Westchester County Traffic Ticket Lawyers
Experienced Traffic Ticket Defense - (914) 840-5104
Riebling, Proto & Sachs offers the award-winning, trial-tested defense
you need, whether you have been cited for a traffic violation, reckless
driving, or a hit & run offense. Our attorneys have
more than 50 years of combined experience with which to challenge our client's traffic ticket violation charges.
We provide aggressive representation to get the best possible result for
our clients. Our experience and quality representation are the hallmarks
of the law firm. You case will get all the attention that it deserves
and you will have a feeling that everything is under control because our
attorneys are on your side and working for you.
Why Should You Hire Our Traffic Violation Attorneys?
- 1,000s of criminal cases skillfully handled
- Former prosecutors backed by insider knowledge to help you
New York Super Lawyers® (top 5% of attorneys in state)
- FREE case review and flexible appointment times offered
We are NOT a "traffic ticket mill" type law office. Unlike others,
we don't focus on high volume and low quality of work.
We are professional, experienced attorneys dedicated to winning your case. Our experience allows us to properly analyze your case and provide you
with a legal strategy to aggressively defend the traffic ticket. Each
client is treated as an individual and each case receives its own individual
assessment. We regularly appear in all Westchester, Rockland, Putnam,
Dutchess and Orange County local courts and in the Manhattan, Bronx and
Queens, Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). Whatever the details of your
case, we are ready to fight for your rights.
Call (914) 840-5104 or
email us today to discover your defense options in a FREE consultation!
Fighting Your New York State Traffic Ticket
We recommend fighting all New York State traffic tickets. If you are found
guilty there can be several consequences beyond a simple fine. The consequences
Fines and State mandatory surcharges due to the court. In order for New York State to balance its budget fines,
surcharges have been increasing almost on a yearly basis. Fines and surcharges
can reach into the thousands of dollars. This alone justifies the expense
of a traffic ticket attorney.
Points will attach to your driver's license. Points can even be assessed
to out of state drivers and in some instances "negative units"
will apply to your driver's license with DMV.
License Suspension is also a concern either due to a specific violation or an accumulation
of points. Convictions can even lead to a suspension of your driver's
license or if you are not licensed in New York, a suspension of your "privilege"
to drive in New York State.
License Revocation is a severe consequence. In New York certain violations can lead to a
full revocation of your license and force you to reapply for a driver's
license from the very beginning.
DMV Driver Assessments are additional surcharges based upon point accumulation over time. These
assessments can be so high the DMV offers a "payment plan" to
spread the assessment out over a number of years.
Unemployment consequences can result. Many of our client's drive for a living, and
a clean license is vital to continued employment or seeking new employment,
Insurance premiums can increase with any conviction and be subject to higher insurance rates.
At Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP our goal is to eliminate or minimize
the potential damage caused by traffic violation convictions. Our attorneys
aggressively defend each traffic ticket to protect your driver's license.
Traffic Violations Information - Why You Shouldn't Plead Guilty!
Traffic tickets can result in serious consequences to your driver’s
license and insurance even if you do not live in New York State. Simply
entering a guilty plea without defending your traffic ticket is never
A guilty plea will result in court sanctions, sanctions from the New York
State Department of Motor Vehicle and from your personal automobile insurance.
In addition, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, an injured
party may use the fact you entered a guilty plea to a traffic infraction
as proof that you were at fault for the accident in any personal injury lawsuit.
If You Receive a Traffic Ticket in Westchester County:
Contact our office immediately. The back of your ticket contains information
on how to answer the ticket but our attorney can do all the legal work
for you. A traffic ticket must be responded to prevent a suspension of
your driver’s license or driving privileges.
Keep scrolling to learn more about:
- Court dates
- Driver responsibility assessment
- Points on your license
- Alcohol / drug test refusal
- Insurance rates
- License suspension
- Our legal fees & goals
1. Court Dates You Must Respond To
The date on the bottom of your ticket is only the date that you need to
respond to the Court or to the Traffic Violations Bureau. Once you hire
us, our office will respond on your behalf. In most cases, you will NOT
need to appear in Court. Our attorneys will have you sign an authorization
allowing us to appear on your behalf and have the case dismissed, enter
into a plea bargain, or take the case to trial. We understand your time
is valuable. If you were to appear in court, it could last all day and
even be adjourned to another date. Our office does not want you to have
to waste days off from work, travel long distances, or obtain child care
to appear in court.
