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Your Rights When You Are Pulled Over

Being pulled over by a police officer is rarely an enjoyable experience, but it’s one that’s happened to most of us at least once in our lives. The consequences for a seemingly minor infraction can sometimes have a greater impact than you initially imagine, which is why it’s essential to know your rights when pulled over so you can minimize your risk of incrimination.

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What Is Considered a Moving Violation?

Moving violation offenses in New York State may include speeding, driving with a suspended license, improper turning, running a stop sign or red light, and failing to yield the right of way. These moving violations often expose other motorists and road users to risks and may result in infractions, misdemeanors, or felony charges.

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Can You Go to Jail for a Traffic Violation?

Most people don’t consider a traffic violation in New York to be a very serious offense. It is true that for most minor traffic stops, the most you’ll face is a fine. However, there are some circumstances that may cause the penalty for a traffic ticket to increase significantly and even result in jail time. While this isn’t common, it still can happen.

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The Point System for Traffic Violations in New York

You have the right to challenge your traffic citation. Several defenses are available, including disputing the facts of the incident, challenging the officer’s account of events, establishing that your actions were legally justified, and providing evidence and witness testimony challenging the very nature of the charge.

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Insurance Penalties Associated With Traffic Violations

If you have been cited for a traffic violation, it can be difficult to know where to turn or what steps you need to take. It’s important to understand the common traffic violations and the insurance penalties associated with them in New York.

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Why It’s Worth it to Fight a Traffic Violation

Most of us assume the occasional traffic violation is par for the course in an average person’s life, and the best way to handle it is to just pay the fine. However, in many cases, it will be worth the time and effort to fight these charges, especially in New York State and other states that use a point system for driver’s licenses.

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