I have a ticket for "Driving on the Shoulder" from 2004 that is unpaid. I can't do anything at the DMV currently until this is resolved. The court wants me to come to Scarsdale tomorrow to enter a plea. How should I plead? What can I do to minimize the cost of this issue?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): New York
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If the court is going to allow you to contest this ticket, 8 years later, you should consult with an attorney, about how to proceed. The reason being, is that the officer may not still be with the force and/or may not recollect the incident. If this happens and the case goes to trial, there is a chance it could be dismissed and you would owed nothing, nor would this appear on your record. If you did not want to retain an attorney to look into this, you could also handle it yourself. If you just wanted to resolve the case and take a plea, you could ask for one when you appear before the court tomorrow. If you enter a plea of not guilty, the matter would likely be set for trial. If you wanted to plea no contest / guilty, you could ask the court for an offer to do so and provide them with mitigating factors for them to consider, so that the minimum fine/costs are imposed.
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