TRAFFIC TICKETSA vehicle and traffic ticket can be either an infraction, misdemeanor, or felony.  If you receive a vehicle and traffic infraction you must enter a written plea by the court date specified on the ticket to prevent a suspension of your driver's license. 

If the Misdemeanor or Felony box is checked, you must appear in court on the date and time shown on the ticket to be arraigned by the Judge. For example, Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation are both Misdemeanors.  At the first court appearance, which is the arraignment, the Judge advises the defendant of the charges pending in the court and what his/her rights are. If the defendant cannot afford an attorney, he/she can apply to be represented by the Public Defender's Office.

Answers to some frequently asked questions are below.
Vehicle and Traffic Questions
How do I enter a plea on my traffic ticket?

If you receive a vehicle and traffic infraction you must enter a written plea by the court date specified on the ticket to prevent a suspension of your driver's license. Your ticket contains the information on how to answer it.  

If you wish to plead GUILTY: sign, update your address and date Part A on the ticket. Mail it by the appropriate court date and the court will mail a fine notice in return.

If you wish to plead NOT GUILTY: sign, update your address and date Part B on the ticket. Mail it by the appropriate court date and the Court will mail Plea by Mail procedures in return. If you appear on your court date, you will receive the Plea by Mail procedures, you will not be able to meet with the Assistant District Attorney at that time.  If you want an in person appearance, contact the court to schedule the appearance.

What do I do if I get a misdemeanor traffic ticket?
If you receive a Misdemeanor or Felony ticket you must appear in court on the date and time shown on the ticket to be arraigned by the Judge. For example, Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation are both Misdemeanors.  At the first court appearance, which is the arraignment, the Judge advises the defendant of the charges pending in the court and what his/her rights are. If the defendant cannot afford an attorney, he/she can apply to be represented by the Public Defender's Office.
What will happen if I do nothing about my ticket?
If you fail to answer your ticket your license will be suspended.  There is a $70 fee to lift a suspension from your license.
What do I do if I get a suspension notice?
You should immediately contact the court to determine the reason for the suspension.  If the suspension is for failing to answer your ticket you must enter a written plea of guilty or not guilty and there is a $70.00 fee to lift your suspension.
What is a supporting deposition?
A supporting deposition is a document provided by the issuing officer that has information about why the ticket was given, the time and location of the stop, and other information about what happened or was discussed on scene.
What do I do if I have misplaced or lost my ticket?
If you have misplaced or lost your ticket, you may submit a written plea to the Court.  Be sure to include you name, address, a statement of Guilty or Not Guilty to the charge and be sure to sign your plea.  The plea can be mailed or emailed to the Court.
How can I pay my fine?

Pay In Person, by Fax or by Mail
The Court will accept Cash, Money Orders, certified checks made out to "Niskayuna Town Court", MasterCard or Visa either in person or by mail.  Credit card payments that are not made in person must be done on the Court’s Credit Card Authorization form
Credit Card Authorization Form

Pay Online
Click on this link www.paycourtonline.com and follow the instructions provided.  Credit Cards only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).  nCourt is a 3rd party online payment provider and assesses a convenience fee to process your payment.  Your summons will be paid and the information forwarded by nCourt to Niskayuna Town Court.  nCourt is a full service PCI-compliant e-commerce partner for courts and other government agencies.  

Pay By Phone
Call 1-888-912-1541.  Credit Cards only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). nCourt is a 3rd party phone payment provider and assesses a convenience fee to process your payment. Your summons will be paid and the information forwarded by nCourt to Niskayuna Town Court. nCourt is a full service PCI-compliant e-commerce partner for courts and other government agencies.

The court does not accept personal checks.

DMV Questions
Does my ticket carry points?
Questions about the NYS Driver Point System can be found here.
What are the DMV penalties for alcohol and drug related offenses?
In addition to your disposition in court, there may be DMV related penalties for alcohol and drug related offenses.
DMV Suspensions and Revocations
DMV Suspensions and Revocations information can be found at this link.