Somerville, MA asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts

Q: Traffic Reciprocity

I pled not guiilty to a speeding ticket in NY 12 years ago. Not NYC.

On the date i was assigned for court, a snow storm occurred. They never rescheduled my court date to my knowledge. I moved out of NY a few years after.

I reside in MA now. TWELVE YEARS later, they sent a court date notice to my dad in NY. Not a bench warrant or a court date for not appearing, its for rescheduling the original ticket.

I believe i can fight and win this ticket, but also, it's a 4 hour ride each way during a pandemic. So I'm trying to see if i just pay it, if it will go away. My only concern is reciprocity in MA. I believe they have reciprocity and it was something like 15 or 20 plus is what they claimed. If i paid it, how would the reciprocity work? Is it from time of the court decision? Or time of the ticket assignment? Basically would it impact my MA license and if so, is the point system a 1:1 transfer? If it was 4-6 points, how many would transfer over here?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Acton, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: DEAL WITH THE TICKET. No good will come of anything else. MA has reciprocity so the outcome there will impact you here. MOST of the NY courts are closed due to covid depending on the Court or the hearing date. You want a NY lawyer in that county jurisdiction or to use google and find the path. NY can mark speeding tickets down to parking tickets if they choose, and their lack of scheduling it sooner may be an advantage as the officer that wrote it could be retired or someplace else too. MA will treat it the same way they would a MA ticket. ANd it will depend on what else is on your driving record and how many points because here 3 speeding tickets or 5 moving violations within 2 years is a 60 day suspension set-up. You could ask your insurance agent what the impact of the ticket will be. If it is 1 and only one and nothing else on your entire driving record- no accidents or other speeding tickets- you may be OK paying it. Good luck

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