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Cell Phone Tickets in NY

How to Fight a Cell Phone Ticket in NY

Person using a cell phone while driving

The cost of a single cell phone ticket charge in New York can rise rapidly. This is because of the initial fine, the surcharges, and insurance increases.

It is critical at this juncture to consult with our attorney, as we have experience reducing the charges. For example, we can reduce a standard texting ticket to a "non-moving" violation which can reduce the impact on your driving record and insurance rates.

Tips for Fighting Cell Phone Tickets

Other tips for fighting a cell phone ticket in NY include:

  • Use a dash cam, as it can prove your vehicle was halted at the point of violation.
  • Provide proof you weren't on your phone at the point of violation; this can be done via phone records.
  • Attempt to recover security camera footage that shows your vehicle was stopped.

Have you received a ticket for using your cell phone while driving? Our traffic violations attorney is ready to defend you. Call Robert Sinesi Law Firm today at (315) 514-3033 or contact us online to get started!

New York Cell Phone Ticket FAQs

Is It Legal to Talk on a Cell Phone While Driving?

Under Sections 1225-C and 1225-D of the Vehicle and Traffic codes, it is unlawful to talk or text on a hand-held cell phone or any other portable device while driving in New York.

What is Considered Illegal Cell Phone Usage While Driving in New York?

The law spells out the following as illegal cell phone usage:

  • Talking
  • Accessing or browsing the Web
  • Looking at, taking, or sending photos
  • Playing internet games
  • Composing, sending, receiving, or retrieving email or text messages

How Many Points is a Cell Phone Ticket in NY?

In New York, cell phone tickets will result in 5-points being added to your driving record. If you get 11 points within an 18-month period, your license will be suspended. In addition to the points, you will also have to pay a fine of $50-$200 for the first offense. If you are caught using your cell phone in a school zone, the fine increases. If you cause a traffic accident while using your cell phone, you could be facing serious charges, including jail time.

How Much Does a Cell Phone Ticket Cost?

The financial penalties for a New York cell phone ticket include:

  • A fine of $50 to $200 for a first or second offense
  • A fine of $50 to $450 for a third or subsequent offense within 18 months

What Are the Exceptions to New York’s Cell Phone Law?

There are a few exceptions to New York's cell phone law.

While hands-free cell phone usage is permitted, you may only use a hand-held cell phone in the case of an emergency call to:

  • Police
  • An emergency responder
  • A hospital or medical office
  • A fire department

Once you engage our firm for representation, we can usually appear in court for you with a strong defense in pursuit of a favorable outcome. Due to time limits regarding your ticket, we urge you to contact us immediately so that we can get to work on handling all necessary steps of the defense procedure.

Contact Our Skilled New York Cell Phone Ticket Lawyer Today

If you have been cited for driving while talking or texting on a cell phone, you can fight your ticket with experienced help from the Syracuse cell phone ticket lawyer at Robert Sinesi Law Firm.

Our firm has been representing drivers of both private and commercial vehicles in New York traffic courts for 25 years. We have helped more than 15,000 clients throughout the state and Canada.

With our vast experience, you stand a fighting chance of obtaining a favorable result in:

In light of the expensive auto insurance, which we all must pay, our work can lead to significant savings. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after receiving a ticket to avoid missing important response deadlines.

Need help fighting a cell phone ticket in NY? Contact Robert Sinesi Law Firm today for a FREE consultation!

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