Why should I fight my traffic ticket?
If you are found guilty, you will get points on your license which will cause your insurance to rise for the next 3 years. .
Should I fight my traffic ticket case if I really am guilty?
Yes! Just because you did it does not mean that you should be found guilty!
You may be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced, get the points on your driving record reduced or waived altogether.
You may also be able to avoid paying a fine or save money by paying a lesser fine. Fighting the ticket can help to protect your driving record and your insurance rates.
How can a New York traffic lawyer help?
Traffic court is tough! The rules were created by the DMV for the DMV to win so that New York State takes even more money from you (as if taxes and the cost of living in New York wasn’t enough!). If you don’t know the rules of the court, how do you expect to win? Hiring a lawyer increases your odds of success.
Why should I hire your firm?
If you seek an easy and straightforward process for fighting your ticket, then the Law Office of James Medows is the perfect choice. Our values are centered around simplification. We believe in hard work for the client, transparency with each client, honoring our commitments to our clients and most importantly, providing honest communication, even if it's bad news to the client. Our goal is to win and for you to tell your friends and family about our firm. Please look at our hundreds of online reviews.
Why shouldn’t I just plead guilty?
Just because you are guilty doesn’t mean you should be found guilty! In order to steer clear of points, fines, surcharges, maintain low insurance rates, and protect your driving privileges, fighting your traffic ticket is essential. Additionally, if you waive the white flag and plead guilty, you are subject to an additional fee known as a “Driver's Responsibility Assessment Fee”.
Do I have to appear in court if I hire your firm?
No. In most cases, we can handle your case without requiring you to appear in court or disrupt your busy schedule. Once you hire our office, you set it and forget it and our office appears on your behalf. Our primary objective is to make the process of fighting your case as straightforward and hassle-free as possible.
Should I fight my case if I really am guilty?
Yes. Fighting your ticket is essential because the burden of proof lies with the People, not you, and you have the right to remain silent. Many times, we win our client’s case because the People cannot meet its burden, and in other instances, we negotiate favorable deals. While we cannot guarantee outcomes, fighting your ticket is the best way to pursue a more favorable result, adopting the mindset of “going down swinging like Babe Ruth” vs. “striking out” like Carlos Beltran. If you don't fight your case then you will be found guilty.
Do points or convictions transfer from other states or provinces?
No. New York State does not add points for out-of-state traffic convictions, however, your insurance may still be affected. You should always contact your state’s DMV and speak with your insurance company about consequences of a guilty verdict in New York.
Will a New York conviction transfer to my out-of-state license?
It depends on your home state's reciprocity agreement with New York. Some states may add points or penalties for NY convictions. You should contact your state’s DMV and your insurance company to confirm what consequences may occur by pleading guilty to a New York State traffic violation.
Does this firm help professional drivers?
Absolutely! We represent commercial drivers, TLC drivers, MTA drivers and other individuals who depend on their license for their livelihood. Professional drivers often face stricter penalties for violations, making legal representation even more crucial. If driving is your source of income, you should hire a skilled lawyer to protect your record.
Do you represent corporations for their truck/equipment violations?
Yes. We represent corporations for their vehicles at both the DMV and criminal court and even offer fleet discounts.
What is the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee?
The Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee is a tax on drivers who accumulate too many points within a period of time. If you accumulate 6 or more points in an 18 month period, the DMV will assess you at $300 for the first 6 points and $75 for every point thereafter.
Do I have to pay the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee if I am an out-of-state license holder?
Yes. New York State does not discriminate if you are an out-of-state-license holder and will still take your money even if you have an out of state drivers license.
Do you offer discounts for US Military Service Members?
Yes. We applaud the brave service of our troops and proudly offer a discount for active military and our veterans.