71 in 45 mph zone. >$500
April 5, 2011 2:37 PM Subscribe
I was ticketed in NYC for going 71mph in a 45 zone. I'm a CA resident. I have a court date in a month. Please help me pick the right strategy.
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The fine is $195 plus 6 points on my license, which subjects me to a Driver Responsibility Assessment, which is $100/yr for the next 3 years. And of course, this will impact my insurance rates (NY and CA are states that talk to each other when it comes to points, although it is not clear to me what the mapping is).
It seems like I have the following options:
a) Plead guilty, Pay ~$500 plus unknown premium increase.
b) Fly to NY to appear at my court hearing
c) Pay an attorney to represent me at my court hearing
d) Submit an affidavit by mail
I spoke with a law firm that specializes in traffic violations, they charge a ~$300 flat fee to handle cases, but they recommend that I not use them because they have had low success with the court in question (Staten Island). Appearing in person isn't that ridiculous as I visit my family in NY throughout the year anyway, and I have unused airline credit that would cover a ticket.
My goals are primarily to avoid points if possible, and secondarily to reduce the fine. I am hoping to get personal experiences with the options above, any I have missed, and recommendations for the best way to achieve my goals--specifically WRT the NYC court system, and the Staten Island court, ideally.
A few more details: This was in a transition from a 50 to 45mph zone, going from the BQE onto the Verrazano Bridge. It was late at night and I was the only car on the road. I was de-accelerating as I got onto the bridge, but not braking, when I drove past a patrol car.