VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC CHARGE REQUEST FOR REDUCTION

To persons seeking a reduction from a charge of speeding or from any other Vehicle and Traffic Violation:
FIRST, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MUST STRICTLY COMPLY WITH ALL ORDERS OF THE COURT.
We strongly recommend that you retain an attorney.  The New York State Bar Association has a list of Attorneys. 

If you choose to waive, or give up, your right to an attorney, you may still be eligible for a reduction of the offense
for which you have been charged.

If you have received a Vehicle and Traffic Ticket for a non-misdemeanor offense AND

If you would like to plead guilty to a less serious offense (a plea bargain), AND

If you follow all of these instructions, you may be eligible for a reduction.

NOTE:  We will NOT consider a reduction for a charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (AUO) or Suspended Registration unless your driving record shows all license and registration suspensions and revocations have been resolved and you have a currently valid driver’s license. 

PLEASE NOTE also, that if your charges include DWI, DWAI, a Penal Law offense, or if you were involved in an accident in which someone died or suffered an injury, you are NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A REDUCTION BY THIS METHOD.

In addition to answering all of the following questions, you must also contact the Court to request an adjournment of your court date.  Requesting a reduction does not automatically excuse you from your scheduled court appearances.  
YOU MUST STRICTLY COMPLY WITH ALL ORDERS OF THE COURT.

Steps to properly seek a reduction:
  • Answer all of the following questions, DOWNLOAD and print the Vehicle and Traffic Charge Request for Reduction Form, AND
  • Sign and date the form, AND
  • Mail the form and include:
    • a clear copy of your traffic ticket(s), AND
    • a copy of your Driver's Abstract from your local DMV or from http://www.dmv.ny.gov/, AND
    • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope
                TO:                    Columbia County District Attorney
                                          325 Columbia Street, Suite 260
                                          Hudson, NY 12534

If the DA receives all of these materials, an Assistant District Attorney will review your case and mail a written response to you. (Due to the large number of requests we receive, it may be several weeks before you receive a response.)  You will receive no response unless you strictly comply with all of the instructions. If we do not receive all of the requested materials, we will not respond to your request.

If you receive an acceptable offer from the District Attorney, sign it and mail it to the Court at the address found on the ticket. Sign and mail a copy back to the DA (address above) as well.  If you choose not to accept the offer, you must contact the Court to learn of your trial date (on the original charge(s)).  Also, keep copies of all documents for your records.  

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THE COURT MAY NOT APPROVE OUR AGREEMENT.  IF SO, YOUR CASE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL.



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