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.

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

  1. I got a speeding ticket on I90 going 78 in a 65. I am supposed to send it in by mail or appear in court. I would have to go to Sullivan Town Court. If I plead not guilty by mail what will happen next?? I am on my mother in-laws insurance and do not want it to go up!

    1. Hello Alexis and thank you for contacting us, if you plead not guilty by mail, the court will generally send you a court date in which you would be mandated to appear in court to contest the ticket.

  2. I received a speeding ticket of 81 on a 55 in the town of Hancock through radar detection but I was following the flow of traffic. As well unlicensed operator but my license was renewed the following day(the day of the ticket was a sunday).I had also previously pled guilty to an impudent speeding ticket.

  3. Received a speeding ticket for going 82 in a 65 on I-90 in Chautauqua county (Town of Sheridan). This is not my first speeding ticket and the officer gave me a supporting deposition attached to the ticket. He felt bad after giving it to me and offered the advice of pleading not guilty and requesting a deposition from him in hopes that the court will drop it.
    I’m still on my parents insurance plan and if this ticket goes through I will be removed with no way to afford my own plan (I’m a poor college graduate). Am I still able to request one? And what are my chances of having this dismissed? I’m desperate.

    1. Rylee, thank you for contacting us. If you were provided a supporting deposition by the officer, then your motion to dismiss for failing to receive one is clearly not possible. There are other ways, however, to contest this violation to at least mitigate the impact of this 4 point speeding violation.

  4. I was pulled over in West Chazy NY and issued a ticket for 70 in a 55. The ticket needs to be mailed to the Altona town court. In my defense, my child was sick and I was rushing to pick him up. The officer used moving radar to track my speed. When he gave me the ticket he said I don’t care if you plead not guilty or guilty as long as you mail in the ticket. Should I plead not guilty and if I’m found guilty are there extra penalties? I can’t afford to hire a lawyer as I’m a single mom struggling. The last ticket I received was 5 years ago for a cell phone and I just took a driver’s safety course 3 months ago. What should I do?

    1. Jill, thank you for your inquiry. You are well within your rights to fight this ticket, however it is ultimately your choice whether you choose to or not. It is possible if you plead guilty to this ticket, and receive the points on your license, that you will end up having to pay the ticket itself, and might have to start paying a higher insurance premium because of the points you have accrued which is something you should be aware of prior to making your decision.

  5. Hello, I received a ticket for 83 in a 65 on I-87 in NY (Section 1180D). The court is Ulster Town Court, NY. I am a NY driver This is my first ever violation. I should plead NOT guilty, correct? What is the effective approach, what are the implications and chances of a lesser charge/ no points ? Do I need to work with any law firm if I am going to plead NOT guilty? Do i need to respond within 48 hours ? Please advise the best option.

    1. RK, thank you for your inquiry. You are well within your rights to plead not guilty to this ticket. We recommend hiring a lawyer as they are better versed in the exact violations and tactics to use to get the ticket reduced. I recommend you give us a call so we can provide you with the best course of action to take in this case.

  6. The officer said I was doing 82 in a 65. On my ticket however, it says 86 (which is a significant difference). In my description of violation it says speed in zone and the arrest type says 2-radar but there is no radar officer signature. It does say at the bottom charged by direct observation and it says the radar was a stalker duo. Is there anything I could do? To get this reduced?
    And is it still the case that if you plead not guilty and the cop doesn’t show up to court you are found not guilty??

    1. Christina, thank you for your inquiry. Where did you receive this ticket? You could hire legal representation to stand in for you in court to fight the ticket which would be one tactic you could use to attempt to get the points from the ticket reduced.

