Traffic tickets in New York City cannot be negotiated. Meaning there is no way for you or an attorney to go to court and get the points reduced in exchange of paying a fine for a parking ticket. This is different than everywhere else in New York State and makes fighting tickets in the five boroughs of NYC very difficult.
However speeding tickets can often be modified if done properly. Judges have the discretion to modify a speed to a lower category speed under certain circumstances. Say for example you are charged with speeding 72 mph in a 50 mph zone. This is 6 point ticket and you are facing an additional $300 Driver Assessment Fee on top of the fine. At trial the judge can amend this to speeding 70 in a 50 mph zone. This is significant because it lowers the points from 6 to 4 and eliminates the $300 Driver Assessment Fee. There are a number of different variations on how this can be done.
Different judges have different rules on when they will amend the ticket and under what circumstances. It is imperative that a traffic ticket attorney handle this in court for you. A local traffic ticket attorney is best familiar with all the judges’ practices and can use the information to maximize the possibility of amending the speeding ticket.
The Benjamin Goldman Law Office is a law firm that practices exclusively traffic ticket defense. Our attorneys are in the New York City Traffic Violations Bureau every day fighting traffic tickets. Please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your New York speeding ticket.