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How to Plead Not Guilty to a New York Speeding Ticket

Receiving a traffic ticket can be quite frustrating. However, no matter how annoyed you get, do not plead guilty to it simply to “make it go away.” It is highly recommended to plead not guilty and fight the ticket.

The follow information has been designed for those of you who are unfamiliar with New York speeding tickets and shows you how to plead not guilty to your NY traffic ticket.

Four Parts of Your Speeding Ticket

Your New York speeding ticket will be comprised of four main sections. The first section contains the driver’s information. This usually includes your name, address, gender, license plate number, date of birth, registration expiration date, the state you hold a license in, the make and model of your car, and other information that identifies you as the operator of the vehicle.

 

Top of New York Speeding Ticket

The second section describes what you are being charged with. It will likely include the time you were pulled over, the date of the alleged offense, the vehicle and traffic law (VTL) that you are being accused of violating, a short description the violation, where it occurred, and the signature of the police officer who issued you the ticket.

Middle of NY Speeding Ticket

The third section of your NY speeding ticket, which is at the bottom of the first page, tells you what court will be hearing your traffic ticket case. Additional, it includes the name of the court, its address, and a check-box indicating whether you are required to appear in person or simply return the ticket via mail.

3rd Part of NY Speeding Ticket

Lastly, the fourth part of your ticket appears on the back. This gives you the option to plead by mail. Section A should be filled out if you want to plead guilty (not recommended) and Section B should be filled out if you want to plead not guilty.

In order to plead not guilty to your traffic ticket (which is highly advised), simply sign your name at the bottom of Section B and check the box requesting a supporting deposition (if you were not issued one with your ticket).

Afterward, scan it or make a copy of the NY speeding ticket for your records and mail it in to the court.

Back of NY Speeding Ticket

Who Should You Contact?

If you recently received a New York speeding ticket, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm. Our team of NY traffic ticket lawyers will do all they can to help you get the results you are looking for. Call us today at 888-883-5529.

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  1. Could I plea not guilty for going the wrong way in a traffic circle? Will I look like an idiot if I do so by mail? What will happen after I mail in my not guilty plea?

    • Nick,

      You do have the option to plead not guilty to contest the ticket. You can enter in a plea of Not Guilty in person or through the mail. If you received your ticket in one of the 5 boroughs, you can enter in your Not Guiltly plea online. Once the Not Guilty plea is entered, the court will set out a court date to appear and fight your case. Contact us for a consultation to further discuss your options.

  2. I got pulled over for going 47 in a 30 in the city of Oswego NY. It was just as the MPG changed from 45 down to 30. I don’t want the points on my license and my insurance to go up. Should I plea not guilt and try to plea bargain with the prosecutor?

    Thanks!

    • Alex,

      This is a 4 point ticket in New York. It carries a fine of $393 if you plead guilty and can cause a significant increase in your insurance premiums. I recommend you fight this ticket to reduce the penalties. Depending on which court is handling your case, you may be able to plea bargain. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your options.

  3. I got a 81 ina 65 speeding ticket. The city of erwin, ny. My first one ever. Is there a way to plead it down?

    • This court does have the possibility of plea barganing. I would caution you to be clear on the implications of any offense you do plead guilty to, as there may be implications to insurance rates.

  4. Hello
    I received speeding ticket ( was driving 74mph, limit was 50mph ) on a highway in NYC. Is it worth it to fight at least the points ? I have a clean record, 33 years old.
    Thank you
    Lucas

    • You are facing a 6 point ticket that carries a total penalty of $203, along with a driver responsibility assessment fee of $300. As this court does not have plea bargaining, this matter must be brought to trial in order to contest your ticket. You may contact us to discuss possible strategies for your case.

  5. I was pulled over and told I was going 80 in a 65 on the ny-400. He issued me a ticket and I do not believe I was going this fast for there were a line of cars behind me going the same speed and riding my butt right after I had moved from the slow lane to pass the guy going 60mph. I am going to go to the courthouse and plead not guilty in a month when my date is, because I do not believe I was going as fast as he says I was. Do you think this will result in a parking ticket?

    • Please confirm what court will be handling your case. If this case is before the traffic violations bureau, then you will be unable to negotiate your ticket, as this is a trial court.

  6. I just got a speeding ticket doing 41 in a 30. On 1/31 I completed the defensive driving course. Can I take another course to reduce the 4 points this new ticket will give, or can I use that course retro actively?
    Or should I plead not guilty and hope for the best?

    • You may take a defensive driving course once every 36 months. Please note, these courses do not ‘erase’ points from your record. As such, it is generally advisable to contest tickets to mitigate the impacts.

  7. I recently got a speeding ticket and am pleading not guilty. I recently moved to upstate NY from downstate and I haven’t gotten my address changed yet. Is it bad to put a different address where I fill out the not guilty plea than the one that is on my license?

    • Carly – I would assure that the court has your correct address in order to prevent any legal documents from not reaching you.



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