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If you ever received a traffic ticket in New York City, i.e. one of the five boroughs of New York (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island) you will soon find out that there is no plea bargaining allowed on a Traffic Violations Bureau Traffic Ticket. Your only recourse is to appear in trial and the NYS DMV ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) decides on the issue of guilt or innocence and assesses a fine or dismisses the ticket on the spot. One of the reasons there is no option of plea bargaining is because ALJs do not have the authority to adjudicate plea deals.

This is very different that the standard practice in the rest of the State of New York (out side of Buffalo or Rochester) of plea bargaining traffic tickets down to a lesser offence. At a Pre-Trial Conference, you can plea bargain to get an optimal zero point reduction or at least a traffic violation which is less harmful than the one you were issued. At the Pre-Trial Conference, we plea bargain to get an optimal zero point reduction. If we don't find the reduction pleasing, the matter is scheduled for Trial. The officer is summoned and trial is commenced. The Court assesses a fine and surcharge along with the reduction.

The reason plea deals are so common In NY is because it take the Town or Village less time to convict you when you plea guilty then if you plead not guilty and went to Trial over every ticket. If you don't find the reduction pleasing you can always ask for a Trial. The officer is summoned and a Trial is commenced. The Court assesses a fine and surcharge along with the reduction.

The good new is that you don't have to represent yourself for your Traffic Violations Bureau Traffic Ticket, in fact if you hire a lawyer, you don't even have to appear. Your attorney will simply defend your side in Trial in your absence. Lets face it, the judge is going to believe the police officer's word over your anyway, so why bother?

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