Lawyer’s Traffic Ticket Guide for Potsdam Town Court
The town of Potsdam was built up alongside the Grass and Raquette Rivers and covers more than 103 square miles in St. Lawrence County. Potsdam has a population of 16,041 (2010 U.S. Census), and is served by U.S. Route 11 and New York State Routes 11B, 56, 310 and 345.
The highways cover many open stretches of road where a driver can easily lose sight of the speed limit and find themselves facing a hefty speeding ticket.
Further complicating things is the changing topography with the rolling hills as well as the changing speed limit.
Fighting a speeding ticket is no fun in the park. If you want to fight your ticket, you will probably waste one day traveling to court and waiting in court.
Luckily, there is a better way to save you money, time, and points on your license. You can call our St. Lawrence county speeding ticket attorneys now at 800-893-9645 and learn how we can help.Court Tips and Tidbits
Dress Code: While there is no official dress code; all litigants should dress in formal attire when going to court. Many judges frown upon those individuals who come to court wearing open-toed sandals, shorts, or other similar items.
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.
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.
If your case is resolved at the pre-trial conference, the court will ask that you pay any fines with the Court Clerk. It is important that you bring enough money to cover any court fees or fines.
Pleading Guilty: A plea of guilty to the charge is equivalent to a conviction after trial. A conviction will not only subject the driver to a penalty but in addition the driver’s license to drive can be subject to suspension and revocation as prescribed by law.Ticket Information
The New York State Police issue traffic tickets on a “Uniform Traffic Ticket.” This is also referred to as a “UTT.” This is the form that tells you what you are charged with and how to enter a plea.
The UTT also provides you with a lot of other important information as well; such as date and time of violation occurrence, violation type, highway number, speed, officer’s name, and much more.
Speeding tickets range from 3-11 points, depending on the speed. Please take a look at the following chart for a breakdown of these points.
01 to 10 mph over the limit
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
More than 40
Important: Once you receive 11 points, your driver’s license will be suspended. It is a crime to drive with a suspended license. If you are pulled over, the officer can arrest you and impound your car.
Points affect a driver’s privilege to drive for 18 months from the date at which the ticket was issued. In other words, the points do not run from the date of the conviction. They run from the moment the officer issues the summons.Getting the Legal Advantage
Our speeding ticket defense team is lead by a former NYC prosecutor. Having the experience of working as a prosecutor has helped our firm view traffic matters from a unique perspective. We can quickly analyze the strength and weakness of a traffic ticket from both the prosecution and defense point of view. This can often help our clients gain a tactical advantage in the analysis and defense of their legal matters.
Our law firm has helped countless drivers save their time, money, points, and insurance increases. Call us now to see how we can help you. Our attorneys can be reached at 800-893-9645.
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