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How Long Can I Postpone a Traffic Court Date?

After you’ve been issued a traffic ticket in NYC, you might have already decided to fight back. You might have thought the ticket was unfair, or you may simply feel that you shouldn’t have to pay a fine and get driving points for a minor mistake. However, now you’ve found that there’s a conflict in your schedule between your date in court and another important meeting. 

A lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows can answer your questions, such as, “How long can I postpone a traffic court date?” Fortunately, you should be able to postpone your hearing to a date that works for you. Speak to your attorney about your options for rescheduling your date when a conflict can’t be avoided. 

Postponing Your Traffic Court Date Multiple Times

Fortunately, New York’s traffic court allows you to postpone your traffic court date if you need some extra time. However, it’s important to note that your requirements may change after your first postponement. 

For example, for your first postponement, you need to notify the court at least ten days by mail before your hearing. You can also notify them within a day of your hearing in person or by phone. If you fail to do so, you could face penalties for failing to appear.

If you’ve already postponed once or more, you can still postpone your traffic court date. However, you’ll then need to act at least one day before in person or by phone. You’ll also need to receive an approval by a TVB Administrative Law Judge. They’ll decide whether you’re allowed to continue postponing your case. 

When You Can Postpone

However, you’ll not be able to postpone without a reason. After you postpone your court date for the first time, you’ll be expected to provide good cause for your postponement in person or by phone.

For example, you might have had a death in the family, and the proceedings fell on the same day as your traffic court date. In those cases, your request to postpone may be accepted. However, asking for your court date to be postponed because you have plans that can be moved will likely be denied. 

Contact a Traffic Court Lawyer About Your Postponement 

When you’ve just found that your court date conflicts with another important date, you might be worried. Do you have to accept the ticket and plead guilty? Instead, ask your lawyer, “How long can I postpone a traffic court date?”

Even if you’ve postponed before, a lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows can help you reschedule your court date to one that better works for you. If you have questions about your postponement, our lawyers offer free consultations, so you can understand how we can help before signing to work with us.

When you’re ready to fight your ticket but need help rescheduling, reach out to your traffic court attorney. To begin, call 917-856-1247 or fill out the online form below. 

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