Pleading Guilty by Mail Creates a Conviction and Consequences Add Up Fast
After I explained to a client the way fines, points, and other consequences of traffic tickets accumulate, she thought that I should make: "Don't Just Plead Guilty by Mail" the tagline of this website. Others have reacted with sentiments like, "I wish I had I called you earlier." This is an important topic that affects all drivers so I encourage you to read on- if you would like the information personally, I invite you to call (315) 364-1155.
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Absent a trial, the process described below applies to the vast majority of traffic violationsincluding tickets issued for speeding, cell phone use, failure to use seat belts, running a stop sign or red light, etc.
1. Sending the Letter of Representation to the Traffic Court
First we send a letter to inform the the court that we represent you and to enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf. We will also adjourn your case to later date to give us the opportunity to negotiate a reduction of your ticket. As a result, the court date printed on the ticket is no...
Completing a defensive driving course will reduce your point total by four points for suspension purposes and will reduce your insurance premiums by 10%. This article explains exactly how this works and provides links to NY DMV approved courses.
Driving is considered a privilege and because we do not have a right to drive we should take care to protect that privilege. Suspensions related to traffic infractions may come from the DMV or be initiated by a court.
Court Initiated Suspensions
A court will direct the DMV to suspend a driving license if a driver:
Fails to answer or appear for a ticket; or,
Fails to pay a fine to the court
When the court reports a driver to the DMV, the DMV will send a notice to to the driver that their license will be suspended on a certain date if no corrective action is taken....
A Driver Responsibility Assessment is a fee imposed by the New York State DMV on drivers with certain traffic, alcohol, or drug related convictions. The DMV will mail the bill for this assessment to your home after your case has been concluded and it must be paid in addition to fines, surcharges, and other penalties from the courts.
Pleading guilty to traveling 86 mph on the New York Thruway is enough to incur the assessment and it will cost you an extra $300. This extra penalty has surprised many people.
There are 2 relevant time periods involved: 1) the eighteen month window and 2) three years after a traffic conviction.