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This thread discusses speeding tickets and traffic tickets in the state of New York. For parking tickets go here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15090.0 or here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=23665.msg1088489. For moving violations outside of New York, please start a new thread and add a link here.

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Please read this wiki first. I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice.

Q: Can I get a plea bargain in New York City?
A: No. Every single ticket goes to trial, guilty or not guilty, in New York City. (The 5 boroughs of NY, Kings, Queens, Bronx and Richmond.)

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Q: How long does it take for points to fall off your New York State record/license/abstract?
A: For DMV persistent violation purposes 18 months from the date of offense regardless of the date of conviction. At 3 years after the date of conviction on the following January first the points are no longer visible on the driving record which insurance companies and traffic prosecutors look at. DMV always keeps a record of your conviction and if you get too many points over your lifetime you could get a "10 year" revocation, however those records are not visible to insurance companies.

Q: Does it pay to fight my NY ticket or should I just pay it?
A: In order to figure the true cost of a traffic ticket conviction (aside from figuring out the total fines and the effects on your record) you need to call up your insurance company and ask them 2 questions. 1. How much will my insurance go up over the next 4 years if I pay this ticket? 2. How much money in "good driver discounts" will I loss over the next 4 years and how much does this add up to?

The reason you need to ask these 2 questions separately is because the insurance companies "shield themselves" from the statutory requirement to not raise insurance rates for a first violation (or speeds up to 15 MPH) by granting "good driver discounts", and then taking away these good driver discounts when you get your first violation. Therefore the (technically) correct answer to the first question you ask them could be "your insurance will not be raised at all". Then when you ask them the second question the answer may be in the thousands of dollars over the next 4 years, depending on your insurance bracket.

Q: How can I find my New York ticket online? 
A: If it is New York City ticket you can find it at https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/pleadnpay if you received a ticket anywhere outside of NYC and anywhere upstate you must contact the individual Court by phone or mail. There is no way to find your ticket online. Google is not able to find most small Courts as it get confused with giving you the most popular courts and attorneys, therefore I suggest you look up your Court at at www.town-court.com.

Q: How can I get a copy of my NYS driving record/license/abstract?
A: You can buy it at the statutory minimum of $7 at https://my.dmv.ny.gov/crm

Q: Do NJ tickets show up on a regular non CDL NY license?
A: As long as you pay them, no they will not.

Q: Do NY tickets show up on NJ licenses?
A: Yes as a 2 point out of state conviction (most violations).

Q: Do NJ tickets show up on a NY license?
A: As long as you pay them, no. Exceptions 1. if you have a CDL the NJ conviction will record on your NY license. 2. DUI/DWI and criminal driving convictions from NJ do record on your NY license. 3. as stated above if you don't respond to the ticket the suspension will follow you to NY. In addition NJ issues warrants for failing to respond to traffic tickets. 4 If you are convicted of a high speed (90+ MPH, 100+ MPH) in NJ the Judge may suspend your NJ driving privileges. 

Q: Can I pay Court fines with a CC?
A: In NYC for moving violations you can use https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/pleadnpay. For NYC parking tickets you can use http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/parking/parking.shtml. As far as "upstate" Courts go, most Courts will allow you to pay with visa or mastercard in person. Many Courts have a CC sheet which you can fill in and mail back, other Courts have a third party processor such as https://www.ncourt.com to accept cc payments. Call the Court to find out what options they have. No one (so far that I have seen) will take CCs over the phone.

Q: I received a camera ticket for a red light (3 points) or speeding (3-11 points) or a bus lane violation (2 points). Do traffic tickets issued from a camera add points to my license?
A: Camera Tickets never go on your license as they are issued against the car and not the driver. Therefor a camera ticket will not add points to your license or increase your insurance.

Q: If I push a ticket off for 18 months and then I am convicted, can I still be suspended by the DMV for having more than 11 points?
A: Pushing off a ticket will not help protect you from DMV actions. The reason is as follows: if you receive 2 tickets worth 6 points each on the same day, and you plead guilty to one of them on that same day and you push the second ticket off for 5 years, and then you plead guilty to that second ticket, the DMV computer will look at the 2 dates of violation and say "the motorist accumulated (more than) 11 points within an 18 month period" and issue a persistent violator suspension against you license.

Insurance companies work the other way around. They can only raise your premium after your date of conviction. Therefore in our example the insurance companies will increase your insurance after the first conviction appears on your record when they renew your policy (which will stay on your record for 3 years and then until the next January 1st) and then they will increase your rates again after the second ticket conviction shows up on your record when they renew your policy, (once again this second ticket will stay on the record for  3 years plus until the next January first. It follows that pleading/being found guilty in December saves 11 months of policy increase, and if there is a way to lock in a one year policy right before a conviction in December you can be looking at a car increase for only 2 years and 1 day, instead of 4 years minus one day.)

Travelers Insurance offers 1 year rates.
Geico is 6 months.

