Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Official Guide to Fighting a Traffic Ticket in Kirkwood

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Have you recently received a traffic ticket that is returnable to Kirkwood Town Court? Are you having difficulty making heads or tails of your legal situation? Then this guide will help bring you some ease of mind regarding the legal arena.
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Many folks are issued a traffic ticket and they automatically plead guilty to it and accept the points. However pleading guilty to a ticket can result in many financial costs in the long term.

Plead Guilty: Pleading guilty to a ticket may seem easy because you pay the fine and you're good to go. However when you plead guilty not only are you paying hundreds of dollars in fines and penalties, your also getting points added to your license and will have higher insurance costs.

Note, insurance costs can vary for two very similar situated drivers.  A traffic violation is not the only factor taken under consideration by insurance companies.  They will also examine things such as a driver’s age, type of car driven, and car accident history.

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Most of these costs can easily be reduced. If you chose to plead not guilty, you have the opportunity present the court with your case's strengths and weakness. If you feel overwhelmed going to court, call our experienced attorneys today. We can represent you in court, and you wouldn't have to even leave your house. Our attorneys provide the highest quality legal representation, call us today for your consultation at 800-893-9645. 

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At Villanueva and Sanchala we can help you get an unique legal advantage. Our experienced team of lawyers is led by former New York City prosecutor Mr. Joseph Villanueva. Having a former prosecutor on your side can help you analyze your case from the perspective of the prosecutor as well as the defense attorney's perspective. We can help you gather your case's strengths and help you reach an amicable outcome. To find out more call our lawyers at 800-893-9645.

Useful Informaiton

Suspended License: If your license has been suspended, please do not drive. It is a crime to drive with a suspended license. There are many different reasons as to why your license can be suspended. 

Reasons: Some reasons could include, but are not limited to the following: 
1. If you have accumulated 11 or more points on your license. 
2. If you fail to answer a traffic ticket in a timely fashion.
3. If you fail to pay your court  fines by the due date. 
4. If you have gotten 2 speeding violations in a work zone. 

Tickets: New York State police officers generally use an Uniform Traffic Ticket, which is also referred to as "UTT". Your UTT can provide you with lots of helpful information. For example how to enter your plea, the officer's name, the date and place of the incident, your speed (if it is applicable), and much more. 

Junior License: If you have received a traffic violation while possessing a Junior License (DJ), you may have to appear in court regardless of your plea. New York State has strict guidelines when it comes to young drivers. Please handle your situation in a proper and delicate manner. 

Things to Bring to Court: On your court date, please be sure to bring your court notice, driving record, and enough money to pay your court fines and fees if your case gets resolved at the court appearance. The court notice will help a court personnel direct you to where you need to go and what you should do; while your driving record can help mitigate your case if you have a clean record. 

How to Dress: The court does not have an official dress code, however we highly recommend that you dress in a formal and respectable manner. Many judges frown upon litigants who come to court in shorts, tank tops, or other such informal wear. 

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At Villanueva and Sanchala, we provide all of our clients with the highest quality legal representation. In doing so, we are known as some of the best lawyers in all of New York State. We have helped hundreds of clients save money, time, points, and insurance increases. If you would like a free consultation, give our experienced attorneys a call today at 800-893-9645.