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Speeding Man in Long Island had License Suspended 88 Times

If the first 88 times you don’t succeed…

Suffolk police busted a Pennsylvania man speeding through the Long Island Expressway on Sunday afternoon, after the driver was zooming at 86 mph.

When cops pulled over the speed demon, he gave the officers his Pennsylvania license, in an attempt to hide his litany of driving misdeeds, officers said.

Police learned that Eric Dunbar, 43, racked up 88 suspensions on his New York State license on 25 different occasions after trying to dodge traffic tickets, records showed.

Dunbar, of Tafton, Pa., amassed a series of license suspensions through multiple charges per ticket, Suffolk police told the Daily News.

He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and unlawfully having more than one unexpired driver’s license.

He is expected to be arraigned at the First District Court in Central Islip on Monday.

 

Article Originally Featured on the NY Daily News

*Photo Credit: “Speed of Sound” By: Ana Paticia Almeida/Source: Flickr

 

Suffolk Legislature Approves Payment Plans for Parking Tickets and Traffic Tickets

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — The Suffolk County Legislature has passed a bill creating a payment plan for parking and traffic fines.

The bill, sponsored by Legislator Kara Hahn, D-Setauket, was introduced after lawmakers heard one woman’s nightmare story about how she could not afford to pay a $350 ticket. After a few months, her driver’s license was suspended and she could not get to work, the woman said. And with late fees, the woman was being eventually ordered to pay nearly $500.

“Not everyone out there can come up with $350 right now,” Hahn told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “It just makes sense to allow them to have four months, six months, a year.

“It’s a vicious cycle, and people who live paycheck to paycheck can’t afford it,” Hahn added.

The plan will be available for parking tickets and moving-violation tickets that have been reduced after a hearing.

Article Originally Featured on CBS New York

*Photo Credit: “No Parking Sign in New York” By: Mrs. Gemstone

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Reduced to 2 Points

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County, New York reduced to a 0 Point Parking 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 84 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 29 MPH over the legal limit).  Our client was ticketed while going Northbound on Route 111 in the town of Brookhaven.

Traffic Ticket Violations Points

Driving 1-10 MPH over the speed limit 3 points
Driving 11-20 MPH over the speed limit 4 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.

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Long Island Woman Faces DWI and Leandra's Law Charges

A Long Island woman faces a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated after she was involved in an accident while her 3-year-old son rode along as a passenger, police said Sunday.

Cristi Rivas was driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz SUV south in Wheatley Heights Saturday evening when she rear-ended a car driven by Khizar Kharam, Suffolk County investigators said.

Rivas, 38, of Dix Hills, and Kharam, 63, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said. Rivas’ toddler also was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but didn’t appear to be injured.

Rivas was charged with aggravated DWI because her passenger was less than 15 years old, a violation of Leandra’s Law. She was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Her son was released to a family member, police said.

There was no information as to whether Rivas had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

Article Originally Posted on NBC New York

*Photo Credit: “Drunk Driving Among US College Students Still at an Alarming Rate” By: James Palinsad/Source: Flickr

Uber Expands to College Towns in Upstate New York to Curb Drunk Driving

Uber Moves to College Towns in Upstate New York to Curb Drunk Driving

As part of the ride-hailing service Uber’s push to expand to upstate New York, it has a specific message for college students: We want to help you get home safely after a night of drinking.

The company’s app is popular among millennials, but it is not available in upstate college towns. Uber officials hope the State Legislature will pass new rules allowing the service to move beyond New York City next year.

Despite its many fans, Uber has faced legal problems in the United States and abroad, and criticism over its aggressive tactics. As part of the company’s efforts to adopt a softer tone, officials have said the service can help reduce drunken driving.

Josh Mohrer, the general manager of Uber NY, spoke at the state Capitol on Tuesday in favor of expanding the ride-sharing service into the Albany area. A Push to Use Ride Sharing to Drive Economic Growth in Upstate New York.

Travis Kalanick, chief of Uber, last month in Munich. He spoke about compromising with regulators he once sparred with.   Some students are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Uber and other ride-hailing apps like Lyft. At Syracuse University, Aysha Seedat, the student association president, has recently called attention to the need for the apps in the city. When students leave bars late at night, she said, many are

Friends toast at P.J. Wheelman’s after using the program in Evesham, where local officials said drunken driving had increased.

