If you find yourself in the position of having to pay a traffic ticket fine to a New York State court or NYC TVB, that means that you plead guilty to the original charge or a lesser charge through the plea bargaining process. A fine levied upon a driver by a court is one of the many fines and penalties that can be issued. For a more in-depth discussion on fines and penalties, please visit our New York State Traffic Ticket Fines and Penalties blog.
The question of how to pay a fine, in part depends on the court handling the traffic ticket. Fines are paid directly to the court. This is true even though you may be charged a mandatory surcharge However, for ticket issued in Buffalo, Rochester, or New York City, the traffic ticket fine is paid to the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) and not a city court.
Each court has its own payment rules, but generally a ticket can be paid by several different ways: online, in person, by phone or by mail. If you are uncertain about the method of payment, contact the court. However, if you hired a traffic ticket attorney to fight the ticket for you, he or she should provide you with payment information.
Examples Of Courts With Special Rules
Eastchester Town Court, Westchester NY allows a driver to pay online at www.eastchestercourtpayments.com or by phone: 1 (877) 793-9904.
New Rochelle City Court, Westchester, NY does not allow online or phone payments. All payments must be made in person and pro se litigants must pay the same day before the court closes. Attorneys are exceptions and get their clients time to pay. Meaning, payment will not have to be made the same day, but payments are still due in person.
Rye City Court, Westchester, NY will issue certain 0 point plea bargains, however, payments must be made before a defendant leaves court.
Most courts, however, will accept Visa, Mastercard, cash, bank check or postal money order. Most courts DO NOT accept personal checks. It is important to keep your payment receipt (for years) because it is not unknown for computer clitches to happen and your receipt may be the only proof that a fine payment was made.
It is important to that New York State traffic ticket points stay on your driving recorded forever. Yes, you read that right – forever. It is a common misconception that points “come off” or “fall off” your driving record after a certain period of time. Because your life-time driving record matters, NEVER plead guilty to a traffic ticket without first consulting with a NYS traffic ticket lawyer. Do things right by making an educated decision before you check mark or click on “Guilty.”
Set Yourself Up For Success
Start by consulting with an experienced traffic ticket attorney. In fact, set yourself up for success by consulting with the best traffic ticket attorney. Hire the best defense possibly by contacting traffic attorney Elisa Claro, Esq at 917 300-3334 or online for a free traffic consultation. New York traffic lawyer Elisa Claro, Esq. has handled thousands of traffic tickets throughout New York, including Westchester County – White Plains, Ardsley and Yonkers. Hire the best defense by calling today and let Elisa work for you.