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NYC Window Tint Ticket Lawyer

At the Law Office of Craig Bondy, we specialize in representing clients who have received tickets for window tint violations in New York City. Navigating the complexities of NYC’s window tint laws can be challenging, and we are here to provide expert legal assistance to ensure your rights are protected. To speak with a NYC window tint ticket lawyer today, reach out.

What are New York’s Tinted Window Laws?

New York’s tinted window laws are designed to ensure driver safety and visibility. These laws set specific requirements for how dark or reflective vehicle window tints can be. Here’s an overview of the key provisions:

1. Visible Light Transmission (VLT)

  • Front Side Windows: The tint on the front side windows must allow at least 70% of the light to pass through. This means these windows can have a maximum of 30% tint.
  • Rear Side and Back Windows: There are no state-imposed VLT limits for rear side and back windows for sedans. However, for SUVs and vans, the rear side and back windows can be tinted, but the front side windows must still comply with the 70% VLT rule.

2. Windshield Tint

Only the top 6 inches of the windshield are allowed to be tinted. This tint must be non-reflective.

3. Tint Reflection

The law also regulates the reflectiveness of the tint. Window tint on front side windows must not be more reflective than a standard window.

4. Color Restrictions

New York law prohibits the use of certain colors for window tints, such as red, amber, and blue tints.

5. Medical Exemptions

New York allows medical exemptions for drivers or passengers who require a darker tint due to medical conditions. Proper documentation must be obtained and kept in the vehicle to justify the exemption.

6. Certification and Stickers

The installer of the window tint must certify that the tint meets state regulations, and a sticker identifying legal tinting must be placed on the vehicle.

7. Enforcement and Penalties

Non-compliance with these regulations can result in fines and a failed vehicle inspection. Law enforcement officers use tint meters to measure VLT and enforce these laws.

8. Regular Inspection

Vehicles in New York are subject to regular inspections, during which window tint compliance is checked.

It’s important for vehicle owners in New York to ensure that their window tints comply with these laws to avoid fines, inspection failures, and other legal issues. If you’re unsure about the legality of your vehicle’s tint, consulting with a professional installer or seeking legal advice is advisable.

Penalties for Illegal Window Tint in NYC

In New York City, the penalties for having illegal window tint can be significant, reflecting the city’s commitment to ensuring vehicular safety and compliance with traffic laws. Here are the key penalties for illegal window tint in NYC:

1. Fines

The primary penalty for illegal window tint in NYC is a monetary fine. The amount of the fine can vary, but it typically ranges from $150 to $200 for a first offense. Repeat offenders may face higher fines.

2. Vehicle Inspection Failure

Vehicles with illegal window tint will fail the New York State vehicle inspection. This not only necessitates the removal or replacement of the tint to pass inspection but also means the vehicle cannot be legally driven until it passes.

3. Points on Driving Record

Unlike some other traffic violations, illegal window tint typically does not result in points being added to a driver’s license. However, the ticket itself will be part of your driving record.

4. Court Appearance

Depending on the jurisdiction and the severity of the offense, you may be required to make a court appearance. This can be particularly true if there are multiple offenses or if the tint is considered dangerously dark.

5. Cost of Tint Removal

If you receive a ticket for illegal window tint, you will need to remove or replace the tint to comply with legal standards. This removal or replacement can incur costs, depending on the vehicle type and the extent of the tinting.

6. Increased Insurance Rates

While a single ticket for window tint may not directly impact insurance rates, if it’s part of a pattern of traffic violations, it could potentially lead to increased insurance premiums.

7. Time and Inconvenience

Dealing with a ticket for illegal window tint involves time and effort, including the process of removing the tint, attending court (if required), and re-inspection of the vehicle.

How a NYC Window Tint Ticket Lawyer Can Help

NYC Window Tint Ticket Lawyer

As the Law Office of Craig Bondy, specializing in NYC traffic law, we understand the challenges and frustrations that come with receiving a window tint ticket in New York City. Here’s how our experienced legal team can assist if you find yourself facing such a violation:

Thorough Case Evaluation

We begin by thoroughly evaluating the specifics of your case. This includes reviewing the details of your ticket and examining the circumstances under which the ticket was issued.

