After New York City, Buffalo is the largest city in New York State. It is located in the northwestern corner of the state, at the Canadian border. The population of the city proper is over 250 thousand. The city is the economic and cultural source for most of the surrounding region. The Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area has a population of over a million.
Buffalo serves as the gateway across the Canadian border and has a number of highways. The I-190 is part of the New York State Thruway. It runs across the city before turning up and running the length of the city. Other major highways include the Buffalo Skyway (NYS-5), Kensington Expressway (NYS-33), and Scajaquada Expressway (NYS-198).
In general, the highways are patrolled by the State Troopers and the local roads are patrolled by the local Buffalo Police Department. All traffic tickets issued within the City of Buffalo are adjudicated in the Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency, in downtown Buffalo.
Up until 2015, all Buffalo City traffic tickets were adjudicated in the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). The TVB was part of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, a state agency. Under TVB rules, every contested ticket must have a hearing in front of an administrative judge and there was no plea bargaining. Also there were little discovery rights. This generally resulted in poor dispositions for contested traffic tickets.
In 2015, the City of Buffalo opted out of the State’s Traffic Violations Bureau and initiated the Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency (BTVA). The BTVA is similar to what Nassau and Suffolk County are doing with their traffic tickets. The main difference between BTVA and the prior TVB is that BTVA allows for plea bargaining. This means if you plead not guilty to the ticket, and go to court, you can be somewhat confident you will at least get a reduction off the points on the ticket.
The downside is that now more tickets are issued. According to some sources, this has to do with the allocation of fines. While under the TVB, the funds from fines went to the state. The new BTVA format means the money from the fines is going to the City of Buffalo. This means there is political pressure on the police force to issue more tickets and bring in more revenue to the city.
Another explanation is that since these violations can now be reduced, officers do not feel so bad issuing the tickets. While under the TVB, tickets often had disastrous consequences, especially if the defendant had a bad record or received a serious ticket(s). Now that charges can get reduced it is less likely that a ticket will have disastrous consequences. There are other rationales as well.
The Benjamin Goldman Law Office is a traffic ticket defense firm. We help motorists in the Buffalo area with all kinds of traffic violations, including speeding charges. Our primary area of practice is Vehicle & Traffic Law and we have been in bussines for more than ten years. The Benjamin Goldman Law Office offers a free consultation. You can feel free to reach out and discuss your options.
New York State law provides that your attorney can attend court in your place to deal with your traffic ticket. This means if you retain counsel, you can get your ticket reduced without leaving the comfort of your home. The other advantage to retaining counsel, is that an experienced traffic ticket attorney can probably get a more advantageous result.
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