Do I really need a lawyer for a speeding ticket?

best-syracuse-traffic-defense-lawyerThis is a common question. I mean, isn’t it just easier and more cost effective to mail the speeding ticket in, pay the fine and go on with my life? I was just speeding after after all, I’m not exactly a criminal! At first glance that may be so, but after much consideration one may find that having a lawyer to handle their traffic tickets may actually save them more money and time than the fees…

Your time has a certain value to it. Often when hiring an attorney, a client may not even have to appear personally in court. Your lawyer can appear for you, negotiate for reductions or dismissals, and speak with the DA on your behalf. If you do need to appear in court, those with an attorney have their cases called first, saving you from a long wait in the courtroom. If you have ever spent several hours in traffic court, you will surely appreciate that!

Often times, with reductions comes reduced fines. In addition, in New York State, the number of points against your drivers license may cause increased auto insurance premiums. So, the few hundred bucks you may spend for a lawyer to defend you traffic ticket may be well worth the investment when you consider time, fines, and insurance rates.

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Candy Crush While Driving May Not Be So Sweet for Your License


It’s the latest craze.  Everyone is doing it.  Yes, it’s Candy Crush.  The almost irresistible urge to check your cell phone to see if enough time has passed for you to get another life, so you can have yet one more turn at that annoying level you’ve been stuck on for days.  Or maybe, your friends sent you a life you can use to finally move down that candy crush path toward earning the envy of everyone around you, as you proudly announce a triple digit level number to signify your genius and skill.
Unfortunately, if you are overcome by the irresistible candy crush urge while driving, you may be pulled over and ticketed by the police for a violation of New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Sections 1225-c (Use of Mobile Telephone) or 1225-d (Use of Portable Electronic Devices).  These rules prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, and a traffic ticket for breaking these rules can be anything but sweet, tasty, delicious, or divine.
If you hold a New York State driver’s license, a conviction will add 2 points to your license.  This can lead to increased car insurance rates, high fines, and, ultimately, to a license suspension if you get 11 points on your license within 18 months.  Although spending hours in court dealing with a cell phone ticket can add to your candy crush status (make sure your phone is set to silent), it’s really not that great.
Even if you do not live in New York State, New York will create a driving record based on your conviction.  If you get 11 points in New York State within 18 months, you will lose your right to drive here and, chances are, that a cell phone ticket conviction in New York will appear on your home state’s driver’s license.

If you get a cell phone ticket, don’t despair.  Call Weisberg & Zukher, PLLC. at 315-701-2939 for a free consultation or send us an e-mail to tell us about your case at  Our experienced attorneys will help you by vigorously defending your cell phone ticket or any other traffic violation.  We will help you get your life back on track and down that everlasting candy crush path.

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