Sunday, March 16, 2014



Putnam Valley JusticeCourt is a court of local jurisdiction.  It is located at 265 Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley, New York. It’s postal zip code is 10579.

As a court of local jurisdiction, it has the power adjudicate criminal cases, civil cases, and traffic cases.  The court’s power of criminal cases is largely limited to misdemeanor matters.  While it can preside over some felony matters, the vast majority of felony matters are reserved for Putnam County Court.  Some common misdemeanors heard in this court can include DWI, DWAI, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Assault.  The court can preside over a wide variety of civil matters.  Most civil cases are limited to $3,000.00 in controversy and are referred to small claims cases.  In addition, some examples of civil cases can include local zone code violations and landlord tenant cases.  The vast majority of cases heard in Putnam Valley are traffic tickets.  Traffic tickets can include expired inspection stickers, equipment violations, speeding tickets and cell phone violations.

If I plead guilty, how many points am I facing?

There are many different tickets in New York State that can result in a conviction to points being assessed on license.  Currently, the New York Legislature does not have a one point violation.  As such, the lowest number of points that a driver can receive begins at two and can go as high as eleven.

Please see the chart below for the speeding ticket point chart.

01 to 10 mph over the limit                      3
11 to 204
21 to 306
31 to 408
More than 4011


Below is a list of fines associated with some of the most frequently issued tickets in NY. Fines are subject to change without notice.

First-time speeding offense
$45 to $600
One or more speeding tickets
(within eighteen months)
Up to $1,575
Traffic Infraction
Disobey a Traffic Signal
(red light)
Misdemeanor Convictions
(no other penalty provided)
Uninspected Vehicles
Unregistered Vehicle or Trailer
Equipment Violations of Vehicle or Trailer
$ varies based on the charge and location          

Can an attorney appear in court for me in Putnam Valley Traffic Court?

With a properly executed authorization, our attorneys can appear in court for a driver for a speeding ticket.  Ultimately, the presiding justice has discretion whether or not to require a driver to appear in court.  However, the overwhelming number of drivers never appear in court once they retain our traffic ticket defense law firm.

How will a conviction to a traffic ticket affect my insurance?

There are many different factors taken into account to calculate a driver’s insurance.  Some things insurance companies can consider are a driver’s age, accident history, and traffic convictions.

How many years will a conviction stay on my license?

There are many different ways in which a conviction stay on your license.  Points will stay on a driver’s license 18 months starting from the date of issuance.  This does not mean that the conviction has been sealed.  They simply will not go against a driver for the purpose of reaching the 11 point threshold for a suspension.  

Recently, Governor Cuomo has pushed the legislature to allow prosecutors to have access to a driver’s driving record for up to 10 years.  As such, even though the points may have fallen off the license, the conviction is still visible and can be taken into account for future offenses.  This is not a comprehensive recitation of points and how the affect a license.  For more information, you should contact one of our skilled traffic ticket attorneys.

How can your law firm help me fight my Putnam Valley speeding ticket?

Our speeding ticket defense practice is lead by a former New York City prosecutor who has defended thousands of drivers around New York State.  We have a unique perspective into the prosecution and defense of traffic tickets.  We have over 30 years of legal experience and can help you reduce your exposure to fines, penalties, and points on your license.  Give a call today at 914-723-7900.