Over the summer while she was home in northern New Jersey, where Uber operates, Ms. Seedat and her friends used the app instead of trying to figure out who would drive home.

“We’re going to take an Uber, and we’re not going to take any chances,” Ms. Seedat, a 21-year-old senior who is studying public policy, said.

In the next few weeks, the university’s student assembly plans to vote on a resolution to support new ride-hailing legislation. Ms. Seedat has talked to students at other universities, including Rochester Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Buffalo, about sending a joint letter to state legislators arguing that the services would improve safety.

This month, Uber began offering free rides home from bars in Evesham Township in southern New Jersey, a community where local officials said drunken driving had increased. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., residents can request a ride from Uber or another ride service, and the township will pay for them through Jan. 2.

“If you feel that you’re not capable of driving home, we’re going to make it really, really simple for you,” the township’s mayor, Randy Brown, said at a news conference this month.

In New York, Long Island is known for having among the highest number of alcohol-related crashes in the state. A crash this summer in Suffolk County, in which a man was charged with driving while intoxicated after hitting and killing four young women riding in a limousine, brought renewed attention to the problem.

About four out of five alcohol-related crashes in the state happened outside New York City in 2013, despite the city’s huge share of the population, according to state data. The counties that include Buffalo and Rochester, where a number of colleges are, also have among the highest number of crashes.

Donald Hallowell, 46, an Uber driver participating in the Evesham program.

The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving plans to lobby for a ride-hailing bill during the next legislative session, which begins in January. Richard Mallow, the group’s state executive director, said the apps reach young people where they spend much of their time — on their smartphones.

Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, signaled that he wanted to create a statewide licensing system for ride-hailing companies. As Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, quarreled with Uber this summer over his proposal to cap the number of for-hire vehicles in New York City, Mr. Cuomo praised the company for creating jobs.

But taxi groups and others have questioned whether the company creates good-paying jobs. Uber says its drivers are independent contractors, but several recent local rulings have said that they should be considered employees. Opponents have also argued that new state rules could remove current consumer and driver protections in the industry.

Not all students support the effort. Stony Brook University on Long Island already has plenty of safe travel options for students who are drinking, including a reliable local taxi service called Lindy’s, said Cole Lee, the president of the university’s undergraduate student government. Mr. Lee, 20, who lives on campus and owns a car, has never used Uber.

“Although it sounds nice, I can’t say that I could see it being extremely successful here,” he said.

In Buffalo, a blog and apparel company called Rise Collaborative recently started an online petition calling for ride-hailing apps in upstate New York, and many college students have signed on. The founders of the blog and Ms. Seedat said they were not prompted by Uber officials to take up the cause — they simply see a need for it.

The mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie A. Miner, a Democrat, said she wanted Uber in her city and believed the competition could prompt local car services to improve.

“There is a big need for it here,” she said, “and I think you’re seeing particularly among young people an expectation to have Uber.”

Article Originally Featured on The New York Times

*Photo Credit: “51920006” By: Samantha Cohen/Source: Flickr

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Client Success Story: Cellphone Ticket Lawyer in Suffolk County, Long Island

A 5 point Cellphone Ticket (Operating Motor Vehicle While Operating a Mobile Phone) In Suffolk County Traffic Violations Agency was reduced to a 2 Point Improper Signal Violation.

Cellphone Tickets in Long Island and New York have skyrocketed in recent years!  From 2011 to 2012 tickets issued for driving while texting increased 234 percent.  Under Governor Cuomo, the state pledged $1 million to fund the campaign against cellphone use as well as increased the 3-point penalty to a 5-point penalty on the driver’s record.

Cops also have a better chance of catching you unnoticed.  CITE—Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement—vehicles are unmarked black SUVs that allow the police to drive and enforce laws unidentified.

A cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device.  The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device.  So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.

In addition, 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.

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.

When you receive the cellphone ticket, do not discuss it with the police officer.   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.

A cellphone 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.

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Reduced to a Zero Point Parking Violation

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Traffic Violations Agency Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

 Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County, New York reduced to a no-point parking 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 82 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone (that’s 27 MPH over the legal limit).  Our client was driving West Bound on route 27 of Sunrise Highway near Carlton Avenue.

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.

