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Lawyer's Traffic Ticket Guide for Ghent Town Court

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The Town of Ghent is situated in central Columbia County, and lies northeast of Hudson, New York. Early settlers moved into the area in 1735, taking advantage of the land that had been already cleared by native tribal people. The area is served by the Taconic State Parkway and the Columbia County Airport, which is situated in southwestern Ghent.

Have you been issued a traffic ticket that is returnable to Ghent Town Court? Traffic tickets are no laughing matter. No one wants to receive a speeding ticket or cell phone violation. Not only are they annoying, but they are also costly.

If you are having trouble making heads or tails of your traffic ticket, this guide is here to help you find ease of mind in the legal area.

If you want to fight your ticket, call our team of experienced lawyers at 800-893-9645 to see how we can save you money, points, and time.

Court Tips and Tidbits

The Ghent Clerk’s office hours are every Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The office is also open on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Ghent Town Court operates on a part-time basis and is generally held the first three Mondays of each month, beginning at 6:00 p.m. except for holidays.

Tip: 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

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.

Tickets: Tickets can be issued by many police agencies including, but not limited to State Police, local town or village police, Park Police, and he Sheriff’s Office.

For the most part, tickets are prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office. This is the same office which prosecuted criminal cases such as misdemeanor drug possession and felony assault.

Points Information

A conviction to a violation with points does not convert into an automatic insurance increase. The algorithm that most insurance companies use to assess an insurance increase is proprietary in nature and not widely shared the public. There are many factors that can be taken into consideration including but not limited the driver’s age, type of vehicle driving, and accident history.

There is no such thing as a 1 point violation in New York State. Speeding tickets range from 3-11 points, depending on how many mph over the speed limit a driver was going.

Our law firm has helped many clients over the years reduce their points on their license. Call us today at 800-893-9645 to see how we can do the same for you.

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