Cincinnatus Town Court Traffic Ticket Attorney
Cincinnatus Town Court
South Main Street
Cincinnatus, NY 13040
The Town Court has jurisdiction over traffic tickets, speeding tickets, and vehicle violations, misdemeanors and other civil matters.
Analysis and Commentary: The Town of Cincinnatus has a population of 1,056, according to the latest U.S. Census (2010), and covers 25.5 square miles of land. The town was first settled in 1795 and was one of the original six towns of Cortland County. The Cincinnatus territory at one time encompassed what would later become the Towns of Freetown, Willet and Marathon.
Geographically, the east town line is the border of Chenango County. The Otselic River valley is centrally located, and New York State Routes 26, 41 & 23 all run through various sections of town.
The Cincinnatus Historic District, which consists of 14 properties, is listed in the National Register of Historic places. Some of the notable sites are:
- Kellogg Free Library, located at the corners of Main Street & Taylor Avenue,
- The (former) Congregational Church, which became Heritage Hall,
- The Kingman Store, which later became a private residence.
The town is also the birthplace of Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860-1930), one of the inventors of the gyrocompass. Another notable resident, Spiegle Willcox (1903-1999), the famous jazz trombonist, was raised and spend most of his life in the Town of Cincinnatus. Willcox joined a group in his late teens called The Big Four from nearby Syracuse.
What is the real cost of a traffic ticket?
There are many different costs associated with a ticket. For example, a conviction to a speeding ticket can result in a fine payable to the court which can be more than $600.00. This same ticket can also result in a fine known as a surcharge. Although the surcharge is paid to the court, it is money that is earmarked for New York State. Furthermore, a conviction to a major traffic violation can result in an insurance increase which may affect your premiums for years to come. There are also, ancillary costs such as points on your licenses which can result in a suspension of your privilege to drive. A conviction to too many points can result in New York State assessing a Driver's Responsibility Assessment against the driver. At the very minimum, this will cost the driver a few hundred dollars. What about the cost in terms of time? If you wish to avoid some of the financial costs associated with a ticket, it will also cost you time to appear in court. In many courts, fighting a ticket can result in multiple court appearances. Finally, many motorist do not realize that a court can impose a serious sanction of incarceration. Although it is rarely imposed, at the very least, a speeding ticket can result in a 15 day jail sentence.
About Our Firm: At Joseph P. Villanueva, Attorneys At Law we excel at getting tickets dismissed or reduced. We have more than 20 years of legal experience and have gained a reputation among our peers as being superb lawyers. Our team of traffic and criminal defense lawyers is lead by Joseph P. Villanueva. He is a former prosecutor. Having a former prosecutor on your side can help in analyzing critical issues in your case. This can make the difference in you keep your license or having your license suspended or revoked. Call us now 914-723-7900.
Fines and Surcharges
Our attorneys fight for our clients and attempt to resolve their case with the most favorable possible outcome. Below is a list of fines associated with some of the most widely issued tickets in the state. (Fines are subject to change without notice). Call our lawyers now at 800-893-9645 for a consultation.
|First-time speeding offense||$45 to $600|
|One or more speeding tickets|
(within eighteen months)
|Up to $1,575|
|Disobey a Traffic Signal|
(no other penalty provided)
|Unregistered Vehicle or Trailer||$25-$200|
|Equipment Violations of Vehicle or Trailer||$0-$100|
|Surcharges||$50 - $55|
New York Driver Assessment
New York State imposes a Driver Responsibility Assessment (also known as a DRA) for drivers who accumulate six points or more are earned on the driving record. Call our lawyers now at 800-893-9645 for a consultation.
|Six points or more on record||$300 one time payment; or $100 each year for 3 years|
|Any additional points earned over six points||$25 for each point for 3 years|
|Refusing to take a breathalyzer test, conviction for alcohol related traffic offense or conviction for drug related traffic offense||$250 each year for 3 years|
A driver's license will be suspended if they fail to pay the New York Driver Assessment. This fine also applies to out of state drivers. Driver safety courses will not reduce these fines.
As far as insurance is concerned, traffic violations and points are included on a driver's record for at least 39 months.
When an insurance company views a driver abstract that has accumulated points they may impose a surcharge. Points may remain on a driving record for up to 4 years.
What’s the point system NY?
There are too many possible violations to list in this answer, but for your convenience, here is a list of some common point violations.
01 to 10 mph over the limit
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
More than 40
(misdemeanor, 6 month suspension)
Leaving the scene of an accident
(personal injury, misdemeanor, 6 months in jail, revocation of license, $600.00 fine)
Passing a school bus
Following too closely
(unsafe lane change, left of center or wrong direction)
Disobeying a Traffic Signal (red light, stop sign, yield sign)
Right of way, failure to yield
Railroad crossing violation
Leaving the scene of an accident (property damage/domestic animal)
Child Safety Restraint (under 16 years old in front seat, under 10 years old in rear seats, under 4 years old in child seat)
Inadequate breaks (employers' commercial vehicle)
All other moving violations