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    SUMMARY: How to Fight a New York Traffic Ticket

    To fight your NY Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) traffic ticket, you will need to first request a court hearing either online, by mail, by phone, or in person. You will then need to appear in court to fight your charge at the scheduled date and time.

    Continue reading this page to learn more about fighting a New York Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) traffic ticket received in:

    • New York City.
    • Buffalo.
    • Rochester.
    NOTE: If you DO NOT have a TVB citation, follow the instructions on your traffic ticket to fight your charge.

    Pay Ticket
    (Plead Guilty or No Contest)

    • Pay the fine.
    • Pay the Driver Responsibility Program (if applicable).
    • Incur points on your driving record (which could lead to license suspension or revocation).
    • Option to take driving safety course to reduce driving record points.
    • Experience an increase in auto insurance rates.

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    Fight Ticket
    (Plead Not Guilty)

    • Contest the ticket during a hearing.
    • Represent yourself or, depending on the nature of the ticket, hire an lawyer to represent you.
    • Possibly lose the option for a plea bargain involving lesser penalties.
    • Experience no penalties if found not guilty (except any applicable court/attorney fees).
    • Appeal the guilty verdict (if applicable).

    Learn more below.

    Fight Your New York Traffic Ticket

    To fight a New York TVB traffic ticket, you will need to request a court hearing either:

    • Online.
    • By calling (718) 488-5710.
    • By mailing your plea (on your traffic ticket) to:
    • Traffic Violations Plea Unit
      P.O. Box 2950 – ESP
      Albany, NY 12220
    • In person at a New York TVB office.

    NOTE: If your NY citation was for a criminal violation—such as driving while intoxicated (DWI)—you must fight your charge with the NY court listed on your traffic ticket; not the TVB.

    You will need to provide your traffic ticket number and personal information (i.e., name, date of birth). If you've misplaced your citation, visit our Lost Traffic Tickets in New York page.

    You will be notified of your hearing date and time.

    NY Traffic Ticket Penalties

    Your total New York traffic ticket fine amount and associated penalties will differ depending on a number of factors, including:

    • Your driving history (i.e., previous offenses).
    • Whether you're a minor.
    • The severity of your offense.

    If you fight your NY traffic ticket, but are still found “guilty," you will need to pay your total fine amount as well as any additional court costs.

    The violation will then appear on your NY driving record and will likely result in increased auto insurance rates.

    For more information, visit our New York Traffic Ticket Fines & Penalties page.

    Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney

    You should consider hiring a New York traffic ticket attorney to help you fight your charge at your hearing. A lawyer may especially come in handy if your case is a difficult one with limited evidence in your favor.

    To learn more about how a traffic ticket attorney can help and how to choose the right one for you, visit our Traffic Ticket Attorneys in NY page.

    NY Traffic Tickets: FAQs

    If you still have questions about how to fight your New York traffic ticket, visit our Traffic Tickets FAQ page. It also covers information about:

    • Ordering a NY driving record.
    • Removing points from your driving record.
    • Traffic ticket fines.
    • Penalties for minors.

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