The laws in New York state have become even more strict over the past few years. Traffic violations are now assigned on a point basis. Points are the biggest factor that insurance companies will look at when they consider increasing your premiums. Don't forget that if you have a passed record or your violation involved endangerment , the local Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend or revoke your driver’s license.
There was a man who received a ticket and he wanted to know what options he had. This man receives a speeding ticket and since he was a new business owner he didn't have the free time to attend a court summons. Naively, he simply mailed money to the local court for the speeding ticket. Immediately his insurance premiums shot through the roof and the insurance company informed him that the reason his premiums went up was because by paying the ticket and not trying to fight it, he had admitted guilt for the moving violation even though he was moving with the traffic. Before this point, he had a perfect driving record. Because of this he decided to go to traffic court with a lawyer. In most cases, the lawyer will usually appear for you, which can help you avoid the time-consuming process of going to court. The lawyer knows that there are numerous options that the courts are always willing to consider such as decreasing points on the license, pleading to a lesser offense (e.g. not using a turn signal), or other ways of lowering the impact of a speeding ticket on your record.
The Department of Motor Vehicles did not suspend or revoke his license. Whenever you get a speeding ticket or any type of moving violation you definitely need to be concerned with your insurance premiums increasing -- and in most cases skyrocketing. But the more points that are added up, the closer you are to having your license suspended or worse, revoked.
Basically a lawyer could have helped him by saving his premiums and from getting closer to having his license suspended. Now, if he had gone to traffic court with a lawyer, or better yet, had a lawyer appeared for him while he was managing his business, and negotiated the ticket with the prosecutor or judge, the DA's office would have considered lowering the mph violation or maybe just issued a citation her for a non-moving violation that wouldn't have affected his insurance premium. But since he didn't take the time, he was unaware of the numerous options available to him like the simple action of hiring an attorney. The best part is that he could have taken care of the whole issue without ever having to step foot in a courtroom.