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If you have recently been charged with a speeding ticket, unsafe lane change, running a red light, or any other traffic violation in the Bronx, you need to know that the Bronx traffic courts handle traffic tickets differently than some other New York State jurisdictions. In some instances you will receive a traffic ticket, that is returnable in the Bronx Criminal Court as it is a misdemeanor, instead of a the Traffic Court. A traffic misdemeanor usually results in a Desk appearance ticket. Most people don't' realize a ticket for Driving with a suspended license, sometimes referred to as VTL 511.1 or VTL 511.2 is a misdemeanor just as a DWI is . This is also true for Reckless Driving VTL 1212 which is a misdemeanor as well. For both of these charges you will have to appear in Bronx Criminal Court and have an arraignment on the criminal charge. Moreover, if you are found guilty you potentially face a criminal conviction and jail.
In order to familiarize yourself with the various procedures within the Bronx Traffic Court system, we have provided some details and information that you may find useful in navigating the legal responsibilities involved.
One important element to remember with the Bronx Traffic Court system is that there is no District Attorney, and therefore plea bargaining is not an option.
Within the traffic court system you will encounter the Police, the Judge, your Bronx Traffic Ticket Lawyer and you, the defendant. With no other option but to go to trial or plead guilty, the most important person you can have at your side is an experienced Traffic Ticket Lawyer who is versed in questioning the Police Officer about his methods of observation and the facts surrounding the traffic stop.
Assuming no witnesses are involved, it can boil down to your creditability versus the Police Officer, which is why questioning any law enforcement officer is very important. By establishing any defects or inconsistencies in the Police testimony, there is a chance that you can win. This is important by possibly keeping your insurance rates down, and in preventing the Department of Motor Vehicles from assessing points against your driver's license. Your license can be suspended by accumulating 11 points in an 18-month period, and a suspended license can seriously interfere with your daily life.
A knowledgeable Bronx Traffic Ticket Lawyer from the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has compiled a short list of the Bronx Traffic Violations point system:
- Speeding ticket convictions between one- to 10-miles-per-hour over the speed limit equals three points on a driver's license.
- A speeding conviction of between 11- and 20-miles-per-hour over the speed limit equals four points.
- A speeding conviction of between 21- and 30-miles-per-hour over the speed limit in the Bronx equals six points.
- A speeding conviction of between 31- and 40-miles-per-hour over the speed limit is eight points on your driver's license.
- A speeding conviction of 41-miles-per-hour and above over the speed limit is 11 points on your driver's license, enough to suspend your license.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable Traffic Ticket Lawyer who is familiar with New York Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Bronx Traffic Court. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, every Traffic Ticket Lawyer is adept at handling New York State's various traffic violations. Our job is to protect our client's driving privileges and the integrity of their driver's license. We can also help to restore driving privileges after they have been suspended.
Call our Bronx Law office and meet with one of our experienced Lawyers. We provide a free consultation at our Bronx County location as well as our offices in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, and Westchester County.
A Bronx Traffic Ticket Lawyer from the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is available to provide you with the information and guidance you need to proceed effectively when you are ready to go to court for any traffic violation, in which case a Bronx Criminal Lawyer from the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is standing by to protect your rights and represent you in court. Our experienced Bronx Traffic Lawyers and Bronx Criminal Lawyers can help you regardless of the criminal charge be it a sex crime, White collar crime, Gun crime, drug crime or one that involves domestic violence.