  7. Hi I libe in Florida and was visiting NY w my 2 young kids for Cooperstown baseball camp. I was headed East on I-90 in Brutus, county of Cayuga. He 1st claims to have clocked me at 91! Then when I showed him I had “Waze” app opened and kids were monitoring it for me, he started stumbling. He “reduced” my fine to 84 (kids swear it was only 74!) and even after I admitted to speeding up to 74 to pass a non-stop braker in front of me, I immediately began to slow down again. He said he clocked it on a Laser. My ex is a sheriff where we live and I cannot let him know. This is my first ever ticket!
    How do I possibly get out of this? I don’t have the money and I don’t want the points! Any advice?? Please!!

    1. Pleading not-guilty will allow you to contest this violation. Generally speaking, plea negotiations are possible. This, however, will likely result in the payment of some fine to the court. Unfortunately, the only way to entirely avoid any points and fines is to contest this matter at trial which has an uncertain outcome.

  8. I was rushing into work on my day off and a cop pulled me over stating I was going 32 in a 15mph school zone. I was well past the last school sign so I must’ve sped up and didn’t realize and he followed me into my work and gave me a ticket, I’m 23 and this is my first time being pulled over so I started to get worked up. He messed up my first ticket and stated he needed to write me a new one. I’ve never done this before, do I plead not guilty? I don’t exactly know what I’m supposed to do when I go to court.

    1. Hello Carlee, and thank you for your question. You are well within your rights to plead not guilty in this case, based on what you have stated here. I suggest you give us a call so we can discuss the ticket and what happened so that we can then advise you as to what your best options are, and how to proceed when you receive a ticket like this.

  9. Hi,
    I received a speeding ticket, 55 mph on a 40 mph 27 east east Hampton.
    I would like to apply no guilty. How much time do I have to send the ticket back for a court date. Would it be better if I take longer to send it back ?

    1. Hello J.m, and thank you so much for your question. There should be a plea by date on you ticket that indicates when you have to pay the ticket by, or indicate that you are pleading not guilty in this case. We recommend submitting your not guilty plea as soon as possible to ensure the court receives all of your information, and so that you have enough time to seek legal representation if you desire it for this case.

  10. Hello,
    I recently was issued a ticket for going 45 mph in a 30 mph zone. I have a Class A CDL, however I was driving my personal vehicle when I received the ticket.
    I was wondering how much could I get the ticket reduced to when I go to court?
    I am looking for advice on what my best options are on how to handle the ticket when I go to court. 15 mph over as a CDL holder is taken more seriously even though it didn’t happen in a commercial vehicle. I need to get it reduced as low as possible. Is there a chance I could get it reduced to the point that on my record it is not recorded as a 15 mph speeding ticket?

  11. Hello, I received a speeding ticket in Riverhead township in NY today. 48 in a 30 confirmed by radar. Court is riverhead town court. I would like to plead not guilty. Is that possible given the radar confirmation? I do not really know if I was going as fast as the officer says he clocked me. I wasn’t being reckless or intentionally speeding, I was just driving. Speed limit in that area varies between 30-45 depending on the exact piece of road you happen to be on.

    Thanks for any advice.

    1. Hello Lauren, and thank you for your question. You are well within your rights to plead not guilty to this speeding ticket even though the officer had radar confirmation. I suggest you give us a call so we can further discuss the ticket and what we could do to help you get the ticket reduced, if possible.

  12. I really messed up and got caught going 86 in a 55 as I was passing trying to get away from a driver I thought was going to crash in to me. Of course the exact 31+ mph limit over and now I’m terrified of what will happen. I am still on my parents insurance and this is my first ever violation. The officer told me to plead not guilty but I’m not sure what else to do.

    1. Hello Lo,
      I suggest contacting us regarding this 8 point speeding ticket ($693 fines, $450 assessment fees, + substantial insurance implications). There are two court systems in NY, both with their own procedures for handling tickets.

  13. I am a foreign tourist and was caught by police officer doing 65mph and at 40 mph zone in front of prison area in Livingston area. There is no way I can attend the court as suggested and I just want to reduce the fine and settle this so when I return to US one there is no arrest warrant on me. Should I please guilty or non guilty by mail?

    1. Hello Victor, please contact us at 888-883-5529, as I would like more information before providing you with guidance on this 6 point speeding ticket.

