Buffalo New York Speeding Ticket Attorneys

What to Expect in Your Traffic Ticket Case

Absent a trial, the process described below applies to the vast majority of traffic violations including tickets issued for speeding, cell phone use, failure to use seat belts, running a stop sign or red light, etc. 

1. Sending the Letter of Representation to the Traffic Court

First we send a letter to inform the court that we represent you and to enter a plea of not guilty on your behalf. We will also adjourn your case to later date to give us the opportunity to negotiate a reduction of your ticket. As a result, the court date printed on the ticket is no longer applicable.

For most traffic violations, you will not have to appear in court or send in a not guilty plea yourself.  If you are charged with a misdemeanor, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation for example, you will have to appear in court and we will advise you of the date, time, and what to expect at that appearance.

2. Negotiating a Reduction with the District Attorney's Office

The next step is for us to negotiate a reduction or dismissal with the prosecutor, we may do so in person or by letter depending on the circumstances. These negotiations result in a proposed disposition for your ticket. To help us formulate an argument on your behalf, we will ask you questions, either on the phone or via email, about the circumstances of your ticket and about you personally.

We will also need a copy of your driving record.  For clients licensed to drive in New York State, we will pull the driving record for you. For clients licensed to drive in another state or in a province of Canada, will ask you to contact that department of motor vehicles for a copy. Most states, Québec, and Ontario offer this service online.

3. Informing You and Gaining Your Consent to the Proposed Disposition

After we have a proposed resolution for your case, we will explain to you the reduction and the consequences of pleading guilty to the reduced charge. Often we use email for this purpose and allow you to consent via email. We also have clients stop into the office or use regular mail depending on the circumstances. 

4. Sending the Proposed Disposition to the Court

Once you have consented to the proposed disposition, we will send it to the court.  These dispositions are "proposed" because the court must accept it in order for you to gain the benefit of the reduction.  Most often, courts will go along with the deal we have worked out with prosecutor and then send a fine or dismissal notice to our office.

Occasionally, a court will reject the proposed disposition. If this happens, we will negotiate a new disposition or otherwise reach an acceptable outcome without any further charge to you. 

5. Sending You the Fine or Dismissal Notice

Typically, we will both email and mail the fine notice to ensure that you receive it. It will be your responsibility to pay the fine according to the court's instructions. Courts typically allow 2-4 weeks for payment of the fines.  We do not make fine payments for clients. 

The entire process usually takes about 4-8 weeks and we will let know as soon as anything happens in your case that requires your attention.  In the typical case, the first time we contact you will be after we have a proposed disposition requiring your consent. And, of course, we are always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have in the meantime. We are dedicated to prompt client communication and chances are great that you will speak to an attorney immediately.

We accept credit cards online, Paypal, cash, and checks.  Tickets may be faxed to (315) 254-2024 or scanned and emailed to office [at] azrialawoffice.com.  Please be advised that legal fees for traffic matters are due up front and we will not enter an appearance with a court until the legal fee is paid.  Court fines are not included in the legal fee.

 

 

 

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Reviews of Our Traffic Lawyers

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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

I was stopped by a NY state trooper for speeding on my way back to Canada right before the border crossing on I-81 in Mar. 2020. (Please be mindful about the signs of reducing speed. I didn't slow down quick enough). It was the first time I was stopped by a cop and I had no idea what I should do about this ticket. I searched on Google and decided to contact Mr. Azria. He was very nice to talk to and clarified all the questions I had regarding the ticket. In the end I did the online traffic safety training by Jefferson County. Mr. Azria helped me organize my correspondence with the DA and the court all the way through. I was quite fortunate to find him to fight the ticket for me. He and his assistant was very professional and knowledgeable. My charge was reduced to "failed to signal" and 2 points deduction. I appreciate the advice and help from Mr. Azria.

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Seth Azria is the man. He helped me of a traffic court case. I should have points on my license. I had to pay a small fine. Now the case is closed. Thanks Seth for your help...

Great Attorney!

My Husband and I received 3 moving violations between the 2 of us, within a month. All were reduced to 0 point non moving violations. My husband has a horrible driving record and would have lost his license without the help of Mr. Azria. He is the only attorney i trust with my traffic tickets. Over the past year and a half he has successfully handled 4 tickets for my family. Excellent!

Kristen posted to Avvo
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Mr. Azria is a thorough professional that explained me the complete process up to the dismissal of my case. Shannon in the office is a true gem. The entire process was handled with complete and clear explanation in each email. Highly recommend them for your traffic issues.

Happy Client

I received a "move over" violation in August. After reading many on-line reviews, I contacted D. Bruffett. The paralegal, Shannon, was very helpful and friendly. I had a comprehensive call with D. Bruffett on the same day and he told me what the best outcome could be. Within 2 days, Shannon had gone over all the material I had sent and within a month an agreement was reached with the court as per David's original proposal. Am very happy with the service and efficiency...

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