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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 #345 on: June 05, 2013, 04:06:56 PM »
From date of issuance or date of guilty decision?
It goes by the date of the guilty decision. Otherwise everyone would just push off their trial and never be affected by the points...

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #346 on: June 05, 2013, 05:29:59 PM »
Got a red light ticket today from a cop, while going through yellow. Same exact type as last one (which got thrown out in court bec cop didn't show)...only diff is that last one was in clarkstown, this one in monsey (corner of college and 59).
So will they see my first ticket and give me a bigger punishment? And  if I had a family member in the car, can that person testify for me that it was yellow?
got a letter today with a date to show up to court for a pre-court. I already sent in not guilty and they said so in this letter.
What's going on??
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #347 on: June 05, 2013, 08:19:09 PM »
It goes by the date of the guilty decision. Otherwise everyone would just push off their trial and never be affected by the points...
-100.
got a letter today with a date to show up to court for a pre-trial. I already sent in not guilty and they said so in this letter.
What's going on??
FTFY

This is the time when you can argue with the prosecutor for a plea deal. If you don't agree to a plea then you'll get another date for a trial.
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #348 on: June 05, 2013, 09:31:38 PM »
-100.
I don't know if NY is different but I know for sure that NJ dates it from the court date when you are determined guilty ( or plea bargain)

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #349 on: June 05, 2013, 09:34:10 PM »
I don't know if NY is different but I know for sure that NJ dates it from the court date when you are determined guilty ( or plea bargain)
correct ny for sure it goes according to the tickets issue date

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #350 on: June 05, 2013, 10:15:53 PM »

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #351 on: June 05, 2013, 11:08:34 PM »
NYC, ny

The first time you miss you will be required to post a bond of $40 and schedule a new court date.

Missing a court appearance once your bonded is worse.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #352 on: June 05, 2013, 11:11:40 PM »
The first time you miss you will be required to post a bond of $40 and schedule a new court date.

Missing a court appearance once your bonded is worse.
Thanks. I didn't miss nothing! Stupid lawyer did. I'm sure my chances of winning now are even less. .

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #353 on: June 05, 2013, 11:41:22 PM »
Thanks. I didn't miss nothing! Stupid lawyer did. I'm sure my chances of winning now are even less. .

You appeared but your lawyer didn't?
The judge should have rescheduled it.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #354 on: June 05, 2013, 11:47:09 PM »
You appeared but your lawyer didn't?
The judge should have rescheduled it.
He probably meant he wasn't supposed to show....

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #355 on: June 05, 2013, 11:53:24 PM »
He probably meant he wasn't supposed to show....

So lawyer missing is the same as if he missed as far as posting bond is concerned.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #356 on: June 06, 2013, 06:04:48 AM »
The first time you miss you will be required to post a bond of $40 and schedule a new court date.

Missing a court appearance once your bonded is worse.
So lawyer missing is the same as if he missed as far as posting bond is concerned.
Not if the lawyer pulls out the ticket the next morning from the docket, then it's as if nothing happened.
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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #357 on: June 06, 2013, 06:14:39 PM »
Thanks. I didn't miss nothing! Stupid lawyer did. I'm sure my chances of winning now are even less. .

I don't think ur chances are any less IME in nyc they will not send u any suspension until 20 days after u miss the date so if ur lawyer will send in the bond b4 the 20 days u will not be suspended u can call the DMV 7184885710 follow the prompts to get to rep and check if u are rescheduled  or are getting suspended and u should be okay.

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #358 on: June 09, 2013, 12:22:21 PM »
I don't think ur chances are any less IME in nyc they will not send u any suspension until 20 days after u miss the date so if ur lawyer will send in the bond b4 the 20 days u will not be suspended u can call the DMV 7184885710 follow the prompts to get to rep and check if u are rescheduled  or are getting suspended and u should be okay.
Thanks. I was able to check online that I was rescheduled

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Re: Traffic Tickets
« Reply #359 on: June 11, 2013, 08:55:19 PM »