Getting Pulled Over by the Police in Upstate NY

Getting Pulled Over by the Police in Upstate NY

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[caption id="attachment_1782" align="alignleft" width="300"] What to do when getting pulled over by the police[/caption] WHAT TO DO WHEN THE POLICE LIGHTS ARE IN YOUR MIRROR Getting pulled over by the police in Upstate NY or anywhere while driving can be a very shocking, startling, and extremely stressful experience. For most drivers, this has happened at least on one occasion and it is something that should not be taken lightly during the moment it is occurring. Typically, a driver is pulled over by an officer of the law when they are breaking some sort of traffic law, such as speeding, running a red light or stop sign, etc. Other reasons may include suspicion of driving while intoxicated or other criminal offenses. When one views the flashing red light in their rear…
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Taking a Defensive Driving Course

Taking a Defensive Driving Course

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[caption id="attachment_342" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Taking a Defensice Driving Course"][/caption] We’ve all heard of a Defensive Driving Course, but exactly what does such a course entail? Most often people enroll in said course because they received a traffic violation and have acquired a few points on their license. By enrolling and completing a Defensive Driving Course, an individual can have up to 4 points removed off their license at a given time. If you receive a 2-point violation, the course will eradicate said points. However, you can’t “bank” the other two and have future points retro actively removed. In New York, taking a Defensive Driving Course for point reduction is allowed once every 18 months. The course does not remove the actual violation for your driving record, but it does remove…
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Getting Tickets for Talking and Texting

Getting Tickets for Talking and Texting

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[caption id="attachment_548" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Driving while on your cell phone is a 2 point penalty in New York State."][/caption] Recently New York State passed new legislation within the vehicle and traffic law that makes talking on a cell phone while driving a point penalty on one's license. Previously in 2001, NY passed a law making said action a violation and with it came a fine of up to $100. This made headlines because at the time, NY was the first state to finally crack down and impose such a penalty. Now, approximately 12 years later, NY has amended the law to include a 5 point penalty along with a fine. No longer is getting a ticket for talking on your latest and greatest cell phone a mere financial nuisance. Now, with…
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Think Again before you Crumple Up that Traffic Ticket!

Think Again before you Crumple Up that Traffic Ticket!

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[caption id="attachment_71" align="alignleft" width="500"] Think Again before you Crumple Up that Traffic Ticket![/caption] DON'T BLOW OFF YOUR SPEEDING TICKET IN UPSTATE NY A lot of people when they get a traffic ticket put it on the back burner and do not treat it very seriously. They do this of course until the court date rolls around and then panic often sets in. At this point, an individual often debates whether or not to simply “mail it in” and plead guilty or instead obtain an attorney and hope to plead to a lesser charge. While it may be easier and more convenient to sign the back of the ticket, mail it in to the “powers that be” and be done with it, this is almost always not the best choice. By…
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Who parks on pavement? – Understanding how to reduce your speeding ticket.

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[caption id="attachment_378" align="alignleft" width="150" caption=""Who Parks On The Pavement, anyhows?" Marty Carbone - Albany, NY, Glens Falls, NY & Saratoga NY"][/caption] We've all heard of the term parking on pavement but so few of us actually know what the true definition is. The only frame of reference most people have is when they are offered this conspicuous charge when faced with a speeding ticket or some other moving violation. Section 1201 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law defines Parking on pavement as the following: Stopping, standing, or parking outside of business or residence districts. (a) Upon any highway outside of a business or residence district no person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the paved or main-traveled part of the…
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Ways To Beat A DUI or DWI Charge in Albany NY

Ways To Beat A DUI or DWI Charge in Albany NY

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[caption id="attachment_644" align="alignleft" width="263"] Tests Results can often be dismissed if not given correctly.[/caption] HOW TO BEAT DWI / DUI IN ALBANY NY DWI and DUI are charges that can hurt your driving record, your pockets, your career and even get you jail time. If you have been recently charged for DUI or DWI, it is not something to take lightly, but it also does not mean the case is closed before you step into the courtroom. By hiring a decent defense lawyer, one who knows what the DUI and DWI laws actually are in different areas, there are many ways that your case can go in your favor and even get dismissed all together. There are three categories that arresting officers and district attorneys can fall short in for…
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2013 Increased NY Cellphone Fines

2013 Increased NY Cellphone Fines

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[caption id="attachment_5292" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Cellphone sse fines have increased from 3 to 5 points in NY State"][/caption] UPSTATE NY CELLPHONE FINE INCREASE — Currently, police are heavily out on the lookout for drivers texting and talking behind the wheel. Just in time for the summer vacation driving season, not only will the price of gas cost you more on the road, but so can using that cellphone. POINT INCREASE In June 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the number of points that a motorist can get on a license for improperly using a cellphone in the car is going up from 3 to 5. Cuomo said he was increasing the point penalty administratively, through an administrative order to the Department of Motor Vehicles. At five points, cellphone use is now…
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Commercial Motor Vehicle Cellphone Fines are brutal

Commercial Motor Vehicle Cellphone Fines are brutal

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[caption id="attachment_4997" align="alignleft" width="300"] Commercial driver cellphone fines can be brutal! Call us at 518-283-1245. We can help.[/caption] FEDERAL COMMERCIAL DRIVER CELLULAR PHONE LAW Attention All NYS Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers... If you are caught using mobile devices while driving, you could be hit with even more stringent fines than civilian drivers. Please note the Federal Ban on Texting for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers which was announced by the U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood. The ban is on the use cell phones to text while driving a commercial vehicle. The prohibition, which took effect on January 26, 2010, is the first step towards the safety of commercial drivers and motorists who share the road with them. Those truck and bus drivers who are convicted of texting while driving commercial…
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Cellphone Fines

Cellphone Fines

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[caption id="attachment_4928" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cellphone fines in New York State[/caption] New York State is not messing around when it comes to cell phone & texting fines behind the wheel. In case you do not know and from out of state, New York State prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices at any time. Illegal activity includes holding an electronic device and composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages. Viewing, taking, or transmitting images, and yes, even playing games. These actions will all cost you money in New York, if you are caught behind the wheel engaging in them. The penalty for a violation of this law is up to $150 and also gets the gift that keeps on…
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NY Speeding Ticket Fines

NY Speeding Ticket Fines

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[caption id="attachment_4766" align="alignleft" width="300"] NY Speeding Fines[/caption] New York Speeding Fines Want to know what a speeding ticket may cost you, here in NY State? If you're concerned about NY speeding ticket fines, look no more. Carbone & Carbone LLP can help. Our lawyers have local court relationships that allow us to reduce fines on NY speeding tickets and also help with points and protect your insurance rates. Call Us Now: (518) 283-1245 In New York City and many other states, the fine appears on a speeding ticket. But for most of New York State, fines are not on the ticket. If you were pulled over while driving from out of state, you may be surprised how expensive it actually can be. The judge decides the fine when the case…
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