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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 #2115 on: September 25, 2015, 05:22:23 PM »
If i missed a court date in Elmira, NY ( I thought it was for next week but it was really on yom Kippur) how long do i have to deal with it? Does my license get suspended immediately? Thw lawyer i use is frum and was closed today by the time i realized and he'll be closed until next Wednesday.
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2116 on: September 25, 2015, 05:38:07 PM »
Found an NH lawyer to do it for 750. I think I'll drive up myself.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2117 on: September 27, 2015, 02:58:46 AM »
If i missed a court date in Elmira, NY ( I thought it was for next week but it was really on yom Kippur) how long do i have to deal with it? Does my license get suspended immediately? Thw lawyer i use is frum and was closed today by the time i realized and he'll be closed until next Wednesday.
It takes at least 30 days for the court to inform the DMV and for the DMV to suspend you. Your attorney should be able to cancel the suspension before it goes into affect, however he may need $100-$200 bail. Don't wait around, and let the guy know that you missed the date.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2118 on: September 27, 2015, 04:28:07 AM »
I got a ticket in the summer in Woodridge ignored it,  didn't hear ever since,  should I be concerned about suspension? Aren't they supposed to mail me before anything?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2119 on: October 01, 2015, 07:49:00 PM »
I got a ticket in the summer in Woodridge ignored it,  didn't hear ever since,  should I be concerned about suspension? Aren't they supposed to mail me before anything?

The court would not mail anything to you, and the DMV is supposed to mail you a notice, however never bet on the NY DMV.
Does the DMV have your correct address?

You can check your license status http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/check-my-licensedriving-privilege-status

The court may also not have gotten around to suspending you yet, and may suspend you after you check your status.

Your best bet is to mail a not guilty plea to the court, and to provide them a stamped return envelope.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2120 on: October 01, 2015, 10:57:45 PM »
The court would not mail anything to you, and the DMV is supposed to mail you a notice, however never bet on the NY DMV.
Does the DMV have your correct address?

You can check your license status http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/check-my-licensedriving-privilege-status

The court may also not have gotten around to suspending you yet, and may suspend you after you check your status.

Your best bet is to mail a not guilty plea to the court, and to provide them a stamped return envelope.
The reason I'm ignoring it because if the officer isn't entering the ticket into system it's done as I never got the ticket (an old trick) by mailing in a not guilty I'm assuring the Cort to have my ticket in system

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2121 on: October 01, 2015, 11:46:54 PM »
Got pulled over last month on the 87, two tickets one for going 93 in a 65 zone other ticket for tinted windows,

It's the town of Schroon in Essex County, anyone have experience there? Court date was yesterday & they didn't answer the phones there.

I'm torn between making the trek down there & taking a local lawyer

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2122 on: October 02, 2015, 11:14:31 AM »
Its a terrible town, and a bad county. See www.town-court.com/NY/essex-county/schroon-town-court
You are looking at a 6 pint speed with a fine up to around $700, plus around $175 for the tint. They may also charge you bail in order to get back on the calendar for a plea deal.
if you plan to handle this yourself, contact them by mail, plead not guilty, and ask them to schedule for pre trial conformance.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2123 on: October 07, 2015, 09:50:54 PM »
Anyone have any experience with traffic tickets in Lewis NY (Essex county)? Got a ticket for going 94 in 65 on the 87. I'm pretty sure the cop was lying as i had an escort detector in the car and it didnt pick it up (the ticket says radar). Also, the cop never actually said he clocked me at 94 and he spent a solid 10 minutes trying to trip me into admitting guilt. He must have asked like 10 times between all the other questions "you weren't 94?" eventually he said "so you weren't going 85 past the       rest stop?". Will the judge dismiss the charges if I get the police dashcam audio through FOIL due to him backtracking to 85 (which implies he was lying about 94)? Is it worth trying to request the footage through the Police or will that make the cop more determined?
Anyone here ever win a case due to police dashcam audio/footage?
Would really appreciate some advice. Thanks.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2124 on: October 08, 2015, 02:24:19 PM »
Tough county and court.

Assuming that he gave you the audio in a FIOL, the statement isn't strong enough to show that the cop was lying. In a bench trial without a jury you probably would have a hard time discrediting the cop, even if you had something stronger.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2125 on: October 12, 2015, 10:52:32 AM »
Its a terrible town, and a bad county. See www.town-court.com/NY/essex-county/schroon-town-court
You are looking at a 6 pint speed with a fine up to around $700, plus around $175 for the tint. They may also charge you bail in order to get back on the calendar for a plea deal.
if you plan to handle this yourself, contact them by mail, plead not guilty, and ask them to schedule for pre trial conformance.
what happens if since I got the ticket i've switched my licence from NY to NJ,

how does that affect me? does it mean my license can no longer be suspended & is it possible the ticket will slip between the cracks as i've switched states :)?

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2126 on: October 13, 2015, 12:14:27 PM »
Does it make sense that a court will not issue a warrant for the first no-show? That's what the Plainfield, NJ court office told me.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2127 on: October 14, 2015, 06:39:42 PM »
what happens if since I got the ticket i've switched my licence from NY to NJ,

how does that affect me? does it mean my license can no longer be suspended & is it possible the ticket will slip between the cracks as i've switched states :)?

The town has no idea and doesn't care where your license is from. If you don't answer it, they will ask the NYS DMV to suspend you, and they will suspend you in NY, regardless of where your license is from. It would mean that driving in NYS would be a misdemeanor. Additionally MYS may or may not be competent enough to inform NJ, however I wouldn't risk it.

Does it make sense that a court will not issue a warrant for the first no-show? That's what the Plainfield, NJ court office told me.
It doesn't make sense that they would issue a warrant to benign with. But yes it does make sense.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2128 on: October 14, 2015, 06:55:28 PM »
what happens if since I got the ticket i've switched my licence from NY to NJ,

how does that affect me? does it mean my license can no longer be suspended & is it possible the ticket will slip between the cracks as i've switched states :)?
I know that it has happened that the tickets disappeared
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #2129 on: October 14, 2015, 10:22:28 PM »
I know that it has happened that the tickets disappeared
Maybe Hillory erased them along with her emails?

While its never bad to bet against the DMV, they do get most of their records right. You also need to compare the money you will save by ignoring the ticket, against the money and aggravation a charge of driving with a suspended license will cost.