DEFENDING YOU AGAINST BUFFALO TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
Driving is essential for many of us who live in Buffalo and other parts of Western New York. We need our driving privileges to complete essential tasks, such as getting to and from work and running errands. However, in order to enjoy these driving privileges, we have to follow New York's traffic laws. Unfortunately, sometimes even the most well-meaning driver can run afoul of those laws. That's when you may want to hire a Buffalo traffic ticket lawyer.
Some Buffalo traffic violations may be minor, but can result in unintended consequences later on. Other violations are more serious and can result in severe penalties such as losing your driving privileges. As a result, seeking the legal help from the Law Office of Drew Fritsch P.C. can help clear you of all penalties and fees.
The following are some of the more common traffic issues our Buffalo traffic ticket lawyer handles.
We all do it, but only a select few drivers actually get caught. It can be so frustrating, especially when you get pulled over while the car next to you is going faster than you. But speeding is against the law and as great as it sounds, “everyone does it” is not a legal defense.
For most people, getting a speeding ticket means paying a fine and receiving points on your driving record. How much you were speeding, as well as any prior driving convictions, can make a difference as to how much you need to pay and how many points you will receive. Then there's the likely auto insurance rate increase.
Some drivers will have other things to worry about, such as enhanced fines or losing a regular or commercial license. Therefore, it's highly advisable to hire an attorney to shield you from the consequences that a speeding ticket can leave on your driving record.
Reckless driving is not a simple traffic violation, like a parking ticket. It is a misdemeanor criminal offense; a conviction can result in a permanent criminal record. Fines and points are also added to your driving record, and there is the potential for jail time and an auto insurance rate increase.
However, determining what constitutes reckless driving isn't the easiest thing to do. The definition of reckless driving is somewhat vague. While the law's ambiguity may result in more reckless driving tickets than necessary, it also means there is ample opportunity to argue to the Court that your particular driving behavior did not qualify as reckless driving. If you're ever charged with reckless driving, don't automatically assume you will be found guilty. A qualified Buffalo traffic ticket lawyer will be able to help you make your case before the Court.
DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE
Driving with a suspended license is one of the more serious traffic crimes. It carries large fines and the potential for prison time. The specific crime of driving with a suspended or revoked license in New York is called Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. A person commits Aggravated Unlicensed Operation if they drive a vehicle on a public highway when they know, or should know, that their license has been revoked or suspended.
There are three degrees of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation you can be charged with: third and second degree AUO are misdemeanor crimes while first degree AUO is a felony.
OUT-OF-STATE DRIVER TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
New York borders New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. At any given time, there are many out-of-state drivers enjoying New York's roads. And just like New York drivers, these out-of-state drivers are subject to the same traffic laws and penalties. But being from another state can make handling a traffic violation charge a bit more complicated.
CANADIAN DRIVER TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
New York is located next to Canada. This means plenty of drivers from Ontario, Quebec and other provinces regularly enter the state. As a result, many Canadian drivers receive a traffic ticket or get charged with a serious motor vehicle offense, such as DWI.
The state of New York and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario have reciprocity agreements. Under these agreements, New York driving infractions are reported back to the home province of the Canadian drivers, and vice versa. This means that Canadian drivers who commit traffic violations while driving through New York face penalties from both New York and their home province. The interaction between New York and the Canadian provinces isn't always easy to understand, but our are experienced in dealing with these situations.
BUFFALO TRAFFIC TICKET LAWYER
If you are facing traffic charges in Buffalo and WNY, don't hesitate to call. Attorney Drew Fritsch offers free one-on-one consultations and will even go to court in your place for most tickets.