Lawyer’s Traffic Ticket Guide for Pitcairn Town Court
The town of Pitcairn contains six hamlets, but no villages, and has a population of 846 (2010 U.S. Census). Pitcairn covers nearly 60 square miles, near Portaferry Lake, in southwestern St. Lawrence County. The area is served by NY State Route 3, and State Route 812, both highways have many stretches of open road where drivers often lose sight of their speed limit.
Have u received a speeding ticket in Pitcairn? Are you having trouble making heads or tails of your situation? Then this guide was created for you by our attorneys. We hope this guide helps you find some ease of mind in the legal arena.
Our attorneys also provide the highest quality legal representation. Call us now for your consultation at 800-893-9645. We have continuously helped our clients save time, money, points and insurance increases.Entering Your Plea
Drivers must timely respond to a traffic summons to prevent a suspension of their privilege to drive. Once the department of motor vehicles has been notified that a license should be suspended, it can be very difficult to undo the suspension. The process of un-suspending a license can include the payment of a suspension lift fee, the payment of a bond, and an appearance in court.
Entering a Not Guilty Plea: If you wish to fight your speeding ticket, you would have to opt to plead not guilty. Once the court receives your plea, you will be sent a court notice. This court notice will tell you when your court date is; at which you will have the opportunity to present your case’s strengths and weaknesses.
Entering a Guilty Plea: If you enter a guilty plea, upon receipt the court will send you a fine notice. This fine must be paid by the date provided. Failure to do so can result in your license getting suspended. It is also important to note that pleading guilty could have many long-term financial consequences. Some of these consequences include but are not limited to high fines and fees, points on your license, and high insurance increases.What to Expect in Court
The more you know about the speeding ticket process, the better prepared you will be for the speeding ticket experience. Here is some basic information about the court.
If you received a ticket by a New York State Police Officer, you will have an opportunity to meet with the Town Prosecutor prior to trial. At this meeting, you may have the opportunity to reach a settlement of your charges. If you are unable to resolve your matter, your case may be adjourned for a date in which the officer can appear in court and testify.
Tip: 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.
Sign-In: Even though you may have met with the officer in court and discussed your matter, it is important to check-in with the court clerk in the front of the courtroom. Failure to advise the clerk that you are in court may result in your case not being called.
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.Fines and Surcharges
Our lawyers fight to reach a favorable outcome for our clients. Below is a list of fines associated with some of the most frequently issued tickets in NY. Fines are subject to change without notice.
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
Equipment Violations of Vehicle or Trailer
$ varies based on the charge and location
A conviction to traveling 86/65 mph zone can carry almost $400.00 in fines and surcharges, an additional $300.00 in penalties to the Department of Motor Vehicles, hundreds in insurance costs, and even incarceration.About Our Firm
Our lawyers have fought hundreds of tickets all over NYS. We have consistently reduced our client’s exposure to fine, points, and insurance increases. Let our former prosecutor and team of lawyers go to court for you and help you reach an amicable resolution on your ticket. Call us now for your consultation at 800-893-9645.
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