4/6/2015 8:00 AM

NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer: Tips for Drivers Who Get Pulled Over


Getting pulled over by a police officer for traffic violations in New York City can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Drivers often do not know the best way to handle this situation though, and they can sometimes get in more trouble than expected. Below are some tips from Michael Block, a New York City traffic ticket lawyer for drivers to follow if they are pulled over:

1. Do not talk to the officer, and more importantly, do not argue with the officer. It doesn’t matter how angry you may be – address the officer as “Sir / Ma’am” and stay calm. Arguing with an officer is a sure way to get a ticket for every traffic law you may have violated, no matter how small.

2. If the officer asks you how fast you were going, do not answer with a number. Simply say, “I don’t know.” The officer takes notes on everything you say and will testify to you statement when the case comes to court.

3. Do not ask how many points the traffic ticket carries. You will often receive an incorrect answer, which can have dire consequences for your New York insurance premiums. An officer does not have to provide correct legal advice. If the officer tells you the ticket does not carry points and you decide to plead guilty and pay the fine, you may find out later that the ticket did indeed carry points and your insurance premiums will be raised as a result.

4. Accept the ticket and put it in a safe place. You do not want to lose the ticket as it may provide information that is vital for fighting the charges.

5. Call a New York City traffic ticket lawyer(). A traffic ticket lawyer can advise you on the best course of action for handling your traffic ticket. It is almost always better to hire a traffic ticket attorney to fight your moving violations. Attorneys can usually get better deals with prosecutors than unrepresented motorists. There are no plea deals in New York City traffic courts, but representation by an NYC traffic lawyer increases your chances of winning.

6. Answer the traffic ticket in a timely fashion. Answering the ticket simply means entering a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty. By entering a Guilty plea, you are telling the court that you accept the charges and all penalties that come with them, including fines, points, and the possible suspension or revocation of your license. A New York City traffic ticket lawyer will almost always have you plead Not Guilty so that they have a chance to fight your ticket for you.

If you have received a traffic ticket in New York City, Long Island, or Upstate New York, please call Michael Block, Traffic Ticket Attorney, at 212-227-9008 to see how he can help you with your case.


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  1. Jalu Sakti's avatar Jalu Sakti
    I'm so glad you mentioned to keep the ticket and keep it in a safe place in tip number 4. I didn't know that keeping the ticket would be so important, but I guess I could see how it would be critical for a lawyer to have in dealing with your case. I hope my wife kept the ticket from her infraction last week; otherwise it will be rather difficult to get the help that we need.
    Reply 10/3/2016 2:51 PM
  2. Theodore Winston's avatar Theodore Winston
    My younger brother was pulled over late last night and was given a ticket for overspeeding. It was not the proudest moment of his life and he admitted to us of running 5 miles over the speed limit. We wanted to know if there are things we should know to combat it. I'll be sure to discuss these tips with my family. Thanks for the great tips! http://www.BatesLawFirmPLLC.com/traffic_ticket_defense
    Reply 10/10/2017 6:39 AM
  3. Roger's avatar Roger
    I recently got a pretty heavy speeding ticket, but I believe I was in the right for going as fast as I was. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to get a traffic violation lawyer because they'll be able to lessen the sentence and get a better deal with the prosecutor. Knowing that getting a lawyer could save me a decent amount of money, I might just have to start looking into getting one that could help with my situation. http://bradbutterworthlaw.com/traffic-violations/
    Reply 10/11/2017 5:58 PM
  4. Larry Weaver's avatar Larry Weaver
    Thanks for the advice to not ask how many points a traffic ticket carries when being pulled over. If I were ever to get pulled over, I would try to do all that I could to prevent my insurance premiums from being raised. I think I would also connect with a traffic violation attorney if the case was serious enough. http://www.patrickmcphersondui.com/traffic-offenses
    Reply 11/9/2017 1:43 PM
  5. Taylor Bishop's avatar Taylor Bishop
    Thanks for going over some tips for if you get pulled over. It's good to know that you should try to put the ticket in a safe place when you get it. It sounds important to also put it in a place where you will remember it so that you can grab it whenever. http://www.wrplaw.net/traffic-violations
    Reply 8/27/2018 8:15 AM

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