The New York "texting while driving" law passed in July of 2011 was a game-changing one for both drivers and law enforcement officers. Tickets for using a handheld electronic device behind the wheel are now being issued at a rate exceeding 1,000 per month statewide. Equally important, police can now legally stop you just for suspected texting or other such behaviors — and what used to be a two-point ticket now results in three points against your driver's license.
At katzlawyers.com in Manhattan and Staten Island, we often hear the misconception that a charge won't stick because there is no way the police can prove it. In fact, that is not the standard in a traffic violations matter: It is not necessary to prove the exact time you were talking on the phone, texting, or engaged in other illegal driving behavior. All that is required is "clear and convincing evidence."
Manhattan and Staten Island Reckless Driving Lawyer for Your Defense
At Katz Law Offices, skilled attorneys led by Seth Katz fight many traffic violations successfully, handle appeals and take the burden of appearing in court or a New York City traffic violations bureau (TVB) out of the equation for thousands of people each year. Our experience and proven capabilities extend across the spectrum of driving offenses, including:
- Reckless driving charges filed at the officer's discretion in some texting while driving or cellphone use cases — putting the accused at serious risk of driver's license suspension and a permanent criminal record
- Advocacy for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders, including truckers, taxi and limousine drivers, for whom a single ticket can mean job loss and other serious consequences
- Efficient handling of common traffic violations for people ticketed while on business, vacation or traveling through New York — saving our clients the time and expense of a bureau or court appearance
Call 212-747-0606 or 718-876-8105 for Immediate Attention to Your Case
If you want to understand the full implications of the charge you are facing and know your legal options, contact our efficient, effective Kings, Westchester and Nassau County traffic violation law firm right now. We know that while the fine may not concern you, the other consequences of a texting while driving ticket can be serious, and we will do all we can to make a difference for you.