Have you received a traffic ticket in Fenton, NY? Are you having difficulty figuring out the next steps? Then you've come to the right place; this guide was created to help you find some ease of mind in regards to the legal arena.
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There are many different police agencies that are authorized to issue you a ticket in the town of Fenton. Some of these agencies can include the State Police, the local Town/Village Police, the Park Police, and the Sheriff's Office.
New York State police officers mostly use a Uniform Traffic Ticket, which is also known as the "UTT". The UTT provides you with lots of useful information, it's a good idea to take a look at your ticket and see if all the information is correct.
Your UTT provides the officer's name, your vehicle information, the date and place of the occurrence, your speed (if applicable), and how you can enter your plea.
Entering Your Plea
One of the worst things you can do after receiving a traffic ticket is ignoring it. You should never ignore your ticket. You have the option to either plead guilty or not guilty. Your UTT provides you with instructions on how you can enter your plea, usually you are able to do it in person or via mail.
Entering a Not Guilty Plea: Once you have entered your not guilty plea, the court will send you a court date. At this court appearance you will be given the opportunity to bring forth your case's strengths and weaknesses.
Entering a Guilty Plea: Once you have entered your guilty plea, the court will send you a fine notice. This fine should be paid by the due date provided. Pleading guilty is equivalent to a conviction after trial.
Pleading Guilty could result in many financial costs. Such costs may include fines and penalties that need to be paid to the court and the DMV, points (depending on the violation) will be added to your license, and insurance increases.
Insurance increases vary amongst different insurance companies, and two similarly situated drivers can have different increase outcomes. There are many factors that play into insurance increases; some may include accident history, age of the driver, and type of car that driven.
Consulting an Attorney
If you are confused as to how you should approach your case, you should consult with an attorney. Experienced attorneys have knowledge and experience which can help you fight your case. Our team of attorneys is led by former NYC prosecutor, Mr. Joseph Villanueva. Having a former prosecutor on your side can give you a unique legal advantage. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Villanueva can help you analyze your case from a prosecutor's point of view as well as a deference attorney's point of view.
Furthermore, if going to court seems like a daunting task, our attorneys will represent you. We go to court for you so you don't have to.
If you decide to represent yourself in court here are a few helpful tips:
Tip 1: Do not arrive late. We advise that all litigants come to court a bit earlier than the time they are given. If you arrive late, there is a chance that your case can be called prior to your arrival. You do not want to miss your case.
Tip 2: Be respectful and professional. The court is a place of respect, as such it is important that you are respectful to all court personnel. It is also advised that you dress in a professional manner; many judges often frown upon litigants who come to court wearing shorts, open-toed sandals, or other similar items.
Tip 3: Bring in your court notice and driving record. your court notice will help direct you if you seem misplaced within the court. With your court notice, a court personnel will be able to assist you on where you need to go and what you need to do. Your driving record, if it is clean, can help quickly mitigate your situation.
Tip 4: We advise all litigants to bring enough money to pay any court fines or fees that will occur if the case is resolved at the court appearance.
Tip 5: Do not bring food, drinks, or sharp objects into the court. The court is a secure place and you will be asked to walk through a magnetometer for security reasons. It is also advised that all electronic devices be turned off.
About Our Firm
Here at Villanueva and Sanchala, we provide all of our clients with the highest quality of legal representation. We have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of clients all over New York State reduce their fines, penalties, points, and insurance increases. As such we are known as some of the best lawyers in New York.
If you would like to talk to one of our attorneys call us at 800-893-9645.