Dealing with a New York Parking Ticket

February 10, 2010 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Promptness is essential in beating a parking ticket in Buffalo, New York. The city only allows 15 days from the date your parking ticket is issued to plead not guilty. After this period, the court will impose penalties as well as fines. The longer you wait to address this issue the worst it will be. If months go by and you still haven’t answered to the court or paid your ticket, a judgment can be entered against you. This can lead to your car being impounded and can prevent you from renewing your motor vehicle registration.

If you fail to respond or pay your parking ticket after a year, the state will not reduce or grant financing for that parking ticket. In fact, the vehicle owner will be required to pay the entire outstanding amount for tickets that have been in default for over one year. Ignoring the judgment completely can lead to a felony conviction that may include: fines of up to $5,000, a stint in jail or probation. The penalties will definitely increase with every ticket that remains unanswered and every fine that’s not paid.

Fortunately, the court provides options to accommodate all vehicle owners. These owners can respond to their tickets via mail, online or in person at the courthouse. An additional option provided by the court is the option to postpone hearings and reschedule them for a later date.  For the ticket’s first postponement, the appropriate forms must be received by mail at least 10 days before the date of the scheduled hearing. Postponement requests may also be made in person at that office or by telephone at least one day before your hearing date. If you want to postpone your hearing for a second time, you will need a “good cause” statement.

If you were completely unsuccessful in fighting your parking ticket or getting your fine reduced, you have the right to appeal the decision by the Administrative Law Judge. To request an appeal, you must file an Application for Appeal within 30 days of the Administrative Law Judge’s hearing decision.

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