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Lawyer's Traffic Ticket Guide for Chatham Village Court

Call Now 800-893-9645How to Fight a Speeding Ticket in Chatham Village

Did you know a conviction to a speeding ticket in Chatham Village Court of 86/55 mph zone could cost you almost $700.00 in fines payable to the court, $450.00 in penalty fees payable to DMV, as well as hundreds more in insurance increases!

The Village of Chatham was established in 1869 and maintains its own jurisdiction, even though it lies within both the Town of Chatham and the Town of Ghent. The village sits at the junction of New York State Routes 66 and 203.

If you have received a speeding ticket in the Village of Chatham call our Columbia County speeding ticket lawyers today at 800-893-9645 to see how we can help save you money, points and insurance increases.

Court Facts and TipsCourtroom

The Village of Chatham offices are open every Monday through Friday except for holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Village court is located at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall, at the address above. Court is generally in session every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Contact the Court Clerk for more information.

If you are unable to attend a traffic court conference date issued by a court, our law firm can stand in your place. In other words, there is no need for you to appear in court and miss work, school or any other social obligation.

Court tip: one of the worst things you can do is to ignore your ticket. Failure to Answer a ticket can result in a suspension of a driver's privilege to drive. If a driver is caught driving with a suspended license a police officer may arrest the driver and charge them in a criminal act.

Remember: It is important to check-in with the court clerk. Failure to check in may result in a default being held against you.

Things to Bring: you should bring your court notice advising you to appear in court. If you are displaced, showing the court personnel your letter may help in directing you where to go and what to do.

Burden of Proof: Unlike traffic matters heard in the Traffic Violations Bureau of NYC and other parts of the State, tickets in Town and Village Courts must meet the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Many legal scholars have debated exactly what is meant by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. However, everyone agrees that it is the highest standard of proof in the US judicial system.

How Many Points am I Facing?

A conviction that results in points starts at a minimum of 2 points. There is no such thing as a 1-point violation in New York. The range of points vary from 3 to 11 points. The following chart is a brief outline of this information:



01 to 10 mph over the limit


11 to 20


21 to 30


31 to 40


More than 40


Hiring an Attorney

In order to defend yourself against a traffic matter, a personal appearance is required. A personal appearance in court may be avoided by hiring our law firm.

Our law firm has represented a countless number of ill-fated drivers snagged with a speeding ticket. We have over 30 years of legal experience and we are lead by for a former NYC prosecutor.

Call us at 800-893-9645 to see how we can help you save money, points and insurance increases.

For more information, please visit the following links:

Traffic Ticket FAQs
Tips on Avoiding a Speeding Ticket
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