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|Why Hire a Traffic Attorney?|
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There are three major reasons why retaining an attorney to represent you with respect to a traffic ticket makes sense: time, money and your driver's license.
Receiving a traffic ticket in New York has become an expensive proposition. Through fines, surcharges, the DMV Assessment Program and increased insurance rates, a conviction for a traffic offense can easily cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The Law Office of Matthew C. Hug can help you save substantial amounts of money in this regard. When thinking of the ultimate cost of a traffic ticket, there are two considerations, the actual offense and the number of points that will be assessed to your license as a result. Points are critical -- not only with respect to license retention -- but, also as a measure of your DMV Assessment. It should be noted that the points system used by the NYS DMV differs from that of insurance companies. Because of this dichotomy, an attorney can be invaluable in reducing the number of DMV points while avoiding some pitfalls with your insurance company.
Illustration: As an illustration of the cost of a traffic ticket, consider the following example: you have been ticketed for travelling 86 in a 65 mph zone. This constitutes a 6 point violation. If this is your first offense, you will be fined up to a maximum of $300.00 with a mandatory $85.00 surcharge. In addition to the fine and surcharge, you will be placed in the DMV Driver's Assessment Program and fined an additional mandatory $300.00. Thus, your exposure on this traffic ticket is $685.00 in fines and penalties alone. This does not include any increase in your premium that your insurance company is going to charge you with. While there are no hard and fast rules, as a general measure, you can expect your premium to increase by 50%.
The Law Office of Matthew C. Hug can help you reduce your exposure by providing astute legal representation, rendering the investment in legal representation a net gain.
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