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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


NYC Traffic Ticket Lawyer| Driving Without Insurance

Driving without insurance is illegal in all 50 states.  It’s a serious offense with severe consequences.  There are still many drivers that drive without insurance everyday.  Driving without insurance is illegal because insurance helps cover the cost associated with an accident.  If you are involved in an accident, then insurance compensates drivers for damage done to their vehicles, medical bills, and possible lost wages.  If you’ve received a summons for driving without insurance, here’s what you need to know.

Fines and Penalties

If a police officer pulls you over and you are not properly insured, you might face heavy fines and possible jail time.  In New York operating a vehicle without insurance can result in 15 days of possible jail time and up to $1,500 in fines.  Your license may also be revoked for a year if you are found guilty.

If a police officer asks for proof of insurance and you fail to present them with one, then it is assumed that your vehicle is not insured.  Even worse, if you’re caught without insurance after an accident, then the driver can sue you personally for the damages involved.

What to do

If you receive a summons for driving without insurance, and you are actually insured then a lawyer may help you avoid unnecessary fines and possible license suspension.  Contact Michael Block at (212) 227-9008 or email MichaelBlock.Law@gmail.com with any questions.

*Photo Credit: “New York State Police Traffic Stop” By: dwightsghost

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

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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Queens Man had License Suspended 32 Times

During a traffic stop this past weekend, a driver from Queens was arrested for a traffic violation and upon investigation, the arresting officer discovered the man’s license had been suspended thirty-two times before. The driver faces multiple charges including three counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. In addition, the police officer reported that the man failed to comply with the orders of the police officer when he refused to produce his proper license and registration at the time of the stop and was subsequently charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration. Both charges are misdemeanors, though depending on the circumstances, aggravated unlicensed operation can also be a felony crime.

If you are facing license suspension, or if your license has already been suspended, make sure to call us immediately at 212-227-9008 or email us at michaelblock.law@gmail.com so we can begin working on your case.

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.

New York City Traffic Lawyer: Basics of Speeding Tickets

The enforcement of speeding ticket violations is an important part of New York City traffic laws, and a conviction can have a drastic impact on your finances. Representation by a New York City traffic attorney can help prevent negative financial and driving record consequences.

Speeding ticket fines range from $150 to almost $1,300, depending on the severity and circumstances of the violation. Additionally, the court adds on surcharges to the fine, often in amounts over $80 and adds an additional assessment for convictions of 6 or more points. A New York City traffic court lawyer can be crucial in guiding you through the New York City traffic court process, and may be able to assist you so that you are not handing over your hard earned money to the government.

Points and Driver’s License Suspension
Speeding tickets can range from 3 to 11 points on your driver’s license, which, just like speeding ticket fines, depend on the circumstances of the violation. New York State often suspends driver’s licenses at 11 points – in addition, if you are convicted of three speeding violations within 18 months in New York State, your license will be revoked for at least 6 months. This revocation can have an extremely negative impact on your life, especially when it comes to finances. If having a valid driver’s license is necessary for your line of work, having your license suspended for 6 months can cause you to lose your job, and if that is your sole source of income, it will increase the hardships you may face. Additionally, after all convictions, you may face an increase in New York City insurance premiums.

Insurance Rates
If you plead guilty to the violation, points added to your driver’s license will almost always increase your insurance rates. This will have consequences for you: not only will you have to pay the fine (and surcharge) for the speeding ticket, but your premiums will go up and may cost you thousands of extra dollars over the course of a few short years. A New York City ticket attorney can help to steer you down the right path and help to save you money and points in the long run.

These are just a few of the issues that traffic lawyers in New York City handle for their clients. In addition, a traffic attorney can almost always represent you without your appearance in court, which can save you valuable time. If you have questions on how a speeding ticket affects you and your ability to drive here in New York, feel free to contact our office at (212) 227-9008 for assistance.

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