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    I just received a ticket last night for operating a mobile device while driving in new york. I have a new jersey drivers licence and I currently don’t have any points on my license…. I’m looking for a trafficlawyer to help me fight this.

A 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation in Suffolk Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

A 2 Point Disobey Traffic Device Violation in Suffolk Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 2 point disobey traffic device ticket in Suffolk County Court reduced to a 0 point parking ticket.

The law defines disobeying a traffic control device as violating any sign, marking, or device (placed by authority) that regulates, warns and guides traffic.  This means that disobeying any marking on the pavement and any traffic signs (such as a STOP or YIELD) are considered a “traffic device” offense.  The fine for disobeying a traffic control device starts at $138 in New York City.

If you’ve received a summons for disobeying a traffic control device, call us at (212) 227-9008 or email us at MichaelBlock.law@gmail.com for free legal advice.  A New York Traffic Ticket Lawyer is ready to assist you.  We have successfully defended thousands of traffic control device summonses.

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

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Flavor Flav Pleads Guilty to Driving with a Suspended License

Article Originally Featured on The Long Island Press

Flavor Flav, the Roosevelt-native rapper of Public Enemy fame, admitted to driving on Long Island without a license two years after he was pulled over while en route to his mother’s funeral.

The 56-year-old hip hop artist, whose given name is William Drayton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. In exchange for his plea, a speeding charge was dropped.

“This has been going on for two long years and I’m glad it’s over,” Flav, speaking in a soft voice, told Nassau County Judge Terence Murphy.

He’s facing similar charges—plus counts of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, open container and more—in Nevada, which he now calls home.

The New York charges came after police stopped Flav for speeding 79 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Meadowbrook State Parkway on Jan. 9, 2014, but released him on a desk appearance ticket. His license had 16 suspensions on it at the time, authorities have said.

Assistant Nassau County District Attorney Stephanie Palma asked Murphy to sentence Flav to six months in jail, but the judge instead gave the rapper time served—a few hours in jail—and ordered him to pay a $3,500 fine after lecturing him to get his act together.

“You have a personal responsibility, and your ignoring that is the basis for many of these issues,” Murphy told Flav. He added that Flav’s mother’s funeral was a “mitigating circumstance but it doesn’t give you the privilege to disobey the laws of New York State.”

Flav said through his lawyer, Todd Greeberg, that he wanted to “thank the court for your compassion and understanding” throughout the case. His demeanor was remarkably toned down from prior appearances, including one in which he rapped to reporters.

Outside the courthouse, Greenberg told reporters that there were “extreme mitigating circumstances in this case. There was no intent whatsoever to violate the law.”

*Photo Credit: “Public Enemy” By: angela n./Source: Flickr

3 Point Speeding Ticket in Orange County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

3 Point Speeding Ticket in Florida Village Court in Orange County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 3 Point Speeding Ticket in Florida Village Court in Orange County, New York reduced to a 0 point Parking 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 at 3 point speeding ticket because they were driving 50 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone (that’s 20 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 atMichaelBlock.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.

6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County Reduced to a 0 Point Parking Violation

Another happy client had a 6 Point Speeding Ticket in Suffolk County at Suffolk County Traffic Violations Agency reduced to a 0 point Parking 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 55 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone (that’s 25 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 atMichaelBlock.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.

Why is Uber so Successful?

Uber has successfully created more job opportunities and transportation opportunities for low-income neighborhoods, according to Economic Policy for the 21st Century.  Uber’s boom and success in garnering clients and faithful employees can be attributed to its partnerships and business model.

Since Uber is considered a ride-sharing company, their employees own their own vehicles and work as independent contractors.  This gives each employee more autonomy to work on their own schedule.  Technically, the Uber app is a tool that links drivers and passengers.  Drivers work with Uber instead of for Uber.  This makes ride-sharing an attractive employment opportunity.  Interestingly, the majority of Uber’s drivers work part time.  Reports also show that they’re highly satisfied.

Uber continues to grow and expand.  There were almost 9.5 million UberX rides last year and a 450 percent increase in monthly ride share from January to December in 2014.  Uber’s rapid growth is proof that they’re keeping clients and employees happy.

