Monday, March 19, 2012

New York Speeding Tickets: How Much Do They Cost???

**UPDATE: has posted a Fine Chart that shows fine ranges and points for many New York VTL violations and misdemeanors.**

Even drivers who have lived in New York state their entire lives are confused when they see no fine amount in dollars and cents on their ticket. We get calls every day that start something like this:
"Hi, I just got a ticket in Albany (or whatever local court) but it doesn't say how much I have to pay ... can you tell me how much the fine will be ?" 
The answer to this question is not very simple and can be difficult to explain, as fines are not assessed until the accused driver is convicted of a particular offense and the amount of the fine will depend on the violation or misdemeanor conviction entered in the local court. If that doesn't clear anything up, an article at does a good job, I think, of explaining that the price you pay for a speeding ticket depends on a number of factors.  So, if you recently got a speeding ticket or some other traffic ticket in New York state and are pulling your hair out trying to figure out what to do, this will hopefully clear up some of the questions you have.

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