Dobbs Ferry Village Court
(Dobbs Ferry Justice Court)
Westchester County, New York
GENERAL TRAFFIC TICKET AND CRIMINAL COURT INFORMATION
Dobbs Ferry Village Court handles moving violations and criminal matters and orders of protection once criminal charges are filed. Responsibilities of the Justice Court include: arraignments, criminal trials, motor vehicle trials, speeding tickets, violations of Vehicle & Traffic Law, as well as, civil proceedings. Once a week criminal matters are heard with the District Attorney.
Dobbs Ferry Justice Court has preliminary jurisdiction over all criminal and traffic related cases arising out of incidents occurring in the village. Such cases are on the Court’s Thursday evening calendar. Court is held at 7:00 P.M. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for Vehicle and Traffic matters, parking tickets and small claim matters.
The other two alternate Thursday evenings consist of vehicle and traffic matters, parking tickets, and small claims matters. The Justice Court has trial jurisdiction over all cases if the jail term that can be imposed does not exceed one year. The office of the Westchester County District Attorney prosecutes criminal cases.
Cases charging the commission of a traffic infraction are filed in the Dobbs Ferry Village Court if the alleged offense took place in the village’s jurisdiction. A plea of “not guilty” is required to either be timely filed with the court either by the motorist or their attorney if they so elect. There are basically two choices: a plea of “not guilty” which allows a defense to be presented in the case, versus, a plea of “guilty” which locks in a conviction of the offense “as charged” which closes the door on a negotiated resolution or trial.
In New York, an attorney may go to court on a motorist’s behalf without the motorist having to personally appear. The attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution for the motorist or set the matter down for a future trial date where the police officer is required to appear to testify and the defense puts on their case as well. On traffic infractions, trials are held before a judge or “bench”; not a jury.
In addition to fines and sur-charges imposed by the court, convictions for speeding tickets and other moving violations can create other problems for motorists, such as, increased insurance premiums and a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Responsibility Assessment – additional fines or assessments owed directly to DMV based upon a motorist’s point accumulation. Additionally, eleven (11) points accumulated with eighteen (18) months will result in a license suspension or revocation depending upon one’s record of conviction. See Point Chart below:
NUMBER OF POINTS ASSIGNED BY DMV FOR COMMON TRAFFIC OFFENSES
License Violation Points
|Speeding (MPH over posted limit)|
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
|Failed to stop for school bus|
|Followed too closely (tailgating)|
|Inadequate brakes (private car)|
|Inadequate Brakes (employer’s vehicle)|
|Failed to yield right-of-way|
|Disobeying traffic control signal, STOP sign or YIELD sign|
|Railroad crossing violation|
|Improper passing, changing lane unsafely|
|Driving left of center, in wrong direction|
|Leaving scene of property damage incident|
|Child safety restraint violation|
|Improper cell phone use|
|Use of portable electronic device (“texting”)|
|Any other moving violation|