If you are facing traffic citations, you may also face additional penalties. That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney. For example, if you were driving and are now accused of a DUI, you could also face reckless driving, speeding or other citations or charges. It’s worth taking some time to get to know exactly what charges and citations you’re facing so that your attorney can help put together a defense to minimize the penalties you face.

Hiring an attorney could help you avoid:

  • Excessive fines
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • The loss of your job
  • Points on your license
  • State-mandated surcharges
  • State fees, such as the New York driver responsibility assessment fee
  • A license revocation or suspension

With citations, there is normally a low risk of imprisonment, but with charges, there is a chance you could be jailed or imprisoned. For example, a DUI that leads to a crash with injuries could end up costing you thousands as well as resulting in imprisonment. It’s a smart choice to talk to your attorney about having any charges against you reduced if possible, unless there is an opportunity to have them dismissed completely.

Your attorney will give you more details about the fees or fines you may face as well as the risk of jail or prison time. They will talk to you about the need for an ignition interlock device or what will happen if you are placed on probation.

New York takes DUIs and other traffic citations seriously, so it’s important to do so yourself and defend your rights. These citations and charges could have a lasting impact.