Friday, October 24, 2014

How To Fight A Speeding Ticket In New Rochelle City Court

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The entrance to traffic court

Fighting a speeding ticket can be difficult in New Rochelle City Court.  It can be a very aggravating experience for individuals who do not appear in this court.  After all, fighting with a prosecutor, police officer, and judge is not a daily endeavor for most drivers.  Furthermore, unlike other traffic courts, New Rochelle has it own set of local rules which are unique to their court.

About The Court

New Rochelle City Court is a court of local jurisdiction.  While it has the power to adjudicate civil, criminal, and traffic matters, its power is limited.  For example, most civil cases filed in this court will be referred to as a small claims case.  Also, most criminal cases filed in this court will be misdemeanors.  In general, felony cases and costly civil cases are heard in courts of higher jurisdiction such as County Court or Supreme Court.

The court is located at 475 North Avenue in New Rochelle. Its postal zip code is 10801.  It is part of the 9th Judicial District.  The court employs three judges.

Court Security

The court is located on the 2nd floor of the building.  The first floor is reserved for the police department.  When drivers arrive at court, they will be instructed to walk through a magnetometer.  All metallic objects will be scanned separately in an x-ray machine.  Anyone attempting to bring food or beverages into the court will be instructed to throw them away.  As such, all visitors to the court should plan accordingly.

Court Calendar

Appearing in court can be chaotic.  If you are unsure where to go, you can look to see if your case is listed on the court calendar.  The traffic court calendar will be posted on the wall behind the court officer.  If your case is not listed, you should go to the court clerk’s window and inquire what to do next.  If you name is listed on the calendar, you should proceed to courtroom 3 unless instructed otherwise by the court officers.

Pre-Trial Conference

In general, traffic court conferences are held at 10:00 am.  The courtroom doors will only open a few minutes before 10:00.  Once the doors open, a City Prosecutor will greet you.  The prosecutor has the power to offer a plea bargain or a lower charge to help facilitate a resolution of the matter.  If a plea bargain can be agreed upon, you will be instructed to wait in courtroom 2 to meet a Judge who will place the resolution on the court record.

If your case cannot be settled, your case will be adjourned for trial.


To be continued.  We will draft a “Fighting a ticket at trial in New Rochelle” in the near future. Stay tuned.

Paying A Fine

Fines are expected to be paid at the time the case is resolved.  The court does not accept personal checks.  It is important to bring cash or credit to pay the court fine and surcharge.  If payment cannot be made, you may have to come back to court and repeat the entire process again in the future.

Our Law Firm Can Help

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Here is a list of some common charges were have helped our client’s fight.

  • Speeding under VTL § 1180 (b)
  • Speeding under VTL § 1180 (d)
  • Cell Phone under VTL § 1225
  • Child Seatbelt under VTL § 1229
  • Failure to Move Over under VTL § 1144-A
  • Failure to Signal under VTL § 1163
  • Following Too Closely under VTL § 1129
  • Operating Without Insurance under VTL § 319
  • Operating with a suspended registration under VTL § 512 (Misdemeanor)
  • Red Light under VTL § 1111
  • Stop Sign Violation under VTL § 1172
  • Suspended License Operation under VTL § 511.1 (Misdemeanor)
  • Unsafe Lane Change under VTL § 1128