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Consequences can include you losing your right to drive at all, paying additional fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles for years, paying increased insurance premiums and more.
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About the consequences:
Driver Violation Point System in New York
The point system is used to by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to identify drivers who receive traffic violations. The violations, or tickets, are assigned points. Infractions that are considered high risk are assigned a higher point value. The consequences of having points assessed to your driving record are serious.
To have points assessed against your driving record, you must be convicted of the violation. You are convicted after a hearing or if you plea guilty to the charge as stated on the ticket. Except in areas where there is an Administrative Adjudication Bureau (known as a Traffic Violations Bureau), the Court follows a prescribed set of rules consistent with the Criminal Procedure Law. This affords you some procedural protections.
The protections are important because the consequences of being convicted and acquiring points are serious and can have long reaching effects.
If you are assessed 11 points in an 18-month period, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driver license. To put this in perspective, if you are convicted for two tickets for cell phone use, you already have 10 points on your license. One more and you are subject to having your license suspended. One ticket for Speeding, 21 - 30 MPH over speed limit, is 6 points. One Speeding ticket for going more than 40 MPH over speed limit is 11 points. You may want to see the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles' publication Suppose Your License Was Taken Away.
If you receive 6 or more points within 18 months, or are convicted of certain traffic offenses without regard to the points assessed, the Department of Motor Vehicles can impose a Driver Responsibility Assessment penalty. This is a fee, paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles, in each of three years after the penalty is imposed. The amount of the penalty fee is based upon the reason for the penalty. If you fail to pay the penalty your license to drive is subject to suspension.
You should also know that the points are assessed, and penalties from points determined, based on the date of violation and not the date of conviction. If you have adjourned a ticket for some time, a conviction will result in point assessment as of the date of the violation and not the date of conviction.
After 18 months from the date of the violation, the points for that violation are not considered by the Department of Motor Vehicles in determining if a suspension is necessary. Although the points are outside the time frame for consideration by the Department of Motor Vehicles, they remain on your permanent driving record.
Another consequence of points on your driving record is the impact it will have on your automobile insurance rates. As points build on your record, you may be classified as a high-risk driver resulting in substantial insurance premium increases.
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