How To Change Your Court Date For A Traffic Ticket In New York

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New York Traffic Trial Judge

So you’ve gotten a traffic ticket and you decided to fight the ticket in court.  Your first step is to plead not guilty and have your plea registered with the court so that they can set up a court date.  If your case is being heard by the Traffic Violations Bureau then you can take steps to adjourn your court date by visiting the New York’s DMV website here. If your case is not pending in the Traffic Violations Bureau you should mail in your not guilty plea and save a copy for your records.

What Should I Do If I Can’t Make It to Court On The Day It Is Assigned?

It’s important that you take every step to communicate your situation to the court. Ignoring the ticket or your court date will only make matters worse. Rescheduling your court date is quite common and most courts can be accommodating.

If your case is being heard by the Traffic Violations Bureau, you should be able to get a postponement using the link above or by visiting a TVB office.  If your case is pending elsewhere, contact the court and ask to speak with the court clerk about a continuance or an “adjournment”.  These words just mean that you wish to reschedule your court date and have it resolved some day in the future.  Generally, the clerk can grant you one adjournment and with some courts you may get two.  If the clerk allows you to adjourn your case they will confirm the date over the phone and send you a new court date.

What If The Clerk Says That I Need To Make An Appearance?

Generally if you mail a letter to the court verifying your reason for not being able to come (i.e, surgery, business travel) then the court should grant your request.  If the court does not grant your request you should consult with an attorney.  In many cases an attorney can make the appearance on your behalf and take care of settling the matter without you having to come to court.

An attorney should be able to speak both with the prosecutor in possibly negotiating a settlement for your case or may be able to reschedule the case.  Many times courts adjust and accommodate schedules for attorneys because an attorney needs time to discuss the matter with their client and also schedule their own availability for court.  Moreover, since attorneys handle many cases the court is more inclined to help the attorney adjust his schedule.

Why Should I Hire An Attorney For A Simple Traffic Ticket?

In New York the legal process can often be confusing and difficult to navigate.  An attorney is a licensed professional that can help protect your rights and defend you throughout the legal process.  An experienced attorney knows the process and procedure for a case to be handled properly and can successfully negotiate a settlement.  The best part is for many cases in New York, you as a client will not be required to come to court if you have hired an attorney to represent you.

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16 Comments

  • Wendell McLeod
    December 8, 2017

    I entered in my plea today online and it gave me a court date for yesterday. How do I reschedule to a future date. There must be something wrong with the system.

  • Martin
    October 10, 2017

    When is the last opportunity to change my court date online? 1 week before? 2 weeks? Is there a system to the rescheduling time frame?

    • RLF Attorneys
      October 20, 2017

      Martin – It depends which court you are referring to.

  • Jesse
    July 5, 2017

    I’ve pleaded not guilty on my TVB ticket. Couple of days later it came back with some mail that gave information about the location of the scheduled hearing. Is there any way that I can change the location?

    • RLF Attorneys
      July 14, 2017

      Generally speaking, you can not change venue in this court system.

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