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 understand why they were stopped, and others might be focused on getting out of a ticket they don’t feel they deserve. However, the unfortunate reality is that many people in New York are likely to get a ticket for a traffic violation at some point in their lives.
While traffic tickets are common in New York and other states, this does not mean nothing can be done about them. In fact, traffic violations can be treated like any other criminal charge, meaning a person can assert a defense against them. Because a traffic violation could impact an individual, it is important to not only consider the effects it can have on one’s life, but also what defense options are available.
Even if it is a minor offense, points can accumulate on a person’s driving record. This means that over time a driver could face more than just fines for traffic violations. If enough points are added, a driver could lose his or her driving privileges for a certain timeframe. Because operating a personal vehicle is vital for both work and personal uses, having a suspended or revoked driver’s license could be a major consequence.
To learn more, check out our law firm’s traffic violations website. No matter the type of traffic ticket you are issued, drivers should not be forced to just pay the fine and deal with it. Taking the time to assert your rights and even question the legality of the traffic stop and ticket could help reduce or prevent any penalties from occurring.
James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.