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New York Ticket Lawyer: Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee

About the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee

If you accumulate 6 or more points within 18 months, you are required to pay a DRAF—Drier Responsibility Assessment Fee.  On November 2004, then-governor, George Pataki, authorized the Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee.

This fee is added onto any court-imposed penalty, such as a fine or suspension.  It is generally sent to the driver as a separate bill from the DMV, within 30 days of the court-hearing.

The DRAF is imposed upon ALL motorists, in New York as well as those from other states.  The cost of the fee is based on the amount of points on the driver’s record as listed below:


Amount of Points Total DRAF
6 Points $300
7 Points $375
8 Points $450
9 Points $525
10 Points $600
11 Points $675
12 Points $725
13 Points $800
14 Points $875

For each point over 14, the driver is required to add an additional $75 to the 14-point penalty. The DRAF can be paid in one installment or in three equal installments over the course of 3 years.

If a driver is convicted of an alcohol, drug related offense or for the refusal to take a chemical test, the DRAF is $750.

It’s important to pay the DRAF in a timely manner.  Failure to pay the fee when it is due may result in a license suspension.  Sometimes drivers are unaware of the fine because the DMV sends the bill to an incorrect address.  The driver becomes aware of the unpaid fee after being pulled over by a police officer.  A police officer may arrest someone for a suspension arising out of failure to pay, so it’s important to be sure that the DMV has a correct address for you.  You can pay for the DRAF through the DMV website or in person.

If you are unsure about the amount of points on your license or the information on your driver’s record, you may request a Driver’s Abstract from the DMV.  Remember that accumulating 11 or more points within an 18 month period, your driver’s license may be suspended.

If you would like to lower the amount of points on your license, the Driver Safety Class will remove 4 points from your record, but will not help you avoid the DRAF.  Thus, the Driver Safety Program is an excellent idea if you are looking to avoid suspension due to license points, but if you’ve already incurred a fee, it’s important to pay it as soon as possible.

*Photo Credit: “Drivers License – Teen Driver” By: State Farm/Source: Flickr

DWI Charges Reduced to 0 Point Non-Criminal Offense in Queens

Another happy client had a DWI—Driving While Intoxicated in Queens Criminal Court Reduced to a 0 Point DWAI—Driving While Ability Impaired.  Our client was stopped and charged with a DWI when they gave the police officer probable cause to stop them and test their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) using a breathalyzer test.

Any driver over the age of 21 can be charged with a DWI if their BAC or blood alcohol content is .08 % or greater.  Underage drivers can be charged if their BAC is .02 % and commercial/motor drivers can be charged if their BAC is at least .04%.

Our client’s charge was reduced to a DWAI offense.  The DWAI offense is the lowest offense for alcohol and drug related charges.  This is the only alcohol related charge that is merely a traffic violation (not a criminal offense).  Thus, our client will not have a criminal record or license points.

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Delaware County Reduced to a 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Delaware County Reduced to a 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Colechester Town Court located in Delaware County, New York reduced to a 3 Violation!

Speeding tickets are fairly common in New York and range in cost as well as license points depending on how fast you were going over the speed limit. Our client received a 6 point speeding ticket because they were driving 81 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 26 MPH over the legal limit).

Traffic Ticket Violations Points
Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 21-30 MPH over the speed limit 6 points
Driving 31-40 MPH over the speed limit 8 points
Driving over 40 MPH over speed limit 11 points

 If you are ticketed for speeding, we can fight for you. Call for free legal advice on Speeding Tickets at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com. The most important advice we can offer at this moment is to fight the ticket. Do not simply mail in a payment or pay the DMV online. This will result in a guilty plea and points on your license which can raise the cost of your insurance.

A speeding ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.

We always fight for the most favorable outcome and are always glad to have great results for our clients. If you’ve received a speeding ticket or any other type of moving violation, let us help you! Email us at michaelblocklawyer.com or call (212) 227-9008 to learn how we can defend you.

We fight tickets all over New York, including: Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island.


  1. lisa wootton  |  

    Court Name: Hancock, NY
    How much will it cost to get this dismissed or to plea it down? I had a clean license for well over 10 years. This year I got a speeding ticket on 3/2/15 in Nassau county that I got reduced to a failure to signal. Then 3 weeks later at the end of March I got another going 84 in a 55…ugh!!! I didn’t plea it. I plead guilty. Now I have 8 points on my license. 2 weeks ago I got another speeding ticket driving up to Ithaca NY. This ticket is for 72 in a 55. I just completed the defensive driving test, so should be ok as far as suspension, but I’m concerned about having 2 speeding tickets in the same year and don’t want to add any more points and or moving violations to my license.

