Shawangunk Town Court, Wallkill, NY
Shawangunk Town Court
14 Central Avenue, PO Box 247,
Town of Shawangunk Website: http://www.shawangunk.org/officials-departments.html
In most cases you do not have to appear in court. As your lawyer, I can stand in your place in court and in negotiations. Most importantly, I’ll explain how I can help you. The cost of fines and increased insurance premiums on a speeding violation can be very large. The cost of public transportation can be substantial. And if you’re a commercial driver losing your license, it means losing your job. I may be able to reduce your ticket to a lesser charge, or get it dismissed. I’ve been helping people with traffic cases, in Ulster County, for 30 years. Don’t pay the ticket before you’ve spoken with a lawyer.
If you’re concerned about your insurance premiums, your motor vehicle points, your driving record or any issues related to your traffic citation(s), call my New York office for a free consultation. Whether you’re a local Ulster County resident, a New York driver, an out-of-state driver or even a Canadian driver, I can help you with your tickets.Getting Stopped on Routes 7, 52 and 208
I can help, if you’ve been charged with:
- Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License
- Driving without a License
- Driving without Insurance
- High-Speed Tickets
- Cell Phone Tickets
- Commercial Drivers Licenses
- Repeat Offenders
- Other Traffic Violations
Don’t plead guilty. Use an experienced New York traffic lawyer.Shawangunk Traffic Court: What Happens During Your Case?
I begin with negotiations to reduce the charges. Negotiations to reduce charges are often made the day of the hearing, before the trial begins. The defense attorney and the police officer are often the two negotiators. Sometimes a prosecutor is part of the negotiation.What Gets Negotiated?
I will negotiate to try to dismiss the charges or to reduce the charges to a non-moving violation such as improper parking
I will try to reduce the charge so there are less points – for example a speeding ticket charge of 11-20 mph over the speed limit (4 points) might be reduced to one 1-10 mph over the speed limit (3 points)
Sometimes multiple charges can be merged into one which reduces the points and the fines
Because of my knowledge of the road conditions and the negotiators I can make arguments a non-Ulster or non-Shawangunk lawyer wouldn’t know how to make. Police officers and prosecutors (the key negotiators) know their cases sometimes are weak on the facts, the evidence or the law. A good defense lawyer can use these weaknesses to negotiate a better deal. It helps if the defense lawyer knows which weaknesses the judge is likely to think important. It helps if the defense lawyer knows which charges the officer/prosecutor is likely to make a plea deal on.Trying the Case
If a negotiated deal can’t be reached, the police officer and the prosecutor have the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. To do this:
- The police officer must appear
- The police officer must be able to prove the facts listed on the citation
- The police officer and/or the prosecutor must be able to prove that a motor vehicle law was violated. Not every wrong deserves a citation
- The defense lawyer (me) has the right to question/cross-examine the police officer
Your conviction will be sent to the NY Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The NY DMV may forward the convictions to your home state or home country
You may have to pay a fine, penalty or court costs. If the charges have been reduced, you will have to pay much less. That’s one of my aims (other than having the charge dismissed) — to reduce the consequences
Your insurance rates may increase
Your license may be suspended or revoked
A speeding ticket and other traffic violations can put points on your driver’s license. Too many points can lead to an increase in your insurance premiums and the possible suspension of your license. Before you pay a traffic fine in Shawangunk Town, Court, Walkhill, NY, contact us, or call my office at (845) 256-8274 for a free consultation.
I will have empathy for your situation. I understand the distress of being stopped by the police. I’ll explain the traffic court process and the possible consequences including all of the financial costs. In most cases, you do not have to appear in court.