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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 888-434-0406.

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  1. I received a ticket riding my bicycle on ocean pkwy, Brooklyn riding on the opposite side of the bike path for 1110A Disobeyed traffic device. Also there’s no information regarding on my vehicle type on my ticket. How should plea with this?

  2. I got a ticket in Lewis, Essex County, NY on I-87 S for doing 100 in a 65.

    According to the supporting deposition:
    “Charged based on Officer’s: DIRECT OBSERVATION
    Speed Verified By RADAR Model STALKER DUAL”

    There’s no way for me to prove I wasn’t going that fast, and obviously the officer’s word is worth more than mine. I was wondering (1) if it’s worth pleading not guilty with no evidence and (2) if there are any penalties associated with contesting the ticket and losing.

    • Nick. There is generally no ‘penalty’ for pleading not guilty to a ticket and subsequently losing. As this is an 8 point ticket that carries substantial fines and insurance implications, I suggest contesting this violation. Please note – the burden of proof in a traffic ticket matter is on the officer. Thus, it is the responsibility of the officer to prove that you were speeding. It is not your task to prove that you were not.

  3. I am from out of state, Connecticut, and I got a ticket for going 85 in a 65 on 1-91. This is my first offense and I was caught because the cop sped up probably around 90mph in front of me and waited like 15 minutes later until I caught up with her. I was just wondering how I respond to this by mail since I cannot drive 3 hours away for my court date.

    • Rita – hiring an attorney will allow you to contest this 4 point ticket without personally appearing. You may plead not guilty via mail – at which point – a court date will be scheduled.

  4. I got ticket driving 45 on a 30, this is my first offense. I just recently got my license. I dont know what to do plead guilty or not guilty. I thought i was going a lot slower than 45 but i know i was above the limit. Should?

    • John – I do not suggest pleading guilty to this ticket as it carries fines of $393, 4 points, and increases to your insurance rates. If you would like to contest this ticket, we can assist you by pleading not-guilty on your behalf and appearing in court for you.

  5. Going 50 over the limit first time what am I looking at?am from Jersey and we have a 0 point option what does NY have?

    • Jesus – You are currently looking at license suspension that will transfer to NY. The options available in NY will depend on where you have received this ticket.

  6. I was going 82 in a 50 zone on Palisades Pkway south. Concealed officer pulled me over and wrote me a ticket. This is my first offense and my record is clean. He attached a supporting disposition as well. The courthouse is a 2 hour drive from my residence. Any ideas on what to do?

    • Tristan – I suggest contesting this ticket as this entails points, fines, and a likely increase in your insurance rates. Hiring an attorney will allow you to fight your ticket without physically appearing in court.

  7. I was pegged doing 75 in a 55 in The Town of Romulus. I was doing 67 at the most. I want to plead not guilty but this is pretty far from where I live so I don’t want to have to make a long trip to the court, what should I do?

  8. Speeding ticket in NYC – 1st Ave tunnel at 48th St. “clocked” at 48 in a 25. While I cannot prove it, I know that I was not going that fast. Potential 6 point violation is problematic. Any real chance at pleading to a lesser offense to reduce or eliminate points?

  9. So, I was on the 878 by jfk and a patrol officer with his radar gave me a signal to either slow down or pull over, I wasn’t sure at the time because there were other cars going the same speed, just in the farthest lane from the patrol officer.
    So I pulled over and he caught me doing 61 in a 40.
    He asked why and to be honest I was going with the speed of traffic. He also issued another ticket for disposing ect… Yes I disposed of a cigarette because I thought it was disrespectful to smoke in front of the officer. He claimed at first that I threw it on his boot, but later on said that I should have something to put the cigarette out in the car. There were no littering sign whatsoever.
    I need advise on how to go about this please…

    • Alexander, you are facing a 6 point speeding ticket. This violation will result in a fine of $203, assessment fees of $300, and increases to your insurance rates. Travelling with the ‘flow of traffic,’ is not a defense to speeding, and we would advise against using this argument in court. Littering is prohibited, irrespective of whether there were signs present. I suggest fighting these tickets to avoid the above-mentioned penalties. Please note – this is a trial court, that does not allow for plea bargaining of any kind.

  10. I was ticketed for 59 in a 40 – thought the speed had already changed to 55 (officer noted my response at the bottom questioning the speed in the area I was in), and the officer clocked me literally maybe 500 ft before the official change and I was pulled over after it had already changed… but again, I thought it had changed earlier. Have never had a speeding ticket, and would NEVER intentionally go that fast over the limit, and not sure how to proceed… obviously I want to plead not guilty, but do I write a letter also? I can’t attend a court date as I live in western NY and the court would be in Cranberry Lake, NY; difficult to get over that way often.

    • There are a few points to note here: a) You are facing a 4 point speeding ticket that carries fines of $393, b) speeding tickets have a substantial impact on insurance rates, c) Driving 59/55 is still considered speeding, and is a 3 point ticket, d) Hiring an attorney will allow you to contest your ticket without personally appearing in court. Sending a letter with your not-guilty plea will not benefit you – and we would advise against it.

    • Derek – I suggest contesting this 4 point speeding ticket. Aside from the fines ranging from $203 – $393, this ticket will likely increase your insurance rates

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