New York Traffic Ticket FAQ

You’ve recently gotten a traffic ticket and now you are asking yourself this very question. The answer is YES!You may think a traffic ticket is a trivial matter that should be paid and forgotten about, but in reality the ticket could cost you thousands of dollars in the long term — even after you paid it. Hiring a New York traffic ticket lawyer will save you time and money.

Yes you can fight it on your own, but it is not advised. Generally, people who hire attorneys to fight their traffic tickets have more favorable results, less waiting time and leave traffic court happier.

Check your NY traffic ticket to find the boxes indicating whether you would like to plead guilty or not guilty. Select the appropriate box and mail it back to the address on the bottom of the ticket(s). When NYS receives your ticket, they will provide you with your traffic court information. Your attorney may do this on your behalf.

This is a very common question and unfortunately the answer is NO. Having a broken/defective speedometer will not be enough to get your traffic ticked dismissed. However, it may be used a valid defense in court to get a favorable plea bargain. Also this type of information may help convince a judge to be more lenient when stating fines.

PLEASE NOTE: Plea bargaining is not allowed at TVB hearings.

Yes. If you were to take a defensive driving course, up to 4 points can be reduced, not removed, from your NYS driver’s license.

Making a discovery request will depend on your situation. If you truly believe that you were not speeding when you were ticketed for speeding, it may be a good idea to get the radar readout or other evidence that indicated what your speed was. DO NOT ask the officer for it while he is writing the ticket, it is best to do it through the prosecutor.

Obtaining discovery info is also crucial in DUI/DWI cases because skilled lawyers can use the evidence to your advantage. However, in most cases, if you have been issued a ticket for a routine traffic offense, making a discovery request is not necessary

Yes. It is recommended that you get a copy of your driving record every few years. Doing this will:

  • Help you keep track of how many points you have racked up
  • Help you see if you are nearing the threshold for being suspended
  • Allow you to verify that no extra points were inadvertently added onto your license (due to clerical errors, etc.)

A supporting deposition is a written declaration signed by the police officer who issued you the ticket describing the traffic violation that occured. In most cases, police officers and state troopers automatically provide one at the time the ticket is issued. If the officer did not issue one, you have the right to request one within 30 days of the court apperance printed on your traffic ticket.

If you were charged  with DWI or reckless driving, you can request a deposition up to 90 days before your court date with the permission of the court.

Yes you can fight it on your own, but it is not advised. The law gives you the right to represent yourself regardless if you have a lawyer or not and if you have familiarity with the legal system or not. However, it has been found that people who hire attorneys to fight their traffic tickets have more favorable results, less waiting time and leave traffic court happier.

Ignoring your NY traffic is very risky and a serious thing. If you ignore the ticket, NYS may issue a bench warrant for your arrest and/or suspend your driver’s license. The one thing we stress to our clients is: Respond to your NY traffic ticket in a timely manner — It’s the difference between sleeping at home or spending a night in jail.

Check your NY traffic ticket to find the boxes indicating whether you would like to plead guilty or not guilty. Select the appropriate box and mail it back to the address on the bottom of the ticket(s). When NYS receives your ticket, they will provide you with information such as:

  • What day and time your court appearance is
  • Where your court appearance will be held
  • Whether you are required to appear even if you pled guilty

If you decide to hire an attorney to represent you, your attorney can fill out the ticket information.