Bedford Traffic Court Lawyer
Bedford DWI Lawyer
If you have a pending case in the Bedford traffic court, don’t risk your license. Call the experienced legal professionals at the Law Offices of Harold Dee.
Mr Dee and his team of family attorneys have represented thousands of motorists in traffic courts throughout the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws. Charges have ranged from: speeding tickets, traffic tickets, cell phone violations, DWI arrests, reckless driving, suspended operators and suspended registrations, and a host of others. Harold Dee can represent you in the Bedford Traffic Court if you have been charged with a moving violation, DWI or any other traffic related crime.
New York State traffic courts normally allow attorneys to represent defendants with written authorization from the client, however, it is not so with Criminal Court where the Defendant’s presence is normally required. In both CT and NJ, Courts want the Defendant present in court, excepting special circumstances.
The Law Office of Harold Dee specializes in helping clients with traffic ticket violations and crimes since 1987.
Meet The Harold Dee Legal Team Available To Represent You In The Bedford Justice Court:
Bedford Court Traffic Ticket and DWI Defense Lawyer
After the metal detector you will be greeted by a court clerk asking you what “matter” you are there on. If you received a ticket from a town officer, or the MTA Police, the Westchester County Police, the NYS Park Police, or the Enviromental Police Force, the conferences start at 11 am and are usually with the actual officer (or his/her representative) that issued the summons. An offer is usually made to allow you to plead to a lesser charge such as a reduced speed, reduced points, a seat belt or cell phone, or maybe a parking ticket. A lot will depend on your “attitude quotient” or in other words, how nice or nasty you may have been at the car stop. Other considerations are your reasons or excuses, (couldn’t see the sign), violation history, and demeanor. The officer will have your driving history which would have been downloaded from DMV.
What happens after receiving a traffic ticket in the Bedford Town Court?
At 12 noon the NYS Police calendar begins. If the speeding ticket was issued by the New York State Police (Troopers) then you will meet with one of two attorneys representing the State in its dealings with you. The attorney will review the charge and based on the considerations discussed above may make an offer to allow you to plead to a lesser charge in full satisfaction of the original charge. You are free to accept the offer or decline to accept it. If that is the case then the ticket will be scheduled for a trial on a future date. You will be notified by mail and normally are given about 4-6 weeks notice. Bear in mind that the Bedford Town Court does not allow offers for those charged with speeding over 100 miles per hour. If you decide to accept the “plea offer” then the fine must be paid that day by credit card or cash. American Express is not accepted although Visa and Mastercard are. Fines range from $50 to approximately $350.00. If you do not have the money the Court will normally not accept the offer and make you return on a future date to start the process anew. You may ask why allow plea bargaining? Well, imagine the Court conducting 250 trials. The motorist’s attitude should be offer something or bring the officer in and prove the charge. Why employ an attorney? An experienced Vehicle and Traffic Attorney is probably more knowledgeable than you and may save you many dollars in negotiating a dismissal of the charges, or bargaining for a disposition that will protect your driving privileges and insurance rates. Also, if you are represented by Counsel you do not have to be there, the attorney negotiating a disposition on your behalf will be allowed two weeks to have the Defendant mail in the fine, eliminating the need to stand on line for an hour or so to pay the fine. Please feel free to call our office at 1.800.HAROLDDee with any questions you may have.
The Bedford Justice Court derives a large number of its speeding traffic tickets from I-684 and the Saw Mill River Parkway. By far, speeding convictions take more New York drivers off the road than any other violation. New York State will suspend or revoke a motorist who has three or more speeding ticket convictions (and/or misdemeanors) for violations that were issued within the same eighteen month period. Many drivers are completely unaware of New York’s stringent rules requiring a six month revocation of one’s driving privileges once three speeding convictions have occurred. Strange as it may seem, a motorist could be off the road for six months with only five (5) points on his/her license. For example, if each of three speeding charges are bargained down to just five miles over the limit (60/55 mph zone) from a higher charge (i.e., 80/55 @ 6 points), the point total for each speed is only 3 (see chart within 1-10 mph over the limit is assessed three points) yielding 9 points before taking the Driver Safety Course which offers a four point reduction of the driver’s point total. Once the course is completed the motorist point total is only five (5) yet there is a six month revocation for having incurred three speeding traffic ticket (or misdemeanors) convictions within the same eighteen month period. This revocation also applies to an out of state motorist’s right to drive in New York State. That sister state motorist’s license would not be affected in the other 49 States unless his/her home State took license action due to an out of state suspension or revocation of privileges.
