Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tips on Hillburn Traffic Ticket

Hillburn Traffic Ticket Tidbits and Tips

Hillburn is a small municipality located in Rockland County.  It is located at the edge of the county bordering Orange County.  It receives a large number of moving violations from drivers traveling along the local municipal roads as well as the I-87 thoroughfare.  The majority of tickets issued along I-87 are speeding tickets written under VTL 1180.

If you have a speeding ticket and would like to save money, give our Hillburn traffic ticket law firm a call today to learn how we can help you.  We can be reached at 800-893-9645.

Tidbits & Tips

Arriving at Hillburn Court:  Traffic Court is usually held on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm.  The court does not have a large parking lot to accommodate all attendees. It is advisable to arrive half an hour early to find parking on the street.  In my experience, it can never hurt to arrive early.  It can only hurt to come late. 

Court security:  A court officer secures the court.  Drivers attending court will be advised to turn off all electronic devices including but not limited to cell phones.  Cell phone use is permitted outside of the courthouse.

Checking in: Upon entering the court, a court officer will collect your court notice and use it as a means of checking you in.  As such, it is important to bring all court correspondence to court.  If you fail to bring your court notice, it may cause a delay in calling your case.

Waiting:  A large part of going to court is a waiting game.  There is a wait to see a prosecutor; a wait to see the Judge; a wait to pay a fine.  It is important to be patient and be prepared to sit for an extended period of time.

The courtroom is located to the immediate right of the entrance.  Once you are granted entrance into the court, you will be instructed to have a seat and wait to see the prosecutor.

The Prosecutor:  The Prosecutor is a municipal employee.  It is their job to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.  In lieu of trial, the Prosecutor can enter into a plea bargain and tender a reduction to the charge.

The Judge:  The Judge has many responsibilities in court.  In short, the Judge has the power to accept or rejected negotiated pleas with the prosecutor.  If the Judge accepts a plea to a lower offense, a fine is usually imposed.

Organization is key:  As any lawyer will tell you, it is important to come to court prepared.  If you are planning to present evidence or documents to the prosecutor, it is important to present it in a succicent and organized manner.  You will be given a very limited amount of time to present your case to the prosecutor and the court.  There is a good chance that you will only have 1-2 minutes to present a cogent argument. 

Prosecutors and judges vary from court to court.  Each prosecutor will take numerous factors into consideration when plea bargaining.  Almost every prosecutor will take a driver’s prior history into consideration during the plea bargaining stage.  As such, if a driver has a clean driving record, it would be helpful to bring a copy to court and show it to the prosecutor as a mitigating factor in the case.

Addressing the court: A Judge should always be addressed as “Your Honor.”  I am always surprised when I hear pro-se litigants address a Judge with anything other than a term of respect.

Our Law Firm Can Help

Join the thousands of drivers that have saved time, money and points on their license with our traffic ticket defense firm.  Call our former prosecutor at 800-893-9645 and ask for a confidential consultation today.

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