Ulster County, New York is a popular destination spot for New Yorkers and vacationers from neighboring states. The Catskill Mountain and resort comprises much of the county’s local economy and its more than 95 mountains brings in related activities as well. The New York Thruway is a prime location for the issuance of speeding tickets and it runs through Ulster County.

Weiss and Associates, PC can help fight traffic violations throughout Ulster, including citations received on US Routes 9W, 92, and 209; Interstate 287 and NY routes 19, 28, 32, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 52, 54, 55, 199, 212, 213, 214, and 299.

For immediate assistance, please call our office at 212-683-7373 or email us a photo of your ticket to [email protected] for a free consultation.

Ulster County, New York contains 24 different traffic courts based on local villages, towns, cities, and municipalities, but the most common traffic courts include Kingston Town Court, Kingston City Court, New Paltz Town Court, New Paltz Village Court, Marlborough Town Court, and the Ulster Town Court. Of all of the traffic courts in Ulster County, most speeding ticket cases are heard before the Ulster Town Court.

All Traffic Courts in Ulster County, New York

  • Denning Justice Court, Claryville, NY
  • Ellenville Village Court Ellenville, NY
  • Esopus Justice Court, Port Ewen NY
  • Esopus Town Court, Port Ewen NY
  • Gardiner Town Court, Gardiner, NY
  • Hardenburgh Town Court, Arkville, NY
  • Hurley Justice Court, Hurley, NY
  • Kingston Town Court, Kingston, NY
  • Kingston City Court, Kingston, NY
  • Lloyd Town Court, Highland, NY
  • Marbletown Justice Court, Stone Ridge, NY
  • Marlborough Justice Court, Milton, NY
  • New Paltz Town Court, New Platz, NY
  • Olive Town Court, Shokan, NY
  • Plattekill Town Court, Modena, NY
  • Rochester Town Justice Court, Kerhonkson, NY
  • Rosendale Justice Court, Rosendale, NY
  • Saugerties Town Justice Court, Saugerties, NY
  • Saugerties Village Justice Court, Saugerties NY
  • Shandaken Justice Court, Shandaken, NY
  • Shawangunk Town Court, Wallkill, NY
  • Ulster Town Court, Lake Katrine, NY
  • Wawarsing Town Court, Ellenville, NY
  • Woodstock Justice Court, Woodstock NY

Common Reasons Drivers Hire Weiss and Associates, PC if they Received a Traffic Ticket in Ulster County

The Ulster County area is known for its many nature trails, parks, and preserves including Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, Sam’s Point Preserve, Sundown State Park, Shawangunk Ridge State Forest, VerNooykill State Forest, and Witch’s Hole State Forest. Police officers here know that those patronizing local resorts and other businesses bring in more traffic and therefore more opportunities for violations.

An Ulster County traffic ticket is a good way to ruin a person’s otherwise peaceful mountain vacation, but it does not have to. Weiss and Associates, PC can help fight any traffic ticket received in Ulster County or surrounding area counties. Here are some of the most common:

Speeding Tickets

In 2019, Ulster County drivers received 14,108 speeding tickets, which is 27% of all tickets issued in the county that year. Drivers who are able to successfully dismiss their Ulster County speeding ticket are unfortunately in the minority, only 8.4%.

An experienced speeding ticket attorney can give you a better chance, and knows how to evaluate the circumstances of a speeding ticket case and negotiate with prosecutors to get the best possible outcome.

Fight a License Suspension

A license suspension or revocation is a serious offense that has serious consequences. If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked in Ulster County, you may face prison time and severe fines up to $5,000.

A New York driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons, including a failure to pay outstanding traffic tickets, alcohol and drug-related offenses, driving without insurance, too many points on your license, and more.

Red Light Tickets

In New York State, motorists are required to be behind the crosswalk or start of the intersection at the time that the light turns red. If that threshold is crossed after the light has turned red and a police officer witnesses it, you may be pulled over and subsequently issued a red signal violation ticket. These convictions will cost you 3 points on your license in addition to the fine and surcharge. Learn more about DMV points here.

