It is very important that you answer your traffic ticket in a timely manner.
Failure to answer your traffic ticket may cause your driver license to become suspended. In addition, if you fail to answer your traffic ticket or appear in court on the scheduled date, after a certain period of time, the Court may enter a default conviction and order you to pay fines and surcharges. If you still fail to pay fines and surcharges, the Court may enter additional suspension of your driver’s license or driving privileges, if you reside or have a license from out-of-state. In addition, Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) will assess points against your driver’s license or privilege for the default convictions the same way as if you went to court and were convicted.
Moreover, if you continue to operate a motor vehicle while your driver license remains suspended, you can be charged with a crime – unclassified Misdemeanor – aggravated unlicensed operation in the 3rd degree (driving with a suspended license) under VTL 511.1. Depending on a number of dates and outstanding suspensions, this can be a more serious charge of VTL 511.2 or even VTL 511.3 as a felony. When pulled over for this offense, the police may formally arrest you, bring you to a precinct for processing and then transport you to court for arraignment.
As you can see, simply forgetting to answer a traffic ticket, may result in compounding problems that will cause you time, aggravation, money, and possibly a criminal charge.
If you think you may have outstanding moving violations, you can contact
NYS DMV https://dmv.ny.gov to check on its status.
If you have questions, please contact our office for a detailed consultation.