A finding of guilty to a traffic ticket, or traffic violation, will end with a driver having to pay a fine. This is true whether you hire an attorney to fight the ticket, fight the ticket yourself or just plead guilty.
The answer to the question, “How much is a fine for my ticket and what are the penalties?” is both complicated and uncomplicated. The simple and truthful answer is “Well, it depends.” The reason for this answer is because the fine and penalties of a ticket depend on the traffic ticket or violation charge itself. Other factors that determine fines and penalties include how many points a driver has on his or her driving record, the court handling the ticket and the county in which the ticket was issued. Though, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that a fine amount will depend on the severity of a traffic ticket violation/offense and the type of ticket issued (e.g. speeding ticket, red light ticket).
For example, a 3-point speeding ticket (NYS VTL § 1180b) that is a first time offense can pay a fine that ranges from $45 to $150, plus a mandatory surcharge of either $88 or $93.