New York DMV doesn’t care how many miles a year you drive. The Sunday driver gets the same point allotment that a taxi driver receives. The Driver Responsibility Assessment is another surcharge on individuals who operate vehicles in N.Y. Now, if you are unlucky enough to have been found guilty of at least six points, all issued within the same 18 months, there is a DMV surcharge of $300.00 payable at once or at the rate of $100.00 annually. Failure to pay will result in a suspension of your license to operate in New York State. This applies to out of state motorists as well. To add insult to injury, there is an additional charge of $25.00 per year for each of three years for each point exceeding six. For example, if one were to accumulate ten points, the annual surcharge would be $200 or $600 over the three years. Taking the Driver Safety Course does not result in a reduction of the surcharge.
The Bedford Town Court is responsible for all court matters including all moving traffic violations; civil matters, criminal cases, and small claims cases. The hours of operation for the traffic court is every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays starting at 11 am, and criminal court is held every Thursday at 7pm.
You can pay parking tickets on line at http://www.bedfordny.info/html/d_town_court.html
Town Court Judges: Erik P. Jacobsen and David A. Menken
Court Clerks: Diane Georgio and Nancy Artese
Location: 321 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Telephone: (914) 666-6965
FAX: (914) 666-2490
Mr. Dee a Bedford traffic ticket Attorney represents people charged with speeding and other traffic ticket violations and criminal offenses like DWI, AUO, (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation which means driving while knowing your license is suspended.), Operating a vehicle with a suspended registration (i. e., insurance cancelled), Vehicular Homicide or Manslaughter, and other criminal violations of New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law. Harold Dee understands the legal system and employs his knowledge and skills in order to present the right arguments and defenses on your behalf.
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Please call our office at 1.800.HAROLDDee or 1.800.427.6533 for a free telephone consultation with a knowledgeable paralegal or attorney to discuss your pending New York speeding ticket or other traffic ticket, or DWI misdemeanor or felony matter.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS TO THE BEDFORD TOWN COURT
From the South: Take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Exit 39 (117 Bedford Hills). At the stop at the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Route 117 North. Route 117 bends to the right within 500 feet of the stop sign. The Town Court is the first driveway on the left after the bend.
From the North: Take I-684 south to Exit 5 (117 Saw Mill Pkwy). Take the Parkway to Exit 39N (117 North). At the stop sign off the exit ramp, you will be looking at the Town Court across the street to the right.
From the East over Route 35: Take Route 35 east to the I-684 interchange. Turn left at the second traffic signal and follow signs for the Saw Mill River Parkway. Follow I-684 to Exit 39N for the Saw Mill River Parkway. Take Parkway Exit 39N (117 North). At the stop sign off the exit ramp, you will be looking at the Town Court across the street to the right.
From the East over Route 172: Take Route 172 to the intersection with Route 22. Follow Route 22 North to a Y intersection at Bedford Center Road. Turn left at the Y and follow Bedford Center Road into the Hamlet of Bedford Hills. At the flag pole, turn left and continue to the next traffic signal. Turn right at the traffic signal onto Route 117 North. Route 117 bends to the right within 900 feet of the signal. The Town Court is the first driveway on the left after the bend.
From the West over Route 35: Take Route 35 east to the traffic signal at Route 117. Turn right onto Route 117 South. Follow 117 through the hamlet of Katonah. The Town House is on the right side 0.8 miles after the traffic signal at Harris Road.
By Metro North Railroad. The Court is a 5 minute walk directly west of the Bedford Hills Train Station on the Metro North Harlem Line from Grand Central. The train ride is less than an hour from Grand Central Station and is offered at least hourly.