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Do You Know How to Exercise Your 5th Amendment Rights?

While most of the cases Scott Russell Law handles here in the Monticello area are traffic cases, this office tackles quite a few criminal cases as well. We handle everything from bad checks to the types of felony crimes that receive constant attention on crime shows across the nation. Those same crime shows may have…

In Some Parts of the State, Cops Are Posing as Construction Workers to Catch Traffic Violations

If signs telling you to slow down in construction zones aren’t enough of a deterrent, the guys in the vests perhaps should be. And not just because legitimate DOT workers could lose their lives as a result of reckless driving. New York State troopers have teamed up with the Department of Transportation. Officers are now…

What Happens When a Commercial Driver Gets a Ticket?

A ticket is serious business when your life and livelihood require you to stay on the road. They’re especially serious if you happened to be in your commercial vehicle when you got the ticket. Some violations will even impact your CDL if you’re in your personal vehicle. Either way, certain violations can result in the…

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5 Traffic Court Mistakes to Avoid

Traffic court trials usually only last about five minutes, but they can be a very profitable five minutes. They can save you loads of money in increased insurance fees, fines, and the possible ramifications of license suspensions. Of course, this is only true if you handle traffic court correctly. Here are 5 mistakes that just…

3 Things to Avoid Saying at a Traffic Stop

Most people get stopped by police officers at some point or another in their lives. Which can lead to a big mistake: being complacent about police stops. It’s important to remember that every police stop is an encounter with law enforcement that could lead either to a very expensive speeding ticket, or to an arrest.…

In the News: A Textalyzer?

You’ve heard of the breathalyzer for DWIs. But have you heard of the textalyzer? The textalyzer is a device which can determine whether you were using your phone will driving. Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the Governer’s Traffic Safety Committee to take a look at the technology. The device plugs directly into your phone and…

Can I Get a Ticket for Getting Into a Car Accident?

Car accidents are stressful enough without worrying about whether or not you might end up with a ticket, too. Still, despite the fact that New York is a no-fault insurance state, tickets can still happen in two important instances. First, you could end up with a ticket if the police determine that you violated traffic…

Fighting New York Traffic Red Light Camera Tickets

This year, New York put up more red light cameras than ever. While many of them are in New York City, there are plenty in the rest of the state as well. Unlike other tickets, these tickets don’t put points on your license, and they don’t raise insurance rates. And you don’t strictly need an…

Does Taking a Driver’s Safety Course Remove Points from Your License?

Many people imagine they don’t need to fight traffic tickets because they have heard about New York’s Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP). And it is true: this program can remove points from your license. You can even take one every 18 months to keep removing points from your license. But it’s a bad idea…

Can a Cop Make me Pay a Ticket on the Spot?

Getting pulled over by a police officer who asks for payment on the spot is harrowing. When this happens to you, the police officer may even threaten to take you to jail. And believe it or not, it does happen in some states. Some jurisdictions do this to out-of-state drivers. They carry mobile card readers…

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