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Lawyer’s Traffic Ticket Guide for Massena Town Court

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The town of Massena includes the northernmost spot in the State of New York: Robert Moses State Park on Barnhart Island. The town also contains the Village of Massena and covers just over 56 square miles in St. Lawrence County, on the international border of Canada. The town has a population of 12,883 (2010 U.S. Census), and is served by New York State Routes 37, 37B, 37C, 131 and 420. Routes 37 and 420 intersect in the village.

The town of Massena has high volume of traffic due to its location. With all the highways situated within the town, many drivers lose sight of the changing speed limits and find themselves facing a hefty speeding ticket.

We know getting a speeding ticket can be very overwhelming and worrisome. If you are looking for high quality legal representation, give our attorneys a call today at 800-893-9645.

If you would like to fight your own ticket, then this guide should help you get a better insight about the legal arena.

What Should I Do?

Step One: The first and most important step to fighting your speeding ticket is entering your plea. Often times people get a speeding ticket and forget all about it. You must enter your plea by the given date. Failure to do so can lead to your license being suspended.

Step Two: If you plead not guilty, you will receive a court notice which will advise you when to come to court. At this court date you are able to present your case’s strengths.

If you plead guilty, you will receive a fine notice which must be paid in full by the date given. Failure to pay this fine will result in your driver’s license getting suspended.

Consequences: If you decide to plead guilty, please keep in mind that you will have high fines, fees, points and insurance increases. To avoid these factors give our attorneys a call today to see how we can help you. Our attorneys can be reached at 800-893-9645.

What to Expect in Court

Court is held with alternating justices every Wednesday in Room 6 at the Town Hall at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., although beginning in February, court will be held at 5:00 p.m. The court offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday – Friday except for holidays. There is a closure during the lunch hour from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Advice: If you are a litigant in court, it is important to remember that the court is considered a place of respect. As such, all attendees are asked to dress appropriately; turn off all electronic devices, and to leave all food and drinks outside of the court.

Trial: Each motorist is entitled to a trial on his or her traffic matters. In general, a traffic trial will occur on the driver’s first court appearance. The first court appearance is usually designated as a pre-trial conference.

Tip: Upon resolution of your matter, judges prefer that a fine be paid before the close of business. As a professional courtesy, most courts will afford our clients a two-week grace period to pay their fine.

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.

Points

If you have received a speeding ticket, there will be points associated with it. Speeding tickets range from 3-11 points. The following chart will give you more details:

Speeding

Points

01 to 10 mph over the limit

3

11 to 20

4

21 to 30

6

31 to 40

8

More than 40

11


Suspension: If you accumulate 11 points on your license, your driver’s license will be suspended. Please note, driving with a suspended license is a crime. If you are pulled over, the officer can arrest you and impound your car.

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.

AssessmentFine
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

Why Should I Hire Your Firm?

Hiring our firm has many benefits; not only do you get the highest quality legal representation, we also help you save your time, money, points, and insurance increases. We have helped countless drivers all over New York and have been reputed as the best lawyers in New York State. Call us now for your consultation at 800-893-9645.

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