Vehicle and Traffic Cases
The North Salem Court has jurisdiction over vehicle and traffic cases charging the commission of a traffic offense occurring in the Town of North Salem. Information regarding how to proceed with a traffic ticket may be found on the ticket issued to the motorist. It is the obligation of the motorist to respond to the ticket. A guilty plea by mail where authorized by law will result in a fine letter which will instruct the defendant on the procedure and amount of payment of a fine and applicable surcharges. A plea of not guilty will result in the scheduling of an appearance preliminary to the possible later scheduling of a trial. You will be notified of the trial date by mail. You must appear in court on the date scheduled for the preliminary appearance and the trial. Vehicle and traffic cases are prosecuted by the Town Attorney or the police officer who issued the ticket.
While Traffic Infractions are not considered criminal matters, a conviction may involve a fine, points on your driving record, and loss of driving privileges.
The amount of the fine is generally left to the discretion of the Judge with certain parameters set by statute or ordinance. In addition to any fine that may be imposed by the Court, the State of New York imposes mandatory surcharges on moving and equipment violations of $85.00 and $55.00 respectively. Payment of all fines to the Court must be paid by cash, certified check, money order or credit card (Master Card or Visa). All payments are made payable to the “Town of North Salem Justice Court.” Fines are expected to be paid in full at your trial date.