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Criminal Law Newsletter: December 2014: Traffic Violations Bureau

The Traffic Violations Bureau (“TVB”) is a branch of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) which handles various traffic violations committed within certain areas including the City of Rochester.  Motorists receiving a ticket returnable to the TVB may find the process daunting and beyond comprehension.  Unlike a traffic citation returnable to a… Read More »

Suspended and Revoked Licenses

Suspended and Revoked Licenses In New York State, a motorist’s driver’s license may be suspended if they accumulate 11 or more points within an 18 month period.  Additionally, under new legislation, the DMV can now suspend a driver’s license for convictions dating back beyond the 18-month period if two or more of these convictions were… Read More »

Name Laws

Eponymous Legal Statutes In New York, several statutes are named after people. Generally, these laws are enacted in response to the attention and controversy garnered by violent crimes or new advances in technology. It can be difficult to keep all of these laws in order. Here is a list to help remember these criminal laws… Read More »

Moving Violations

At the Law Office of James Riotto we handle hundreds of traffic infractions each year. Many people are initially uncertain whether or not they need an attorney after receiving a traffic ticket. If you are charged with a moving violation, retaining an attorney may ultimately save you money, time and valuable points on your license…. Read More »

Tinted Windows

New York Laws On Tinted Windows Some drivers are ticketed for violations because they are not aware of the rules surrounding aftermarket modifications to their vehicles.  One of the most common modifications resulting in tickets involves window tinting.  There exists some uncertainty about the rules in New York and this article will shed some light… Read More »

Unlicensed Operation

New York Laws On Driving Privileges Under New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law (“VTL”) § 509(1), it is a violation for any person to operate a motor vehicle upon a public highway unless they are duly licensed. VTL § 509(1). In order for a person to be duly licensed, they need to obtain their license… Read More »

New York State Required DNA Sampling

Effective October 1, 2012 any person convicted of certain misdemeanors and all felonies in New York will be required to provide a sample of their DNA. New York is the first state to require DNA samples based on convictions under these guidelines. DNA sampling will be required by any person who is found guilty of… Read More »

Driving While Using A Cell Phone

Earlier this year a section of New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law (“VTL”) was amended to permit a police officer to stop a motorist for operating a vehicle while using any portable electronic devices. The VTL defines portable electronic devices as a personal digital assistant (PDA), cell phone, two-way messaging device, electronic game or portable… Read More »