The first step to tracking down your traffic ticket is to determine the agency in charge of handling your ticket. In the State of New York traffic tickets are handled by either the Traffic Violations Bureau or by a court of a local municipality or city.
Tickets Pending in A City, Town, Village or Justice Court
If you lose your ticket you can track it by contacting the court that is handling the ticket. If you don’t know which court is handling the ticket, it can be tough because there is currently no statewide ticket tracking system that can be accessed by consumers online. You should either contact a representative at the Department of Motor Vehicles or have them assist you in finding the ticket or contact an attorney to help.
Tickets Pending in the Traffic Violations Bureau
If the Traffic Violations Bureau is handling the ticket it can be tracked down in one of its many offices located across the state of New York or online.
What Options are Available to Handle of My Ticket?
(a) Pleading Guilty
Some people think that pleading guilty and accepting the fine is a simple method of taking care of the problem and ending it as soon as possible. However by admitting your guilt you are accepting the charges and allowing them to be on your permanent driving record. You will also receive points on your license that will surely affect insurance rates. When you admit guilt you are forfeiting your chance at a trial and getting the charges dismissed altogether.
(b) Pleading Not Guilty
If you plead guilty your matter will be scheduled for court. In all courts except the TVB the ticket can potentially be negotiated down to something less. In the TVB they do not reduce tickets and therefore you will be scheduled for a hearing or “trial”. An attorney will help to insure that you have the needed legal skill and experience behind you to help you win your case and have the charges and the ticket reduced or dismissed.
Should I Hire An Attorney?
Wherever traffic tickets are concerned one of the best options you can take is to attempt to fight the charges in court. A lawyer with experience has the training and expertise necessary to effectively help you successfully negotiate any charges you are facing till the outcomes turns in your favor. Contact the Rosenblum Law Firm for help with traffic ticket cases. The attorneys at the Rosenblum Law Firm have the experience necessary to help you receive the best possible outcome in your traffic ticket case.