By James L. Riotto | Published February 7, 2019 | | |
There are certain fundamental requirements to drive legally in New York State and if they are not adhered to, traffic violations can be assessed. Some are more serious than others, but people who are confronted with the possibility that they will lose their driver’s license and face other penalties should be cognizant of the importance Read MoreRead More
When New York State drivers get moving violations or are involved in a traffic incident that results in points being placed on their driver’s license, they might gather information about the situation and the process from many sources. Unfortunately, some sources of how to deal with points on a driver’s license are only partially accurate Read MoreRead More
It is always exciting for young people to finally get their driver’s license in New York State. While this is generally seen as a rite of passage and they will believe that it accords them certain freedoms they did not have before, there are laws they must follow based on their junior driver’s license status. Read MoreRead More
New Yorkers who are confronted with the penalties for alleged traffic violations might have to deal with a driver license suspension, insurance impacts and even jail time. The alleged acts that led to the citation or arrest will dictate the penalties a person will face. The point system is often a source of confusion and Read MoreRead More
In New York, there are certain traffic violations that can lead to a driver’s license suspension. This can cause major life disruptions, have insurance impacts and cause innumerable problems. When confronted with allegations that can lead to a suspended license, it is imperative to have a strong defense. After the suspension, it is also important Read MoreRead More
When you are driving through the Albany corridor, keeping your speed constant and controlled can be challenging. When heading to Buffalo on I-90, the temptation to accelerate can be even more impossible to resist. If you have received a speeding ticket, though, your New York driver’s license may be in jeopardy. Because losing your driving Read MoreRead More
When a New Yorker has their driving privileges revoked or suspended, they are confronted with the reality that they cannot legally drive. For many, this is a problem as they need their vehicle to get back and forth to work, for family reasons and more. Some will make the mistake of driving with a revoked Read MoreRead More
Most people assume that a traffic violation is something they can handle on their own. Given the fact that the general public often views traffic violations as minor offenses, they do not get a lot of attention and certainly are not the first type of violation you may think of hiring an attorney to handle. However, Read MoreRead More
For many reasons, New Yorkers might want to have the windows on their vehicle tinted. It could be a desire for privacy; there might be a medical reason for it to be done; or they simply like the aesthetic. However, it is important to understand that there are laws regulating tinted windows. If they are Read MoreRead More
Lets face it; no one enjoys getting pulled over by law enforcement. When a motorist sees the lights of a police officer in his or her rear view mirror, one is likely nervous and even questioning what they did wrong to get pulled over. Was I speeding? Did I forget to use a turn signal? Read MoreRead More
There is much to like about the new Rochester Traffic Violations Agency, but one unintended consequence may be that it lulls drivers into a false sense of security. First, some background: The new agency has replaced the Rochester Traffic Violations Bureau. With the bureau, drivers had only two options: pay their fines or fight a Read MoreRead More
Being pulled over is certainly not fun. When law enforcement stops a motorist, it is often treated as frustrating and an annoyance. While many traffic violations are viewed at as minor, the fact of the matter is that they require a person to pay fines that can sometimes be hefty. And when these violations become Read MoreRead More
Are you facing the possibility of having your driving license suspended? It may not seem like a big deal to drive without a license. However, it could affect your freedom and the ability to regain your legal driving privileges. There are all sorts of reasons people end up losing their driving privileges, such as too Read MoreRead More
Being accused of a crime, even when it is a traffic violation, can cause a person much anxiety. He or she does not want this on their record, and they certainly do not want to live with the consequences that befall upon them. Thus, many defendants seek to avoid penalties through a legal defense. While Read MoreRead More
Whether it is the first time it has happened or not, it is never easy to look at your rearview mirror and see blue and red lights flashing in it. While law enforcement officers are just doing their job, it is tough to get pulled over for a traffic stop. Some motorists may not fully Read MoreRead More
In society today, it is difficult to get through the day without using a cellphone. Any New Yorker can attest that these devices are not only beneficial but also necessary in many instances. They provide a way to stay connected with others, allowing one to call, message, email or research at a moment’s notice. While Read MoreRead More
Most New Yorkers have found themselves pulled over by the police, whether it be for speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign or failing to use a turn signal. Although these traffic violations may seem relatively minor, their cumulative effect can significantly affect an individual’s life. This is intentional, too, as the state of New York Read MoreRead More
Receiving a traffic ticket is never fun, but it will probably happen to you at some point. If you do get one, do not assume you should immediately pay it and move on. Instead, you should think about hiring a traffic ticket lawyer to help you. Having a traffic violation on your record can affect Read MoreRead More
Many drivers do not realize the effect traffic tickets can have on their lives. Often, they are more complicated than just pleading guilty, paying a fine and being done with it. Aside from the risk of losing your driver’s license, your insurance rates could increase quite a bit. The effect on your insurance is Read MoreRead More
Riding a motorcycle this time of year can be fun and relaxing. Yet, just as with any other motor vehicle, these bikes need be driven in accordance with the law, lest the operator wants to be slapped with a traffic violations. The first way to prevent being hit with one of these traffic violations is knowing Read MoreRead More
Traffic violations can result in a variety of penalties, depending on the specifics. In addition, New York State has a point system where each type of traffic offense gets a certain number of points against your driving record. How points work Charges for a traffic violation do not add points. You receive points only after Read MoreRead More
Somewhere between Buffalo and Albany, you see the spinning lights. You check your speedometer. You sigh. You are about to get “soaked” by the state with fines and other penalties. The state wants us to drive safely and not harm other people, which is understandable. It is the size of the fines that are not Read MoreRead More
Since texting and driving and other activities involving the use of a smartphone while behind the wheel are statistically shown to be the cause of a great number of crashes, law enforcement and governmental agencies are taking steps to dissuade drivers from the practice. In New York State, drivers are prohibited from using portable electric Read MoreRead More
Drivers in New York State who receive a citation for committing certain violations behind the wheel will be likely have points assessed on their driver’s license. People might have a vague notion of what that means, but do not fully understand how much of a costly inconvenience the accumulation of points on a license can Read MoreRead More
You’re a busy person, so getting a speeding ticket is just an annoyance. So – write the check, mail it in, and be done with it, right? That’s what nine out of ten people cited for moving violations do. Wrong. Even if you can afford the ticket, there are reasons to consider fighting it. The Read MoreRead More
If you’ve been a licensed driver for any length of time, you’ve probably experienced that sinking feeling that comes from seeing those dreaded flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Your mind races, considering all the ways a traffic ticket could affect your future, such as: Added points to your license Increased insurance rate License suspension Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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