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In New York, does a Defendant Have to Appear in Court to Fight a Traffic Ticket?

The short answer is no. New York law allows for an attorney to go to court instead of their client. The attorney needs to prepare an authorization allowing the attorney to adjudicate the case without the client. This does not present a problem in the vast majority of cases. A typical traffic ticket is......

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Motion Coram Nobis

Our firm gets the following phone call at least once a week: “I pled guilty to a ticket and now I regret it. Can anything be done”? There can be numerous reasons why one would want to change their mind from a guilty plea. You may get an astronomical bill from the court......

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Stopping a Motorists Twice for Same Violation

In a decision out of Michigan (Debra Lee Cruise-Gulyas v. Matthew Wayne Minard), a federal court ruled a police officer is not allowed to stop a motorist more than once for the same violation. An officer pulled over a motorist for speeding. The officer decided......

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Town and Village Court Justices

It is a little known fact that most town and village justices in New York are not attorneys. This means these judges never passed the bar and never even went to law school. Some in fact never graduated high school. This is not to say that there is......

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