How to Plead Not Guilty to a New York Speeding Ticket

Receiving a traffic ticket can be quite frustrating. However, no matter how annoyed one may be over a speeding ticket, 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 following information has been designed for those who are unfamiliar with New York speeding tickets and shows how to plead not guilty a NY traffic ticket.

  • Step 1: Understand the four parts of the speeding ticket (see below)
  • Step 2: Fill out Section B on the back of the ticket
  • Step 3: Make a copy of the ticket
  • Step 4: Mail the signed original ticket to the court


Four Parts of Your Speeding Ticket

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

Top of New York Speeding Ticket

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

Middle of NY Speeding Ticket

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

3rd Part of NY Speeding Ticket

Lastly, the fourth part of the ticket appears on the back. This gives the driver the option to plead not guilty (or guilty) by mail. 

Back of NY Speeding Ticket

Pleading Not Guilty to a Speeding Ticket

Section A should be filled out by drivers who want to plead guilty (not recommended) and Section B should be filled out by those who want to plead not guilty.

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

Afterward, scan it or make a copy of the NY speeding ticket for recordkeeping purposes and mail the original to the court.

Read More: Do you have to respond to a NY traffic ticket within 48 hours?

Who Should You Contact?

If you recently received a New York speeding ticket, contact Rosenblum Law. 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 888-434-0406.

409 thoughts on “How to Plead Not Guilty to a New York Speeding Ticket”

  1. I have a NY drivers license and got a ticket for going 74 in a 55(down a hill of all things) I have a completely clean record and have never gotten a ticket before, and I feel the ticket I received was unfair. I am 18 and male, so I am worried this may increase my insurance, which is already quite high given my demographic. Is it smart to plead not guilty? I am currently on vacation, so if I plead not guilty will I need to drive all the way back to the county I got the ticket in to appear in court? What potential fines would I face if I just plead guilty? I would have to pay 60+ in gas to show up in court, is it still worth pleading not guilty?

    1. Hello John and thank you for reaching out to us. Please note, your charge carries a maximum 4 point penalty with a maximum fine of $393, depending on the Court. As a newly license/young driver, we suggest contesting this ticket in order to attempt to mitigate the implications on your insurance. A conviction of this matter will likely result in a substantial insurance increase for the foreseeable future. Your appearance may be mandatory depending on which Court has jurisdiction over your ticket.

  2. With a New Jersey driver’s license, I got a ticket for going 86 in a 65 (on i-87). I can’t figure out how much the fines can max up to and how many points will be added to my license and/if all the points will transfer from NY to NJ. My last speeding ticket was in August 2017 and I believe my license had no points prior to this incident. What’s the right move for me to make?

    1. Hello Eddy and thank you for contacting us. Please be advised, your alleged speeding offense carries 6 points with a maximum fine of $393 including Court fees. Further, for accumulating 6 points on your license, the State of New York will impose the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee of $300 in addition to Court fines. While only 2 points will transfer onto your NJ license, upon conviction, your insurance company will be made aware of the 6 points and raise your rates accordingly. This will likely have significantly negative implications on your premiums for the foreseeable future. We suggest contesting this matter in effort to mitigate these consequences.

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