A violation under section 1163-a of the #Vehicle and Traffic Law, for improper or unsafe turn without a signal carries a maximum fine $150 fine, with 15 days in jail, and two points on your license. There is also an $85 surcharge. I agree with attorney Weiss that we should seek counsel. I recommend that you seek local counsel was familiar with the courts in your area.
If you have a clean record, the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office may offer a reduction to a zero points nonmoving violation. In most courts, a zero points nonmoving violation will not carry a surcharge or points, so you can save yourself a little bit of money. If you plead guilty to this charge, the $235 in fines, plus the two points, could jeopardize your license if you receive another ticket, particularly in a situation where you are involved in an accident. Frequently, it is possible to have your ticket dismissed for technical reasons, which more than makes up for the cost of hiring a lawyer.
If you wish to discuss this matter further, you can find the Snyder Law Firm's conctact information in my profile (315-451-3040). Often times, the cost of hiring a lawyer in the long run will save you money, time and aggravation. If you decide to fight the ticket yourself, which I would recommend that you do if you cannot afford an attorney (call for quotes), the Dist. Atty. will have a night at each of the local courts for you to seek a disposition. Be prepared to wait though, there will frequently be over 100 people waiting to meet with the DA.