Justice Court – Vehicle & Traffic Tickets

HOW TO RESOLVE YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET IN PIERMONT JUSTICE COURT

1 – REVIEW YOUR TICKET(s). Determine is you have been issued a ticket for a “TRAFFIC INFRACTION” or ‘MISDEMEANOR”.

2 – If the MISDEMEANOR box is checked, you MUST appear in Piermont Justice Court to be arraigned by the Judge on the return date printed on your ticket.

3 – If the TRAFFIC INFRACTION box is checked, you must either:

– plead GUILTY, sign your ticket and fill out your address completely and return it to the court before your return date which is printed on your ticket. This may be done either by mail or in person. The court will notify you by return mail of the fines and mandatory surcharges, if any assessed.

WITHIN 60 DAYS OF THE ISSUANCE OF ANY TICKET, YOU MUST CONTACT THE COURT DIRECTLY, IN WRITING, OR APPEAR IN COURT AND PLEAD EITHER GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY TO AVOID SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE AND ADDITIONAL FEES INCURED.

Note: Before pleading guilty to a ticket issued as a result of an accident, you may wish to consult with an attorney or your insurance carrier about possible civil liability for personal injuries arising from the accident.

-plead NOT GUILTY, by following the instructions on the ticket for NOT GUILTY. Fill out the entire section including your name and address, sign it, and mail it to the court within 48 hours of receiving the ticket. You may also plead not guilty in person on the court date specified on your ticket.

You may also request a Supporting Deposition by checking the appropriate box on the ticket. A Supporting Deposition provides you with additional information regarding the basis for the ticket. A Supporting Deposition request must be timely. If timely requested, the Court will order the Supporting Deposition from the police officer who issued the ticket. The police officer will have 30 days from the date of your request to mail you the Supporting Deposition. Your case will then be scheduled for a non-jury trial. You will receive written confirmation of the trial date from the Court.
PAYMENT

If you are assessed a fine and mandatory surcharge, you must make payment to the court as directed by the Court. It is your responsibility to give the Court your current mailing address. The Court does not accept personal or business checks. Payments MUST be made in cash in person, or by certified check or money order.
CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO PAY

Failure to pay the fine and/or mandatory surcharge as directed …
… will result in a warrant for your arrest and/or
… may result in the suspension of your drivers license and additional fees to lift each suspension and/or
… may result in the Court filing a Civil Judgment with the County Clerk which may affect your credit rating.

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