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Traffic Tickets and Violations in New York

Citations or traffic tickets are issued in the State of New York for various violations of traffic law. Citations generally indicate the statute or code number of the violation, and explain how and when to pay the fine or respond to the ticket. You must respond to a citation, usually by paying a fine or appearing in court, or else a warrant may be issued for your arrest and your driving license may be suspended.

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TYPES OF VIOLATIONS

Most traffic tickets in New York are issued for what are sometimes called "strict-liability" offenses. In these cases, the only thing required to convict a person of the offense is proof that they committed the act, regardless of any criminal intent. Examples of strict-liability offenses include:

  • Speeding
  • Overdue parking meters
  • Not using turn signals
  • Parking in a handicapped zone without authorization

MOVING VS. NON-MOVING VIOLATIONS

Violations are also classified by whether or not the vehicle was in motion at the type of the incident, and traffic tickets may therefore be for either moving or non-moving violations. Examples of moving violations include: Non-Moving violations include:
  • Parking in a handicapped zone or other illegal parking
  • Driving with an invalid vehicle registration
  • Having expired or missing license plates
  • Leaving a vehicle unattended and running
The majority of traffic violations in New York are classified as infractions, which require paying a fine up to $600. More serious offenses carry higher fines and/or imprisonment.

YOUR OPTIONS WHEN YOU RECEIVE A CITATION

Many citations do not require a court appearance, and you may admit guilt by paying the ticket directly. The citation will indicate how and by what date to pay the fine. You may be eligible to pay online or by mail. If paying by mail, check the "guilty" box on the back of your ticket and send your money order/check (payable to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles) to the address mentioned on your ticket. This should be done within 15 days of receipt of your ticket. Most New York City residents will have their non criminal tickets handled by the local town, city or village criminal courts. However, residents of New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, or the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, or Smithtown in Suffolk County will have to deal with the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) of the Department of Motor Vehicles instead. Residents in the above areas will have their cases heard by a DMV administrative law judge. Criminal offenses such as DUI or reckless driving will be heard by the local criminal courts in these areas. TVB's do not handle parking tickets. You can plead guilty and pay your fine in person at any Traffic Violations Bureau Office. Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover card, check or money order. Traffic Violations Bureau Offices in New York City, Buffalo, Suffolk County and Rochester only deal with traffic violations. If you wish to dispute the citation, you must check the "not guilty" box at the back of your ticket, fill in the required information and submit the same to the address given on your ticket. This must be done within 15 days of receipt of the ticket. You must appear in court personally on the scheduled date, and enter a "not guilty" plea. While you may be able to negotiate with the prosecuting attorney, a trial will be scheduled if no agreement is reached. A trial gives you an opportunity to fight the traffic ticket in front of a judge or jury, and most people prefer to hire a traffic ticket lawyer to defend them in court. If you wish to appeal the verdict, you can do so by filling out and sending the appeal forms available at the Traffic Violations Bureau offices. You will have to pay a fee for appealing the verdict. Fill out the form, and send it along with a check/money order for the required amount (it will be mentioned on the form) to:
Appeals Processing Unit    

DMV

P.O. Box 2935
Albany, NY 12220-0935    

THE IMPLICATIONS OF BEING FOUND GUILTY

When you pay a ticket directly, you are essentially pleading guilty to a traffic offense, which carries the same consequences as being found guilty of the violation in court. Motorists who either plead guilty directly or are found guilty of an offense should be aware of the following possible consequences:
  • Certain traffic offenses, including speeding and other moving violations, are automatically reported to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. New York routinely provides information concerning traffic ticket convictions to other states and Canadian provinces.
  • The New York Department of Motor Vehicles follows a point system to track violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record which could result in your license being suspended. For more information, see our Point System section.
  • New York drivers that accumulate points on their driving record are often subject to higher car insurance premiums.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT TRAFFIC TICKET CONVICTIONS

One of the best ways to reduce the negative implications of traffic violations is to drive safely and not commit any additional offenses. Points on your New York license will be reduced, and your driving record may eventually be cleared if you remain free of any additional violations. Smart drivers often choose to take a defensive driving course or traffic school course in order to reduce the points on their license more quickly. Taking a defensive driving course can also help lower the car insurance premiums of drivers whose rates increased following one or more traffic ticket convictions. Some drivers prefer to obtain a new quote for car insurance following a traffic ticket conviction, since often more competitive rates and coverage may be available. The DMV also has an accident prevention course called the Point Insurance Reduction Program that helps you to reduce points on your license.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of Traffic Tickets and Violations in New York

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Traffic Ticket #AAT7114214. I got a traffic violation ticket for "No Left Turn" sign on Northern Blvd.,Flushing NY because I was completed distracted by police officers. The police officers stopped behind my car and turned-on the SIRENS and shouted at me with speaker "Move your car". Then, the police car stopped at the corner after making a left turn and waited for me to come. There you go, I was distracted and made a left turn without seeing the sign. Of course, the Police stopped me after the left turn and gave me a ticket for "Disobey traffice device". If they did not distract me and confused me, I could have noticed the No Left Turn Sign. Why the police officers did not tell me no left turn when they were on the speaker, instead of telling me to move my car. I feel that it was a set-up to distract me first and issue another tickets for their quota. I heard that each police officer has to meet the required quota for issuing tickets.

I got a speeding ticket which i fought and was reduced to a non moving violation parking ticket with no points but had a $230 fine. I have yet to pay the fine, but today got a letter from DMV stating my license would be suspended next month if I didn't pay fine, the violation description on the letter still has speeding, is this something I can fight?

