Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pine Plains Traffic Court Defense Lawyer

General Court Information

Pine Plains Traffic Court is located at Town Hall, 3284 Route 199, Pine Plains, NY.  It consists of 6 smaller villages and hamlets and is Columbia County.  The clerk of the court is Maryanne Lennon. They can be reached via telephone at (518) 398-7194.  The court employs two part time judges who share the judicial caseload. 

Two Judges

NYS Town Law codifies the rules and regulates which mandate that town courts employ two elected justices.  Each justice of the court take an oath of office in swear to up hold the laws of the United State Constitution.

The court can preside over civil cases with up to $3,000.00 in controversy.  Some other common civil cases heard in local court includes zoning violations and landlord tenant matters.  The court can arraign felony matters but it has limited powers to act on felony cases.  Common criminal cases heard in this court includes DWI, petit larceny, and assault in the 3rd degree.

Traffic Tickets

While Pine Plains maintains jurisdiction of misdemeanor matters and civil cases referred to as small claims cases, the majority of cases heard in this court are traffic tickets such as speeding ticket and cell phone tickets.  This is due in part to the court’s jurisdictional proximity to the Route 82 and Route 199 thoroughfares. These are NYS Police patrolled roads with the highest frequency of speeding violations in the jurisdiction.

There are many different police agencies that share jurisdictional powers in Pine Plains.  These police forces include but are not limited to the local Pine Plains Police, Park Police, County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Police. 

Traffic Court is usually held once a week.  Traffic tickets have traditionally been prosecuted by the officers that have issued the summons. 

About Our Firm

Our attorneys have helped drivers charged with speeding and criminal charges throughout Columbia County and the Hudson Valley.  We are lead by a former prosecutor and view each case from both the prosecutorial perspective and defense perspective.  We have excelled at getting tickets either dismissed or reduced thereby saving our client’s money, time, and points on their license.  Give us a call at 914-723-7900 to schedule your confidential consultation today.

Fines and Surcharges
Our attorneys fight for our clients and attempt to resolve their case with the most favorable possible outcome.  Below is a list of fines associated with some of the most widely issued tickets in the state.   (Fines are subject to change without notice).  Call our lawyers now at 800-893-9645 for a consultation.
First-time speeding offense$45 to $600
One or more speeding tickets
(within eighteen months)
Up to $1,575
Traffic Infraction$100-$300
Disobey a Traffic Signal
Misdemeanor Convictions
(no other penalty provided)
Uninspected Vehicles$25-$200
Unregistered Vehicle or Trailer$25-$200
Equipment Violations of Vehicle or Trailer$0-$100
Surcharges$ varies based on the charge and location

New York Driver Assessment
New York State imposes a Driver Responsibility Assessment (also known as a DRA) for drivers who accumulate six points or more are earned on the driving record.  Call our lawyers now at 800-893-9645 for a consultation.
Six points or more on record$300 one time payment;
or $100 each year for 3 years
Any additional points earned over six points
$25 for each point for 3 years
Refusing to take a breathalyzer test, conviction for alcohol related traffic offense or conviction for drug related traffic offense$250 each year for 3 years