IS MY NY LICENSE AFFECTED BY A TICKET I GET IN COLORADO
For many New Yorkers, Colorado’s great climate and snow-capped mountains are a great place to get away from the busy life in the city. Every year thousands of New Yorkers travel west to ski, hike the beautiful trails and take in the natural attractions Colorado has to offer.
Unfortunately for tourists, the police target visitors for traffic violations since it is less likely that someone from out of state will contest a ticket, making their job easier. Also many New Yorkers get excited about driving on Colorado’s open roads and become easy targets for the police to issue speeding tickets.
One common myth New Yorkers believe is that receiving a traffic ticket in another state will not affect their driving privileges back home. On the contrary this could not be further from the truth. If you receive traffic ticket in Colorado and are licensed to drive in New York, your driving record and insurance can be affected.
New York and Colorado are both members of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (DLC). The DLC is an agreement that has been made between 45 states across America to report and share information that involves traffic violations and license suspensions. This means that a ticket you received out of state can be communicated back to your home state, which in turn may affect your driving record and insurance premiums.
As a result the driving infraction in Colorado can be communicated and affect the New York resident driver’s license and insurance and vice versa. This is often the case in reckless driving or DWI/DUI violations. Also many times people fail to pay a ticket on a moving violation in another State and it can ultimately result in a suspended license.
You should always take care of a traffic ticket by either paying the fine, or hiring an attorney to plead your case in court. Fines are owed to the court in which the ticket is associated with.
What happens if I forgot to pay or lost my ticket, what are the consequences?
There is no legitimate excuse to not take care of a traffic ticket. Many people lose the actual ticket, forget about it all together or believe that since it was in another state it will not affect them. When you receive a ticket it is also an order that you must appear in court. If you fail to respond a judge has the authority to suspend your license. Many people in this situation continue operating their car not realizing they are driving on a suspended license, which is a crime both in NY and CO. Even worse a judge can hold you in contempt of court for failing to make court appearances and issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
Tickets are attached to your driver’s license and will follow you no matter what. All too often people believe their ticket may have been lost in the system and since they did not receive a court notice the ticket was dismissed. This is not true. Simply put the consequences can be severe and there is no excuse for failing to take care of your ticket!
Is it worth hiring an Attorney?
Many people analyze whether it is cost effective to hire an attorney for a traffic violations when most times the fine is less than the cost of hiring the attorney. What most people fail to account for is that there are many hidden fines, surcharges and costs especially to car insurance premiums when dealing with traffic violations.
An attorney is in the best position to help you reduce your exposure to excessive fines and keep insurance premiums at a minimum. In some cases an attorney may be able to get your ticket dismissed all together. Although you may be paying more money upfront you are reducing your risk to paying more out of pocket in the long term.
Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm is a speeding ticket lawyer licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey. He also handles complex NY & NJ driver’s license matters and criminal offenses.