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My name is John Kingsley, and as an attorney, I represent people in traffic court cases throughout Greene, Columbia and Ulster counties in the Catskills region of New York. To learn more about what I can do help you minimize the negative consequences of a citation, please visit my Traffic Offenses Web page.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Traffic Violations
Q: How will a traffic ticket affect my insurance rates?
A: Depending on the type of violation, the number of violations, your state's traffic laws and your insurance company's policies, a traffic violation might result in increased insurance premiums. In general, receiving only one moving violation (such as a speeding ticket or a citation for running a stoplight) in a given time frame (typically three to five years) will not result in an increased insurance premium. However, more than one moving violation or a car accident in which you were at fault in a given time frame may result in an increased insurance premium.
Q: What does it mean that a traffic violation is a strict liability offense?
A: A strict liability offense is an offense for which proof of "criminal intent" is not necessary for conviction. Stated differently, proof that a traffic violation occurred is typically sufficient to convict the violator. Thus, a driver may be fined for turning into the wrong lane even if he or she did so accidentally; parking next to fire hydrant even if he or she did not see the hydrant; or for an expired parking meter even if he or she did not intend let the meter expire.
Traffic Violations - An Overview
Although many traffic offenses may not carry the same stigma and penalties as other, more serious crimes, even the lower-level offenses can result in significant fines, loss of driving privileges and increased insurance rates. And the more serious offenses, or even some less serious violations if they are part of a series of violations by the same offender, can result in imprisonment. Thus, traffic charges should not be taken lightly. An attorney at John P. Kingsley, P.C. in Catskill, New York, can explain the possible consequences of the various violations and represent those charged with traffic offenses throughout the resolution of the matter, taking some of the mystery out of the process and increasing the chances of the least serious outcome.
Ordinarily speeding tickets are offenses or infractions rather than crimes, but it is not uncommon for speeding tickets to be treated as misdemeanors. If you received a speeding ticket, call to schedule a meeting with an attorney who can explain how the speed laws operate in our state.
Misdemeanor and Felony Traffic Offenses
Some traffic offenses are more serious than others and can result in penalties as serious as imprisonment. While a traffic infraction might be a minor matter if no one is hurt, the same incident can be a misdemeanor or felony if someone is hurt or killed or if there is serious property damage. Some specific traffic offenses, however, are considered serious violations on their own, such as drunk driving or operating a vehicle without a license.
Many states utilize a point system to monitor the driving records of their citizens. Under a point system, traffic violations are assigned point values and the driving privileges of individuals who accumulate a certain number of points in a specified time period will be suspended or revoked. Points also can lead to increased auto insurance rates.
License Revocation or Suspension
Depending on the state, the particular traffic offense on which the suspension or revocation will be based or both, the decision to suspend or revoke a driver's license may be required or within the discretion of the person or entity authorized to suspend or revoke the license. In all states, driver's license revocation or suspension can have a serious impact on one's life and should not be taken lightly.
Traffic Violations Resource Links
Summary of State Speed Laws (.pdf)
This publication is distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and includes a Summary Table on Aggressive Driving Laws, a Summary Table of State Speed Laws, a Summary Table of Special Sanctions for Exceeding the Speed Limit in Either a Construction or School Zone, a State by State Analysis of statutes (or regulations) concerning speed limit or speed related violations, and an Appendix summarizing the Uniform Vehicle Code's (UVC) provisions related to speed.
State Transportation Web Sites (DOTs and DMVs)
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's mission is to identify problems, foster research that seeks solutions, and disseminate information and educational materials that promote good traffic safety practices.
State Statutes on Motor Vehicles
Links to state statutes on motor vehicles, provided the Legal Information Institute (LII).
What Happens if I'm Stopped by an Officer of the Law?
Information intended to help drivers who are stopped by police officers, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Highway Safety Deskbook: Speed Enforcement
Part Six of the Highway Safety Deskbook contains information about speed enforcement programs, the national maximum speed limit, speed measurement devices and other speed enforcement topics.