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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24 Comments

  • Andra
    November 14, 2018

    I got a speeding ticket over 2 months ago and mailed it back with a not guilty plead. I haven’t received anything back yet and when trying to look up the ticket, nothing shows up. It says I’m not in the system. Does it normally take this long? Who can I contact to get an update of my ticket and ensure it was received by the proper party?

    • Ronen Cohen
      November 14, 2018

      Andra – I would suggest contacting the local court that has jurisdiction over your case.

  • Ruth Chue
    October 25, 2018

    I have a. Courtdate. traffic about cell phone do not remember the court date Iam also disable with oxygen so hope you can help with date of court. Thanks

    • Ronen Cohen
      October 29, 2018

      Ruth – I suggest contacting the court in order to determine when you are scheduled to appear.

  • Meredith
    September 23, 2018

    Hi, the Bronx Traffic Court has changed my court date for a speeding ticket at least 3/4 times, and I changed it once. Is this still a valid ticket? I got it, believe, at least two years ago. Thank you for your help.

    • Ronen Cohen
      September 27, 2018

      Meredith – Adjourning court dates is common in this jurisdiction – and is not grounds for the dismissal of the ticket against you.

  • Maria pitogo
    July 11, 2018

    I got a uniform trafffic ticket in May and I’m suppose to mail it back 6/6/18 but I forgot about it I just found it right now what’s the next step that I will do?

    • Ronen Cohen
      July 13, 2018

      Maria – I would contact the court immediately and advise them of your error. You should determine whether you have been suspended for a failure to answer. Next, you will want to inquire the procedures for lifting a suspension (if necessary), or answering the ticket.

  • 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.

  • Matt M
    May 10, 2017

    I received my ticket in April and my court date is in March 2018, is the ticket processed against insurance or communicated to my state? Or is it presumed innocent until this far off court date?

    • RLF Attorneys
      May 12, 2017

      Matt – these violations should not impact your insurance or add points to your license until your case is resolved.

  • Jeffrey Alvarado
    December 4, 2016

    How many times can i change my court date hearings ?

    • RLF Attorneys
      December 7, 2016

      Scheduling of court dates is at the discretion of the judge, and varies by jurisdiction.

  • Alex
    July 27, 2016

    I have read the postponement introduction from the dmv.ny.gov. If I want to postpone my court date, where should I send the request to?

    On the website it is said I should mailed it to TVB. My hearing is at Wayland, NY, and I saw the TVB location given under the website is at Albany and Garden City, is that the right place I should send my request to?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      July 28, 2016

      If your violation is in the traffic violations bureau, you may generally postpone your case online. If your case is before a town court, I suggest you contact the court directly. These two courts are separate and distinct, and have differing procedures.

  • Andrew
    July 18, 2016

    Got a court date but I am only here until August and it is in October. I live normally about 6 hours away. Will I be able to reschedule to get a sooner date?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      July 20, 2016

      Andrew – you may contact the court to attempt to get an earlier date – although it is often not possible to accomplish this. In many cases such as yours, attorneys are able to fight traffic tickets without the need for the physical appearance of their client.

  • Ronda Kaplan
    May 23, 2016

    I want to change the court date of my traffic ticket I’m going to be away

    • Adam Rosenblum
      May 26, 2016

      If the ticket was issued within the 5 boroughs in New York you can make changes to your court date at dmv.ny.gov.