Lawyer’s Traffic Ticket Guide for Portland Town Court
The Town of Portland covers 34.3 square miles in Chautauqua County, and has a population of 4,827 (2010 U.S. Census); however this also includes the inmates at the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility. The town, settled in 1804, lies on the banks of Lake Erie, where Lake Erie State Park is located.
If you have been issued a speeding ticket that is returnable to Portland Town Court, call our Chautauqua County Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyers today to see how we can help you.
Getting a speeding is no laughing matter, and going to court can be a daunting task. If you are having difficulty making heads or tails of your legal matter, this guide should help you find some ease of mind.
If you are looking for legal representation, call our attorneys today to see how we can help you save money, points and insurance increases. Our attorneys can be reached at 800-893-9645.Entering Your Plea
One of the very first things you must do upon being issued a ticket is answering it. Failure to do so can result in a suspension of your privilege to drive.
Pleading Not Guilty: If you wish to plead not guilty to your speeding ticket, follow the instructions provided on your ticket. Once your plea has been received, the court will send you a court notice. The court notice informs you on when you need to appear in court. At this court appearance you will be given the opportunity to present your cases strengths and weaknesses.
Pleading Guilty: If you wish to plead guilty to your speeding ticket, follow the instructions provided on your ticket. Once the court receives your guilty plea, you will be sent a fine notice. This notice should be paid by the date provided. Failure to do so can result in suspension of your driver’s license.
Please note, pleading guilty to a speeding ticket is the equivalent to a conviction after trial. Pleading guilty can have many financial consequences, such fines and fees to the court and the DMV as well as hundreds of dollars in insurance increases.What to Expect in Court
Security: The court is a secure place, as such you will be asked to walk through a magnetometer. Please turn off all electronic devices and dispose of food and drinks prior to entering the court.
Tip: Upon arriving to the court, it is important to notify the court clerk that you are present. Failure to do so can result in your case not being called.
Things to Bring: You should bring your court notice and driving record with you to court. The court notice will help a court personnel direct you of where you need to go and what you need to do. Your driving record, if it is clean, can be persuasive in mitigating your case.
You should also bring enough money to pay the appropriate court fines if your case is settled at your court appearance.Ticket Information
New York State Police usually use a Uniform Traffic Ticket, also referred to as an “UTT.” Your UTT provides you with a lot of useful information such as how to enter your plea, the violation, where it happened, your speed (if applicable), officer’s name, and much more.
There are many different police agencies that have jurisdictional power to issue a driver a ticket. Such agencies include but are not limited to the local police, the town/village police, park police and state police.Getting the Legal Advantage
Our team of skilled lawyers is lead by former NYC prosecutor, Mr. Joseph Villanueva. Having a former prosecutor on your side helps give you a unique legal advantage. We can analyze your situation from the perspective of a defense attorney as well as a prosecutor. Giving us a higher possibility to getting you a amicable resolution. To speak to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 800-893-9645.
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