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How to Plead Not Guilty to a New York Speeding Ticket

Receiving a traffic ticket can be quite frustrating. However, no matter how annoyed you get, do not plead guilty to it simply to “make it go away.” It is highly recommended to plead not guilty and fight the ticket.

The follow information has been designed for those of you who are unfamiliar with New York speeding tickets and shows you how to plead not guilty to your NY traffic ticket.

Four Parts of Your Speeding Ticket

Your New York speeding ticket will be comprised of four main sections. The first section contains the driver’s information. This usually includes your name, address, gender, license plate number, date of birth, registration expiration date, the state you hold a license in, the make and model of your car, and other information that identifies you as the operator of the vehicle.


Top of New York Speeding Ticket

The second section describes what you are being charged with. It will likely include the time you were pulled over, the date of the alleged offense, the vehicle and traffic law (VTL) that you are being accused of violating, a short description the violation, where it occurred, and the signature of the police officer who issued you the ticket.

Middle of NY Speeding Ticket

The third section of your NY speeding ticket, which is at the bottom of the first page, tells you what court will be hearing your traffic ticket case. Additional, it includes the name of the court, its address, and a check-box indicating whether you are required to appear in person or simply return the ticket via mail.

3rd Part of NY Speeding Ticket

Lastly, the fourth part of your ticket appears on the back. This gives you the option to plead by mail. Section A should be filled out if you want to plead guilty (not recommended) and Section B should be filled out if you want to plead not guilty.

In order to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket (which is highly advised), simply sign your name at the bottom of Section B and check the box requesting a supporting deposition (if you were not issued one with your ticket).

Afterward, scan it or make a copy of the NY speeding ticket for your records and mail it in to the court.

Back of NY Speeding Ticket

Who Should You Contact?

If you recently received a New York speeding ticket, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm. Our team of NY traffic ticket lawyers will do all they can to help you get the results you are looking for. Call us today at 888-883-5529.

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  1. Last Wednesday, i was pull over for speeding ticket and changing lanes without signal (6+2 points). I saw the speed meter as soon as i saw the cop’s car. It has 67 mph reading against 50 mph zone. But i got ticket with with speed of 73 mph. Secondly i never changed lanes without signalling. Me and my wife who was on passenger seat says, i signaled before changing lanes. The cop didn’t care what we were saying. Just hand over the tickets and left.
    This is first i was pull over by cop. Should i plead guilty or not.
    Richmond County, NYC

    • I strongly recommend you plead Not Guilty to these tickets. With 8 points total, you are only 3 points away from a license suspension in New York. The tickets also carry heavy fines and insurance consequences. Each ticket carries a $203 court fee but you would also have to pay a NY Driver Responsibility Assessment fee in the amount of $450 if you plead guilty or were found guilty of these violations.

  2. The ticket says “mail this not guilty plea within 48 hours”, and it’s been about a week since I received my ticket. I waited because I didn’t know what to do with it being my first time offense. Will I be penalized for not having sent it in sooner even though it said I had more than a month and a half to mail it in?

    • Luca – You can disregard the “48 hour” language. Your actual deadline to plead guilty or not guilty is typically listed toward the bottom of the ticket underneath the name and address of the court handling your case.

  3. Hello i was driving on my indian licence on a rental car and pulled over by cop for driving at 91 mph on a 65 mph road at Cortland, NY.

    I am not sure,if my insurance premiums get affected or not since i do not have yet obtained my NY state driving licence. (I’m applying for it this month.)
    Cop started following me at 2:53 Am and stopped me at 3:00 AM as per the ticket. How much penalty i would be required to pay? Is it better to not plead guilty? Is it going to impact my insurance premiums after i buy my car? Please do note that i was driving on indian valid licence and have not yet obtained my US driving license yet.

    • I strongly recommend that you plead not guilty to this violation. Based on the rate of speed, you are facing 6 points, a $393 court fee, a $300 Driver Responsibility Assessment fee and a higher auto insurance premium rate when you obtain a New York drivers license. Please note that these penalties still apply to you even if you do not yet have a New York drivers license.

  4. I was given a failure to exercise due care for not moving over for a stopped police officer in florida, new york, which is 5 hours away from where I live. i was slowed to 15 mph and could not get over due to heavy traffic in the left lane, but it is very far away. is it worth contesting? How much is the penalty for me (clean record)

    • A violation of the ‘Move Over’ law carries up to 3 points and can cause a significant increase in your insurance rates. Depending on which court is handling the case, this ticket may be reduced. Contact us for a consultation to further discuss your options.

  5. Last night around 11:30PM I got pulled over when I was speeding 81mph in a 55 speed zone according to the officer (Southern State). This is my first ticket and I’m only 18. The officer wrote my last name wrong if that makes a difference. Should I pled guilty or not?! I’m lost here and kinda nervous.

    • Enit – While a misspelling of your last name will not result in the dismissal of the charges against you, there are other ways to contest a ticket. You may contact us at 888-883-5529 to discuss further.

  6. Wasn’t pulled over but off duty called in a description of my car. Passed him in a passing lane, apparently he was upset. A city cop came up to my car in a Walmart parking lot after the fact and grabbed my information even mailing address. I asked him why he wanted info and said that (insert particular off duty plus on duty buddy cop) wanted it. City cop just took info and left. In New York.

    What should I worry about?

    • Greg – until and unless you are formally charged, there is likely nothing you can do. You may be charged with a ‘failure to move over’ violation – a 2 or 3 point violation (depending on how charged).

  7. This is Milton. I got a speeding ticket. I was going 92mph on a 55 mph road.. I think it is wiser to plead not guilty. What do you recommend?

    • Milton – I strongly suggest you plead not guilty as you are facing an 8 point ticket that carries $693 in penalties, and $450 in assessment fees.

  8. Hello, i was recently given a ticket for allegedly going 71 on a 55 pmh zone. I was going with traffic but happened to be in the back so i got pulled over. Its my first time being pulled over. How should i procced? Thank you

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