Obstructing Intersection Tickets

Commonly referred to as “blocking the box” or “gridlock”, obstructing an intersection is when a motorist knowingly enters the intersection when there is not enough room for them. This can become dangerous when the light turns red and you are still within the intersection. The penalty for this conviction can result in a fine of up to $150 and potentially 2 points on your license.

Stop Sign Tickets

Stop signs are intended to prevent accidents and injuries and the safe way to proceed across one is by monitoring traffic on both sides. In the state of New York, a conviction for running a stop sign, which includes “rolling” through the stop, will result in a fine of up to $100 and three points on your driving record.

Cell Phone & Electronic Device Tickets

In the state of New York, it is illegal to hold any electronic device while operating a motor vehicle, which is not limited to cell phones. You can be ticketed for using a GPS, tablet, digital camera, and more while behind the wheel.

In 2019, there were 2,892 total cell phone and texting tickets issued in Ulster County. Of those, only 9% were able to get the charge dismissed.

For immediate assistance, please call our office at 212-683-7373 or email us a photo of your ticket to [email protected] for a free consultation.

“Weiss and Associates, PC was very responsive to my questions. They made the process very easy and even got me a better resolution than they told me I could expect” – Michael W.

Points and Fines Associated with Ulster County Traffic Tickets

The fines for a ticket issued in Ulster County will depend on a number of factors, including the type of violation and the exact location in which the infraction occurred. Speeding, for example, is one of the most common violations here. A speeding ticket in Ulster County can cost anywhere from $150 and $600, depending on how far above the posted speed limit the motorist was driving.

If convicted of a traffic violation in Ulster County, motorists will be responsible for a mandatory state surcharge, on top of the fines listed on the ticket. This costs $88 if the ticket was issued in a city, and $93 if in a town or village. Speeding tickets can add anywhere from 3 to 11 points to one’s license. It is important to note that in the state of New York, 11 points on one’s license within an 18-month period may cause a motorist to lose their driving privileges.

If a ticket conviction brings a motorist’s total points to 6 or more, the DMV will issue a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. This is an additional fee separate from the fine and costs $300 plus an additional $75 for each point over six. Insurance rates will also likely go up following a traffic conviction, which can cost an additional several hundred dollars.

Why Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney in Ulster County

Local police officers and New York State Troopers keep a watchful eye on Ulster County’s many local resorts and parks to ensure visitors are driving appropriately. The help of a traffic ticket attorney in most cases means that you will not need to show up to court. An attorney experienced in Ulster County’s traffic courts can secure the best chance of reducing or eliminating fines and points by giving the best possible defense.

Helpful Information About Ulster Traffic Court

The Ulster Town Traffic Court is one of the busiest Town Courts in Ulster County that sees a large majority of cases for tickets issued to out-of-state travelers caught speeding on the New York State Thruway. Keep in mind that the appearance date on your ticket is your first appearance in court where you can enter a plea of guilty, guilty with an explanation. You will be notified of your trial date by mail for a not-guilty plea.

Common Ulster County Traffic Ticket Questions

If you are unsure of your charges of how to proceed, it is a good idea to consult an attorney. Some frequently asked Ulster County traffic ticket questions include:

Should I pay the fine on my ticket?

You should never pay your ticket’s fines outright. By doing so you are admitting guilt and entering into a guilty plea. The ticket will also appear on your driving record with any points associated with your license.

What if I do not respond to my traffic ticket?

The time in which you have to respond to your ticket varies by jurisdiction, but if you do not respond within the prescribed time frame, you will automatically be entered into a guilty plea and your license will be suspended. In order to get your license reinstated and be able to drive, you will have to go through various administrative hurdles and pay penalty fees.

How do I know if I need an attorney?

Each case is different, however, an experienced New York traffic ticket attorney can help give informed legal advice, appear in traffic court trials on your behalf and negotiate down to a lesser offense. Call the law office of Weiss and Associates, PC at 212-683-7373 for a free consultation and advice on the specifics of your case.

For immediate assistance, please call our office at 212-683-7373 or email us a photo of your ticket to [email protected] for a free consultation. For free traffic ticket advice, you may contact our office here.

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