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10 Dec How long do I need to wait for a decision in a traffic ticket case?

How long do I need to wait for a decision in a traffic ticket case?

Traffic ticket cases are heard and decided in one of two ways, either as a non-jury trial or as a guilty plea. If you opt for a non-jury trial, there’s no delay in hearing. But if you decide to plead guilty, there is usually some delay. You can hire an attorney or represent yourself at these hearings, but it’s important to remember that they occur within 30 days after receiving notice of your pending case. It’s also important to note that if you do choose not to contest your ticket, failing appear in court may result in having your license suspended. To avoid suspension and keep points off of your record — which could lead to additional fines — it’s always best practice to hire an attorney who specializes in handling traffic cases whenever possible.

If you’ve just received a speeding ticket in NY, there are two ways you can take care of it. You can either: (1) pay it, or (2) go to court and fight it. The problem is that even if you decide to fight it, an administrative agency—and not a judge—will handle your case in most cases. This means that there will be no jury trial and very little opportunity for defense testimony. As such, having an attorney by your side can make all of the difference in winning or losing! Going into court alone for minor offenses is akin to playing with house money because judges rarely find against defendants who don’t have representation.

After pleading guilty, it takes about two months for a decision from any one of NYC’s six district attorney offices. Those with open tickets will be served with an order to appear in court in 30 days or so after signing up online. You can also plead not guilty, but then you’ll typically wait between four and six months for a trial date. If there’s some reason that won’t work out, plea bargaining may be an option (see below). Whether you decide to plead not guilty or wait it out is largely up to how much of an inconvenience sitting in court is going to be for you—but keep in mind that if you don’t show up in court when required, points could be added onto your license anyway.