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How long can police detain me for a traffic stop?

Consider a hypothetical: a police officer stops you for a minor traffic violation. He goes through the usual routine of checking your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, and they all check out. He writes you a warning about the traffic infraction. You think that the encounter is over, and want to get on your way.

Pretrial motion practice can save you a traffic ticket

We at the Law Offices of Zev Goldstein have often expressed in posts prior to this one that if you believe that you believe that you have been unfairly ticketed for a traffic violation you should not pay the ticket, because it would be tantamount to pleading guilty. There are several reasons why the ticket may be invalid that you may not know about but we do.

New York traffic violations could cost you more than just fines

A traffic ticket for texting while driving in some states can result in fines up to $10,000 and a year in jail. New York traffic laws are not quite as harsh in the penalties they impose, but a texting violation can still be expensive in a way that motorists might not initially realize.

Special rules apply to underage drunk driving

The drunk driving laws in New York are some of the toughest ones in the country. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the rules that apply to underage drunk driving. A person under the age of 21 can be detained by the police and charged with a violation of the law for having a blood alcohol content level as low as .02 percent.

Motorists can expect stricter monitoring after DUI conviction

The fact that New York has some of the toughest driving while intoxicated laws in the country is no one who has been arrested for drunk driving charges would dispute. The penalties association with a misdemeanor or felony conviction may include imprisonment, hefty fines, license revocation and installation of an ignition interlock device.

New tactics used to find traffic law violators

News stories have been spreading throughout the nation regarding new tactics from police officers to find drivers texting, taking photos or otherwise illegally using their phones while they are driving. Some of these undercover tactics are quite comical, but at the end of the day, they all have the same result: tickets for traffic violations.

Following too closely: how close is too close?

New York City is a crowded place when it comes to vehicular traffic; the attitude among many drivers is that congested city streets are no place for the timid. Still, certain legal boundaries exist  that are meant to prevent a "Wild West" environment on the roads, and one of them is the prohibition against following too closely.

New tactics used to find traffic law violators

News stories have been spreading throughout the nation regarding new tactics from police officers to find drivers texting, taking photos or otherwise illegally using their phones while they are driving. Some of these undercover tactics are quite comical, but at the end of the day, they all have the same result: tickets for traffic violations.