Woodstock Justice Court, Woodstock, NY
Woodstock Justice Court
76 Tinker Street,
Woodstock NY 12498
Woodstock Justice Court Website: http://woodstockny.org/content/Departments/View/7
Don’t pay the ticket before you’ve spoken with a lawyer. In most cases you do not have to appear in court. As your lawyer, I can stand in your place in Woodstock Justice Court and in negotiations. Most importantly, I’ll explain how I can help you. The cost of fines and higher insurance premiums on a speeding violation in NY can be substantial. The costs for substitute transportation may be very expensive. And if you lose your license, you can lose 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, New York, for 30 years.
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 who was stopped on Route 40, a New York driver ticketed on Route 45, an out-of-state driver pulled over on Route 212 or even a Canadian driver just passing through, I can help you 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
Don’t plead guilty. Use an experienced New York traffic lawyer.What Happens When You Go to Woodstock Justice Traffic Court?
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. Occasionally, the negotiations can precede the hearing date. Occasionally, negotiations happen after the police office presents his/her case or before the judge makes the final decision. 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 County or non-Woodstock lawyer wouldn’t know how to make.Trying the Case
If a negotiation can’t be reached, the police officer and the prosecutor have the burden of proving their case (beyond a reasonable doubt) and making sure the police officer presents proper evidence. Additionally, the defense lawyer (me) has the right to question/cross-examine the police officer as to all the facts and every aspect of the law.The Effect of the Judge’s Decision
If you’re found not guilty, your charges will be dismissed
If you’re found guilty of any charges, those charges may be forwarded to the state or country that issued your license and sent to the NY Department of Motor Vehicles
You may have to pay a fine, penalty or court costs. If the charges have been reduced, you will have to pay much less. I aim for reducing the consequences when I cannot have your charges dropped entirely
If you’re found guilty of any moving violations, your insurance rates will probably increase
If you’re found guilty, your license may be suspended or revoked
A speeding ticket and other traffic violations such as improper passing 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 Woodstock, 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.