Nearly everyone has been charged with a Vehicle and Traffic Law violation in their life. These violations can range from mere parking tickets to misdemeanor and even felony offenses. Unfortunately, too often people think these are “no big deal” and do not take the proper precautions to ensure their legal rights. People frequently plead guilty and pay fines without ever consulting a lawyer or realizing the consequences of their actions.

Often, a person can have their license suspended without even knowing it. For example, did you know that if drive while you allowed your insurance to lapse, you face a mandatory one year suspension of your driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and you face a civil penalty in the amount of $750 assessed by the DMV. This is separate and apart from any court fines and surcharges.

Did you also know that your license can be suspended if you accumulate three speeding tickets in an eighteen month period? In addition, driving privileges can be suspended even if a person does not have a license. Moreover, if enough suspensions accumulate over time, a person can be charged with a felony and face up to four years in prison. Even if your license is not suspended, you can face points with the DMV that can raise your insurance rates.

At Mazzei & Polk, LLC, we understand how mere infractions can become monumental problems, and Mazzei & Polk, LLC is prepared to fight them. We understand the DMV and the Vehicle and Traffic Law and have defended numerous clients facing these charges. Mazzei & Polk, LLC will fight to avoid suspensions, points and significant fines and can protect your driving privileges. We can guide you through the complex maze that is New York’s traffic regulation system and help get you back behind the wheel.

Below are a few examples of commonly charged Vehicle and Traffic Law offenses and their associated point assessments. There may also be additional penalties including, but not limited to, Driver Responsibility Assessments, Fines and Surcharges or jail time that are not discussed below. In addition, there may be additional penalties to those with a Commercial Driver’s License. While we make every effort to ensure that this is current and accurate, we recommend that you contact us to verify this and do not rely solely on the information provided below. Call us today at (516) 280-9035 for a consultation.

Section Offense Title Points Jail Range Fine Range
319.1 Infraction Operating/Permitting operation without insurance 0, but mandatory 1 year license revocation and $750 civil penalty assessed by the DMV 0-15 Days $150-$1,500
509.1 Infraction Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 0, see note for illegal immigrants below 0-15 Days $75-$300
511.1 Misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation-3rd Degree 0 Points 0-30 Days $200-$500
511.2ai Misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation-2nd Degree 0 Points 0-180 Days *There is a mandatory term of imprisonment or probation connected with this charge. $500-$1,000
511.3 Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation-1st Degree 0 Points *There is a mandatory term of imprisonment or probation connected with this charge. $500-$5,000
600.1 Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage 3 points 0-15 Days $0-$250
600.2 Misdemeanor if first conviction and no death caused Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury 3 points 0 to 3 Months *Mandatory License Revocation $250-$500
1110a Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device 2 Points 0-15 Days $0-$150
1163a Improper or Unsafe Turn without Signaling 2 Points 0-15 Days $0-$150
1180a Speed not Reasonable and Prudent 3 points 0 – 30 Days *Depending on how many within 18 mos $45-$525 *Depending on how many within 18 mos
1180b Speed not Reasonable and Prudent Depends how fast you were going, see chart below See Below Chart See Below Chart
1212 Misdemeanor Reckless Driving 5 Points 0 to 180 Days *Depending on how many within 18 mos $100-$1,125 *Depending on how many within 18 mos
1229c3 No Seat Belt 0 0 $0-$50

1180b Points Chart

Miles Per Hour Over the Posted Limit Points Assessed
1-10 3 Points
11-20 4 Points
21-30 6 Points
31-40 8 Points
Over 40 11 Points

At Mazzei & Polk, LLC we have the experience you need to challenge the District Attorney and to fight for your rights. Call us today for a consultation: (516) 280-9035.