Driving Without Insurance
According to New York State law, each driver must have an auto insurance policy in order to drive. Driving a motor vehicle in this state without an insurance policy is considered a criminal offense that carries serious penalties. According to the New York Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, each driver must maintain an insurance policy that provides 25/50/25 coverage. Statistics report that over five percent of drivers choose to violate this law. However, this subjects them to serious potential consequences. Dedicated Westchester County traffic ticket lawyer Elisa Claro has guided many motorists through legal issues involving driving without insurance allegations.Penalties For Driving Without Insurance
When a police officer performs a routine traffic stop, they will typically ask you to present your insurance card. This may be either a paper document or an electronic proof of insurance. If a police officer stops you for a traffic violation and determines that you do not have an adequate car insurance policy, you may face serious penalties, including up to $1,500 in fines, an additional fee of $750 if your license is suspended, vehicle impoundment, jail time, and more. There are also penalties that may be assessed for allowing your car insurance to lapse, with the amount of the fine increasing for every 30 days that you fail to renew your coverage. For every instance that a police officer catches you driving without insurance or discovers that someone is driving your uninsured vehicle, you may face these severe penalties and fines.
Additionally, if you are involved in an accident but do not have vehicle insurance, the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your registration and your license for at least one year following the incident. This applies even if another person was operating your uninsured vehicle when the crash occurred. For as long as your vehicle is registered in the State of New York, you must maintain liability coverage and comply with these rules.
Although it is never a good idea to drive without insurance, you may appeal a decision or challenge a ticket penalizing you for not having insurance. In some cases, a motorist may have insurance but lack any way of proving it to the police officer, either through an insurance card, a print out or digital proof. In this situation, you may be able defeat the charge by providing proof of insurance to the court.Retain A Yonkers and White Plains Lawyer For A Traffic Ticket
Have received a ticket or other penalties for failing to retain vehicle insurance? Experienced Westchester County traffic ticket attorney Elisa Claro is prepared to help you achieve the outcome that you deserve. Whether you have adequate insurance or the penalties being assessed against you are unreasonable, we can guide you through New York State’s complex traffic law system. The Claro Law Firm represents drivers in communities like Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Rye and Peekskill. Call us at 1-877-631-3539 or contact us online to schedule a free appointment to explore your options with a traffic ticket or license restoration lawyer.