  14. Hi, I am a NY driver. I was going about 35-40 in a 55 (roads were clear, but it was snowing). I noticed a windswept area so I tried slowing down, but my tires caught and I ran into a utility pole. I was issued a ticket for unreasonable speed/special hazards. I know they had to charge me with something, but I would like to fight the ticket. I was going under the speed limit and I’m a very cautious driver. As soon as I saw the windswept area, I slowed down even more. What should I do?

    1. Hello Elizabeth and thank you for your question. While we do suggest contesting this 3 point speeding ticket, the proper procedures for doing so will vary based on which court has jurisdiction over this case. I would therefore ask to provide us with this information before we advise further.

  15. Hello, I received a ticket for 72 in a 55 on I-87 in NY (Section 1180B). The court is Champlain Town Court, NY. I have a NJ state license. This is my first ever violation. I should plead NOT guilty, correct? What happens next, what are the implications and chances of a lesser charge? Officer wrote in the ticket that I was going about 70. Do I need to work with any law firm if I am going to plead NOT guilty? 48 hours has crossed, can I plead not guilty now? Please advise best option.

    1. Hello Navin, I recommend pleading not guilty. If you do so, you will have to either hire an attorney to represent you in court or carry out your own case. Keep in mind that if you decide to not hire an attorney, you will have to go in for all your court appearance dates. I strongly advise you to take the opportunity and contact our law firm at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation about your case.

  16. Good morning,
    I received a speeding ticket with a supporting deposition attached in the Town of Guilderland, NY on the NYS Thruway. Traveling 83 in a 65. This is my first ever violation. I should plead NOT guilty correct? What happens next, what are the implications and chances of a lesser charge? Thank you for your time!

    1. Hello Deborah, yes you should plead not guilty although I would need further information to further analyze your case and the implications. Upon pleading not-guilty, the court will set a date for a court hearing. Since there are many factors that will determine whether you are able to obtain an offer in your case, we are unable to provide you with any specific information in this regard.

  17. Hello. I was ticketed for going 51 in a 30 mph zone. To my credit, (1) there is no speed limit sign posted in the zone in which I was traveling, and (2) I am not the owner of the vehicle I was driving, although the ticket states that owner is operator the vehicle.
    Furthermore, when I went to schedule a hearing for pleading not guilty to the ticket, I was given a hearing date in January, 2020.

    What are my chances if I plead not guilty?

    1. Hello Solo, thank you for your question. Assuming your case is in the traffic violations bureau, this matter will be resolved via a trial. We would be happy to discuss the probability of success with you in further detail. You may call us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

  18. So I got a ticket for going 83 in a 55. I am planning on pleading not guilty because i was in the process of pésimo someone and after passing them i slowed back down to the speed limit before the cop even turned his siren on. However, it says i need to mail the not guilty plea within 48 hours but i am a minor and my parents are away on vacation and won’t be back for a few days. Should i just send the plea in now or wait for them to come home?

    1. Hello Alex. Thank you for your question. To answer your question: your plea must be entered by the ‘return date,’ which is listed on the ticket.

  19. Hello, I got caught by an officer on the Cross Country Parkway at 71 mph instead of 55 mph. The officer explained that he will write only „disobeyed a traffic signal“ on the ticket because I was honest and friendly to him. He recommended to plead for not guilty. However, in the attached deposition he mentioned my actual speed of 71.

    I want to plead for not guilty.

    Do I have to send the deposition to court or can I scrap it? Will the court have access to the deposition?

    What would by defending strategy for „disobeying a traffic signal“? Saying nothing, telling the real truth (speeding) or stating not to know anything?

    1. Hello Alexander, It appears that you were given a ‘roadside reduction,’ meaning that while the officer could have issued you the 6 point offense (as listed on the supporting deposition), he instead issued you what is likely an 1110(a) violation – disobey traffic control device. Whether you choose to further contest this ticket will depend on numerous factors – one of which being the state you are licensed to drive in.
      Thank you for your question.

