If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you were issued a speeding ticket which is returnable to Harrison Town Court. The Harrison Court maintains one of the heaviest court calendars in the county and they vigorously prosecute cases.
One contributing factor to their large court calendars is its jurisdictional proximity to several major highways. In particular, I-95, I-287, and the Hutchinson River Parkway all have a stretch of highway which falls with the jurisdiction of Harrison. These highways are major thoroughfares that connect New York City to Connecticut and the east and westbound traffic of the County. As such, it accommodates thousands of drivers every day. With such a high volume of drivers, there is the likelihood of an increase return on traffic tickets.
TIDBITS ABOUT THE COURT
Harrison Town Court is one of the most well run courts in the entire 9th Judicial District. The staff is well organized, prepared, and knowledgeable on all things related to the Vehicle Traffic Law.
The court is located at 1 Heineman Place, Municipal Building, in Harrison, NY 10528-3305.
There is a small parking located to the side of the courthouse and a few parking spots along the residential streets. On days which court is held, parking tends to fill up quickly. As such, it is advisable to arrive early to ensure your timely arrival in court. The court is handicapped accessible.
ABOUT OUR FIRM
Our speeding ticket defense law firm has represented thousands of drivers in Harrison Town Court and the surrounding courts of Westchester County. We have excelled at getting tickets either dismissed or reduced and have gained a reputation among our peers as some of the finest attorneys in the State.
We are lead by a former New York City prosecutor and Town Prosecutor, Joseph P. Villanueva. Mr. Villanueva has the unique ability to analyze traffic ticket cases from both the prosecution and defense perspective thereby being able to quickly analyze the strength and weakness of cases.
This experience can make the difference in the success of your precious matter. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you save money, time, and points on your license. We can be reached at 914-723-7900.
HOW MANY POINTS AM I FACING?
POINTS FOR SPEEDING
01 to 10 mph over the limit
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
More than 40
WHO PROSECUTES THESE CASES?
There are three main prosecutorial entities within Harrison. The Harrison Town Prosecutor’s office prosecutes tickets issued by the New York State Police. Meanwhile, the local police designee prosecutes tickets issued by the Harrison Town Police. And, tickets that were issued on the County roads, such as the Hutchinson River Parkway, are prosecuted by the Westchester County Police Officer that issued the summons.
The Harrison Traffic Court is a secure facility. Everyone entering the building will be subject to a search. Court security lines the entrance of the court and requires visitors to empty their pockets and traverse through a metal detector. If any food or drinks are found on a person, then the items will be discarded before entrance is granted.
In general, everyone issued a moving violation will be sent a letter advising them when to appear in court. When a driver appears in court, it is prudent to bring this letter to court. The letter may be important guide for the court personnel in directing the flow of court activity.
WHAT IS ROLE OF THE JUDGE?
The judge has many functions in traffic court. In brief, if a resolution can be reached prior to trial, the presiding justice has the authority to either accept or reject the plea bargain. Further, the judge has the power to issue a fine and other sanctions.
If a resolution cannot be reached and the ticket must be tried, the judge will act as the trier of fact.
The judge will listen to all the evidence, evaluate witness credibility, and make rulings on issues of law.
HOW ARE FINES DETERMINED?
When a driver is convicted of a moving violation, the judge has the power to set a fine. In general, fines are set by statute but administered by the judge. When setting a fine, the judge can take into account all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the case.
WHEN MUST FINES BE PAID?
It is the customary statewide practice that court fines must be paid at the time the case is resolved. Some judges may give a special dispensation and allow for time to pay provided that a request is made. Most courts will not accept a personal check and a not every court accepts payment by credit card.
SAVE MONEY, TIME, AND POINTS
If you are looking to fight your ticket, give our Harrison ticket lawyers a call today and learn how we can help you. We can be reached at 914-723-7900.