If you are planning on representing yourself in Cortlandville Traffic Court, it is important that you read every document given to you by the officer and court. A careful review of their instructions could save you a lot of time and aggravation.
THE FOUR-HOUR DRIVE
A driver called our office because he appeared in court on the date listed on the front of the ticket. He had driven 4 hours only to be turned away when he arrived in court. The court clerk advised him that court was not in session and he merely needed to enter a plea on or before the date listed on the front of his ticket.
Clearly frustrated, the driver drove an additional 4 hours home. This driver missed one day of work, drove over 400 miles, and paid a ton in gas just to appear in court. This could have been avoided if he had carefully read the instructions on the ticket or hired our firm in advance. The lesson learned, is that is important to read every document carefully or call our experienced Cortlandville traffic ticket attorneys for a confidential consultation at 800-893-9645.
READ THE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY
It is important to read everything given to you thoroughly. A careful review of the court date listed on the front of the ticket will indicate that this is the “reply by” date. The driver is required to appear in court or respond by mail to enter their plea. This is not necessarily the date to meet with the cop, prosecutor, and judge. Ultimately, the date on the ticket may end up being the court date but that is not always the situation.
Further, a careful reading of the back of the ticket will state that the driver has 48 hours to respond to the ticket. This seemingly conflicting information often confuses ticketed drivers. They are uncertain whether or not they need to respond within 48 hours or by the date given on the front of the ticket. There are very long legal reasons why the ticket has this information. In brief, the most prudent thing for a driver to do is to enter the plea of not guilty within 48 hours of receipt and to do so with some kind of return receipt requested. At our firm, we advise pro-se litigants to respond via return receipt because courts can be subject to human error. It this should occur, a driver may receive a notice of suspension for their failure to Answer the ticket. The only way to prove a plea was properly entered is to produce the receipt.
BENEFITS OF HIRING OUR FIRM
Our law attorneys have represented hundreds of drivers in Cortlandville and throughout New York State. Our result-oriented firm has helped us gain a superb reputation among our peers.
If you should hire our firm, we work to make the process as simple as possible. For example, in most cases, our clients never have to appear in court.
While we cannot guarantee a specific result, we have consistently reduced our client’s exposure to fines, penalties, and insurance increases; hereby, saving them money.
TOP 5 FAQs:
What would happen if I ignore my ticket?
A driver who ignores their moving violation will eventually have their privilege to drive submitted to DMV for suspension. It is important that you stay on top of your traffic matter because driving with a suspended license can lead to significant problems including criminal charges.
How will a speeding conviction affect my insurance?
There are many different things insurance companies take into consideration when they determine a driver’s insurance rate. For the most part, the algorithm used is proprietary in nature and the average driver will not be privy to this information.
Some things considered in an insurance policy can include but is not limited to a driver’s age, their accident history, the type of car driven, and any convictions to moving violations.
When are traffic ticket fines payable?
In local court, the customary practice is for drivers to pay their fines the same day they appear in court. Some judges will use their judicial discretion and allow a driver to pay a few days after the court appearance.
Do local courts take credit card payments?
Some town courts accept payment by online services and other take credit card payments through a credit card form. Most village courts do not accept credit card payment.
How many points are allowed until a license is suspended?
There are many reasons why a driver may have their privilege to drive suspended. With respect to points, a driver will suspended upon receiving 11 or more points within an 18 month period.