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How To Resolve a Traffic Ticket in the Oneonta City Court

Guilty Plea (In Writing) | Not Guilty Plea (In Writing) | Appearance in Court (To Plead Guilty or Not Guilty) | Non-Jury Trial on a Traffic Ticket

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NOT GUILTY PLEA -VEHICLE & TRAFFIC INFRACTION ONLY

If you have a traffic ticket pending in Oneonta City Court, you have the following options:

1. To retain an attorney. You are entitled to have an attorney represent you on vehicle and traffic violations at your own expense.

Please be aware that if the traffic ticket you received is for a misdemeanor charge, you are entitled to apply for an attorney to be furnished to you free of charge. Contact the court for an application or you can request one at your court appearance.

2. To plead not guilty and request a non-jury trial.

3. To waive your right to a trial by pleading guilty to the charge.

4. To communicate with the Otsego County District Attorney's Office concerning a disposition of the charge, which proposed disposition will be subject to the approval of the court. Should you choose this option, the Otsego County District Attorney's Office is located at 197 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or you may access the District Attorney's website at www.otsegocounty.com and selecting "government directory" and then "District Attorney."

Please note: Your license may be suspended if you fail to appear on the appearance date listed on your ticket, or on any other appearance dates set by the court, unless the court has received a notice of appearance from your attorney, a written request for an adjournment, a written request for a trial, a guilty plea, or a proposed disposition or application for reduction of charges. If your license is suspended, you may be required to pay a suspension lift fee of $70.00 per ticket.


Confirm that the ticket is returnable in the Oneonta City Court.

If the ticket has a return place in the Town of Oneonta, the ticket must be resolved in the Town of Oneonta - Do not use these instructions.

If the ticket has a return place in the City of Oneonta, you can proceed with these instructions.

NO INSPECTION TICKET: In the Oneonta City Court, if you have been charged with a violation of "No Inspection" (section 306-b of the Vehicle and Traffic Law) and you have the vehicle inspected after the issuance of the ticket, the ticket will not automatically be dismissed. You must complete one of the options listed below.

A "No Inspection" ticket may only be dismissed if you can prove that the inspection was completed prior to the date of the issuance of the ticket.

EQUIPMENT VIOLATION: In the Oneonta City Court, if you have been charged with an equipment violation (Sections 375, 376 or 381 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law), the ticket may be dismissed if you provide proof to the court that the equipment defect has been corrected prior to the date you are ordered to appear in court as written on the ticket. You can obtain a Notice of Correction from any police department, a state inspection station, or an automobile repair shop. It is your responsibility to submit the proof of correction to the court.

If the box for misdemeanor or felony is checked, you must appear on the return date for arraignment. You can not use these instructions; you can not plead in writing or by mail.

If the box for traffic infraction is checked, you have the following options:

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Guilty Plea (In Writing)

  • Fill out and sign the ticket. Be sure to include your complete mailing street address, city, state and zip code. If you have lost your copy of the ticket, you can access the Guilty Plea Form.
  • If you provide an affirmative defense, that is, you indicate a valid basis or reason for the improper issuance of the ticket (for example, the sign was missing). the Court will be unable to accept the plea of guilty and a non-jury trial will be scheduled. You must submit an unequivocal plea of guilty for a guilty plea to be accepted by the Court. In New York State, there is no provision in the law for a "No Contest" plea.
  • Upon receipt of the plea of guilty, the Court will notify you, by mail, of the Fine and Mandatory Surcharge that has been assessed. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, payment is due within 10 days of the mailing of the Fine letter. (Payment Options)

Note: Within 60 days of the issuance of the ticket, you must contact the court, either in person or in writing and plead either guilty or not guilty to avoid suspension of your driver's license and imposition of a $70 fee per ticket to lift the suspension.

Note: If a fine and/or surcharge is assessed upon a plea of guilty and if you fail to pay the fine by the due date imposed by the court, your driver's license will be suspended and an additional $70 per ticket to lift the suspension will be imposed.

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Not Guilty Plea (In Writing)

  • Complete and sign the ticket. Be sure to include your complete mailing address, city, state and zip code. If you have lost your copy of the ticket, you can access the Not Guilty Plea Form.
  • Check the appropriate box if you are requesting a Supporting Deposition. A Supporting Deposition is the police officer's written version of the offense. Your request for the Supporting Deposition must be made no later than 30 days following the return date on the ticket and you must either have been arraigned by the Judge or filed a Not Guilty plea within 48 hours after issuance of the ticket. If you fail to comply with these requirements, the request will be denied.

    If the request is granted and the officer fails to provide the Supporting Deposition within 30 days of the receipt by the Court of your request, you may make a motion to the Court, in writing, requesting a dismissal of the charge.
  • Upon receipt of your plea of not guilty (and receipt of the Supporting Deposition, if applicable), the Court will mail you a letter with your options.

Note: Within 60 days of the issuance of the ticket, you must contact the court, either in person or in writing and plead either guilty or not guilty to avoid suspension of your driver's license and imposition of a $70 fee per ticket to lift the suspension.

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Appearance in Court (To Plead Guilty or Not Guilty)

  • If you wish to appear before the Court, you should arrange to appear on the return date listed on the front of the ticket. If another date is needed, you may contact the Court in writing to request a new date.
  • If a plea of Not Guilty is entered in open court and on the record, you will be furnished a letter with your options.

Note: Within 60 days of the issuance of the ticket, you must contact the court, either in person or in writing and plead either guilty or not guilty to avoid suspension of your driver's license and imposition of a $70 fee per ticket to lift the suspension.


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Non-Jury Trial on a Traffic Ticket

  • On the date of the Non-Jury Trial, you must be prepared to proceed and present evidence and/or witnesses on your behalf.
  • If you are found Not Guilty, an acquittal will be entered on the record. At that time, bail posted, if any, will be returned to the posting individual.
  • If you are found to be Guilty by the Court, a Fine and Mandatory Surcharge will be assessed (Payment Options)

You Have the Right to Appeal a Traffic Infraction Conviction (Appeal Instructions)

Note: If a fine and/or surcharge is assessed upon a finding of guilty by the court and if you fail to pay the fine by the due date imposed by the court, you driver's license will be suspended and an additional $70 per ticket to lift the suspension will be imposed.

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