When charged with a traffic violation, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of traffic courts in New York.
The Traffic Violations Bureau
The TVB is not a true court. It is a state administrative agency that handles traffic tickets issued in:
- The five boroughs of New York City
- The city of Rochester
The most significant things to note about the TVB are:
- There is no plea bargaining. For each violation, a judge will find you either
not guilty (no points, no fine) or guilty (points if applicable and fine).
There will be no reduction of a charge or other negotiation.
- Failure to respond on time to a ticket or appear in court can quickly result in the suspension of your license or even an automatic guilty finding by default.
Due to the fact that there are no reductions or plea bargains at the TVB, the only way to challenge a ticket is to have a trial (hearing). The police officer serves as Prosecutor—the District Attorney is not involved with these administrative hearings.
Feifer & Greenberg, LLP has extensive experience and has successfully defended thousands of drivers at the TVB. Our attorneys are in each TVB office every day to fight cell phone tickets, speeding tickets and other moving violations issued in the TVB jurisdictions. We are confident that our firm provides the absolute best TVB representation and defense possible.
Local Village, Town, City and County Courts
Local village, town, city and county courts throughout the state handle traffic tickets issued outside of New York City and the few other Traffic Violation Bureau jurisdictions. Unlike the Traffic Violations Bureau, these are actual courts that follow traditional court procedures and often handle matters beyond traffic tickets. If you fail to appear for your hearing date, these courts may issue a warrant for your arrest.
The most significant things to note about the local courts are:
- Negotiation (plea bargaining) is an option. In most cases we can get prosecutors to agree to a deal which can significantly reduce the fine, surcharges, points, driver assessment fees, and potential insurance increases. A trial or hearing is only necessary when negotiation has failed for one reason or another.
- Failure to respond on time to a ticket or appear in court can quickly result in the suspension of your license.
There are many local courts throughout the state and they don’t all handle traffic tickets exactly the same. Understanding these differences is crucial as far as the strategy we employ and the recommendations we make to our clients.
Feifer & Greenberg, LLP appears daily to contest traffic tickets in local courts throughout New York. Our partners, associates and of-counsel attorneys are quite experienced and we are proud of our achievements and history of success in these courts.
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We have organized a statewide network of attorneys. In our network are both attorneys who work for Feifer & Greenberg and attorneys who work for other firms that regularly provide of-counsel representation to our clients. This statewide network allows us to match clients in a particular county or court with local attorneys who regularly appear on similar matters in the same county or court. It enables us to help clients anywhere in New York State and in our opinion provide particularly effective and affordable representation for our clients. Local attorneys can draw on their particular local experiences and, with travel time and expense removed from the equation, help us keep our legal fees low.
We can only guarantee that we will provide the best possible client service and legal representation. We can’t guarantee results. These are legal proceedings and we can’t promise you that every case will end in our favor. We will always honestly assess your case (both good and bad) and set realistic expectations during your consultation. We’ll discuss our goals and objectives but no attorney can ever guarantee how a case will conclude.
We recommend fighting almost all tickets. Even if the current NY traffic tickets aren’t particularly harmful, you have an incentive to keep your record clean for the future. Convictions quickly lead to surcharges, insurance increases and other complications. You should strongly consider any decision to pay a ticket without fighting.
Our lawyers are experienced, prepared attorneys who understand the nuances of fighting traffic tickets. Experience, preparation and good decision making help us to help our clients avoid points, surcharges, insurance increases and the other negatives that can easily result from a traffic ticket.