Preble Town Court

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Preble Town Court
PO Box 206
Preble, NY 13141
Exit off Interstate-81, left onto Preble Road (New York State Route 108B). The Town Court is located near the corner of Reynolds Drive.

Analysis and Commentary: The Town of Preble has a population of 1,393, according to the latest U.S. Census (2010), and was first settled about 1796. It was named after U.S. Naval Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807), who was a hero during the 1st Barbary War, leading American attacks on the City of Tripoli. He also formed the officer corps that would later lead the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812.  Geographically, the town covers 27.5 square miles of land, and more than 2% is water. The town lies on the north border of Cortland County and north of the City of Cortland. Interstate-81, U.S. Route 11, and New York State Route 281 run north/south through town.  The West Branch of the Tioughnioga River flows southward through town; Dwyer Memorial Park on Little York Lake includes the Little York Pavilion which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad also runs through town.

The Town Court handles traffic and vehicle violations, misdemeanors and other matters, such as small claims.

What is the real cost of a traffic ticket?

There are many different costs associated with a ticket.  For example, a conviction to a speeding ticket can result in a fine payable to the court which can be more than $600.00.  This same ticket can also result in a fine known as a surcharge.  Although the surcharge is paid to the court, it is money that is earmarked for New York State.  Furthermore, a conviction to a major traffic violation can result in an insurance increase which may affect your premiums for years to come.  There are also, ancillary costs such as points on your licenses which can result in a suspension of your privilege to drive.  A conviction to too many points can result in New York State assessing a Driver's Responsibility Assessment against the driver.  At the very minimum, this will cost the driver a few hundred dollars.  What about the cost in terms of time?  If you wish to avoid some of the financial costs associated with a ticket, it will also cost you time to appear in court.  In many courts, fighting a ticket can result in multiple court appearances.  Finally, many motorist do not realize that a court can impose a serious sanction of incarceration.  Although it is rarely imposed, at the very least, a speeding ticket can result in a 15 day jail sentence. 

About Our Firm:  At Villanueva & Sanchala, PLLC we excel at getting tickets dismissed or reduced.  We have over 25 years of legal experience and have gained a reputation among our peers as being superb lawyers.  Our team of traffic and criminal defense lawyers is lead by Joseph P. Villanueva.  He is a former prosecutor.  Having a former prosecutor on your side can help in analyzing critical issues in your case.  This can make the difference in you keep your license or having your license suspended or revoked. Call us now 914-723-7900.

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Fines and Surcharges

Our attorneys fight for our clients and attempt to resolve their case with the most favorable possible outcome.  Below is a list of fines associated with some of the most widely issued tickets in the state.   (Fines are subject to change without notice).  Call our lawyers now at 800-893-9645 for a consultation.

Offense Fines
First-time speeding offense$45 to $600
One or more speeding tickets

(within eighteen months)

Up to $1,575
Traffic Infraction$100-$300
Disobey a Traffic Signal



Misdemeanor Convictions

(no other penalty provided)

Uninspected Vehicles$25-$200
Unregistered Vehicle or Trailer$25-$200
Equipment Violations of Vehicle or Trailer$0-$100
Surcharges$50 - $55

New York Driver Assessment

New York State imposes a Driver Responsibility Assessment (also known as a DRA) for drivers who accumulate six points or more are earned on the driving record.  Call our lawyers now at 800-893-9645 for a consultation.

Assessment Fine
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

A driver's license will be suspended if they fail to pay the New York Driver Assessment. This fine also applies to out of state drivers. Driver safety courses will not reduce these fines.


As far as insurance is concerned, traffic violations and points are included on a driver's record for at least 39 months.

When an insurance company views a driver abstract that has accumulated points they may impose a surcharge. Points may remain on a driving record for up to 4 years.

What’s the point system NY?

There are too many possible violations to list in this answer, but for your convenience, here is a list of some common point violations.



01 to 10 mph over the limit


11 to 20


21 to 30


31 to 40


More than 40



Other Traffic Violations


Reckless Driving

(misdemeanor, 6 month suspension)


Leaving the scene of an accident

(personal injury, misdemeanor, 6 months in jail, revocation of license, $600.00 fine)


Passing a school bus


Following too closely



Inadequate breaks


Improper passing

(unsafe lane change, left of center or wrong direction)


Disobeying a Traffic Signal (red light, stop sign, yield sign)


Right of way, failure to yield


Railroad crossing violation


Leaving the scene of an accident (property damage/domestic animal)


Child Safety Restraint (under 16 years old in front seat, under 10 years old in rear seats, under 4 years old in child seat)


Inadequate breaks (employers' commercial vehicle)


All other moving violations


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