What to expect in Traffic Court in 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 the hassle of scheduling a court date and 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 difficult for the average person.
Not sure what to expect in traffic court in New York?
If you need assistance with handling summonses in New York City or Upstate New York, contact Karen A. Friedman, who has been representing motorists throughout New York State for more than 30 years. Some of the upstate courts at which she has represented clients include: Manhattan, Long Island, East Fishkill, Yorktown Heights, Greenburgh, Hyde Park, Bedford, Coxsackie, Harriman, Poughkeepsie, Stanfordville, White Plains, Clinton, Rhinebeck and others too numerous to mention.
Call Karen Friedman at 212-213-2145 or 845-266-4400 or click here to contact us for a free consultation to ensure your traffic court experience is as painless as possible and that you obtain the most favorable results.