How do I answer my traffic ticket?

Every motorist receiving a ticket must respond to the ticket.

If the charge(s) are NOT misdemeanors, you can either appear on the date listed on the ticket, or you can sign the back and enter your plea of either guilty or not guilty. You then mail it to the court at the following address:

Town of Binghamton Court
279 Park Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13903

NOTE: Review your ticket(s). To plead guilty, complete Section A of your ticket. To plead not guilty, complete Section B of your ticket.

Upon a plea of guilty, the judge will impose a sentence that could consist of a fine. Also imposed would be the NYS mandated surcharge. You will be notified by mail of the amount due and the process to make the payment.

Upon a plea of not guilty, you will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference. Once your plea of not guilty is received and accepted by the court, you will receive the notice scheduling this conference.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you must appear in person on the date and time listed on the ticket.

Why isn't the fine listed on my ticket? Because the judge will assess the penalty. Once a plea of guilty has been entered, the judge determines the sentence, and in most cases, assesses the fine on each ticket filed in the court. Once assessed, a Notice of Fine will be mailed to you with the amount due and the instruction for payment.

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