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Waiting three years for trial

Pleasantville, NY |

I received a traffic ticket three years ago and have been waiting for trial. I finally was sent notification. Can I ask for a dismissal?

Attorney Answers 7


  1. Yes. You have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. The cases say that after 2 years the prosecution must explain the delay. However, most Judges require the moton to be made in writing and filed and served before the court date. If this is a defense you want to mount I suggest you retain a criminal defense lawyer.

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  2. Yes, but it likely has to be done by way of a written motion filed before trial.

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  3. Motion is dismiss.
    If they don't take your motion say you want a attorney and do not continue the trial.
    Which court was this?

    This is not legal advice. If order to give you legal advice i would need to see the Tickets and talk to the court first. Good luck:)


  4. It is your right to ask. Does not mean the answer will be "yes".