Traffic Ticket Lawyers:

State
New York Attorney Matisyahu Wolfberg http://www.speedingdefense.com/
New York Attorney Zev Goldstein www.zevgoldsteinlaw.com 845-356-7770
New Jersey Attorney Adam H. Rosenblum www.ticketdefenselaw.com
New Jersey Attorney Leib Klein www.avvo.com/attorneys/08701-nj-leib-klein-1602182.html 732-987-7040

Great Upstate NY lawyer at very cheap prices. http://jaydrillings.net/

Not that many parking ticket lawyers!
Parking ticket Non Lawyer (NYC)
Cathy Mei She takes 50% to fight the parking or camera ticket
Office Number 212-349-4978
Email 329ticket@gmail.com
Fax 646-699-3630

Parking Expert non attorney (718) 384-5052

Non attorney runner http://www.myticketsnyc.com/

Non attorney runner http://www.wefighttickets.com/

10 Counties in upstate NY have diversion programs, allowing you to dismiss the ticket for a fine and defensive driving class. Conditions and restrictions apply. Check the District Attorney's website for your county: Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Franklin, Livingston, Orleans, Otsego, Tioga, and Wyoming.

This wiki is not legal advice, or the advice of an attorney.
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1170 on: May 20, 2014, 10:36:15 PM »
I got a criminal court summons for "Obstructing pedestrian traffic". The cop was in the mobile command center on the corner. He came out and asked "why are you blocking the intersection?" to which I responded "I'm in the intersection because I was blocking traffic. Now I'm in the intersection but not blocking. The car behind me is blocking."
He pulled me and the car behind me over and gave us both a criminal court summons. On my summons it says offence "discon blocking ped traffic" and he even wrote that my defense was that "the car behind me was"!

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1171 on: May 21, 2014, 12:37:07 PM »
Wow - that doesn't sound criminal

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1172 on: May 21, 2014, 04:57:22 PM »
someone got a camera speeding ticket in Quebec, Canada  using my NY car, i got the ticket in the mail on my name, what could they do to me if i dont pay?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1173 on: May 21, 2014, 04:59:42 PM »
someone got a camera speeding ticket in Quebec, Canada  using my NY car, i got the ticket in the mail on my name, what could they do to me if i dont pay?

Idk about Canada. But usually on the ticket it says of you weren't driving, let them know who was, if not then you are responsible..

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1174 on: May 21, 2014, 05:00:45 PM »
Idk about Canada. But usually on the ticket it says of you weren't driving, let them know who was, if not then you are responsible..
And you need a signed affidavit and to give over the Drivers License number of the driver.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1175 on: May 21, 2014, 05:36:10 PM »
And you need a signed affidavit and to give over the Drivers License number of the driver.
what could they do if i ignore it?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1176 on: May 21, 2014, 11:00:45 PM »
I got a criminal court summons for "Obstructing pedestrian traffic". The cop was in the mobile command center on the corner. He came out and asked "why are you blocking the intersection?" to which I responded "I'm in the intersection because I was blocking traffic. Now I'm in the intersection but not blocking. The car behind me is blocking."
He pulled me and the car behind me over and gave us both a criminal court summons. On my summons it says offence "discon blocking ped traffic" and he even wrote that my defense was that "the car behind me was"!

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 " 240.20 Disorderly conduct.
    A  person  is  guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause
  public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a  risk
  thereof:
    1.  He  engages  in  fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening
  behavior; or
    2. He makes unreasonable noise; or
    3. In a public place, he uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an
  obscene gesture; or
    4. Without lawful  authority,  he  disturbs  any  lawful  assembly  or
  meeting of persons; or
    5. He obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
    6.  He congregates with other persons in a public place and refuses to
  comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse; or
    7. He creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act
  which serves no legitimate purpose."
A violation and not a misdemeanor however it still goes on your criminal record and carries jail time. Do both of us a favor and don't fight it yourself. You can get a cheap attorney who can plead it down.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1177 on: May 21, 2014, 11:01:21 PM »
someone got a camera speeding ticket in Quebec, Canada  using my NY car, i got the ticket in the mail on my name, what could they do to me if i dont pay?
Collections?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1178 on: May 22, 2014, 01:15:40 AM »
Yesterday court in south fallsburg NY for a cell phone ticket (5 points) prosecutor gave me a fire hydrant ticket instead $175 no points 

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1179 on: May 22, 2014, 01:16:54 AM »
Yesterday court in south fallsburg NY for a cell phone ticket (5 points) prosecutor gave me a fire hydrant ticket instead $175 no points
You had a lawyer?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1181 on: May 22, 2014, 01:07:30 PM »
Yesterday court in south fallsburg NY for a cell phone ticket (5 points) prosecutor gave me a fire hydrant ticket instead $175 no points
Nice:)

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1182 on: May 22, 2014, 11:18:02 PM »
A violation and not a misdemeanor however it still goes on your criminal record and carries jail time. Do both of us a favor and don't fight it yourself. You can get a cheap attorney who can plead it down.
I went to court and he told me to pay a $50 fine and that's it. He said if I want to argue I should come back for trial. I asked if it will go on any record and he said no so I just paid the $50 and the heck with it.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #1183 on: May 25, 2014, 03:03:01 AM »
Who was "he"? The judge? a prosecutor? a clerk?

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« Reply #1184 on: May 25, 2014, 11:28:07 AM »
Who was "he"? The judge? a prosecutor? a clerk?
The judge.