What To Expect In Traffic Court In Upstate New York

When a police officer or trooper issues a summons to a motorist, there is a date at the bottom of the summons. In some courts, the motorists are supposed to appear on that date, and in others, that is the date by which the court needs to receive your plea of guilty or not guilty.

It is important to enter your plea in a timely fashion. In some jurisdictions, the judge will suspend a motorist for failing to respond to a ticket on time. It is vital to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can file a notice of appearance with the court and schedule a court date on your behalf. If you retain an attorney upon the receipt of a summons, you can avoid a suspension of your driver's license.

If you plead not guilty, the court will give you a date to appear for trial or a conference. The procedure will depend on whether you were issued a ticket by an officer or trooper and whether or not the court has a town attorney or prosecutor. If you receive a summons from a trooper and it is returnable in a court without a prosecutor, you will be expected to try your case or plead guilty. This can be a problem.


If you need assistance with handling summonses in upstate New York, contact Karen Friedman, who has been representing motorists throughout New York State for more than 25 years. Some of the upstate courts at which she has represented clients include: East Fishkill, Yorktown Heights, Greenburgh, Hyde Park, Bedford, Coxsackie, Harriman, Poughkeepsie, Stanfordville, White Plains, and others too numerous to mention.

Ms. Friedman may be reached at telephone: 212-213-2145, via fax 212-779-3289, or through email by completing her online contact form.

Please call for a free consultation to ensure your traffic court experience is as painless as possible and that you obtain the most favorable results.

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