Navigating Speeding Penalties in New York

What Drivers and CDL Holders Need to Know

Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations in New York State, and it carries varying degrees of penalties based on the circumstances and location of the offense. Both regular drivers and commercial driver's license (CDL) holders need to be aware of these nuances to avoid hefty fines, points on their licenses, and other serious repercussions. Jonathan Katz, a seasoned traffic law attorney based in New York, provides expert legal assistance to help mitigate these penalties. This blog details the penalties for speeding and outlines effective defenses, especially in areas like school zones and cities across New York where stringent enforcement is common.

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Understanding Speeding Penalties in New York:

New York State categorizes speeding penalties not just by how much you exceed the speed limit, but also by where the speeding occurs. For instance, fines and points can increase if you're caught speeding in a school zone during restricted hours. Here's a breakdown of general penalties:

  • 1 to 10 mph over the limit: 3 points and fines up to $150
  • 11 to 30 mph over the limit: 4 to 6 points and fines up to $300
  • 31 mph or more over the limit: 8 to 11 points and fines up to $600
  • School zones: Fines double if speeding occurs during restricted hours

For CDL drivers, penalties are even more stringent, as speeding can lead to disqualification of driving privileges, critical for their livelihood.

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Defenses Against Speeding Tickets:

Challenging a speeding ticket in New York requires a strategic approach:

  • Questioning the Accuracy of Speed Detection: Techniques such as radar, LIDAR, and pacing can be contested based on calibration and operator errors.
  • Identifying Mistakes in the Ticket: Procedural errors or incorrect information can make a ticket contestable.
  • Proving Necessity: In rare cases, demonstrating that speeding was necessary to avoid greater harm may be a valid defense.

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How Jonathan Katz Can Help:

Jonathan Katz specializes in defending both regular drivers and CDL holders against speeding tickets in New York. His approach includes:

  • Personalized Defense Strategies: Tailored to the specifics of your case and driving record.
  • Negotiation with Prosecutors: To reduce charges, fines, or points.
  • Representation in Court: Especially in complex cases or where significant penalties are at stake.

Local Expertise Across New York:

Jonathan Katz serves clients throughout New York, including the entire Hudson Valley Region, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Newburgh, and Hudson. His deep understanding of local traffic laws and court nuances ensures tailored and effective legal representation.

Whether you are a regular driver or a CDL holder, understanding the legal consequences of speeding and having an expert like Jonathan Katz on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t let a speeding ticket in New York set you back—contact Jonathan Katz today for comprehensive legal support.

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