Friday, August 1, 2014


Fight Your Carmel New York Ticket And Save Money
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Being stopped and given an expensive speeding ticket is stressful.  Fighting the ticket on your own can be worse.  After all, going to court for the first time and fighting with a prosecutor, cop, and judge can be very difficult even for the most seasoned attorney. 

Luckily, there is a better way to handle your ticket.  Have our award winning Carmel speeding ticket lawyers fight your ticket for you.  We have over 30 years of legal experience and have helped thousands of drivers just like you save time, money, and points on their license.

About The Court

Carmel Town Court is located at 60 McAlpin Avenue in Mahopac.  It is a court of local jurisdiction and has the power to adjudicate civil, criminal, and traffic matters.  The court’s powers to adjudicate cases are limited.  In other words, it cannot hear every possible case.

Civil cases are limited to $3,000.0 in controversy.  Many practicing attorneys will refer to these civil cases as small claims cases.  While the judges can have some dealings with felony matters, the majority of criminal charges brought before the court are misdemeanors.

Case such as a divorce and surrogate law matters must be brought before a court of higher jurisdiction.

What To Expect In Court

If a timely plea of not guilty is entered, a driver will be given a notice in the mail to appear in court.

On the court date, drivers are expected to arrive a few minutes early to meet for a pre-trial conference.  The pre-trial conference gives the driver a brief opportunity to meet with the prosecutor and discuss the merits of the case.

The driver will be given a very limited amount of time to discuss their case so it is important to come to court prepared to discuss the most salient points.  If you wish to present any documents, remember to keep it simple.  The pre-trial conference is not a trial and evidence will only be viewed as a courtesy but not accepted as evidence.

If the driver can reach a resolution, the case will be submitted to the judge for approval.  Most cases are resolved with a plea bargain wherein a fine is assessed.  The judge is in charge of setting the fine.  While the amount of the fine is capped off by statute, the judge has the discretion to set the fine with the confines of the law.

The judge can consider many factors when setting the fine such as the recommendation of the prosecutor, the driver’s past history, and the nature of the stop.

Court sessions are open to the public.  However, recording of any kind is strictly prohibited.

If you have any specific questions regarding the status of your case, all inquiries should be directed to the clerk of the court. While the court is considered a part time court, it maintains a full time staff. 

About Our Firm

Joseph P. Villanueva is our lead trial attorney.  He has successfully defended thousands of drivers from all four corners of the State.  If you have a traffic ticket and need help, give him a call today at 800-893-9645