Traffic violations include a number of motor vehicle infractions such as speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, driving without a license or on a suspended license, and driving without insurance among several others. In most instances the punishment for such violations consists of a fine.
While is it a common belief that someone accused of a traffic violation should simply pay the ticket, there are reasons to talk to an attorney first. First, a traffic violation is a crime and paying the fine is in a sense a guilty plea. Second, there are repercussions beyond a simple fine. Under New York’s point system, a traffic violation could result in a license suspension and will likely result in higher insurance costs. Third, an attorney can advise you of your rights and peruse all options available in the event that your rights are violated.