So you just got a traffic ticket. Relax it does not make you an ax murderer. The most important thing is to read the ticket to make sure you know where the ticket is returnable. This means which court has jurisdiction over your ticket? It is recommended that you sign the ticket and mark off the section for not guilty. Also its a good idea to request a supporting deposition at this time. Make a copy of the ticket and mail the ticket to the Court.
When you get a traffic ticket you are entitled to whats called a suppporting deposition. The principle behind a supporting deposition is that the motorist should be given some basic information about why the ticket was issued and what the motorist did that constituted an offense. The New York State Police and many other police agencies have started giving you a supporting deposition at the time you are pulled over. If you request a supporting deposition when you mail your ticket it you should be sent one prior to your trial date. If you havent received it by then the ticket can be dismissed.
Depending on what jurisdiction you got your ticket in the District Attorney's Office or possibly the police officer who wrote you the ticket will try to negotiate a disposition with you. When you go to court you should take with you a copy of your drivers abstract, this is a document that you can get from the DMV that shows that you dont have any prior tickets or if you do what they were for. Ask the ADA for what you want! If you have a good driving history ask them for a non moving violation with a higher fine so that you dont get points on your license. Some jurisdictions will not reduce moving violations to non moving ones but many will. Some jurisdication will even dismiss your ticket if you take defensive driving.
Traffic trials happen every day. The key is being focused on the elements of the charge. Do your research and find out from the Vehicle and Traffic Law what the DA has to prove in order to find you guilty of this charge. Dont be scared to cross examine the police officer about things that are pertinent to your case, ability to see your car, weather conditions etc.
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