*Photo Credit: “Lincoln Town Car” By: Jason Lawrence/Source: Flickr

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Biker Arrested for Speeding on Long Island Expressway

A motorcyclist was arrested in Suffolk County after police clocked him going over 100 mph. An anonymous tip about a motorcyclist speeding near Exit 51 on the Long Island Expressway set in motion a series of events that led to the arrest of the 25 year old biker. A patrolman attempted to pull the motorcyclist over, but the biker instead took off and weaved in and out of traffic. Another patrolman spotted the biker getting off Exit 58 and arrested him when he pulled over at a work site. The biker was charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is also facing numerous charges for non-criminal traffic violations, such as speeding and unsafe lane changes. Reckless driving is a criminal offense in New York, and a reckless driving ticket carries a penalty of 5 points. The motorcyclist is most likely also facing 11 points for the speeding charge, as he was observed going more than 40 mph over the speed limit.

If you receive a traffic ticket on Long Island for speeding, reckless driving, unsafe lane changes, or any other reason, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may help you.

The New Sheriff in Town: Suffolk County is Cracking Down on Traffic Violations

Since the Suffolk Traffic and Parking Violations Bureau (STVPB) began in April 2013, hearing officers have sent 39 people to jail in Suffolk County for traffic violations such as speeding, improper cell phone use, and driving without a license. In 2015 alone, 16 people have been sentenced to jail terms from 3 days – 60 days for traffic offenses. Suffolk County’s aim is to discourage drivers from driving without a New York State License. Interestingly, prior to the STVPB initiative, motorists were not sentenced to any jail time for traffic tickets.

Critics have mixed reactions to the STVPB; some say that the initiative disproportionately and unfairly targets immigrants who have a hard time receiving a New York State License. Others say that the initiative is making the streets safer by eliminating inexperienced, unlicensed drivers from the road. One thing is clear, however, and that is the fact that Suffolk’s traffic court has become a major revenue source for the county. The STVPB collected $47.8 million in fees in 2014, its first year of operation, while its costs were only $11 million.

If you receive a traffic ticket in Suffolk County, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may help you.

Long Island Man Arrested under Leandra’s Law

A Garden City man was arrested this weekend after a car accident in West Hempstead. Police officers who arrived at the scene arrested the driver for drunk driving, and since the man’s 2-year old child was in the car, the driver was charged under Leandra’s Law. Leandra’s Law states that driving while intoxicated with a passenger under 16 is a felony offense in New York, even if it is the driver’s first DWI offense. Nassau County and Suffolk County lead the state in Leandra’s Law arrests, with over 600 arrests since the law’s inception in 2009.

If you have been charged with DWI, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we can begin working on your defense.

LIRR Train Hits Car on Tracks

A Long Island Railroad Train crashed into a car that was pushed onto the tracks do to a rear-end collision. Thankfully, no one was killed in the accident, though two of the five occupants of the cars were brought to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. This incident occurred the same day the MTA, Metro-North, LIRR, and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. announced a grade crossing safety campaign. The campaign comes in response to high-profile grade crossing accidents involving both Metro-North and LIRR trains, and also includes increased enforcement of all grade crossing laws by police agencies.

Please remember to drive safely when approaching grade crossings, and if you receive a traffic ticket on Long Island due to the increased grade crossing enforcement, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to see how we may help you.

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Long Island Uber Drivers May Face Jail Time

23 Uber drivers have been charged with violating East Hampton’s taxi licensing law, and the attorney representing the drivers expects that jail time could be a very real possibility. Uber, which came to the Hamptons 3 years ago, was suspended by the town last week for the licensing violations. The penalties for the taxi license violation, which is a misdemeanor crime, are a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Town officials claim that Uber has had over a year to work with the town’s licensing law, but the ride-sharing app chose to withdraw from the town and start a petition campaign instead of complying. Other local-based ride-sharing apps are beginning to launch and could provide competition to Uber if and when the company returns to the Hamptons.

Please let us know your thoughts: Do you think jail is too stiff a penalty for the Uber drivers?

Long Island Driver Arrested for Driving Drunk while on a Cell Phone

A driver was pulled over in Hampton Bays this weekend after police observed him tailgating and using a cell phone without a hands-free device. Upon stopping the driver, police officers determined him to be intoxicated and unlicensed. He was charged with DWI and operating without a license, which are both criminal charges. He was also ticketed for following too closely and operating a vehicle while using a cell phone.

