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Traffic Tickets

The Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes traffic tickets and as part of that responsibility also makes offers to resolve tickets in writing.  Please note that written dispositions can only be accommodated in cases in which the charges do not involve misdemeanors.  If you are charged with any misdemeanor, including Driving While Intoxicated or Aggravated Unlicensed Operation you must appear in person in Court. 

All questions about fines, penalties and rescheduling of court dates/appearances must be addressed to the Court.  If you have an upcoming Court date on a traffic ticket, only the Court can excuse your appearance.  If you fail to appear in Court, the Court can suspend your driver license.  If you wish to request that an upcoming appearance be rescheduled to allow time to correspond with our office, you must contact the Court directly.  Contact information for the Courts can be found on our website.

Due to the large volume of the traffic caseload we only respond to written requests.  We cannot schedule appointments, accommodate walk-ins or return voicemail messages.  To request a reduction of a traffic charge you can choose to write to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 Please mail, fax or email the following materials to our office:

 A legible copy of your traffic ticket. Keep the original for your files.

 A letter explaining as to why a reduction is appropriate.

 A copy of your driving abstract from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

 If the ticket involved a motor vehicle accident, a letter from your insurance company stating all property/personal injury damages have been paid in full.

 A self-addressed stamped business sized envelope.

The address for our office is:  320 N. Tioga Street, 3rdFloor, Ithaca, New York 14850.  Email correspondence may be sent to Our fax number is (607)274-5429.

Once you receive the District Attorney’s proposal, if you accept it, please complete the letter and return it to the Court.  Do not return it to the District Attorney’s Office.  If you reject the proposal, please advise the Court and they will inform you of your trial date.  All offers are final.

Please note that failure to follow these instructions will delay in the disposition of the ticket, which could result in a suspended license.

All questions about fines, penalties and rescheduling of court dates/appearances must be addressed to the Court.  If you cannot pay the fine or have questions regarding payment of the fine you will need to contact the Court directly to make payment arrangements.

If you are curious about the effect of a conviction for a traffic offense on your license contact the DMV either in person or visit the DMV website.  Please note that the District Attorney’s Office cannot provide any advice as to the DMV consequences of a conviction of a traffic ticket.  Our office does not have access to the DMV computer system and cannot tell you how many points you currently have on your license.

You will need to appear in person during Court hours if you need to discuss your situation further.  The walk-in hours at Ithaca City Court are Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  We hope you find this information helpful in resolving your traffic matter.