The New York City Traffic Violations Bureaus handle disputes related to moving violations and tickets so that these cases stay out of the criminal court system.
If you were ticketed for a moving violation that is a criminal act, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your case will still proceed in criminal court. However, if you have been ticketed for something like speeding, contesting that ticket will proceed through the New York City Traffic Violations Bureaus.
Designed as an alternative to the traditional court system, they are located in all five boroughs of New York City as well as Rochester.
If you want to plead not guilty to a speeding ticket or traffic violation, you can file to have your case heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ) from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
You can mail your ticket dispute to their office in Albany, New York, and they will direct you in your next steps and where to go for your hearing. You can also contact them online.
It is critical that you respond to a ticket in a timely fashion. Under the NYS Driver Point System, your license could be suspended if you accumulate too many points from traffic tickets.
If you have a suspended license, you could be subject to jail time and a $5,000 fine if you are caught driving.
The good news about contesting a ticket through the New York City Traffic Violations Bureaus is that it is far less intimidating than if you were to go to criminal court.
However, be aware that an ALJ has significant and extensive authority. If an ALJ believes you are a danger to yourself or others on the road, your license could be suspended or revoked. Having your case presented by an attorney is always your best option.
As your attorney, I can question witnesses and present evidence demonstrating your innocence. As they have full authority, if an ALJ believes you should not have been ticketed based on the evidence presented, he or she can waive your ticket and fees.
The back of your ticket will list information regarding how to contest your traffic violation. It is best to call a New York traffic lawyer to discuss your options, the type of evidence needed, how your case is likely to proceed, and what results are possible.
As your attorney, I can explain New York’s point system in further detail and how a conviction for a traffic violation can eventually lead to a suspended license.
Contact the Law Office of James Medows for assistance in getting your traffic violation overturned in one of the New York City Traffic Violations Bureaus. Call or text 917-856-1247 or send an email to arrange a consultation to review your case in further detail.