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Buddy asked for my help going to traffic court on a speeding ticket in Suffolk County, NY....

Any advice? Never been to traffic court before, and its not goorange88810/23/17
HE’s lucky, in Virginia doing 15 over is reckless driving notreallyalawyer10/23/17
Yeah the way they do it on Long Island, it seems, is that th goorange88810/23/17
As i've heard about traffic court, your best bet is knowing notreallyalawyer10/23/17
I assume you are talking about TVB in hauppauge? If he doesn retard10/23/17
Yes, Hauppauge. That's good to hear. He has never had a movi goorange88810/23/17
You go in, walk straight past security and the hearing rooms retard10/23/17
This is extremely helpful. Thank you. Really appreciate it. goorange88810/23/17
Good luck. Make sure your phone is charged as there may be a retard10/23/17
I'm curious, when attorneys take these kind of cases, is it notreallyalawyer10/23/17
I'm not really sure. When I went there I was working for a b retard10/23/17
Cool, thanks for the info. notreallyalawyer10/23/17
And LOL at the double billing thing. retard10/23/17
I go to Suffolk County TPVA once per week lol. I’ll te greenhorn10/23/17
Wow did not realize that you got paid that much for an appea goorange88810/23/17
DOEs NY not do speed cameras? I’d imagine that impacts law notreallyalawyer10/23/17
Not around here. They have the red light cameras but not spe greenhorn10/23/17
Yeah I figured it will hurt business, but localities love th notreallyalawyer10/23/17
They pulled the program in Nassau due to massive political b retard10/23/17
Haha remember that? It was school zones and supposed to be o fartacus10/24/17
I see buddy and all I hear is probono esquire13811/03/17

goorange888 (Oct 23, 2017 - 6:57 pm)

Any advice? Never been to traffic court before, and its not my practice area. He was going 80 in a 55. Never had a moving violation. He just doesn't want points.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 23, 2017 - 7:01 pm)

HE’s lucky, in Virginia doing 15 over is reckless driving and you get arrested for that

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goorange888 (Oct 23, 2017 - 7:12 pm)

Yeah the way they do it on Long Island, it seems, is that they have a pre-trial hearing where I've heard its relatively easy to get it reduced. Not sure what it really entails, but I'm hoping it isn't too difficult, and he can just get charged a fine in lieu of points/fine.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 23, 2017 - 7:23 pm)

As i've heard about traffic court, your best bet is knowing the people/judges and that's how they normally get breaks. This guy might be better off hiring a lawyer that is known in the suffolk county court that this is going to be heard in. I'm guessing District Court or some village or town court? Sorry I can't be of much help.

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retard (Oct 23, 2017 - 7:45 pm)

I assume you are talking about TVB in hauppauge? If he doesn't have a horrendous record the offer will be a reduction to a parking violation, no points and a high fine. It's almost rote at this point.

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goorange888 (Oct 23, 2017 - 7:50 pm)

Yes, Hauppauge. That's good to hear. He has never had a moving violation before, although he had a DUI 7 years ago.

So how do I approach the clerk? Do I just say out right that my client is willing to pay a fine but does not want points?

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retard (Oct 23, 2017 - 7:58 pm)

You go in, walk straight past security and the hearing rooms and you will see a desk. On the left is the regular people line but as an attorney you will go up the right line and tell the attendant you need to enter a notice of appearance. At which point you will be given a number and directed to the clerk's waiting room. After a short while you will be called to the attorney window. You give them the letter your client got assigning a date and your contact info. Your info will be entered into the computer and you will be sent to the attorney conference room. In that room you will wait another short while and be summoned to the desk. The staff attorney will review the file and make you an offer. They don't like ongoing negotiations and will want it resolved that day. Bring your client but don't bring him into the attorney conference room.

To them this is a straightforward thing and a source of revenue.

If you accept the offer you will take your client and go into the hearing room and enter into the plea agreement on the record in front of a hearing officer.

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goorange888 (Oct 23, 2017 - 8:05 pm)

This is extremely helpful. Thank you. Really appreciate it.

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retard (Oct 23, 2017 - 8:07 pm)

Good luck. Make sure your phone is charged as there may be a lot of sitting around and waiting.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 23, 2017 - 8:10 pm)

I'm curious, when attorneys take these kind of cases, is it a flat fee type thing? I can't imagine you'd bill, or they'd pay $200/hr for you to be waiting for hours. And naturally you couldn't double bill during that time, so seems a bit of wasted time.

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retard (Oct 23, 2017 - 8:18 pm)

I'm not really sure. When I went there I was working for a big firm doing it for existing clients and their kids. Given that I was an associate and relatively close to it I would get tasked with the old "just swing by and take care of it for client Joe Smith" a couple times a year. I always billed for all of my time. I'm not sure how the TVB regulars bill. I would imagine flat fee and they bunch all of their matters onto one day.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 23, 2017 - 8:20 pm)

Cool, thanks for the info.

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retard (Oct 23, 2017 - 8:20 pm)

And LOL at the double billing thing.

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greenhorn (Oct 23, 2017 - 9:39 pm)

I go to Suffolk County TPVA once per week lol.

I’ll tell you right now that if he has no priors, he will walk out of there with a $293 or $383 “parking ticket,” IF represented by an attorney. If not, he will pay +- $275 and get 2 points. Retard is basically spot on.

As for billing, it’s usually flat fee, between $275-$375 for the appearance. Part of the plus of using an attorney (besides a more favorable disposition) is not having to appear, as the attorney appears on your behalf.

Sometimes the wait isn’t too bad. They attorney conference cases in the big room now, not only in the “lounge conference room.” In the big room, you go towards the end and ask for Howard.

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goorange888 (Oct 23, 2017 - 10:10 pm)

Wow did not realize that you got paid that much for an appearance...seems like easy money if you have the clients.

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 23, 2017 - 9:42 pm)

DOEs NY not do speed cameras? I’d imagine that impacts lawyer work as there’s only a fine and no points.

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greenhorn (Oct 23, 2017 - 9:46 pm)

Not around here. They have the red light cameras but not speed cameras yet.

I hope they don’t lol. I make a decent chunk of change from speeding tickets !

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notreallyalawyer (Oct 23, 2017 - 9:50 pm)

Yeah I figured it will hurt business, but localities love them because of how much revenues they raise. In DC you get a $75 fine for going 1 mph over the limit, and they tend to put them at the bottom of hills. They had to lower the fine. It used to be something like $150, but people got really upset. In think in Maryland you have to go 11 mph over the limit to get a photo ticket. Every place as red light cameras now around here.

In DC they even have them on major highways, like on I-295 or 395 whatever it's called. you cross in from VA, and then there's this major highway, and if you take it to BW Parkway they've also got speed cameras on that highway too. The good thing is on these highways, well not so good, it's rare you can get up to the speed limit anyways due to the amount of traffic.

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retard (Oct 23, 2017 - 10:07 pm)

They pulled the program in Nassau due to massive political backlash.

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fartacus (Oct 24, 2017 - 6:51 pm)

Haha remember that? It was school zones and supposed to be on school days only but they started it in August and people went ape, I got one of those and then Mangano did an amnesty (but pee off if you already paid!) And then they discontinued program altogether

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esquire138 (Nov 3, 2017 - 7:50 pm)

I see buddy and all I hear is probono

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