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How does the traffic violations bureau handle insurance lapses?

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 More

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Understanding point reduction and the New York point system

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 More

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Junior driver laws and traffic violations in Upstate New York

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 More

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Do I pay driver responsibility assessment for traffic violations?

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 More

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What are the different types of suspended license in New York?

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 More

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What if I drive with a revoked or suspended license in New York?

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 More

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Do I need to hire an attorney for my traffic violation?

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 More

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Can I be cited for having tinted windows on my car in New York?

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 More

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4 common college crimes

Your college years are a time of growth and experimentation. During this time of your life, you will experience a lot of achievements and challenges, and you may even encounter some legal troubles. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 27,500 crimes against people and property at college institutions in 2015. Here are some Read More

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Asserting a defense against a texting and driving violation

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 More

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Helping you handle traffic violations in New York

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 More

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What is a 440 motion?

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 More

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Developing a defense against traffic violations

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 More

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What are the penalties in New York for texting while driving?

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 More

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Traffic violations and New York’s point system

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 More

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3 reasons to hire an attorney to fight your traffic ticket

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 More

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How a traffic violation can lead to a DWI arrest

You may not think driving a little buzzed is a big deal. However, if law enforcement stops you for another traffic violation, it can become one. You do not even need to drink enough alcohol to show visible signs of intoxication. Any indication that you’ve been drinking can lead to an arrest for a DWI. Looking Read More

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Traffic tickets can affect your insurance rates

  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 More

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Types of traffic violations motorcyclists can face

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 More

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An overview of the point system in New York State

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 More

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Pulled over for speeding on I-90?

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 More

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Why to not plead guilty to cellphone violations while driving

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 More

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What should I know about the New York State driver point system?

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 More

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Why fight a traffic ticket?

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 More

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Fighting a traffic ticket in New York may be worth your time

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 More

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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.

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Adam Staier
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About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…

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    How to deal with a DWI traffic stop

    How you handle getting pulled over for a DUI/DWI can significantly affect your defense down the road. For instance, declining the officer's request to search your vehicle and avoiding specific answers when asked about any substances you may have consumed could help you when combating DUI/DWI charges in court.
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