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What to Do When You Receive a Default Traffic Ticket in New York

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Have you received a default conviction through New York’s DMV Traffic Violations Bureau? If so, you may think that there is nothing left that can be done. Luckily, you may have some options. Here’s what to know about a default traffic ticket conviction.

What Is a Default Traffic Ticket Conviction?

When a driver is issued a traffic ticket, he or she has a set amount of time to “answer” it. This means that they have a limited amount of time to plead guilty or not guilty to it. But when the recipient fails to answer at all, and the DMV fails to receive a plea, the DMV will automatically convict the motorist of the ticket. 

What Can You Do After a Default Conviction?

If you have been default convicted, you may be able to overturn it. To do so you must fill out a formal written request (application) to the DMV to have the conviction “reopened.” The application that you will fill out to do so will ask for a written explanation as to why you did not answer the ticket to begin with. What you put for this is extremely important since the DMV will expect to see a valid excuse rather than that you “forgot” or “didn’t receive” the hearing notice. It’s important to note that there is no time limit for submitting an application after a default conviction. You can even do so years later. 

Why Would You Reopen a Case?

You may be thinking that what is done is done. However, applying to reopen a default conviction can be extremely helpful for drivers who have been default convicted of driving without insurance. This is because New York state requires all motorists to carry car insurance and a conviction for not carries a mandatory and automatic license revocation for a minimum of one year as well as a $750 civil fine. 

What to Expect After Applying

Once you apply to have your case reopened, your application will either be granted or denied by the DMV. Should your application be granted, the DMV court may dismiss the ticket completely or may schedule it for a trial. If you have a trial, a judge will decide whether or not you’re guilty of the original charge. If you are found guilty you will receive points on your driver’s license and possibly an assessment fee. 

If you are found not guilty, the ticket will disappear and you will not receive any points on your license.

AutoTrafficTickets.com Helps Those in New York Who Have Been Issued a Traffic Ticket

If you have been charged with any traffic violation, including a default ticket conviction in New York, it is best to contact an experienced New York traffic ticket attorney as soon as possible. 

A knowledgeable and experienced traffic ticket attorney understands the relevant laws. AutoTrafficTickets.com can help you to receive the best outcome. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!

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