What is the Second Page that the Officer Gave me with My Ticket?

If you received a second page attached to your uniform traffic ticket, it is likely a Supporting Deposition / CPL 710.30 Notice. This second page combines the Supporting Deposition, at the top of the page, with an NYS Criminal Procedure Law 710.30 notice, at the bottom of the page. The NYS CPL 710.30 notice makes you aware of any statement that the People intend to use against you. If you made any statements to the officer, that they intend to use against you when prosecuting your case, those statements will be provided at the bottom of the supporting deposition. What is a Supporting...

What are Traffic Infractions as Opposed to Misdemeanors?

"Traffic Infraction is defined by the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 155.  A traffic infraction is not a crime. If you are charged with a traffic infraction, as opposed to misdemeanor or felony, it means that you do not have to appear in court and you may answer the ticket by mail.  That answer may be "guilty" or "not guilty." We strongly advise against pleading guilty without first seeking a reduction. A misdemeanor, on the other hand, is a classified as a crime and requires a physical appearance in court for an arraignment. Misdemeanors also...

Plea Bargaining and Fines for Common Reductions

Plea Bargaining for a Reduction The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets, that drivers do not plead guilty to, are resolved through plea bargaining. Plea bargaining occurs with the prosecutor whereby the prosecutor makes an offer to the driver to plead guilty to a reduced charge.  The reason the prosecutor makes these offers is to resolve the case. Otherwise the prosecutors would have to have a trial for every ticket. The prosecutor also seeks to serve the interests of justice. The amount of the reduction is a matter for argument.  For example, a driver is charged with...

Fines for §1225-c2 - Use of Mobile Phones

This charge is for talking on your phone while driving. This post lists the fines and consequences of a conviction that the ticket does not tell you.

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Fines for §1180(a) - Speed Not Reasonable or Prudent

Are you wondering what is means to charged with imprudent speed? Read this post for a description and to learn the fines and consequences.

Fines for §1180(b) and §1180(d) - Most Common Speeding Charges

This post lists the fines and consequences of convictions for the most common types of speeding tickets.

Fines for §1180(f) - Speeding in a Construction Zone

Your ticket for speeding a construction zone does not state the fine or consequences of a conviction. This post does.

Fines for §1180(c) - Speeding in a School Zone

Speeding in a school zone can be a sensitive issue for prosecutors and judges. Read this post to learn the fines and consequences of the school zone speeding ticket.

What type of damages can I get in a personal injury case?

New York law allows a person injured by someone else’s negligence to file a lawsuit and ask for damages.  But the type of damages that you can recover depends on how the injury affects your life. In a personal injury case, those damages are typically thought of in two ways: non-economic damages and economic damages.

FAQs New York Search Warrants

By Ralph Habib, Esq. Criminal Procedure Law Article 690 governs Search Warrants As Americans, we all have increased expectations of privacy in our homes.  Pursuant to the 4th Amendment, we are supposed to enjoy a life free from being subjected to unreasonable government searches and seizures.  A search warrant is an instrument used under specific circumstances by law enforcement to pierce the protection of these expectations.   How Are Search Warrants Granted and by Whom? A local criminal court may, upon an application of a police officer, or other designated law...





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