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How Does New York and California Reciprocity Work for Speeding Tickets?

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If you are a California licensed driver and you receive a speeding ticket in New York, it is probably in your best interest to hire this law firm to fight your ticket.

About Our Firm:   Our attorneys are lead by a former prosecutor and excel at getting tickets either dismissed or reduced.  We have gained a reputation as some of the finest attorneys in New York and have appeared in courts throughout the entire state.  We have saved our client’s thousands of dollars in fines, surcharges, insurance increases, and time.  Under most circumstances, our client never come to court for a traffic matter.   You can give us authorization to appear and our attorneys appear on your behalf. We will go to court and fight to get you the best possible outcome.  So, if you are in need of a lawyer, give us a call at 800-893-9645.

California Licensed Drivers Beware:

Motorists driving through New York State that are issued a speeding ticket are facing fines, surcharges, insurance increases, and the possibility of at least 15 days jail.  Furthermore, drivers are facing points on their licenses.

For out of state drivers, the issue of points can be rather confusing.  Primarily, drivers needed to know whether or not the points will transfer back to their home state.

The Interstate Driver’s License Compact

Will a speeding conviction in New York result in points being transferred back to California?  Simply stated, yes.

The Interstate Driver’s License Compact (DLC) is an agreement between multiple states that agree to share information in a National Driver Register for serious or major violations.   

The State of California is part of the DLC and Californians caught speeding in New York will have their convictions reported back to their home state.  As such, depending on the exact charge that you are convicted of, you could have points assessed against your license.

Here is a brief snapshot into the California point system.  The California DMV has the right to suspend or revoke your driving privileges if you accumulate a certain number of points over a set period of time.
  • Four points within a 12-month period
  • Six points in a 24-month period
  • Eight points in a 36-month period
So, if you are in need of a lawyer, give us a call at 800-893-9645 or send us an email.

Are you looking for a New York Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer and want to determine who is the best attorney for you?  You’ve come to the right place.  While there are many lawyers who claim to be super lawyers, not every lawyer’s skill set may be best suited for your fact specific case.  Some lawyers handle only divorce cases while others handle only small claims cases.  As you can imagine, not every legal skill set may be transferable to your case.  As such, they may not have the necessary experience or skill to give you the best defense possible.  By analogy, ask yourself, “Why would you hire an electrician to fix your broke faucet?”

We recommend you consider these Top 5 factors before retaining an attorney:

1.  Is the attorney’s practice limited to or significantly dedicated to speeding ticket defense or traffic ticket defense?

There are thousands of solo practitioners that claim to be proficient in 10 or more areas of law.  While many of them can do a good job in certain practice areas, there is a good chance that they are not proficient in Vehicle Traffic Law or they may not be able to dedicate the time necessary to defend what they will call a “simple traffic” matter thereby hurting your defense. 

At our law firm, we recognize your “simple traffic” matter is not so simple.  In so doing, we handle your case with the proper attention it deserves.  We know many things are at stake including hundreds if not thousands of dollars in fines, penalties, insurance increases, and time lost.  Not to mention, we also know what very few lawyers know—a conviction to a simple speeding ticket can carry a 15 or more days in jail. 

2.  Does the attorney have a track record? 

Although no attorney can attest that their prior success can guarantee a similar outcome in future cases, its important that you have some knowledge of their past performance.  For example, is your ticket their first ticket defense case?  Is the attorney you’re speaking to experienced in the court where you received the ticket?  Are they familiar with the Judge, prosecutor, police officer, and court staff?

At our law firm, we have represented thousands of individuals throughout New York State.  We are pleased to discuss our more than 30 years of legal experience with any potential client.  Read our ticket defense testimonials.

3.  Has the attorney kept up to date with the changing landscape of the law? 

Have they participated in any relevant continuing legal education programs?  Every area of law can change significantly and rather frequently.  Every change in the law can have a significant impact on your case.

At our firm, we stay on top of the law and complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing legal education a year.  We also lecture of on variety of topics to bar associations, professionals, and community groups.

4.  Does the attorney have any peer recognition? 

In other words, do other lawyers in the field respect your lawyer?  How do other attorneys, adversaries, clients, and judges perceive this lawyer? 

At our firm, we are recognized by our clients and peers as being some of the best lawyers in New York State.  You may want to check out an independent website such as

5.  Is the attorney accessible? 

Once you retain a lawyer, will they return your call or respond to your emails?  Obviously, you will want to maintain contact with your lawyer.  Some lawyers will only have their assistants speak to you.

At our firm, it is our goal to respond to our clients within one hour of being contacted.

About us:  our attorneys have significant experience practicing traffic ticket defense law.  We are lead by a former prosecutor and our experience spans over three decades.  We have been recognized by our peers as some of the best lawyers in New York.  Give us a call at 800-893-9645.

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Client Reviews
“I was extremely pleased with the friendly yet professional service that I received in resolving my legal issue.” Karen K.
“Joseph Villanueva and staff made the whole process so easy and gave me the peace of mind that I didn't receive points against my license. Well worth the money!” Linda P.
“Best attorney I’ve worked with. Stayed in contact throughout the whole process. Gave me frequent updates and always replied back to me within an hour. Definitely recommend.” Nikki C.