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How do Points Affect a License?

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New York State has a traffic point system that can affect a motorist’s privilege to drive.  In general, in any given 18 month period, a motorist is allowed up to 10 point to be deducted from their license before their privilege to drive is suspended.  

There are many other reasons why a person’s privilege to drive can be suspended or revoked, but this article is merely discussing a broad view of the traffic point system. For a further discussion on this issue, call our attorneys at 800-893-9645 to confidentially discuss your matter in greater detail.

New York has assigned a varying number of points for many different violations.  In other words, the State does not have a flat penalty for points concerning traffic violations.

Here is a limited snap shot of the most common traffic point violations.

Speeding Points
01 to 10 mph over the limit3
11 to 204
21 to 306
31 to 408
More than 4011

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Other Traffic Violations Points
Reckless Driving

(misdemeanor, 6 month suspension)

Leaving the scene of an accident

(personal injury, misdemeanor, 6 months in jail, revocation of license, $600.00 fine)

Passing a school bus5
Following too closely


Inadequate breaks4
Improper passing

(unsafe lane change, left of center or wrong


Disobeying a Traffic Signal

(red light, stop sign, yield sign)

Right of way, failure to yield3
Railroad crossing violation3
Leaving the scene of an accident

(property damage/domestic animal)

Child Safety Restraint

(under 16 years old in front seat, under 10 years old in rear seats, under 4 years old in child seat)

Inadequate breaks
(employers' commercial vehicle)
All other moving violations2

If you are assessed points on your license, the points are not permanent. For the purposes of a suspension, points will stay on your license for an 18 month period from the date of issuance.

If you obtain a copy of your driving record, a conviction may be visible for more than 18 months even though the points are no longer being held against you.

The most common traffic ticket encountered by this law firm is a speeding ticket.  Many out of state drivers will be assessed points in this New York State and they are unsure whether or not the points will transfer back to their home state.  Most states have reciprocity and there each state may implement the reciprocity in different ways. To be certain how your license will be affected by a New York conviction, you should consult a lawyer in your home state of contact your local department of motor vehicles.

About Our Firm:  At Joseph P. Villanueva, Attorneys At Law we excel at getting tickets dismissed or reduced.  We have more than 20 years of legal experience and have gained a reputation among our peers as being superb lawyers.  Our team of traffic and criminal defense lawyers is lead by Joseph P. Villanueva.  He is a former prosecutor.  Having a former prosecutor on your side can help in analyzing critical issues in your case.  This can make the difference in you keep your license or having your license suspended or revoked. Call us now 914-723-7900

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