Lawyer’s Traffic Ticket Guide for Ripley Town Court
The Town of Ripley covers 49 square miles in Chautauqua County and has a population of 2,415 (2010 U.S. Census). The town also contains hamlets named Ripley, East Ripley and South Ripley, among others.
The area is served by Interstate-90, U.S. Route 20, and New York State Routes 5 and 76. Due to all these highways, there are many open stretches of road where drivers often lose sight of their speedometer. In such unfortunate cases, many drivers find themselves facing a hefty speeding ticket.
Have you received a speeding ticket in the town of Ripley? Are you having difficulty making heads or tails of your situation? Then this guide was created for you by our attorneys. We hope this guide will help you find some ease of mind with the legal arena.
If you would like legal representation regarding your matter, give our attorneys a call today. We would love to help; we have saved countless clients their money, time, points and insurance increases. Our attorneys can be reached at 800-893-9645.Court Tips and Tidbits
The Justice Court Clerk’s office is open, except for holidays, every Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Court is in session every:
- Monday from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tip: The court is a place of respect, as such it is important you represent yourself in a respectful and appropriate manner. There is no official dress code, however judges often frown upon those litigants who come to court in tank tops, shorts, or other such items.
Court Clerk: The court clerk helps the judge with their everyday duties. Many times the court clerk sends out letters to litigants, collects fine monies, and helps answer any day to day questions. If you have any questions regarding the court, the court clerk will most likely be able to help you best.
Come Prepared: Prior to coming to court, be sure to bring your court notice advising you to appear. Some court personnel may use it as a reference point when you arrive in court.
We also recommend you bring your driving record with you. If your record is clean, it can be persuasive in mitigating your case.
Suspension: You must respond to the summons to prevent suspension of your driver’s license. Please remember it is a crime to drive with a suspended license. If you are pulled over, the officer can impound your car and arrest you.
Guilty as Charged: If you are found guilty of speeding, there are many different ways in which it may affect you. This can include but is not limited to fines payable to the court, penalties payable to the Department of Motor Vehicles, insurance increases, and incarceration.
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.How Can Points Affect Me?
In New York State there is no such thing as a 1-point violation. Speeding tickets range from 3-11 points. A breakdown of this is provided in the chart below.
01 to 10 mph over the limit
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
More than 40
Points will affect a driver’s privilege to drive for 18 months from the date in 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 issued the summons.
Suspension: Upon accumulating 11 points on your license, your driver’s license can get suspended.
If you accumulate 6 or more points on your license, there will be $300 fine. Look at the following chart for more information.
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
Reducing Points: Generally speaking; the least amount of points you have, the better. Our law firm has continuously helped clients reduce points on their license. To find if we can help you, call us now at 800-893-9645.Getting the Legal Advantage
Our team of lawyers is lead by a former NYC prosecutor who can help you analyze your case from the perspective of the defense attorney as well as a prosecutor. We can help gather your strengths and weaknesses to get you an amicable resolution. We have helped thousands of clients save time, money, points and insurance increases. Call us now at 800-893-9645.
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