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Will An Error On My Speeding Ticket Lead To A Dismissal?

One of the questions we get from clients quite often is whether an error on the ticket will lead to a dismissal. Plain and simple, getting a speeding ticket can cause a lot of unneeded anxiety, pain and headache. Trying to get out of paying the fines, surcharges and increased insurance premiums is everyone’s first objective. Many times our potential clients believe that just because the officer misspelled the address or wrote the license plate wrong on the ticket means that the case will be dismissed.

Although dismissals may be granted in some cases, the vast majority of facial errors on a ticket will not lead to a dismissal.

Errors that could lead to a dismissal 

  • Date the ticket was given 
  • Wrong VTL section
  • Insufficient information on the Supporting Deposition (non-TVB only)

Errors that don’t matter

  • Car color 
  • Vehicle type/model
  • Speed 
  • License plate number
  • Address / location

If you think that your case will be dismissed do not make the mistake of not showing up to court or consulting with an attorney about your case. If you fail to respond your license will be suspended and you could get charged with a crime if you are caught driving while suspended.

A police officer who pulls you over is just looking to charge you with a violation. The police officer many times does not know how much the fines and fees are and if there are points associated with the ticket. The court handling your case is in charge of applying the law to your case.

Remember that the police officer’s job is to issue you a ticket and appear as a witness against you in court. The officer is not your friend and is not going to help you fight your case. After you are charged with a violation the majority of police officers just want to move on with their day and avoid any confrontation on the side of the road. Do not rely on what the officer tells you after he/she has pulled you over on the side of the road because many times that information can be incorrect and there is nothing else you can do about that other than researching your options through an attorney.

There is plenty of misinformation out there that may be supplied by a friend or may be something you may read on the internet. Contacting a licensed attorney in New York will mean that you are talking to a professional that knows the law and the penalties with respect to your case. One mistake on your traffic ticket usually does not mean your case will be dismissed. If you have received a notice to be in court (in most cases on the ticket itself) that means that you have likely been properly identified.

One of the other common mistakes by drivers that get a traffic ticket in New York is believing that since they are from another state or Canada the ticket will not affect them. The Driver’s License Compact is an agreement made between 45 out of the 50 states in which each state has agreed to share traffic violations with one another. This means that your home state may find out about the traffic violation in New York and apply points against your license.

If you have been issued a traffic ticket in New York, call The Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case. We can help you fight your ticket and explain to you how your traffic ticket will affect your driving privileges and how much the penalties will cost. In many cases in New York there are separate fines and surcharges that may apply to your case.

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  1. I received a ‘failure to stop at a stop sign’ ticket from a campus police officer and pleaded ‘not guilty.’ When I received the town court paperwork regarding the ‘Appearance/Pre-Trial Conference’ with the ADA the ‘Officer’ listed with my ticketing info does not correlate to the ticket. In fact the officer listed by the court appears to no longer even work for the campus police, but now works for the local police. Is this a big enough clerical error to make a difference?

    • BB – It appears that this may be more than a clerical error – as it goes to the underlying issue of whether the officers will be able to meet their burden of proof.

  2. I received a dui ticket in Georgia and my DOB, address, height, weight, state, zip code, sex….were all left blank on my ticket. Does this warrant an invalid/dismissal ???

  3. I got a ticket in Massachusetts for speeding. The city he wrote on the ticket is about 40 miles away from where I got pulled over. Is this a good reason to contest. I don’t think I had a ticket in 4 years.

  4. New York City ticket. If the office wrote a ticket for a cell phone violation but the stated place of occurrence of the violation is a non-existent address (e.g., let’s say he wrote 500 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York but there is no such address like that in Brooklyn) is the ticket void?

  5. If a ticket was physically written in a different town from what is referenced on the ticket is this considered an error worth pursuing? Occurred on I390 NB, ticket states violation occurred in Avon (Livingston county), physical stop occurred in Rush (Monroe County).
    Is there a place to find out what the Loc Code 2650 means?

    • Robert – if possible – please forward us a copy of the ticket and contact us thereafter to discuss. I would like to review this, as it presents a fascinating question.

  6. I received a speeding ticket a few weeks ago that has the incorrect address. I’ve never even lived at the address on the ticket and I’m not sure where it came from, but my current address on my license and the one on the ticket are clearly different. He didn’t just misspell a word- it’s a completely different address in another city! What are my options?

    • Amanda – I suggest you contest this ticket to avoid the points / insurance implications In order to provide any additional information, I need specific details about the ticket, namely the actual rate of speed, and the location of the incident.

  7. I go to a ticket last night for speeding 68mph on a 35mph but I don’t think I was speeding. I checked the ticket and the officer wrote down ID license number but it looked like it was crossed the first three number and again he wrote the ID number is that something that will help me out get the ticket dismissed?

    • Tony – unfortunately, minor clerical errors will not warrant the dismissal of a ticket. However, there are other methods of contesting your ticket. You may reach us at 888-883-5529 .

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