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What is the Process of "Handling" a Speeding Ticket?

by Seth Azria on 3/02/2010

Absent a trial, the process described below applies to the vast majority of traffic violationsincluding tickets issued for speeding, cell phone use, failure to use seat belts, running a stop sign or red light, etc. 

1. Sending the Letter of Representation to the Traffic Court

First we send a letter to inform the the court that we represent you and to enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf. We will also  adjourn  your case to later date to give us the opportunity to negotiate a reduction of your ticket. As a result, the court date printed on the ticket is no longer applicable.

For most traffic violations, you will not have to appear in court or send in a not guilty plea yourself.  If you are charged with a misdemeanor, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation for example, you will have to appear in court and we will advise you of the date, time, and what to expect at that appearance.

2. Negotiating a Reduction with the District Attorney's Office

The next step is to negotiate a reduction or dismissal with the prosecutor, we may do so in person or by letter depending on the circumstances. These negotiations result in a proposed disposition for your ticket. To help us formulate an argument on your behalf, we will ask you questions, either on the phone or via email, about the circumstances of your ticket and about you personally.

We will also need a copy of your driving record.  For clients licensed to drive in New York State, we will pull the driving record for you. For clients licensed to drive in another state or in a province of Canada will ask you to contact that department of motor vehicles for a copy. Most states, Qu├ębec, and Ontario offer this service online, click here for links to online dmv services.

3. Informing You and Gaining Your Consent to the Proposed Disposition

After we have a proposed reduction for your case, we will explain to you the reduction and the consequences of pleading guilty to the reduced charge. Often we use email for this purpose and allow you to consent via email. We also have clients stop into the office or use regular mail depending on the circumstances. 

4. Sending the Proposed Disposition to the Court

Once you have consented to the proposed disposition, we will send it to the court.  These dispositions are "proposed" because the court must accept it in order for you to gain the benefit of the reduction.  Most often, courts will go along with the deal we have worked out with prosecutor and then send a fine or dismissal notice to our office. Occasionally, a court will reject the proposed disposition. If this happens, we will negotiate a new disposition or otherwise reach an acceptable outcome without any further charge to you. 

5. Sending You the Fine or Dismissal Notice

Typically, we will both email and mail the fine notice to ensure that you receive it. It will be your responsibility to pay the fine according to the court's instructions. Courts typically allow 2-4 weeks for payment of the fines.  We do not make fine payments for clients. The entire process usually takes about 6-10 weeks and we will let know as soon as anything happens in your case that requires your attention.  In the typical case, the first time we contact you will be after we have a proposed disposition requiring your consent. And, of course, we are always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have in the meantime.

We are dedicated to prompt client communication and chances are great that you will speak to an attorney immediately.

We accept credit cards online, Paypal, cash, and checks.  Tickets may be faxed to (315) 254-2024 or scanned and emailed to help@abticket.com 

Please be advised that legal fees for traffic matters are due up front and we will not enter an appearance with a court until the legal fee is paid.  Court fines are not included in the legal fee.

 





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David Bruffet of Azria & Bruffett handled my traffic case and managed to reduce my speeding ticket to a non-moving violation! This resulted in no points on my license and a substantial reduction in payments to the court. They have special promotions for college students so would recommend services for any college student who needs legal representation when it comes to speeding tickets.

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Mr. Azria was excellent, fast and very courteous handling my case for a speeding violation upstate. And most importantly he was very successful lowering my fine and reducing my charge. Highly recommend.

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I have hired the Azria law firm twice to represent my daughter, once for speeding and the other was an accident. Both times I was extremely pleased with the outcome, in both cases they were dropped to no pointers. Everything was handled through e-mail, which was very convenient and in both cases were taken care of from start to finish within a month. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help.

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Ralph is very professional in handling my case. He walked me through the process of my speeding ticket,I am very pleased with the outcome.Thank you so much!

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