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Traffic Tickets

Please do not contact the DA's Office by phone or email to discuss your traffic ticket.
We cannot give legal advice, and we do not discuss traffic ticket related issues by phone or email.
If your question is not answered here, you will need to contact a defense attorney for further assistance/guidance.

A traffic infraction has been issued alleging that you have committed an offense, and it is now filed and pending in Court. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. You may plead “Not Guilty”, “Guilty”, Speak to or Retain an Attorney or choose to enter and complete the Oswego County Traffic Diversion Program (please click on blue link). At all stages of these proceedings, including entering and completing the Oswego County Traffic Diversion Program, you have the right to retain an attorney to assist you in this matter.  

1) Plea of “Not Guilty”.  By pleading “Not Guilty” you are exercising your right to a trial. The People of the State of New York, represented by the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have committed the offense(s) alleged in the traffic ticket(s). At trial you have the right to hear, see, and challenge any evidence submitted to prove your guilt. This includes confronting and cross-examining witnesses (police or peace officers, or any other witness who may testify against you). You also have the right to call witnesses on your behalf to testify and you may, but are not required to, testify on your own behalf as well. After hearing the evidence submitted at the trial, the Court shall determine whether the People have proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and shall render a verdict. If found guilty, the Court issues a sentence, which may include a fine as authorized by law and must assess a surcharge as authorized by law.  If found guilty, depending on the traffic infraction, you will be assessed “points” against your driver’s license privileges per the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. 

2) Plea of Guilty. You may make a Plea of “Guilty” to the charged infraction on your traffic ticket. By pleading “Guilty” you waive your right to a trial, wherein the Oswego County District Attorney must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you committed the offense(s) alleged in the traffic ticket(s). If you offer a plea of “Guilty”, the Court issues a sentence, which may include a fine as authorized by law and must assess a surcharge as authorized by law. Again, depending on the traffic infraction, you will be assessed “points” against your driver’s license privileges per the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

3) Oswego County Traffic Diversion Program.  If eligible, you can participate in the Oswego County Traffic Diversion Program. The Oswego County Traffic Diversion Program has been established by Oswego County Local Law. The Local Law recognizes that most people who receive a traffic ticket are law-abiding citizens who are now facing their first interaction with the criminal justice system. This program is designed to assist eligible citizens who are seeking a disposition of their current Vehicle and Traffic Tickets in a way that will both educate them as to traffic safety and allow them to avoid the potentially negative consequences of a traffic conviction, points issued to your driver’s license, multiple court appearances and the ability to resolve your eligible traffic infraction in an expedited and just matter. Pursuant to local law, the program is administered by the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office.

To enter into the Oswego County Traffic Diversion Program, please click here.

Court 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.

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