Thursday, April 17, 2014


Tips on Fighting a Traffic Ticket in Goshen Village Court

The most common moving violation issued in New York State is a speeding ticket.  A conviction to a speeding ticket can have many adverse consequences for a driver including but not limited to hundreds of dollars in fines, hundreds more in penalties to the Department of Motor Vehicles, significant insurance increases, the loss of the a privilege to drive, and even a jail sentence.

If you have a ticket pending in Goshen Village Court, here are 5 tips to help you avoid some of these adverse consequences.  If you would like to hire an attorney, give us a call at 914-723-7900 to learn how we can help.

Tip 1:  Answer the ticket.  It may seem obvious to you but there are many drivers that ignore their traffic tickets.  When a driver fails to Answer their ticket, a court has the authority to suspend a driver’s privilege to drive.

Answering a ticket is the process of entering a plea of either guilty or not guilty.  A timely plea can be entered by mail or in person at the court.  It is our recommendation that any plea by mail be made with 48 hours of receipt of the ticket and be done by some kind of return receipt requested.

If a court fails to acknowledge your plea, your privilege to drive can be suspended.  Driving with a suspended license is a criminal act that can result in a driver being arrested and their car impounded.  A copy of a return receipt can help avoid future complications regarding a suspended license.

Tip 2:  Read the ticket thoroughly.  There is a lot of information that is contained in a traffic ticket.  Some important information can include the date, time, location of issuance, and the make and model of the car.  If there is a material error on the ticket, it may be grounds for the ticket to be dismissed.  Furthermore, the ticket will contain information about how to enter a plea on the ticket.  

Tip 3: Consult a traffic ticket attorney.  Traffic tickets can vary from zero points up to 11 points.  Depending on the charge, a driver will face different penalties.  These penalties can result in thousands of dollars in penalties and a license suspension.  Some law firms will be more experienced than others in the field of Vehicle Traffic Law.  It is important that you consult an attorney that concentrates on your particular violation.

About our firm:  Our Goshen speeding ticket lawyers have defended thousands of drivers around New York State.  Our ticket defense practice is lead by a former prosecutor who has the unique ability to analyze cases from both the prosecution and defense perspective.  This experience can make all the difference in the success of your precious matter.  

Tip 4: Pull your driving record.   The old saying is true, “knowledge is power.”  The more you know about your past driving history the better prepared you will be to decide whether or not you should hire an attorney.

Tip 5:  Follow up.  If you have entered a plea of not guilty, it is incumbent upon the driver to follow up and ascertain whether or not their plea has been entered and whether or not a court date has been sent.  If the driver fails to follow up, their privilege to drive can be suspended.

Call our Goshen ticket lawyers today at 914-723-7900.

CALL OUR LAWYERS AT 914-723-7900