Many individuals caught running a red light are charged with Reckless Driving (a crime). Imagine shelling out $235 for the fine and surcharge, getting 2 points on your license, having your car insurance premium skyrocket, and possibly serving time in jail. Do not let this scenario happen to you. Be prepared and hire a New York traffic ticket attorney to fight your red light ticket.

VTL 1111(d)-1

Aside from failing to obey a traffic control device, you might be issued a ticket for violating VTL 1111(d)-1. The penalty you face depends on whether you were within a city containing over one million people or not.

If you ran a red light outside of a city of one million people or more and were charged with VTL 1111(d)-1, you can face the following penalties:

However, if you ran a red light within a city of one million people or more and were charged with VTL 1111(d)-1, you can face the following penalties:

Moreover, it is not uncommon for a driver to be issued one ticket for violating VTL 1111(d)-1 and another for VTL 1110a. After all, the police officer can argue that your conduct fell within both statutory categories.

Red Light Camera Tickets

Getting a red light camera ticket is quite different than being pulled over in-person by a police officer. Although red light cameras are currently legal, it is exceptionally difficult to prove from the picture and video alone that you in fact were the driver. Moreover, red light cameras present constitutional problems when it comes to your right to confront your accuser. After all, how can your attorney cross-examine a red light camera?

Due to this factor the penalties associated with them are much lower. Currently, if you receive a red light camera ticket in NY, you face a fine of $50 and it is a 0 point ticket. The State of New York intentionally keeps the penalty low because they know just how legally problematic this type of ticket is. Consequently, they expect a driver to simply pay the $50 instead of challenge it. Doing this is a big mistake and only justifies this legally questionable practice. Remember, if you receive a red light camera ticket in NY, the printouts that will be presented as evidence against you are considered “testimonial” That means you have a right to cross-examine your accuser. However, since this is a literal impossibility, you can make an oral motion to have the case dismissed. Although this defense usually works, it is not full-proof.

In case you get a difficult judge, the following reasons will usually be sufficient to get your red light camera ticket dismissed (as long as you can back them up with evidence):

Remember, these defenses will not work for a regular red light traffic ticket. They only work for red light camera tickets.