Traffic Ticket Reduction Information
IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTEBEFORE PROCEEDING:
* You cannot presently pay online and any required administrative fees must be mailed in asper the directions provided after your acceptance into the Madison County Traffic Diversion program. Personal checks are not accepted. Please be sure to submit only the traffic diversion application along with a copy of your ticket (including, if it is a “fix it” ticket, proof that the equipment violation has been corrected), and, if you wish to speedy up the process, proof of the completion of a Defensive Driving Course taken after the issuance of your ticket(s).
** It is your responsibility to enter a not guilty plea with the court and to obtain an adjournment of your case. If you do not do so, you must personally appear on the date appearing on your ticket or scheduled by the court. Filling out and sending in an application does not change your next scheduled court date. Only the court can give you an adjournment date. Please click on this link to see a listing of Madison County Courts and the telephone number for the Courts: https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/417/Justice-Courts
*** Do not delay applying. Even if accepted, there will be conditions that you will have to complete before your ticket is diverted or a reduction offer is made. Any conditions must be completed before your next court date or you must obtain from the court a further adjournment. (See link above for Madison Court contact information.) If you do not obtain a further adjournment, you must personally appear at your next court date.
**** “Fix it” tickets only require that you send in a copy of the ticket and proof the equipment violation has been fixed. If that is the only ticket you received, the ticket will be dismissed. If you have turned in the plates and disposed of the vehicle rather than having it fixed, you must submit proof of the surrender of your license plates or the sale/destruction of the vehicle.
In Madison County, there are three ways to obtain a traffic ticket reduction. Each of the three ways start with the completion and submission of an Application for Traffic Diversion (unless you are represented by an attorney who will contact us on your behalf):
Madison County Traffic Diversion Program – If you do not retain an attorney, all requests for a traffic ticket diversion must start by submitting an application for the Madison County Application for Traffic Diversion. If your application is accepted, participation in this program will result in a dismissal of your ticket with no additional fines or surcharges imposed by the Court.
If your application is not accepted, an alternative reduction proposal will be emailed to you that you can accept or reject. If you accept, you can enter a plea by hitting “reply all” to the email sent to you to notify the Court and the District Attorney’s Office that you are accepting the proposal. By accepting this proposal, you are agreeing that the “reply all” email is the equivalent of an original signed document accepting the reduction offer. The Court will then notify you of the fine and surcharge. This fine and surcharge must be paid before the Court will officially enter the reduction into its records and close your case. If you reject the alternative reduction proposal, the Court will schedule your case for a trial at which time you must personally appear or the trial can proceed without you.
· While rare exceptions are made, one of the requirements for participation in diversion is the completion online or in person of a New York State DMV approved Defensive Driving Course (DDC) (unless you live out of state or country – see below). To see a list of approved DDC providers and to learn about how completion of the DDC will remove points from your license and reduce your insurance rate, please review the following documents:
· If you live out of state or out of country (such as Canada), you must complete a Defensive Driving Course online or in person that is offered in your state or country of residence. If you wish, you can try to complete one approved by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, however, you might run into an issue because you do not have a New York State driver identification number.
· While you do not have to complete a Defensive Driving Course prior to submitting your Application for Traffic Diversion, doing so will significantly speed up the process of resolving your ticket(s).
· To learn more about the Traffic Diversion Program and to apply, please review the following documents:
o Program Information & Instructions – You should review this document before you apply for the Traffic Diversion Program. Click here to review and/or download.[hyperlink]
o Apply by Mail – Click here to download application that you can fill out, print, and mail in. (You must include with the application all required documents as set out in the application form including providing an email address.)
o Apply by Email – Download and fill out the application by going to the link set out above and then scan the application and any required or optional documents. Send everything as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Apply Online – Click here to apply online. (You must upload any required or optional documents as part of the online application – see “Program Information & Instructions”) [hyperlink]
· You will be notified by email as to whether you have been accepted into the Traffic Diversion Program and what conditions you must complete to successfully divert you traffic ticket.
Traffic Ticket Reduction – If you are not eligible for the Traffic Diversion Program, your Application for Traffic Diversion will be treated as a request for a reduction and you will be notified by email as to the offer made and any conditions you must fulfill in accepting the offer for a reduction (also see above for acceptance or rejection of this alternative reduction offer). Again, you are to fill out and submit only the Application for Traffic Diversion Program – along with a copy of your ticket(s) and any other required or optional documentation – to begin the review process.
Retain an Attorney – An attorney represents your interests. The attorney will contact the District Attorney’s Office to resolve your ticket. Depending on your circumstances, the attorney can present all equities on your behalf and request an appropriate disposition of your ticket that can include the Traffic Diversion Program (even if you think you are ineligible). An attorney can also request waivers of certain program requirements such as the need to complete a defensive driving course. Usually, the attorney can do all this without the need for you to personally appear in court. Keep in mind that an attorney understands the system and how to navigate it successfully.