Vehicle and Traffic Ticket Procedures
Review your ticket(s) to determine if you have been issued a ticket for a "misdemeanor" or "traffic infraction". See Photos below
Anyone charged with a traffic infraction may plead by mail. Please read the instructions on the right hand side of your ticket explaining how to make your plea.
Pleading Guilty: To plead Guilty by mail you will fill out "Part A". Follow the instructions and send the completed form to Alabama Town Court, P.O. Box 476 Basom, NY 14013. Note that the form contains space for you to include an explanation about the violation, you are not required to, but you are welcomed to do so if you wish. Be sure to write your current address, this is especially important if your address is different from the one written on the ticket, as well as necessary for mailing purposes.
Upon receipt of your guilty plea a Judge will determine the fine and the court will notify you of the amount of the fine and the mandatory surcharge, by mail. You will be expected to pay the total due to the court within 14 days by certified check or postal money order payable to Alabama Town Court. If you need time to pay, contact the court clerk, and "reasonable" arrangements will be made if at all possible
Pleading Not Guilty
To plead not guilty by mail, you will fill out "Part B". Follow the instructions and send the completed form to Alabama Town Court, P.O. Box 476 Basom, NY 14013. If a supporting deposition was not issued, you have the option of requesting one. [ A supporting deposition is a sworn statement from the ticketing officer that contains a detailed explanation of the basis for the charge on the ticket. ]If you mail a not guilty plea you do not need to appear in court on the date stated on the ticket. Be sure to show your current address so that we can contact you with an appearance date.
Upon receipt of your not guilty plea the court will schedule a pre-plea conference with the Town Prosecutor you will receive a notice of that appearance date by mail.
Court Appearance Instead of A Plea by Mail
You have the option to appear in court on the date designated on the face of the ticket (bring photo ID). At that time you may enter a plea. If you plead guilty, you will have the opportunity to provide an explanation to the judge. Your explanation will be taken into consideration upon sentencing. If you plead not guilty, you will be advised of a date for a pre-plea conference.
If you plead not guilty you will be given the opportunity to speak with the Town Prosecutor who will review the circumstances of your ticket with you. The Town Prosecutor may not be at court on your initial court date (the date and time written at the bottom of your ticket), so be advised that you may have to return to court on a later date. You must first respond to any ticket before Town Prosecutor is able to speak to you.
At the Pre-Plea conference, the prosecutor may choose to offer you a plea to a lesser infraction. If an offer is made, you may choose to accept it and plead guilty to the offer; or reject it, plead not guilty, and be scheduled for a non-jury trial. Any offer made by the Town Prosecutor is only a recommended offer. The Court does not have to accept the recommendation.
Note: Before pleading guilty to a ticket issued as a result of an accident, you may wish to consult with an attorney and/or your insurance company about possible civil liability for personal injuries arising from the accident.
After you have received a written offer from the Town Prosecutor and the offer is accepted by the Court, you will be assessed a fine and mandatory surcharge. If you do NOT accept the offer of the Prosecutor and continue your plea of Not Guilty or if the Court does NOT accept the recommendation of the Town Prosecutor, a non-jury trial will be scheduled for a later date and time.
If you are assessed a fine and mandatory surcharge:
You must make payment to the court as directed by the Court. If you submit a written plea of guilty, you will be mailed a fine letter indicating the fine and the date that the fine must be paid. Be sure your current mailing address is on file with the Court.
If you appear in Court, the court will advise you of the amount of the fine and the date payment is due.
The Court does not accept personal or business checks. Payment MUST be made in cash (do NOT send cash through the mail), money order or bank certified check made payable to the Alabama Town Court. If you are paying in person, you may appear at court on any Tuesday after 5:45pm. If you are paying by mail, you should include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like a return of your receipt.