Legal Expertise on Window Tint Regulations

Our team is well-versed in New York City’s window tint laws. We can assess whether your ticket was issued in accordance with these laws and identify any potential inaccuracies or grounds for dismissal.

Representation in Court

If your case goes to court, we provide skilled representation, advocating on your behalf. We present arguments, question evidence, and work towards a favorable outcome, whether it’s a reduced fine or complete dismissal.

Negotiating Fines and Penalties

We negotiate with the prosecution to potentially reduce the fines and penalties associated with your window tint ticket. Our goal is to minimize the financial and legal impact on you.

Guidance on Compliance

Our services extend to advising you on how to bring your vehicle into compliance with NYC’s window tint regulations, helping you avoid future violations.

Handling Appeals

If you wish to appeal the decision of your window tint ticket, we can guide you through the appeals process, offering expertise and representation at each step.

Personalized Legal Strategy

We understand that every case is unique. Our strategy is always personalized to fit the specific details and context of your situation.

Protecting Your Rights

Our primary concern is protecting your rights. We ensure you are treated fairly throughout the legal process and that all legal avenues are explored in your defense.

Transparent Communication

Clear and transparent communication is a cornerstone of our practice. We keep you informed about every aspect of your case and are always available to answer your questions.

Need Help with Tinted Window Violations? Contact Us Now.

Don’t let a tinted window violation in New York City set you back. The Law Office of Craig Bondy is here to provide expert legal assistance. Whether it’s understanding the law, contesting a ticket, or ensuring compliance, our experienced team is ready to help.

Reach out today for a consultation and take the first step towards resolving your window tint issues with confidence and expertise.


1. What are the legal limits for window tint in NYC?

In NYC, the legal limit for window tint is that the front side windows must allow at least 70% of light to pass through. The windshield can only have a non-reflective tint on the top 6 inches. The rules for rear side and back windows vary depending on the type of vehicle.

2. What happens if I get a ticket for illegal window tint?

If you receive a ticket for illegal window tint, you may face a fine. Additionally, your vehicle will fail its state inspection if the tint doesn’t meet legal standards, requiring you to remove or modify the tint.

3. Can I challenge a window tint ticket in court?

Yes, you can challenge a window tint ticket in court. An experienced lawyer can help you prepare a defense, which may involve questioning the accuracy of the tint measurement or the method of assessment.

4. How can a ticket lawyer help with my window tint ticket?

A ticket lawyer can assist by evaluating the specifics of your case, representing you in court, negotiating for reduced fines or penalties, and providing advice on bringing your vehicle into compliance to avoid future tickets.

5. Are there any exceptions to the window tint laws in NYC?

Yes, there are medical exemptions for individuals who require darker tints due to certain medical conditions. Proper documentation must be obtained and kept in the vehicle to justify the exemption.

6. What should I do immediately after receiving a tinted window ticket?

After receiving a tinted window ticket, it’s advisable to consult with a lawyer experienced in traffic law to discuss your options. You should also keep the ticket and any related documentation for reference.

7. How much does it typically cost to fight a window tint ticket?

The cost to fight a window tint ticket can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the lawyer’s fees. It’s best to discuss costs upfront during a consultation with a lawyer.

8. Can a window tint ticket affect my driving record or insurance rates?

While a window tint ticket typically doesn’t add points to your driving record, it is a part of your driving history and, in some cases, may affect insurance rates, especially if part of a pattern of violations.

9. Is it worth hiring a lawyer for a window tint ticket?

Hiring a lawyer can be beneficial, especially if you believe the ticket was unjustly issued or if you have a valid defense. A lawyer can provide expertise and guidance, potentially saving you money and time.

10. How long does the process take to resolve a window tint ticket issue?

The duration can vary depending on whether the case goes to court, the court’s schedule, and the specifics of the case. A traffic ticket lawyer can give you a better estimate based on your situation.


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