look after traffic enforcement but the NYS Police are prohibited from negotiating plea bargains on traffic violations. A special prosecutor handles all tickets and almost all plea bargains.
If you are issued with a ticket in Amherst and have a generally clean driving record, we can usually work with the town prosecutor to minimize the impact on you and your driving privileges – without you having to appear in court.
Traveling to court is a pain. It can also be expensive.
An experienced traffic violation lawyer representing you not only saves the hassle of attending court. You also have a much better chance of escaping the consequences of the ticket - which can be severe and include not only financial penalties but a potential criminal record.
Whether you live out of the county, out of New York State or even if you are based in Canada, our traffic attorneys will advise you of your options, represent you in court, and protect your interests, regardless of which county issued your ticket.
- We Know Local Officers and Prosecutors
- We Know Local Judges
- We Know the Local Roads
- We Know the Ins and Outs of Traffic Law in Orange County, NY
Got a traffic or speeding ticket in Amherst and don’t want to attend court?
There is one main court for each of the counties of New York State. Regardless of the city in which you receive your ticket, it will be issued by the county court.That is the court you will need to appear in if you want to challenge your ticket without legal representation.
For most people who received traffic or speeding tickets in New York while passing through, this is extremely inconvenient.So, once we have discussed your case in our initial free case evaluation and agreed to challenge your traffic violation, we will get to work on defending you against the ticket and look after all necessary court hearings for you.
Don’t plead guilty until we talk
For out-of-state drivers, it can often seem simpler to plead guilty, pay the fine, and move on after receiving a traffic ticket in New York – even if they believe they have done nothing wrong.
Traffic violations might not carry jail sentences and fines may be limited but points can accumulate on your driving record and your insurance rates can skyrocket, especially if you already have other violations.
In some cases, your license can be suspended and driving privileges removed.
But did you know that many people are wrongly charged with traffic violations in New York and others have legitimate defenses?
Incorrectly issued tickets should be challenged. The problem is that it can seem daunting without legal assistance. It may seem expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. Many drivers cave in, accept their fate and pay the fine.
Remember, paying a fine for a traffic violation is the same as pleading guilty. And once you plead guilty, you can’t change your plea later.
Never plead guilty until you’ve spoken to our knowledgeable team.
Got a traffic or speeding ticket in Amherst and don’t want to attend court?
There is one main court for each of the counties of New York State. Regardless of the city in which you receive your ticket, it will be issued by the county court.
That is the court you will need to appear in if you want to challenge your ticket without legal representation.
For most people who received traffic or speeding tickets in New York while passing through, this is extremely inconvenient.
So, once we have discussed your case in our initial free case evaluation and agreed to challenge your traffic violation, we will get to work on defending you against the ticket and look after all necessary court hearings for you.
How can our traffic ticket lawyers help?
Jonathan D. Katz has almost four decades of experience practicing law, much of it helping those charged with traffic violations and traffic-related crimes all around New York State.
He also has a strong background in defending clients accused of drunk driving in and out of the courtroom. Consequently, our team understands the local courts. We know the people and the procedures and this puts us in a strong position to fight your traffic ticket.
Most people struggle to navigate the complexities of the New York legal system and are not equipped to challenge the traffic ticket they have received. We take that burden off you and fight to get the violation dropped or reduced without you having to step foot in a courtroom.
For you, this can mean:
- NO court appearance
- NO points on your license
- NO negative impact on your insurance
- NO loss of a clean driving record
- NO criminal record
Which traffic violation charges can we help you with?
Over the past few decades, Jonathan Katz Law has helped thousands of clients fight many types of traffic tickets and restore their driving records.
Typically, we can help you with the following types of violations:
Speeding violations in NY carry significant penalties, including heavy fines and traffic violation points ranging from 3 to 11 points, depending on how far over the speed limit you are accused of driving.
A driver who accumulates 11 or more motor vehicle violation “points” on their license within an 18-month period risks having their driving privileges suspended.