  20. I just got my first speeding ticket in almost 25 years! I was rushing to get to work and went right passed the cop. My question is this. My car was a gift from my dad. Part of the gift was that he put it on his insurance. I’m planning on pleading not guilty, and asking that they reduce the charge so the insurance rate doesn’t go up. I understand Id probably pay a fine, but my feeling is, I’d rather pay more for my mistake to avoid having to have my dad have to pay it. Problem is the cop asked me how fast I was going, and I was honest. I said “probably almost 80,” and he said he clocked me at 80. My statement is on the deposition. Is that going to be considered a confession? Will they not take my record into account?

    1. Hello Jennifer – in order to provide you with specific information regarding this ticket, I would need the name of the court that has jurisdiction over your case. There are two court systems in NY – both having differing procedures.
      Thank you for your question.

  21. Hello I am a CT driver and got a ticket in Putnam/SouthEast NY on I-684 going 89 in a 65. I want to plead not guilty because I believe I was not going 89, I was going the same speed as other cars around me, which was around 75-78. There was a car going faster than me, he was infront of me, but the trooper pulled me over. He showed me his laser speedometer and it said 89. Could I still plead not guilty even though he took a picture of his laser speedometer? He told me to plead not guilty…. I just want to make sure it’ll work. Thank you!

    1. Kay – While we would suggest contesting this violation, any argument based on the ‘flow of traffic’ will not assist you. Simply because other vehicles were travelling at or about the same speed does not negate the fact that you were speeding. Please note, traveling even 1 mph over the limit is still considered a 3 point ticket.

    1. Tina – although you have a clean driving record, this ticket will likely result in a substantial increase in your rates. Additionally, this 6 point ticket carries a maximum fine of $393, along with a $300 assessment fee. I would therefore suggest contesting this speeding ticket by pleading not-guilty.

  22. I was pulled over and told i was doing 79 in a 55 zone. The officer wrote on the ticket that i did 70. Will the court know it was actually 79 or not? should i still plead not guilty.

  23. Hello Rosenblum,

    I am a resident of Connecticut and after 10 days of getting a job in Pleasantville NY, I got a speeding ticket going 52 on a 30mph, in Pound Ridge, NY for the first time in my driving experience. I have an SUV and I was going a steep downhill it usually feels like 30mph when going 50mph so I learned. I was not familiar with the area at the time and I never say the P.O. either so I am doubtful of how it really happened and where i got radar gunned. I noticed speed zone do change very often going through the area. I pleaded not guilty as I would like to know more proof than just a speed radar. What can I seek here? I don’t want to ruin my driving records because my family and job depends on it. I have done everything possible to not let this happen again. Court will be “The Court of Pound Ridge, County of West in New York” if that helps. Thanks in advance.

    1. Billy – you are facing a 6 point speeding ticket that has fines of $393, assessment fees of $300, and significant insurance implications. We therefore suggest pleading not-guilty and contesting this violation.

  24. I plead not guilty to going 84 in a 55. My question/concern is what I should say when I plead not guilty? My speed is noted on the ticket, so how do I justify or contest it?

    1. Brittany – it is the officer’s burden to prove that you were in fact speeding. In order to provide more information, please advise us of which court has jurisdiction over your ticket.

  25. Hello.

    I got a ticket yesterday night on Orangeburg RD, which was “Passed Red signal”.
    My offense is first time. I thought I went through in yellow light, the yellow signal was shorter than expected.

    My question are
    1. If my offense is first time, do I have rights to request only fine instead of penalty points?
    2. Should I mail to the court “Plea of Not Guilty” if I want to pay only fine and not get penalty points?
    2. If the court time will be 6PM, how much percentage will it be postpone? I’m so busy that I can’t be unoccupied for several times.

