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.

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

  1. Hello. I was pulled over by a state trooper who said I was driving at 102 mph but I was actually travelling at 84 mph. Speed zone was 65 I think. I was not travelling at 102 anytime from NYC to Buffalo. What are my options please.

    1. Hello and thank you for contacting Rosenblum Law. Please be advised that your alleged offense carries an 8 point penalty and a maximum $600 fine with a $93 court fee. Furthermore, for accumulating 6 or more points on your license, you will be charged an additional $300 for the NY imposed Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee. Please note that NY imposes an additional $75 for every point after 6, thus you will be assessed a total of $450 from the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee alone.This will likely significantly impact your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest contesting the matter in order to attempt to mitigate these consequences.

  2. Hello,
    I recently received a speeding ticket for going 85mph on a 55mph highway in Mount Pleasant, New York. The officer said he gave me 85 even though he had me at 87. I know this is a major fine and up to 6 points, so should I still plead not guilty and go to court to try to reduce the implications or should I accept it since he reduced it by 3 mph? I do not have any points on my license and I really do not want to get 6 from this. Thanks.

    1. Hello Charlie and thank you for reaching out to us. Please note, the offense for driving 30 miles over the speed limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty with a maximum fine of $115 with $88 court fee, depending on the Court. While you may have been given a roadside reduction, 6 points in New York still imposes the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee for an additional $300 fine. Further, this violation will likely cause significant increase to your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney to attempt to mitigate the consequences.

  3. I received a ticket today for going 85 in a 65 zone near Herkimer on I-90. This is my first offense, and I’m not 100% sure on how to deal with this situation on my own. (I’m 18 and my parents haven’t found out yet and I’d like for it to stay that way) I could probably afford to plead guilty, but again this my first offense. Any tips on how to deal with this?

    1. Hello Benjamin and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that allegedly speeding 20 miles over the posted limit carries a 4 point penalty with a maximum fine of $393. We suggest contesting this matter in order to mitigate the likely negative impact to your insurance rates for the foreseeable future.

  4. Hello,

    I have recently got pulled over for going 75 in a 55 in southeast New York. This will be my 3rd speeding ticket through a spread of 3 years. I do not live in New York and this is my first speeding ticket in New York. I would like to plead not guilty in hopes to dismiss or Atleast drop down the ticket and points. The highway changed from 65 to 55 and I didn’t notice and I passed a car so I had to speed up the car in front of me was swerving into the other lane the whole time. I also was behind a car and in front of a car at the time of me behind pulled over I was following the traffic. How many points can go on my license since I am a Connecticut driver and how much can the ticket be?And what are my options here?

    1. Hello Derek and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense of driving 20 miles over the limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty and a maximum $300 fine with $93 court fines. While this will not carry any points onto your Connecticut license, if you are convicted of the offense, it will still be reported to your insurance company as 4 points, which will likely result in a negative impact to your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the matter with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the likely insurance implications.

  5. First time ever in my life, I got a speeding ticket. I was on my way to Pennsylvania from Massachusetts, and on I-84, in NY State, I got pulled over because the cop use a radar and said I was going 75 on a 55mph zone. I basically was going on the same speed like everyone else… basically going along with the traffic. I’m stressing out because I don’t know what to do, and this is my first time ever happening. I have to send the citation, but I don’t know what to put, if I’m guilty or not, because I honestly had no intention of speeding.

    1. Hello Carol and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense for speeding 20 miles over the limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. This will likely result in a substantial increase to your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest pleading “Not Guilty” and retaining an attorney in an effort to mitigate the insurance implications and points on your license.

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