Times That You Will Not Need to Appear in Court
In most cases you do not need to appear in court the day your case is scheduled.
Our Westchester County traffic ticket attorneys can handle the entire
matter without you having to take time off of work and/or school. We will
send you a form that allows us to appear on your behalf and to prepare
the defense. We will also have you send us a detailed description of how
you received the tickets.
2. Driver Responsibility Assessment
If you receive six or more points in your driving record in the past 18
months, or if you are convicted of an alcohol/drug/chemical test refusal
offense, you will fall under the DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment Program.
In addition to any fines, fees, penalties, or surcharges that you pay for
a traffic conviction, you must pay the driver responsibility assessment.
It does not matter if you hold no license or you have a license in another
state: This assessment still applies.
3. Points on Your License
If you receive six points on your driving record during a period of 18
months, the annual assessment is $100.00. The minimum amount that you
must pay each year is the annual assessment. The total assessment for
the three years is $300.00. If you receive more than six points on your
driver’s license during a period of 18 months, the annual assessment
is $25.00 for each point more than the original six. The minimum amount
you must pay is the assessment of $100.00 per year for three years.
4. Alcohol/Drug/Chemical Test Refusal Offense:
The annual assessment is $250.00 for three years totaling $750.00.
5. Insurance Rates
A major concern each client expresses is how any plea or conviction will
affect insurance rates. Each insurance company has different polices regarding
insurance rates. Generally, a no-point offense will
not increase your insurance rates. No-point offenses are usually nonmoving
violation, such as equipment violations. Further, there is at least one
two-point offense that will not increase your insurance rates.
Insurance rates are always subject to an increase for a moving violations
such as speeding, passing a school bus, reckless driving, following too
close, leaving the scene of an accident, no seatbelt, failure to stop
at a stop sign or red light, improper passing or lane use, child safety
restraint, and failure to yield the right of way.
At Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP our primary concern is protecting your
rates and always take into consideration the insurance consequences.
6. Suspended License
If your license is suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is
important to consult one of our traffic lawyers and act quickly to restore
your driving status. If you are found to be driving with a suspended license
that is a crime (unclassified Misdemeanor) and you must appear in Criminal
Court. Under VTL 511, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
the penalties for driving with a suspended license can range from a fine
to probation or even jail.
If you are found guilty of VTL 511, the Department of Motor Vehicles will
assess what it calls “Negative Units” to your driver’s
license. Negative Units are similar to points but can result in a revocation
of you license for an extended period of time.
Our Legal Fees
Our legal fees depend on a number of factors, but our rates are fair and
competitive. We always charge a flat rate for our traffic legal services.
The flat rate covers all legal work, including: phone conferences, meetings,
all court appearances, motions, letters, and even a trial if it should
be necessary. You will never have to deposit an additional fee.
Our Legal Strategy
The pages contained in our website each speak about our defense tactics,
but in general our law firm strategy relies on obtaining the proper information
from the client and challenging the prosecution's evidence. This ultimately
incudes a balance of aggressive representation and skillful negotiations.
Our Promise to You
In furtherance of our dedication and commitment to our clients, if we are
unable to successfully have your traffic tickets dismissed or obtain a
reduction in points assessed against your driver's license, we will
give you a full refund without exception. (This guarantee does not apply
to the DMV traffic violations that are located within the five boroughs of NYC).
Although there can never be any guarantees in litigation, our goal is to
protect your driver’s license and insurance rates. The public doesn’t
know the devastating effect a ticket can have on your license, especially
if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Department
of Motor Vehicle is always looking to collect fines and surcharges. Our
experienced attorneys always aggressively defend every traffic ticket
our office handles.
What Courts Do We Appear in to Defend Traffic Tickets?
Our law firm appears in all Courts located in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam,
Dutchess, Orange, Manhattan, the Bronx & Queens. However, if you have
a traffic ticket outside of this area, always feel free to contact us
to discuss the case and how we might be able to help.
Our attorneys are experienced traffic lawyers. We regularly appear in Court
and understand the dynamic between the public, police, and the courts.
An attorney is not mandatory for a traffic ticket, however, we know the
various legal arguments and the case law behind getting a traffic ticket
dismissed. Also, if a plea bargain is entered into, an attorney can usually
negotiate a better deal with fewer points assessed against your license
as well as a lower fine.
If you have been charged with or have received a traffic ticket, we are
here to protect your rights and your driver's license.
Contact us online or by telephone at (914) 840-5104 to speak with an experienced
traffic ticket defense lawyer.