    1. Tae – 1. While first offenders generally obtain more favorable results, there is no guarantee as to any particular outcome. 2. Pleading not-guilty will result in the scheduling of a trial by the court. 3. Scheduling questions should be referred to the court. Please note, hiring an attorney will allow you to contest your ticket without personally appearing at court.

  26. Hi, I received a speeding ticket in OTSEGO County NY (Interstate 88) …. doing 105 mph in a 65 zone, but the cop reduced it to 83mph . His supporting Disposition is Laser (Tru-Speed) and Direct Observation. I acknowledged to the cop that I was speeding in excess of 15 mph. I live in Johnstown NY and I want to mail the ticket, but I’m thinking of ‘guilty plea’ since I have no defense. On the other hand, if I decide to take an attorney ….is it more economical as compared to paying the fine? Please let me know the best option as I’m looking at the cost

    1. Luntany – we generally suggest contesting tickets such as yours as it provides a savings in the long run – such as by reducing the implications to your insurance rates and protecting your driving privileges.

  27. I got a ticket on the I-91 for going 85 in a 65 this is my first offense and really don’t want to see 4 points on my clean license, I also live in Long Island but got the ticket upstate New York on my way home from a family trip. I was not driving my car so I also don’t know how that impacts my insurance etc. I don’t know what to do.

    1. I suggest contesting this 4 point speeding violation in order to avoid the points, fines, and insurance implications – which will likely apply in your case.

  28. I received a speeding ticket on the NYS Thruway going 18mph over the speed limit. I live in NJ. Should I just plead guilty, mail it in and pay the fine, or should I fight it. I have a clean record.

    1. I would fight this ticket as, aside from adding 2 points to your driving license in NJ, this ticket will likely cause a significant increase in your insurance rates.

  29. Hi i just got a ticket last night at 12am for going 50 but ik i was going about 40mph on a 30mph speed zone it happen in NY what can i do and how much the ticket would be

  30. Hell0: In June 2018,I received a speeding ticket 82/65 in the town of Rockland, NY. the town of Rockland Justice Court Clerk informed me that if I plead Not Guilty, I would get a Reduction Letter with a fine equal to a parking ticket. However, I received a Notice with a Conference date in Oct. This now has me very concerned – the only reason I pleaded Not Guilty is to receive a Reduction Letter.

    I am seriously considering changing my plea to Guilty, paying the fine and taking a points reduction course – and getting this over with.

    1. You will likely be able to negotiate with the prosecutor on the conference date. If you are concerned as to the ultimate outcome of your case, you may consider hiring an attorney to address this matter on your behalf.

  31. My son received a speeding ticket in Hamburg , NY. It was a 57 in a 45 zone. He is 17 years old. He also had another speeding ticket a year ago, but got reduced to a parking ticket because the officer wrote the ticket wrong. My worry is he is 17 for 3 more months and tjis current ticked may get his license suspended.? Am i correct on that??

    1. That is correct. Receiving a speeding violation while on a probationary license will result in a 60 day suspension.

  32. I received a ticket for 89 in a 65 on I-84. The court is town of fish kill. I had noticed I was going too fast but don’t think it was 89 and immediately slowed down. When I drove past the cop I was driving around 60 and thought to myself its a good thing I slowed down! However it was too late because he already had me with his laser… The officer advised me to plead not guilty and stated that “it will be a lot better for you”. I have no previous violations and a clear record. What are the odds of actually having this ticket reduced or dismissed in court?

    1. Danielle – I suggest contesting this 6 point speeding ticket, as the fines, penalties, and insurance implications will be severe. While you will generally be able to get a reduction of your ticket, the offer will likely depend on other factors including your previous driving history.

  33. I got a speeding ticket in NY for driving at 83 mph on a 65 mph highway. I am an ON license holder. I do not want to get demerit point on my record here. If I plea not guilty, what should I expect? Also getting a parking ticket in NY will affect my driving record in ON because usually parking tickets are no demerit points?

    1. If found guilty of this offense, Ontario will asses 3 demerit points against your license. I would therefore advise you to contest this violation in order to mitigate the consequences.

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