    • Thank you for your question. Your concerns are well founded! I’m glad to hear that you took a defensive driver’s course. If you retain us we could probably save your license and reduce at least some of this points. The fact that you have so many points on your license may make it more difficult to plead down the points. If you would like more specific information related to cost, please call the office at 212-227-9008 so that we may better assist you. Drive carefully!

How to Reduce Points on Your License

Points on your license are more than just ugly marks on your driving record, and a number of different traffic violations will add points to your license, if you are convicted.  Too many points or a serious traffic violation may lead to revocation or suspension of your driving privileges.  Having more than 6 points in an 18 month period means you are required to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee.  Fortunately, there are a few ways to reduce points before they stack up against you.

The PIRP—Point and Insurance Reduction Program is a series of courses offered to drivers who would like to reduce the amount of points on their license and cost of their insurance premium.  The Defensive Driving Course/Accident Prevention Course deducts 4 license points and offers a 10% reduction on your insurance premium.

Each course is 6 hours long and can be taken both in person or online.  In order to take an online course or I-PIRP/ADM—Internet Point & Insurance Reduction Program/Alternate Delivery Method course, you must enroll with an approved DMV sponsor.  The online course may require tests and quizzes to verify your participation.

An experienced traffic ticket attorney may help you avoid or reduce points depending on the violation and the county where you received the summons.  Please contact us at 212-227-008 or at michaelblock.law@gmail.com if you would like to receive free legal advice on how to fight your traffic ticket.

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  1. I take the safe driver class every 18 months to help lower my auto insurance bills. Everyone should be taking these classes.

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What is the True Cost of a New York Speeding Ticket?

What is the True Cost of a NY Speeding Ticket?

Speeding tickets in New York can be both complicated and costly.  The cost of a speeding ticket can range from about $45 to $600 depending on how fast you were driving above the speed limit and whether or not this is a repeated offense.  In addition, there is an $80 New York State surcharge imposed on any moving violations as well as a driver assessment fee imposed on drivers with 6 or more license points.

For non-commercial drivers, the penalties are as follows:

  • Driving up to 10 MPH (Miles Per Hour) over the speed limit can cost about $90 – $150, and add 3 points on your license.
  • Driving between 10 to 30 MPH over the speed limit can cost about $180 – $300, and add 4-6 points on your license. A driver may also serve up to 30 days in prison.
  • Driving between 31 to 40 MPH over the speed limit can cost $360 – $600, and add 8 points on your license. A driver may also serve up to 30 days in prison.
  • Driving over 41 MPH is 11 points.

It’s important to note that the DMV can suspend your license for accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months (regardless of violation type).  Furthermore, receiving 3 speeding tickets in an 18-month period will result in a 6 month revocation of your license.

The cost of your insurance can also increase if you were going over 15 MPH or if you had a previous traffic ticket violation.  In order to decrease the cost of your insurance (after a speeding violation) you may take a Driver Safety Class.

If you have received a speeding ticket or any other type of traffic ticket, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to learn more about how we can defend you.


*Photo Credit: “Ludicrous Speed” By Dan DeChiaro/Source:Flickr

  1. Since the driving speed in NYC has gone down to 25 miles/hour, it is really easy to get a ticket. This is our unfortunate reality. Safe driving everyone.

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6 Things to Know When You Receive a Cellphone Ticket

  1. Why you received the Cellphone Ticket.

If you hold your cellphone in any capacity, you can receive a traffic ticket.  The § 1225-d defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the cellphone.  Be certain that you’re not fidgeting with your GPS either.  The portable device violation extends to using a tablet, GPS, and iPod among other electronic devices.

  1. Gathering the Evidence

It’s often difficult to provide evidence to prove that the cellphone was not actually in use.  A driver may need to provide specific data on cellphone usage from their service provider.

  1. License Points

In addition to the hassle, cellphone tickets rack up as much as 5 points.  Extra points on your license can increase the price of your insurance.  3 cellphone tickets could result in the suspension of your license.

  1. The Cost

The cost of cellphone tickets can range between $50 to $400 depending on the gravity and frequency of the offense.  Aside from the immediate cost of the ticket, points on your license could cause insurance premiums to increase significantly.

  1. Don’t Give Police Officers a Reason to Remember You.

You may feel the need to discuss the ticket with the police officer, but be very careful and compliant.  Anything you say can, and WILL be used against you in court.  Officers take notes on any comments you make which can later harm you while disputing your traffic ticket.

  1. We’re here to Help

If you have received a traffic ticket for a cellphone or electronic device violation, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 or email michaelblock.law@gmail.com to learn more about how we can assist you or email and defend your NYC traffic ticket.

*Photo Credit: “This is My Father” by Bradely Gordon/Source: Flickr