A DWI conviction can result in heavy fines, driver’s license suspension, and extra penalties in the form of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment. An unlicensed operation conviction could result in heavy fines and possible jail time, though the jail sentence is very unlikely. A following too closely ticket carries a penalty of 4 points on a driver’s license, while a cell phone ticket has a penalty of 5 points.

If you receive traffic tickets on Long Island, or if you are charged with DWI or unlicensed operation, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we can begin working on your case and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Suffolk County Traffic Court Sued for Unconstitutionally Jailing Motorists

On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency claiming that the agency unconstitutionally jails motorists and refuses plea bargains for those who request sworn depositions. The complaint, which was filed in Brooklyn, states that the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency eliminates checks and balances by selecting both the judicial hearing officers and prosecutors, has a “no plea bargain” policy for those who request a supporting deposition that contains additional information regarding their case, and unconstitutionally jailing drivers with traffic tickets. Suffolk County officials declined to comment on the lawsuit as a matter of policy.

The State Legislature allowed Suffolk County to set up its own traffic court to handle noncriminal moving violations and parking tickets, and the traffic agency estimates that it will bring in $48 million in 2015 and have expenses of around $11 million. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit also claim the agency is trampling on motorists’ constitutional rights in order to generate revenue for the county.

If you receive traffic tickets in Suffolk County, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we may assist you at the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.

  1. Raymond J Miller  |  

    prefer a call; I am disable,had court yesterday,and my attorney bailed because it was a court trial. Having 4 tickets HOV,INSPECTION,LIGHT BULB,DRIVING WITHOUT MUFFLER. LAST 2 TICKETS had proof of repaired bulb and muffler ticket was false with a letterhead of a licensed repair shop within 24hrs of ticket signed by Owner. 10yrs. of clean license asked for guilty with explanation of HOV ticket. Proof heading to Doctors apt mri test for skin cancer was stuck in traffic 2hrs moved to HOV. On trial morning Feb.5.2016 trial date drove through snow storm arrived at Hauppauge location. The Police officer did not show up, no lawyer, Prosecuter says to me the proof for 2 of 4 tickets are no good they must be notarizied. Trial can make me wait all day until closing without lawyer or pay 750.00 in fines,1 month to pay. So I took the 750.00 hit being disable, snow storm did not want to wait all day for trial. Please call 631-578-3928, even if you can let me know how you feel about outcome of case. Thank You.

  2. Raymond J Miller  |  

    prefer a call; I am disable,had court yesterday,and my attorney bailed because it was a court trial. Having 4 tickets HOV,INSPECTION,LIGHT BULB,DRIVING WITHOUT MUFFLER. LAST 2 TICKETS had proof of repaired bulb and muffler ticket was false with a letterhead of a licensed repair shop within 24hrs of ticket signed by Owner. 10yrs. of clean license asked for guilty with explanation of HOV ticket. Proof heading to Doctors apt mri test for skin cancer was stuck in traffic 2hrs moved to HOV. On trial morning Feb.5.2016 trial date drove through snow storm arrived at Hauppauge location. The Police officer did not show up, no lawyer, Prosecuter says to me the proof for 2 of 4 tickets are no good they must be notarizied. Trial can make me wait all day until closing without lawyer or pay 750.00 in fines,1 month to pay. So I took the 750.00 hit being disable, snow storm did not want to wait all day for trial. Please call 631-578-3928, even if you can let me know how you feel about outcome of case. Thank You. If Judge,Prosecuter pay check is paid by taxes,Why should not a defense attorney be their to protect your rights by taxes also? To keep Prosecuter in line.

Long Island Traffic Lawyer: Rules for the Roadways and the Waterways

It’s that time of year again where people start getting their boats ready to go out on the water. Summer is a fun time of the year, and one of the best ways to spend it is out on the water. But a lot of people think that taking a boat out on the water will subject them to less rules than when they take a car out on the road – this is wrong! Many of the same rules apply on the waterways that apply on the roadways, including speeding laws, unlicensed operation laws, drug and alcohol laws, and reckless operation laws.

