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Q: How do I deal with a ticket I had about 10 years ago and also had to go to court but didn’t go

I want to take out my license again but how do I start off with when I have multiple tickets and one court from 10 years ago ?

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Jan 21, 2020

Depends on the Court. If you are not default convicted, go to each court, pay a suspension termination fee and post bail. You can either work out a plea deal, or set the matter for trial. Some of the officers will be retired.

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Q: After 10 years do I still have to go to court ?

So I have multiple tickets but there’s this one ticket that I got Because my 4 year old daughter was sitting on her seat then she took off her seat belt from her chair and got up and the police stopped me and gave me a ticket and a court however I lost my license so I didn’t go to court nor... Read more »

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Jan 21, 2020

When you ignore a ticket in NY, it stays forever. 10 years or 30 years later, you need to deal with it if you want your driver's license back. How you deal with it is another question.

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Q: received a ticket in 2018, pleaded not guilty. Never received anything from them. Now 2020 I received a court summons?

Received a speeding ticket in august of 2018. I never received a letter in the mail about court or paying a fine. It is now 2020 and I received a letter saying I have to go to trial or my license will be suspended

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Jan 14, 2020

You have have a speedy trial argument.

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Q: Using iPhone to adjust hearing aid volume

I received a violation for using a cell phone, in White plains,ny, while adjusting the volume on my blue tooth hearing aid. (I was holding the iphone in my hand to do this).

When making calls the iPhone sits on the seat next to me as my hearing aids make the call(s) hands free.

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Jan 11, 2020

Using a hand free device is explicitly allowed by VTL §1225-c2a and VTL §1225-d does not rescind VTL §1225-c2a.

VTL §1225-d(2). For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(a) "Portable electronic device" shall mean any hand-held...
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Q: I got pulled over by a unmarked car on the bronx river. He pulled me over for no signal lane change, but

He also gave me a ticket for Stopping on the highway. He said he didnt like where i pulled over at took my license and made me get off the next exit. Is this points on your license? Worth fighting in court?

Yonkers court.

Eli Moore
Eli Moore answered on Jan 8, 2020

Failure to signal is a 2 point violation. I would recommend pleading not guilty. You will receive a conference date at which time you should try to get a reduction to a non-moving, no point violation. It is also possible to get the second ticket dismissed as covered by the plea

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Q: My Red Light ticket in NY will be more than 20 months old on the day of hearing, is this an automatic dismissal ?

Is there such a thing as auto dismiss if ticket is more than 18 months old

Eli Moore
Eli Moore answered on Dec 29, 2019

No dismissal as speedy trial does not apply to traffic infractions.

However, once 18 months have passed from the date of the ticket the points will no longer appear on your DMV record

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Q: I had a no seat belt ticket in 2002 but just finding out about it now It’s been 18 years is there a limitation on this
Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel answered on Dec 16, 2019

I am not sure how you can not know you got a ticket for seat belt violation since they hand it to you. There is, presumably, a judgment. A judgment accumulates interest. The enforcement of a judgment has a statute of limitations of 20 years, so it is still enforceable.

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Q: Got ticket when turning left from 96th into 2nd Av along with yellow arrow going off but still green light...

Do I have chances in court justifing hiring traffic lawyer?

There were no lines visible due to repavement and I was turning kind of along with the other car that was let go and one was turning behind me still ( ticketed as well). Pedestrians were two lines away possibly setting feet on... Read more »

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Oct 24, 2019

The question is not whether the pedestrians had the light: if the pedestrians were in the crosswalk, you were required to yield.

Even if you were technically guilty, you might win at trial. Even if you were not guilty, the officer's story might be different when he testifies at trial.

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Q: Point reduction system

I have 4 tickets that occurred in 2016. 3 of them i was found guilty and recieved 9 points. This last ticket the date is coming up(3points). I was wondering i took a Defensive Driving course in May 2019. Will it count to help reduce my points if my license was to get suspended.

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Oct 17, 2019

Usually the answer is no: the class helps for ticket received/issued 18 months prior to the date of the course.

In your case, I am assuming that your ticket is filed somewhere in NYC, where the Judges (ALJs) have discretion to look at the points differently, and can take into consideration...
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Q: We got a violation that we need commercial plates because we have lettering on a passenger vehicles.

