Traffic Ticket Diversion (Reduction) Information

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE BEFORE PROCEEDING:  

COVID-19 PANDEMIC – AUGUST 10, 2020 UPDATE:  

         The Madison County District Attorney’s Office is slowly reopening along with the New York State Court System.  The re-opening of the courts, and the need to address a backlog of criminal cases postponed during the pandemic, have put added strain on the resources of the District Attorney’s Office.  As a result, we can only continue to process Traffic Diversion Requests made by attorneys that strictly follow the instructions set out herein.  Due to staffing issues, we will only respond to properly submitted diversion requests.  

As of August 21, 2020, we will only accept emails and letters requesting diversion from attorneys.  For anyone not represented by an attorney, they must personally appear in Court on the next scheduled District Attorney Day.   We regret the inconvenience.

Thank you and stay safe!


IMPORTANT DIVERSION PROGRAM NOTES:

*          You cannot presently pay online and any required administrative fees must be mailed in as per the directions below.  Personal checks are not accepted.  

 

**        It is your responsibility to enter a not guilty plea with the court and to obtain an adjournment of your case.  If you are not represented by an attorney, you must personally appear to conference the matter with an Assistant District Attorney.  If instead of personally appearing, you wish to retain an attorney, it is your responsibility to obtain any needed adjournment of your case.  Only the court can give you an adjournment date.  If you need an adjournment, please click on this link to see a listing of the courts in Madison County and the telephone number that you should contact for an adjournment:  https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/417/Justice-Courts 

 

***      "FIX IT” OR INSPECTION TICKETS are handled differently.  If your only tickets are “fixit” or inspection, then simply mail into the Court a copy of the ticket and proof the equipment violation has been fixed or the vehicle inspected.  If that is the only ticket you received, the Court will notify the District Attorney’s Office upon receipt of these materials and we will move to dismiss.  If you have turned in the plates and disposed of the vehicle rather than having it fixed or inspected, you must submit proof of the surrender of your license plates or the sale/destruction of the vehicle before the ticket will be dismissed.

 

If you are represented by an attorney or considering retaining an attorney:


An attorney represents your interests.  The attorney will contact the District Attorney’s Office directly 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.  


If you have an attorney, please have your attorney start the process by sending an email to:   traffictickets@madisoncounty.ny.gov.   (This email address is exclusively for attorneys and all other people using this email will not receive a reply.)  

The email should include in the subject line:

  1. The name of the client;
  2. The client’s date of birth;
  3. The court in which the ticket is pending;
  4. The type of ticket issued, and the ticket number.  (IF THE TICKET IS FOR SPEEDING, THE ALLEGED SPEED AND THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE SUBJECT LINE.)   

The body of the email should include:

  1. A request for diversion;
  2. Any equities the attorney feels are appropriate.  

The attachments – in PDF form – should include:

  1. A copy of the ticket;
  2. Any other relevant information.  

The District Attorney’s Office will respond by email directly to the attorney with further instructions, conditions, and will set the appropriate administrative fee.

PLEASE NOTE THAT traffictickets@madisoncounty.ny.gov IS AVAILABLE FOR USE BY AN ATTORNEY ONLY.  ALL OTHER EMAILS FROM NON-ATTORNEYS WILL NOT BE ANSWERED. 

 

If you are not represented by an attorney and wish to be considered for traffic diversion, as of August 21, 2020, this must be done by personally appearing in the local court on the next scheduled District Attorney Day for a conference.