Traffic Law Attorney in Buffalo, New York
In New York State, motorists are required to adhere to all traffic laws. Unfortunately, a traffic stop may result in the issuance of one or more tickets, which more often than not, leads to penalties such as points, fines, increased insurance premiums, and/or license suspension or revocation. If you have received a ticket for committing a traffic-related offense, a New York State criminal defense attorney has the resources to protect your driving record and help formulate a defense.
The Law Office of Michael Kuzma provides comprehensive representation and clear direction to people in traffic violation cases. Every aspect of your case is investigated so that a strategy may be developed to provide you with an effective defense to help fight your traffic charge(s). Your rights will be vigorously defended, with the objective of keeping fines to a minimum and your driving record kept clean.
The Law Office of Michael Kuzma is proud to serve clients throughout the United States and Canada.
A motorist is said to have committed a traffic violation if she or he violates or disobeys any law or rule guiding the operations of motor vehicles on roadways, highways, and streets across the state. In New York State, traffic violations are further classified into moving and non-moving violations.
A moving violation occurs when the motor vehicle is in motion. Here are some common examples of moving violations in New York State:
Failure to maintain a single lane
Failure to yield the right of way
Running a red light
Following too closely
Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
Driving with an expired or suspended driver's license.
Improper lane change
Using a mobile phone while driving
Driving without auto insurance
Hit and run – leaving an accident scene without providing your identification information.
In contrast, a non-moving violation involves a vehicle that is stationary – not moving. Most non-moving violations are often related to faulty equipment or parking. Below are some common examples of non-moving violations in New York State:
Expired motor vehicle plates
Missing or broken mirrors
Parking at an expired parking meter
Failure to display a fuel license/permit
Parking near/in front of a fire hydrant
Parking in front of a driveway
Leaving a vehicle running and unattended
Parking in a no-parking zone
Illegal or improper parking
A broken taillight or headlight
No license plate
In addition, the DMV has assigned points to each traffic violation. Your license may be suspended or revoked upon accumulating a certain amount of points over a specific timeframe.
Understanding the Point System
In New York State, the Driver Violation Point System allows the DMV to identify and take prompt action against motorists who violate traffic laws. If you are convicted of certain traffic violations, points will be added to your driving record. Here are some common traffic violations and their respective number of points:
Failure to signal – 2 points
Speeding – between 3 and 11 points (depending on mph over posted limit)
Inadequate Brakes (employer's vehicle) – 2 points
Disobeying a traffic control device – 2 points
Improper turn – 2 points
Child safety restraint violation – 3 points
Leaving the scene of property damage incident – 3 points
Driving left of center, in the wrong direction – 3 points
Red Light – 3 points
Improper passing, changing lane unsafely – 3 points
Disobeying traffic control signal, STOP sign, or YIELD sign – 3 points
Failed to yield right-of-way – 3 points
Railroad crossing violation – 5 points
Use of portable electronic device "texting" – 5 points
Reckless driving – 5 points
Improper cell phone use – 5 points
Failed to stop for a school bus – 5 points
Unfortunately, accumulating points on your driving record may lead to higher fines, penalties, and increased insurance premiums. Therefore, it is imperative that you retain a skilled New York State traffic law attorney to help you fight your traffic ticket so that the best available outcome may be achieved.
Traffic Violation Fines and Penalties
However, your license may be suspended or revoked if:
You accumulate more than 11 points within 18 months.
You are convicted of three speeding violations within an 18-month period.
The license suspension is usually for 60 days. An experienced traffic attorney can review every aspect of your case thoroughly and determine the best course of action to help fight or reduce your traffic charge(s).
Common Defenses for Traffic Violations
When facing traffic charges, your attorney can help fight your case using any of the following legal defenses:
Establish that it was a mistake of fact.
Dispute the law enforcement officer's account of the incident.
Establish that your actions were legally justified.
Refute the accusations against you with substantial facts and evidence.
Establish that your conduct was needed in order to mitigate or prevent possible danger.
An attorney can analyze your available legal defenses, determine the best way to fight your traffic ticket, and work to keep your driving record as clean as possible.
Don’t Face Challenges Alone
Navigating the New York State traffic court system without the correct guidance could increase your risk of getting a license suspension and suffering the maximum punishment. With your driving privileges suspended or revoked, you may experience difficulty in your work, school, or other aspects of your life. Therefore, if you have received a ticket for a traffic violation, it is imperative that you hire a highly-skilled traffic law attorney to help strategize your defense.
With well over two decades of extensive legal experience, Michael Kuzma has devoted his career to offering knowledgeable advice and defending individuals with traffic tickets from the worst-case scenario. Whether you were charged with a moving or non-moving traffic violation, the Law Office of Michael Kuzma has the resources to fight to protect your driving privileges and help keep your driving record as clean as possible. With Michael Kuzma on your side, you can anticipate the most favorable outcome in your traffic case.
Traffic Law Attorney Serving Clients throughout the United States and Canada
Fighting your traffic ticket(s) is crucial to protect your driving record and privileges. Contact the Law Office of Michael Kuzma today to schedule a simple case assessment. Mike will represent you and work tirelessly in your traffic case so that your driving record remains clean. The Law Office of Michael Kuzma proudly serves clients throughout the United States and Canada.