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Traffic Offenses - Areas of Practice

 

Traffic Tickets, DWI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, No Insurance and Reckless Driving

 

The Law Office of David Galison, P.C., regularly represents clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties in a variety of legal areas. Perhaps the one area of criminal defense where most people should have an attorney with them but don’t is in defending a simplified traffic information or in common terms, a traffic ticket. Traffic tickets can affect your insurance premium for years, they can subject you to Drivers Responsibility Assessment Act liability, they can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driving privilege, and they can cost hundreds of dollars in fines and state surcharges. If you were ticketed after having had an auto accident pleading guilty to the ticket or being found guilty after a trial could impact your liability if you are sued for personal injury or property damage.

 

If you have received a traffic ticket and would like to discuss what options are available to you contact the Law Office of David Galison, P.C., for a Free Consultation and see if we can help.

 

At the Law office of David Galison, P.C., we often handle the following types of charges:

  

DWI Charges

 

The first judicial stage of a DWI case is the arraignment. At the arraignment, a person charged with DWI is brought before a judge and informed of the charges that have been filed against him or her. The accused has the option to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charges. The Assistant District Attorney and the defense attorney for the accused then make arguments regarding whether or not bail should be set. The judge, after taking each of the arguments into account then decides whether to impose bail and the amount of the bail that the person will be held on if any. Having a qualified attorney represent you at the arraignment can make the difference between remaining incarcerated on a high bail or being released without bail. Please see the Judicial Stages portion of the website and the DWI portion of the website for further information.

 

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

 

Leaving the Scene of an Accident with property damage without exchanging information (license, registration and insurance) is a traffic infraction, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with personal injury without exchanging information is a crime. In either case you should have an attorney with you in Court. The ramifications that can result from a conviction include, fines, surcharges, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, increased insurance premiums, and possibly jail. Contact the Law Office of David Galison, P.C., to setup a Free Consultation to see how we can assist you.

 

Driving Without Insurance

 

Operating a motor vehicle without insurance, Section §319 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, is one of the most seriously punished offenses a motorist can be charged with. A conviction to this charge will result in a mandatory license revocation for one year, court fines up to $1,500.00 plus state surcharges and a civil penalty of $750.00. A charge of driving without insurance can be successfully defended under certain circumstances. Contact the Law Office of David Galison, P.C., to setup a Free Consultation to see how we can assist you.

 

The Vehicle and Traffic Law defines Operating without Insurance as follows:

 

§ 319. Penalties. 1. Any owner of a motor vehicle registered in this state, or an unregistered motor vehicle, who shall operate such motor vehicle or permit it to be operated in this state without having in full force and effect the financial security required by the provisions of this chapter and any other person who shall operate in this state any motor vehicle registered in this state, or an unregistered motor vehicle, with the knowledge that the owner thereof does not have in full force and effect such proof of financial security, except a person who, at the time of operation of such motor vehicle, had in effect an operator's policy of liability insurance, as defined in section three hundred eighteen, with respect to his operation of such vehicle shall be guilty of a traffic infraction and upon conviction may be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars or more than one thousand five hundred dollars or may be imprisoned for not more than fifteen days or both. In addition to the penalties herein set forth, such person, upon conviction, shall also become liable for payment to the department of the civil penalty provided in subdivision five of this section.

 

Reckless Driving

 

Reckless driving is an unclassified misdemeanor in New York State. Pending prosecution the judge can suspend your drivers license and set bail. A conviction will result in five points on your driver's license, fines, possible incarceration and a criminal record for the rest of your life. Additionally, a conviction to reckless driving can have a severe impact on your auto insurance for years. If you are charged with reckless driving contact the Law Office of David Galison, P.C., and see what we can do to help.

 

The Vehicle and Traffic Law defines Reckless Driving as follows:

 

§ 1212. Reckless driving. Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonable interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Ever person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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