Speeding
Everyone thinks of speed limits on roads and highways, but did you know that speeding laws can be even stricter on the water? For example, no wake zones impose a 5 mph speed limit on all boats – these usually are in place in areas such as canals where the passageway is narrow and the wake caused by boats can send other boats careening into the walls. The 5 mph speed limit also applies to 100-200ft off the shore, docks, pier, rafts, floats, and anchored boats. There are also 45 mph and 25 mph speed limits in Long Island waters for the daytime and nighttime. Some local municipalities have their own speed limits and if there are no speed limits posted, boaters must operate in a manner that does not endanger other boaters. Boaters are also responsible for any damage caused by their wakes. Just like on the roads and highways, boaters can receive speeding tickets from the Coast Guard or Bay Constables if they violate the speeding laws.

Unlicensed Operation
On Long Island, drivers must possess a driver’s license or a permit in order to operate an automobile. The rule is almost the same on Long Island for boats: all individuals born after 5/1/1996 must successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a boat. After completing the safety course, boaters will receive a boating safety certificate that they must have anytime they operate a boat. New York has made this a little bit easier on boaters as they can now have the safety certificate displayed on their driver’s license or state issued ID as an anchor icon. If convicted of operating a boat without a safety certificate, boaters can be fined anywhere from $100 to $250 for the first offense and, while not likely, can face jail time of no more than 7 days. The fines and penalties increase for subsequent offenses. Driving a motor vehicle on Long Island without a license can result in a misdemeanor charge if convicted and can also bring about heavy fines and penalties.

DWI / BWI
Just the same as DWI laws, Long Island has BWI laws – Boating While Intoxicated. Most of the same rules apply to BWI as DWI – boaters cannot have a Blood Alcohol Level higher than .08, and if convicted, boaters can be subject to heavy fines, penalties, and even the possibility of jail time. A person can also lose their boat operating privileges if convicted of BWI, though they will not lose their driving privileges. Marine officers making a BWI stop often use the same tactics and equipment to make as they would in a DWI stop, including a field sobriety test and a chemical test. If a boater refuses a chemical test, their boating privileges can be immediately suspended pending a hearing regarding the refusal. This is the same thing for drivers, as they must attend a Refusal Hearing if they do not submit to a chemical test administered by a police officer. New York has an “Implied Consent” law, which means that drivers and boaters alike give up their right to refuse a chemical test by getting behind the wheel of a car or a boat. BWI convictions range from misdemeanors to felonies for repeat offenders and could end up costing thousands of dollars in fines and fees.

Reckless Operation
A reckless driving conviction on Long Island can have a huge, negative impact. Besides heavy fines, a penalty of 5 points on your license, and the possibility of losing your driver’s license, a reckless driving conviction will also give you a criminal record because it is a misdemeanor offense. The same is true for the boating equivalent – reckless operation. Reckless operation covers a lot of different boating violations, including speeding in a crowded area, operating too close to swimmers or dams, overloading a boat, riding the wake in a dangerous area, and disrupting regattas or parades. Just like in a motor vehicle, reckless operation can have dangerous consequences for boaters and their passengers, so please obey all rules of the water.

Boating and driving may seem like two very different activities, but they share a lot of similarities when it comes to the types of offenses that can lead to heavy fines, suspended licenses, and even possibly criminal charges.

99 DWI Charges on Long Island over Memorial Day Weekend

As reported last week, police were on the lookout for drunk drivers during Memorial Day weekend. As a result, 99 DWI arrests were made over the weekend, which is down from 2014 and 2013 when police made 128 arrests and 132 arrests, respectively. 56 DWI arrests occurred in Nassau County while 43 arrests were made in Suffolk County.

Nassau County will be stepping up their enforcement of DWI offenses for the remainder of the summer by utilizing asset forfeiture funds to pay for roughly 5,000 of overtime and money from the state’s “STOP DWI” grant program.

If you are arrested for DWI on Long Island, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 so we may begin working on your defense.

Nassau, Suffolk Police Increasing DWI Patrols for Memorial Day Weekend

Long Island police will be heavily patrolling for DWI starting this weekend, with Nassau County leading the charge by assigning $400,000 worth of overtime to watch for drunk drivers throughout the summer. The Nassau police Selective Enforcement Team typically handles DWI patrols, but more patrol officers will help with the patrols to the tune of 5,000 overtime hours. These overtime hours are paid for by asset forfeiture funds, meaning that taxpayer money will not be used to pay for the overtime. In addition, Nassau police as well as Hempstead, Garden City, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, and Old Westbury police will split $180,000 in state grants for increased DWI patrols this summer. Suffolk police will also increase DWI patrols over the weekend using state grant money.