It may be possible for our experienced speeding ticket attorney to challenge the violation based on the equipment used, the weather conditions at the time, or an error in police procedure.
Points on your license for excessive speeding add up very quickly and can lead to an immediate suspension of your driver’s license.
If you are caught driving 21-30 mph over the speed limit, six points are added. Eight points are added for 31-40 mph over the limit and 11 points for 40 mph or more over the limit.
We may be able to challenge the ticket based on the equipment used, the weather conditions at the time, or an error in police procedure.
Cell phone tickets
Cell phone tickets for distracted driving on highways have become increasingly common as we rely more on our phones. This type of violation is now more common than traditional distracted driving tickets for drinking, eating, reading or applying makeup while driving.
Sometimes, there is a good reason for having to use a cell phone while driving (e.g., an emergency) and at other times, law enforcement officers are incorrect in their assumptions, don’t have the evidence, or constitutional rights were breached.
Driving without insurance
If you drive a car, truck, motorcycle, bus, or another commercial vehicle in New York State, you must have a paid-up current insurance policy in place at all times.
If you are stopped by police and cannot show such insurance, you can face stiff financial penalties, driving penalties, and a criminal record.
It is important to defend yourself against this violation if there is a good reason why you had no insurance or mitigating factors are present. We help you do that.
Driving without a license
If you don’t have your license when you get pulled over, consequences are imminent. These consequences depend on the type of infraction.
- Failing to show proof of your license
- Driving without ever having a license
- Driving with an expired license
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Your car being driven by an unlicensed driver
If you’ve been charged with driving without a license, don’t lose your driving privileges! We’re here to help you get back on the road.
Suspension/Revocation of license
A suspended or revoked license can be a harsh price to pay for a traffic violation.
Your driving privileges will be taken away and if you continue to drive – even once – and are caught by law enforcement, you could face a criminal charge with up to six months in jail.
We have experience in multiple strategies to ensure that drivers threatened with license suspension or revocation are back on the roads as soon as possible.
CDL traffic violations
Commercial Drivers’ License tickets can have serious consequences for both the individual and the company concerned.
Many trucking companies take responsibility for drivers’ tickets and may want to challenge these. We can manage the entire process from start to finish, whether it is a speeding violation, equipment violation, logbook violation, overweight violation, unsecured load or any other CDL ticket.
Fighting traffic violations can be more challenging for repeat offenders – and the stakes are usually higher.
For repeated violations, significant fines, community service, license suspension or revocation, points on your license, and even jail time are possible. This is not to mention the insurance premium hikes that often result.
In this situation, you need an experienced traffic ticket lawyer who knows the local system to defend your rights and protect your driving privileges.
Why choose us?
Over the past four decades of practicing law, Jonathan Katz and his team have helped over 4,000 drivers get the legal advice they require when placed in difficult situations due to traffic violations.
We know the laws, the courts, the judges, and the roads throughout New York State – and we even know many of the troopers!
No matter where you’re based or what you’re accused of, if you receive a traffic ticket in New York State, we believe that you should be treated how we would like to be treated.
We are your first line of defense against an unfair traffic violation:
- Statewide representation – regardless of the county that issued your ticket, we are familiar with the procedures required at the local courthouse.
- No court appearance – we make sure that you don’t face the inconvenience or expense of a court appearance here in NY state.
- All inquiries answered by a human – no recorded messages or frustrating phone calls. We make sure that you are looked after from the first conversation to the last.
- Regular updates – you’ll be kept informed every step of the way about how your case progresses through the justice system here.
- Advice and guidance – even if you decide against proceeding with us, we’ll point you in the right direction and provide guidance on your potential next steps.
- No fee surprises – we make sure that you are aware of the relevant costs upfront so there are no surprises later. The price is the price.
We can’t guarantee the result you want but we do have a strong track record in getting our clients what they want.
After a free case evaluation on our toll-free number (866) 473-5783, we’ll know your situation and you’ll understand more about the chances of getting your case dismissed or winning the case at trial.