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03 Jan Information About Traffic Cases in New York. 5 Reasons to Use

Information About Traffic Cases in New York. 5 Reasons to Use

Most people in the state of New York have been issued with a traffic ticket by a police officer at one time or the other. As is covered in detail over at, in the state of New York, you could be charged with several traffic violations such as speeding, not using a turn signal, tailgating, improper yielding to a yellow light, improper stopping at a stop sign, among others. If you are convicted of a traffic violation, it will cost you points on your license which may even lead to a suspension, money in the form of fines and surcharges, as well as increased premiums on your auto insurance as discussed over at Moving violations in particular, such as speeding tickets or leaving the scene of a property damage accident, can carry serious penalties, and other traffic offenses like reckless driving and driving with a suspended license are misdemeanors that may leave you with a criminal record if convicted as outlined over at Given the moving parts and complexities that come with traffic cases in New York, it is important to have some information on the same so that you know how to proceed when you are issued with a traffic ticket. This article will look to help you with that while also offering you reasons why you should use

Where do you go after getting a traffic ticket in New York?

As is articulated over at, here you go and how you answer a traffic ticket in New York depends on where the ticket was issued. This is because traffic tickets in New York City and its 5 boroughs are handled at the Traffic Violation Bureau (TVB), which processes tickets for non-criminal moving traffic violations (misdemeanors like reckless driving are handled in criminal court). If you are issued with a TVB traffic ticket, then it is worth noting that you can answer most of them online where you can either plead guilty or schedule a hearing in the TVB by pleading not guilty. You will also have the option of answering your TVB traffic ticket by mail. If you choose the mail option, you will need to enter your plea on the ticket, making sure that you include the appropriate fee if pleading guilty, and mail it to:

Traffic Violations Plea Unit
P.O. Box 2950 – ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0950

Alternatively, you can also answer the ticket at a TVB office, following the instructions on the ticket.

For traffic tickets issued outside of New York City, since they are processed in the criminal or traffic court of the city, county, town, or village where the alleged offense took place, the to answer such a ticket you will need to contact the court directly. The name and address of the court will be listed on the ticket along with the date and time that the case will be heard in court, and it is important to follow these instructions according to

What will happen if you do nothing about the ticket?

Sometimes, work and life get in the way and you forget about your traffic ticket, but it is important to note that failure to respond to a traffic ticket in New York can come with serious consequences according to If you do not answer a New York traffic ticket, whether it is a TVB ticket or not, your driver’s license will be suspended. While a suspension for the failure to answer a ticket doesn’t mean that you are guilty of the charge, if you continue to ignore the ticket even after your license is suspended for failure to answer the ticket, then you will automatically be convicted of the charge, in what is known as a ‘default conviction’. Given that it is a crime to drive with a suspended license, then you also risk arrest if you ignore your ticket. Using the top-rated will ensure that you don’t fail to answer your ticket as he will go to court on your behalf, and you can carry on with your normal duties, including going to work.

What will happen if you plead guilty?

When responding to your ticket, you can decide to plead guilty and pay the fine and surcharges associated with your charge. However, by pleading guilty and paying the fine, you are admitting to the court that you did exactly what the officer says you did, and given that you are allowed to fight your ticket, you should consider fighting. This is because, as covered over at, if your charge is a moving violation like speeding, running a red light, among others, then points will be attached to your driver’s license which will put you at risk of having your license suspended given that accumulating 11 points or more within 18 months leads to a suspension and will also lead to your auto insurance rates skyrocketing. This is why you should consider not pleading guilty, and instead, use the top-rated to fight your traffic ticket.

What will happen if you plead not guilty?

If you plead not guilty, then your case will be scheduled for trial. Traffic tickets in New York City will be handled in the TVB according to while tickets in the rest of the state will be handled in traffic court. As already mentioned, misdemeanors like reckless driving will be handled in criminal court, even in NYC. Depending on where your case is being prosecuted, it is important to have an experienced traffic lawyer handle your case to increase the chances of a favorable outcome. The top-rated is highly experienced in handling traffic cases both in the TVB and in traffic court and will work hard to try and either get your ticket dismissed or negotiating your ticket down to a lesser charge, preferably a non-moving violation which will add no points on your driver’s license.

Can you represent yourself?

If you are facing a traffic violation charge in New York State, then you can either represent yourself in court or use a good and experienced traffic lawyer like The latter option is preferred as a New York traffic lawyer understands New York traffic law and will give you the best possible chance of getting a favorable outcome. The top-rated will negotiate for you the best possible deal if applicable, get your traffic ticket dismissed if possible, and represent you in court so that you don’t have to, saving you money, time, and points on your license.

Hopefully, this article will provide you with the primary information on traffic cases in New York, helping you know how to proceed, keeping in mind that if you are hit with a traffic ticket, then the excellent is ready and willing to help you fight it.