Thursday, July 31, 2014


Fight Your Southeast Ticket and Save Money

If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you have received an expensive speeding ticket returnable to the Town of Southeast Traffic Court.  You are probably concerned how many points you are facing and how much will it cost.

Let’s take them one at a time . . .

How Many Points Am I Facing?

A speeding ticket can result in as little as three points and as much as eleven points.  The number of points you are facing will depend on the rate of speed the officer put down on your ticket.  This chart may help you quickly determine how many points you are facing.

01 to 10 mph over the limit
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
More than 40

How Much Will This Ticket Cost Me?

The cost for a speeding ticket conviction can be several hundred dollars.  Some contributing factors will depend on the rate of speed, whether or not this is a repeat conviction, and whether or not the ticket was issued in a work zone.

Ultimately, the presiding judge sets the fine.  The judge has the power to consider the specific facts surrounding the issuance of the ticket, the recommendation of the prosecutor, and a driver’s driving history.

How Many Points Can I Get Until I Am Suspended?

There are many reasons why a driver may have their privilege to drive suspended.  With respect to a speeding ticket, a driver can have up to ten points assessed against their license.  Upon receiving their eleventh point, their privilege will be suspended.

There is a long list of other reasons triggering a license suspension/revocation. This can include but not be limited to a DWI conviction, 3 speeding convictions, and failure to Answer a ticket.

What to Expect In Southeast Traffic Court

The Town of Southeast maintains a busy traffic court calendar.  If you received a notice to appear in court, you must appear in court on the date and time specified.  Failure to do so, could result in your license being suspended. 

The Southeast Court has a large parking out side of the building however, available parking tends to fill up quickly and it is recommended that all litigants show up early.

Upon entering the court, all court attendees will be asked to walk through a metal detector.  All bags will be searched.  Anyone attempting to bring in food or drinks will be asked to discard them prior to entering the building.

Once you are granted access to the court, the courtroom is located to the immediate right.  Bathrooms are located to the left.  The court officers will give you a number based upon the time of your arrival.  The number will give you the opportunity to meet with the prosecutor and discuss the merits of your case.

If a mutually beneficial resolution can be reached, you will be asked to put your plea on the record in front of the judge.  Typically, a fines is assessed at the end of a plea bargained case.  The fine can be paid outside of the courtroom at the window closest to the court officers.

Going to court can be an intimidating process. If you need legal assistance, call one of our award winning ticket lawyers today at 914-723-7900.