Suffolk County Traffic Courts
New York State Traffic Violations Bureau (Suffolk TVB)
Veterans Memorial Highway
In Suffolk County, there are a number of courts that hear traffic tickets, depending on where you received the ticket. Most Suffolk County Traffic Tickets are returnable to the New York State Traffic Violations Bureau (Suffolk TVB) located at the State Office Building, Veterans Memorial Parkway, Hauppauge, NY. These are generally yellow tickets that direct you, on the back of the tickets, to mail them with your plea to Albany within 15 days. Failure to answer these tickets will lead to your license being suspended, and eventually a default conviction. A default conviction carries the same consequences as if you wet to trial and lost. Basically your driving record makes no distinction between default convictions, and convictions after trial.
Suffolk County First District Court
400 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11717
If you have received a misdemeanor charge along with your traffic ticket(s) such as driving with a suspended license, or revoked registration, then you will be directed to appear at either the Suffolk County District Court, 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, NY. or to one of the local Town or Village Justice Courts located throughout Suffolk County. The court that the ticket(s) ultimately ends up at will be determined by where you received the ticket(s).
If you have received a pink ticket returnable to the Suffolk County First District Court, you will be given a return date listed on the bottom of the ticket. On the return date you will be required to appear before a Criminal Court Judge and be arraigned on the charges. At arraignment the judge will formally tell you what you have been charge with and then will decide whether to set bail or release you on your own recognizance. If you fail to appear for your arraignment, the tickets will be scoffed, and eventually will lead to a suspension of your driver's license. A warrant for your arrest may also be issued should you fail to appear on your court date.
Suffolk County Village and Justice Courts
There are a number of local village and justice courts through out Suffolk County that hear traffic tickets as well as misdemeanor charges. Each court has its own way in which it handles its traffic ticket calendar and its own nuances. Depending on the particular court that the ticket is being heard, will determine in which direction we would proceed with your case. In some of the courts there is a window of opportunity in which an attorney may be able to get a ticket dismissed outright.
There are certain formal requests that can be made to the court with regard to traffic tickets, and depending on the response, or lack of response thereof, it is possible that a motion or application to dismiss may be warranted. This request however must be made within the time allotted by statute. If the deadline is missed, you will precluded from making certain applications and motions to dismiss. The following are few of the Suffolk County Courts we appear in.
State Office Bldg
Veterans Memorial Hwy.
Hauppauge, NY 11717
First District Court Suffolk County
400 Carlton Avenue
Central Islip, NY
Islandia Village Court
Head of the Harbor
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