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The bucolic river towns of the Hudson Valley are well known for their beauty, good schools, and splendor. Irvington is no exception. It maintains a picture perfect view of the Hudson River and easily accessible to New York City.
Earlier today, my law firm appeared in Irvington, New York, on a Vehicle Traffic Law matter in the Irvington Justice Court. Here are some tidbits we can share with you from our experience. The court starts promptly at 9:30 am. There are two presiding justices. Each of the judges has their own particular likes and dislikes. It is important to come prepared and appear as professional as possible. A court officer secures the court and everyone entering the court is required to walk through a metal detector. If your traffic matter is resolved, the court requires that payment be made before leaving the close of business the same day. In rare circumstances, the payment of a fine may be extended beyond the close of business.
The court is a court of local jurisdiction and has the power to adjudicate all traffic matters not including felony traffic cases. Court is held in 85 Main Street and it is part of Village Hall. The courtroom has been converted from an old firehouse. The court does not have a dedicated parking lot and parking along the street can be sparse at times. There is some means of public transportation available to the court. In particular, the Metro North train line is a few blocks south of the court.
A municipal prosecutor prosecutes traffic tickets and local zoning code violations. The prosecutor maintains control over the plea-bargaining and the court maintains the ultimate control to accept or reject the resolution.
With respect to speeding tickets, Irvington maintains a vigilant eye over public safety. I can be one of the more difficult traffic courts to defend a driver. Navigating through the legal system can be challenging for those not familiar with the court and the local practice protocols.
Speeding tickets can be a costly proposition if they are not contested. For example, a conviction to driving 51/30 mph zone could result in fines in excess of $300.00, a penalty fee of $300.00 to the department of motor vehicles, and insurances increases for 3 years.
If you have a traffic ticket, give our lawyers a call to learn how we can help. We can be reached at 914-723-7900.
|A view of the Hudson River from the Irvington business district.|