We are a business. All of my trucks and vans have commercial plates as they should. I have a few passenger cars that have lettering.. These cars are driven by my sales staff. We got a violation that we need commercial plates because we have lettering on these vehicles. When we call the DMV, they... Read more »

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Oct 10, 2019

Now you fight the tickets. You can appear in court yourself, or hire a lawyer to argue the case for you.

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Q: How do I fill this out (...plea guilty to _______ in violation of traffic sections _______...)

section 1214. What would it be in "violation of?" Do I just write opening door in traffic under section 1214?

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Oct 5, 2019

No idea what form you are reading. Please post again with the name of the form you are filling out, and the court you are dealing with.

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Q: How many days notice does a lawyer need to be able to contact the courts after handing in the ticket

I forgot about my ticket with ten thousand things going on and I’m about to hand in a ticket and the court date is in two maybe three business days

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Oct 4, 2019

For traffic tickets you can find an attorney who can handle it last minute. Even the day of.

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Q: I received a ticket in nyc under 1225d (having electronic device in hand), but I have a FL license. will i get points?
Eli Moore
Eli Moore answered on Oct 1, 2019

This is a 5 point violation which will stay on your record in New York State for 18 months from the date of violation. Even though you have a Florida license, your driving privileges in New York will be suspended if you reach 11 points or more within an 18 month period.

I would recommend...
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Q: Received ticket for failure to notify address change, changed it on dmv website and never received further info.

Somewhat recently found out my license was suspended. I called the court and she said to email her guilty or not guilty to move forward, I just want to know what I should plead and if I will receive points on my license for that.

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Sep 25, 2019

This ticket does not carry points, but it may affect your driving record. You can choose to either plead not guilty and fight it or plead guilty and pay the fine.

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Q: If I was pulled over issued no tickets in Johnstown new York can an officer call me 2 weeks later and ask me to come in

To give an aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal impersonation chatge

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Sep 10, 2019

They can ask you, but you should not talk to the police without an attorney.

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Q: Is this impersonating an officer?

So I got a mustang that is outfitted like a police car, but none of the lights are functional and there is no siren. It says police on the side however it has no markings for a state or county. It is a replica of the transformers 5 mustang police. It's basically a show car. I drove it and got... Read more »

Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway answered on Sep 5, 2019

You are not likely to be charged with impersonating an officer unless you were clearly acting like a jack ass and doing so, however, I can see cops taking offense to this and pulling you over/possibly arresting you.

You say it is a show car so make it that. With regards to the tints, that...
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Q: I went to court in 2000 for a moving violation that I know it wasn't me. ticket was from 1998.

a police officer happens to be in building and showed up at court. he asked me if it's possible that the ruben Lopez which is me , got this ticket.. I said its impossible, because I never got stopped by any black police officer in my life.. this cop lied and he knows it and I know it, anyway judge... Read more »

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Sep 4, 2019

Sounds like he said she said. The officer says they gave you the ticket, and the judge believed the officer, and found you guilty. If you have a warrant, that means there is probably a criminal charge issued as well for driving suspended. If you cannot afford a attorney, you may be eligible for a... Read more »

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Q: What is the statute of limitations on VTL 1123 (New York)?

On July 25, 2018 I was pulled over and issued a ticket for violating VTL 1123. (After the fact, I realized I actually violated VTL 1124, the officer referenced the wrong statute.) I pleaded not guilty and received paperwork from the town court confirming they received my plea and noting they would... Read more »

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Sep 2, 2019

There are a number of points in the proceedings where different statutes of limitations apply. I assume you are asking about the start of the case, which is one year form the date of offense. If that is not what you had in mind, ask again with more specificity.

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Q: ¿WHAT I CAN DO? ¿ARE THIS HAPPENING FREQUENTLY?

Hellou Guys I just want to know something. i get convicted with 3 points few days ago, now i saw 3 points in my total of DMV record. But i don't know why they counting these points if the ticket is not a recent violation, these ticket was 3 years ago. So in this case: ¿Does not suppose the DMV to... Read more »

Eli Moore
Eli Moore answered on Aug 28, 2019

The conviction and points will appear on your record for 4 years. However, the points disappear and go back to zero 18 months after the date of violation.

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