Yes--plead not guilty and hire an attorney to reduce the charge, points and fine as well as to avoid the driver responsibility assessment. Best money you can spend.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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At the Queens TVB, there is no plea bargaining. It is either guilty or not guilty. With that said, you have nothing to lose by fighting this ticket. You will get the same points and roughly the same fine amount either way. Therefore, I recommend that you plead not guilty. Below is a link to an article that I wrote that will help you better understand the TVB system. Feel free to call me if you have any questions or need professional and experienced help.
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Hire a local traffic court lawyer.
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You basically answered your own question. It is worth fighting and there are ways to win or sometimes minimize the damages. Obviously an attorney like myself increases tge chances of success.
You need to seek the help of an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help you fight the ticket. The short term pain of paying a lawyer will likely save you in the long run with the insurance hike for several years. Alternatively, you can try to fight it yourself. Unfortunately, you are not familiar with a lot of potential defenses. Good luck.
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