Nassau County police have been aggressively going after drunk drivers – so far in 2015, over 700 DWI arrests have been made, while 2,477 DWI arrests were made in 2014. The acting District Attorney has also called for the DMV to add points to the licenses of driver’s convicted of DWI, though the DMV responded by saying that all licenses are suspended or revoked if the driver is convicted of any drug or alcohol related offense. Long Island drivers convicted of DWI also face large fines, additional fees in the form of the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment, and may also be sent to jail.

If you are charged with DWI this summer, please contact us at 212-227-9008 to see how we can help you with your defense.

Long Island “Click It or Ticket” Starts this Week

Starting Tuesday, Long Island law enforcement agencies with be participating in “Click It or Ticket” campaigns which will last until June 1st. State police as well as police in the towns of Centre Island, Floral Park, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck Estates, Hempstead, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay Cove, Port Washington and Rockville Centre will take part in the seat belt crackdown.

Statistics show that wearing a seatbelt in a car accident increases survival rates by 50%. Front seat passengers of all ages and rear seat passengers under the age of 16 must wear seat belts, and all children under the age of 8 must be buckled into a booster seat or other child safety seat. There are no points associated with seat belt tickets for adults, but tickets for a passenger safety violation such as child seat belt violations and violations of passengers under the age of 16 carry a penalty of 3 points.

If you receive a traffic ticket on Long Island or anywhere else in New York State, please contact us immediately at 212-227-9008 to find out how we can help you.

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Two DWI Charges on Long Island; Leandra’s Law Offense and Head-On Accident

Two incidents occurred on Long Island this weekend involving drunk driving: a Leandra’s Law violation in Nassau County and a head-on accident with a police officer in Suffolk County.

In Oceanside, a driver rear-ended a vehicle and upon investigation by police officers was observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. The police officers arrested the driver for aggravated unlicensed operation, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law because the man’s one month old son was in the car. Leandra’s Law makes driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years old or younger a Class E Felony. These charges carry heavy fines and the possibility of jail time.

In Mattituck, an officer observed a driver drifting onto the opposite side of the highway in his direction – he stopped his cruiser, but the other driver hit his car head on. The officer managed to stop the driver and take away his car keys, and was then treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The other driver was charged with a felony DWI.
If you are arrested for drunk driving on Long Island, please contact us as soon as possible.

We will negotiate your release and start working on your defense immediately. Call us at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.lawywer@gmail.com.

Law Seeks to Use Cameras to Catch Drivers Who Illegally Pass Suffolk School Buses

Suffolk lawmakers are seeking support for a bill in the state legislature that will put cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass them. The cameras would be put in place by the school districts and the data would be forwarded to the county, who would issue traffic tickets to drivers who break the law. Longwood school district participated in a pilot program with the cameras in which 38 drivers were recorded illegally passing school buses over a 6 day period. Citations were not issued to the drivers, and it is assumed that some of them were not fully educated about the school bus law – it is not common knowledge that drivers must stop for school buses even when separated by medians or several lanes of traffic.

Suffolk drivers who are ticketed for illegally passing school buses can expect to receive 5 points on their licenses and fines of between $250 and $400 if convicted. If you receive a ticket for passing a stopped school bus, or any other traffic tickets, please contact us at 212-227-9008.

Suffolk Town Considers Booting Ticket Scofflaws

Drivers in one Suffolk town with unpaid fines, three or more summonses, or warrants may soon find their vehicles booted. Amityville trustees have scheduled a hearing for April 27th to decide on a new law that would allow boots to be put on the vehicles of these ticket scofflaws in an attempt to bring in revenue from over 4,000 outstanding tickets. This follows attempts by Lynbrook police to collect unpaid fines by threatening to suspend licenses, even if these fines are from 20 years ago. In addition to paying the original fines, drivers will also have to pay an extra $250 to have the boot removed from their vehicle. While a boot on the car is an inconvenience for Suffolk drivers, a larger issue is the fact that unpaid traffic tickets can lead to a cycle of debt, as detailed in this New York Times article. Unpaid traffic tickets can lead to heavy fines, lost jobs, and as documented in the article, the possibility of jail time for “chronic offenders.” If you have received any traffic tickets in Suffolk, please contact us at 212-227-9008 so we may help you avoid these consequences.