Lawyer’s Traffic Ticket Guide for Westfield Town Court
The Town of Westfield has a population of 4,986 (U.S. Census 2010) and covers more than 47 square miles. Westfield is home to Civil War Re-enactments, which take place annually, in June, at Moore Park. Interstate-90 and U.S. Route 20, plus New York State Routes 5 and 394 all pass through town.
The highway covers many open stretches of road where a driver can easily lose sight of the speed limit and find themselves facing a hefty speeding ticket.
Did you know a conviction to a speeding ticket at 86/55 mph zone could cost you almost $700.00 in fines payable to the court, $450.00 in penalty fees payable to DMV, as well as hundreds more in insurance increases!
Furthermore, if you want to fight your ticket, you will probably waste one day traveling to court and waiting in court.
Having to go to court for the first time can be a daunting task. This guide should answer some basic questions and help ease your mind about the legal arena. If you have a legal matter in Westfield, give our lawyers a call to learn how we can help. We can be reached at 800-893-9645.What to Expect in Court
Once a driver is issued a speeding ticket, they technically have 48 hours to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. This can be done either in person or by mail. If a driver enters a plea of guilty, they will be mailed a fine notice. Their failure to pay the fine will result in their license being suspended. On the other hand, a driver that enters a plea of not guilty, be mailed a letter advising them to appear in court.
Dress Code: While there is no official dress code, it is important that you dress neatly and always conduct yourself in a respectful manner with the court. Many judges frown upon litigants wearing shorts, open toe sandals, and other similar items.
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.
Plea: The majority of cases are resolved via plea bargaining. In lieu of having a trial, it may be possible to resolve a traffic matter with a lesser included charge. Most resolution will involve a fine and a surcharge. The surcharge is additional monies payable at the end of case that are paid to New York State.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.Offense Fines
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
Former NYC prosecutor, Mr. Joseph Villanueva, leads our team of attorneys. Having a former prosecutor on working on your case can help you analyze your case’s strengths and weaknesses from a defense attorney’s perspective and from a prosecutor’s perspective. To talk to one of our attorneys, give us a call at 800-893-9645.
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