Special COVID-19 Message:If you have received a traffic ticket for a Vehicle and Traffic infraction, please note that town, village, and city courts have limited capacity to conduct in person appearances for non-misdemeanor traffic matters (e.g. speeding, use of mobile device, inspection). If you receive a traffic ticket and are not represented by an attorney, you should contact the court to confirm the return date on the ticket or obtain a new appearance date. Once courts are open, due to social distancing requirements and infection prevention protocols, prosecutors will not be available to speak with traffic ticket defendants in person at the local municipal courts. You will have to obtain a disposition from the District Attorney’s Office prior to your court appearance. The Oswego County District Attorney's Office is still open and conducting business. However, due to restrictions related to the Coronavirus / COVID-19, prosecutors are not available to speak with defendants at the District Attorney’s Office, and paperwork can not be dropped off. Please do not go to the DA’s Office to discuss your ticket or drop off paperwork. No one will be available to speak with you and we will not accept any paperwork. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please do not contact the DA's Office by phone to discuss your traffic ticket.
We cannot give legal advice, and we do not discuss traffic ticket related issues by phone.
If your question is not answered here, you will need to contact a defense attorney for further assistance/guidance.
Methods for Resolving Traffic Tickets
Due to the volume of cases, traffic ticket matters are not handled over the phone. Please do not call the office to discuss a traffic ticket. The office staff will simply direct you back to this website. If your question is not answered here, you will need to contact a defense attorney for further guidance. There are three (3) ways for you to resolve pending traffic tickets:
1. Hire an Attorney
Hiring an Attorney
Since traffic tickets are legal matters that can result in fines, surcharges, and points on your license, the District Attorney’s Office highly recommends that you hire an Attorney. The District Attorney's Office can not provide names of or recommendations for an Attorney. An Attorney can identify legal issues, advocate on your behalf, and potentially obtain a more favorable reduction that reduces points and saves money on your auto insurance. The District Attorney’s Office has worked with attorneys in Oswego County to develop a specialized Traffic Diversion Program that can result in significant reductions, including the dismissal of certain ticket(s). The Traffic Diversion Program is limited to drivers charged with certain offenses who have a valid license and have no traffic convictions within the prior 24 months. An attorney can evaluate whether you would qualify for the program and, if so, help you meet the program requirements to potentially get your ticket(s) dismissed. If you do not wish to hire an Attorney, you may represent yourself. However, please note that the District Attorney’s Office is prohibited from providing legal advice to defendants. If you have questions or need any additional guidance, our office cannot advise you how to proceed. Please do not call our office with questions - you will need to hire an attorney.
Mail and Email
If you chose to represent yourself and wish to seek a reduction, you must either mail or email all necessary documents and information to the District Attorney’s Office.
PLEASE KEEP ANY and ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR FILE. ONLY SEND COPIES OF DOCUMENTS.
- Mail: Include all requested information referenced in the Traffic Ticket Guide and the Plea Bargain Request Form and send it to: Oswego County District Attorney's Office, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego, New York 13126. It will take approximately four weeks to process your ticket(s). If you have a court date scheduled in that time period, you will need to contact the court and request an adjournment. Our office does not grant adjournments; only the court may grant adjournments.
- Email: Include all requested information referenced in the Traffic Ticket Guide and the Plea Bargain Request Form. Please send all documents to TrafficTickets@OswegoCounty.com, and include "Traffic Tickets" and the name of the court where the ticket(s) is pending in the email subject line. (Example: "Traffic Tickets - City of Oswego") Please note the name of the court is located at the bottom of the ticket. It will take approximately four to six weeks to process your ticket(s). If you have a court date scheduled in that time period, you will need to contact the court and request an adjournment. Our office does not grant adjournments; only the court may grant adjournments.
If you do not hire an Attorney, then you are responsible for contacting the court to request an adjournment. Our office does not grant adjournments; only the court may grant adjournments.
Fees / surcharges
The court will assess any fees/surcharges. They are payable to the court in the city, town, or village where the ticket(s) were received. If you have any questions, please contact the court.