I received a ticket for no insurance (it was not my car) over 17 years ago. I lived in NJ--never lived in NY. It was paid and I thought that was that. In 2000 I moved to California and when I tried to get a CA license, I was told there was something outstanding in NY. I called and it was this ticket. I paid it AGAIN and was told all was well. Now, I am trying to get my license in NJ--need it for work and my job is currently not allowing me to work until I get it. I paid all kinds of fees and now they tell me this NY thing has come up again. Spoke to NYDMV and am now told that I owe almost $600 in 'surcharge' which cannot be paid in installments. I just spent all my last paycheck taking care of the other things. DMV told me I can 'appeal' this, but must pay it first. I have no money for a lawyer or anything else, for that matter--i've paid it all to try and get my license back. What can be done here--I was NEVER told of this surcharge, and it's almost 20 years later...

I was visiting Brooklyn from England last month. Unfortunately, on my last night in town I inadvertantly parked in front of a pole with a 'No Standing' sign, which I only saw in daylight when I came the following morning to find the vehicle gone-it was towed to the police car pound. I paid the release fee of $185 but there was also a ticket on the windscreen for a further $115. As a tourist, I was not acquainted with NY parking signs and no parking zones. As I am not able to attend a court hearing if I appeal the ticket what do I do?

This arrived in my inbox on July 9, 2011. I have not been in New York for over 20 years, so I know it's fraudulent. It could do NYPD considerable harm if this sort of thing continues. A word to the wise should be sufficient.

no-replyapdo@policeagency.com

New York State — Department of Motor Vehicles

UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET

POLICE AGENCY

NEW YORK STATE POLICE

Local Police Code

THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS

Time

7:25 AM

Date of Offense

07/02/2011

IN VIOLATION OF

NYS V AND T LAW

Description of Violation

SPEED OVER 55 ZONE

TO PLEAD, PRINT OUT THE ENCLOSED TICKET AND SEND IT TO TOWN COURT, CHATAM HALL., PO BOX 117

I received this junk email.

Impossible for me to have such a traffic violation.

I live in western state many miles from NY and I have not been in NY at anytime in recent years.

please do something about these dangerous emails. It appears there are many others getting these.

Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 10:45:31 +0530

From: "N.Y. State Department of Motor Vehicles" n.y.statedepartment.ofmotorvehicles@nypolice.com (mailto://n.y.statedepartment.ofmotorvehicles@nypolice.com)

To: prmirra108@cableone.net (mailto://prmirra108@cableone.net)

Subject: UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET (ID:34183494)

New York State — Department of Motor Vehicles

UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET (ID:41652341),

POLICE AGENCY

NEW YORK STATE POLICE

Local Police Code 4303

THE PERSON DESCRIBED ABOVE IS CHARGED AS FOLLOWS

Time: 7:25 AM

Date of Offense: 10/10/2011

IN VIOLATION OF NYS V AND T LAW

6363 Description of Violation

SPEED OVER 55 ZONE

TO PLEAD, PRINT OUT THE ENCLOSED TICKET AND SEND IT TO TOWN COURT, CHATAM HALL., PO BOX 117

Web Master

How can I delete or at least edit this posting????

I am the one who sent it but there is no Edit link at the bottom.

Important!

Please help ASAP

Spearlake120

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I received the same thing, numerous times. Please advise as to what this is. Is this some type of virus or scam? It will not let me open the uniform citation.

I received the same notice. I hope no one actually opens the link and attempts to pay for this.

I received the exact same ticket--I have never been to NY. Hopefully this scam will be addressed soon before some innocent person pays anything. I have sent this information to the Federal Fraud e-mail system.

I just recieved the exact same email as listed above. The same date, time sppeed, everything?

how can we get this stopped? It will not stop sending this ticket to me either. It has sent it to me six times in the last two days. It has the same information as everyone else...I have not been to New York in over 25 years and I was deffinitely too young to drive then. I even tried to get a phone number to the DMV and it won't let me find one.

how can u check ur plates

FDT5711

PLEASE SEND ME A SUMARY(ALL TICKETS TOGETHER) IN ORDER FOR ME TO START PAYING THEM. THANK U

FDT5711

i got a ticket for tinted glass and its not even my car it was borowed??

just say its not my car and it will b thrown out. i did it 6 times. my tints are 5%

Wow i went to the site to pay as ticket for not Moving my car the day they were cleaning the street And just found out that I owe for another 2 tickets that were never given to me, as a matter of fact I was at work that day and time it was issued... How can I fight this since it's 3 months ago and even has fees added to it .... This NYC cops r crooks

U RITE

jm

how can i check for any unpaid tickets on a car

no review

a car that was given to me has parking tickets that are unpaid and they said the car was suspended how do i find out how much

Record of my traffic tickets

i was told from the dept of dmv that i owe dmv tickiits- i was ask if i wanted to pay right then and there willd i was in dmv at the time i like to know how owe and how i can pay online

hi.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW DO YOU FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOU OWE FOR TICKETS? IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN CHECK ON THE WEB.?

i would like how much i owe dmv so i may able to drive i have my permment has expire many years a gu

yes i need to know how much i owe DMV. i would like to see online how in tickes

I want my traffic tickets, I would like to find the website

no comment

if i lost my pink slip is there a way that i can find out when i go to court?

if i lost my pink slip is there a way that i can find out when i go to court?

do you have 15 business days to file a not guilty plea or just regular days from the date of the citation