Traffic Diversion / Plea Reduction Program
It is important that you keep the Court apprised of your actions.  Be sure to notify the Court if you decide to apply for a Plea Reduction or the Traffic Diversion Program.  Not appearing on a scheduled Court date can result in your license being suspended.

All plea proposals are considered fair and final.  No further negotiations will be considered.  Any exculpatory evidence should be included with your application.

STOP:  Please be advised that the Franklin County District Attorney's Office will not accept calls regarding traffic tickets or the application process.  There are two options to resolve your pending Vehicle & Traffic offense which are clearly explained below.  Once you begin the registration process and have questions, please utilize the "?" at the top right corner for frequently asked questions or the chat bubble in the bottom right corner.  Associates are readily available to help you to the best of their knowledge.
You can also contact Advent at help@adventfs.com.  

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IN ITS ENTIRETY:

All individuals charged with a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law seeking a reduction or dismissal can resolve their traffic violation by participating in the District Attorney’s Traffic Diversion or Reduction program, with a few exceptions. The goal of this program is to educate motorists on driver safety and the rules of the road to prevent future infractions. This serves the dual purpose of making our roadways safer and providing a meaningful method of holding individuals accountable for violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Successful completion of the program will result in the charges against you being dismissed or reduced, resulting in no points on your driver’s license.


The District Attorney’s Office retains the right to reject any applicant who would otherwise be eligible. In order to be eligible to participate in the Traffic Diversion Program, you must meet the following criteria:

    • You are charged with a qualifying offense (see below for excluded offenses);
    • You are NOT charged with multiple moving violations;
    • You have NOT been convicted of any moving violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law within the last 18 months, or any DWI or vehicular homicide in the last 10 years;
    • You have NOT previously participated in the Traffic Diversion Program in Franklin County;
    • You are NOT under the supervision of probation or parole at the time of the offense and are charged with a misdemeanor;
    • Be able to complete a driver’s education course
    • If you fail to follow these directions, your application will not be considered, and you will not receive a response.
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  • To be eligible for the Traffic Diversion Program or the Traffic Reduction Program, you must
    • upload a copy of ALL requested documents (see below) — If you already sent a copy to the Court, you must contact the Court to request a copy. Do not send original tickets to this Office as we are not responsible for original (s).
    • Submit your application once. Duplicate applications will NOT be accepted and will only delay the process.
    • If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Traffic Diversion Program, your application will be automatically reviewed for the Traffic Reduction Program, provided you meet the necessary qualifications.

File Requirements:

1)     CLEAR COPY OF YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET(S) –  If you have already returned your ticket(s) to the Court, you must contact the court to request a copy.  Please scan the tickets and upload one (1) file.

2)     CERTIFIED STATE DRIVING RECORD/HISTORY from DMV – Must be Official (Certified) DMV Record (4safedriver and other third party site records are NOT accepted).  Please do not submit a photo of your driver's license.

    • New York State Licensed Drivers – www.dmv.ny.gov
    • Out of State Licensed Drivers – A copy from your state’s DMV
    • Quebec Applicants – a copy of your dossier de Conduite a la Société de l’assurance Automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) – www.saaq.gouv.qc.ca
    • Other Canadian Applicants – a copy of your driving record from the Ministry of Transportation

3)     ACCIDENT REPORT - If you ticket was the result of an accident, please request the report from the Department of Motor Vehicles and provide a copy of that official report.  The Information Exchange form received at the time of the incident is NOT an accident report.

Other:
     *  Supporting Documentation - Only submit supporting documentation if relative to your individual ticket that you received.

    • If you received a NO Inspection ticket, provide proof of your inspection. (Receipt from Inspection Station).
    • If you received a NO Insurance Ticket but had insurance at the time, provide proof of such. (A letter from your Insurance Agent stating you had full coverage on the date of the accident. Insurance cards will not be accepted.)
    • If  you received a NO Registration ticket, provide proof from the DMV of your registration.
 

It is your responsibility to contact the court to let them know that you are applying for a reduction and request a 30-day adjournment of your court date­ this Office cannot grant adjournments.

If you have any questions about the application, Click on the {?) in the top right corner of the application screen. This will take you to the FAQs and support team, who can assist you.

Traffic Diversion Program

Traffic Reduction Program

TRAFFIC DIVERSION PROGRAM:  If approved, the benefit to the defendant would be a dismissal upon program completion.  The cost to participate is $175.00 ($150 plus the processing fee of $25, plus the cost of the defensive driving course).

The following offenses are NOT ELIGIBLE for the Traffic Diversion Program:

  • VTL§ 511 – Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
  • VTL§ 600 – Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property or Personal Injury)
  • VTL § 1144 – Failed to Yield Right of Way for Emergency Vehicle
  • VTL§ 1174 – Passing a Stopped School Bus
  • VTL§ 1180B – 25 MPH and over
  • VTL§ 1180C – Speed in School Zone
  • VTL§ 1180 D – 25 MPH and over
  • VTL§ 1180F – Speed in Construction Zone
  • VTL§ 1192 – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug Charge
  • VTL§ 1212 – Reckless Driving 
  • VTL§ 1225-D (1) – Use of Portable Electronic Device
  • VTL§ 1225-C (2) – Use of Mobile Phone
     Click Here to apply for the Traffic Diversion Program


TRAFFIC REDUCTION PROGRAM:  If approved, the benefit to the defendant would be a reduction of points.  The cost to participate is $25.00 (processing fee)

As far as the Traffic Reduction Program the following are NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • VTL§ 511 – Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
  • VTL§ 600 – Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Property or Personal Injury)
  • VTL§ 1174 – Passing a Stopped School Bus
  • VTL§ 1192 – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug Charge
  • VTL§ 1212 – Reckless Driving
  • VTL§ 1180C – Speed in School Zone
  • VTL§ 1180F – Speed in Construction Zone
  • VTL§ 1225-D (1) – Use of Portable Electronic Device
  • VTL§ 1225-C (2) – Use of Mobile Phone

     Click Here to apply for the Traffic Reduction


 

 
TOWN JUDGE/MAGISTRATE TELEPHONE NO. TIME OF COURT
BANGOR Judge James Sorrell 518/521-3455 Wednesday @ 4:00 p.m.
BELLLMONT Judge Glenda King 518/425-3461 Monday @ 7:00 p.m.
BOMBAY Judge C. Curtis Smith
Judge Terry Durant
518/358-9968 Tuesday @ 3:00 p.m.
BRANDON Judge Emily Lawrence 518/483-4701 Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.
BRIGHTON Judge Russell DeFonce 518/327-3202 Monday @ 7:00 p.m.
BURKE Judge Lorelei Miller 518/483-5497 2nd Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
4th Wednesday @ 4:00 p.m.
CHATEAUGAY Judge Marie Cook 518/497-6931 Monday @ 5:00 p.m.
CONSTABLE Judge Diane Wisnesky 518/319-4218 Wednesday @ 5:00 p.m.
DICKINSON Judge Randy Farmer 518/529-0138 1st and 3rd Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
DUANE Judge Eleanor Fallon 518/483-0517 3rd Thursday @ 6:00 p.m.
FORT COVINGTON Judge Nancy Leroux
Judge David Wilbanks
518/358-4629 Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN Judge Roger Symonds 518/891-2189 Thursday @ 3:00 p.m.
HARRIETSTOWN Judge Allan V. Wright
Judge David Hayes
518/891-4500 Monday @ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday @ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MALONE Judge June Fisher
Judge Robert G. Main, Jr.
518/481-6634 Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.
Thursday @ 4:00 p.m.
MOIRA Judge James Durant
Judge Mark McCormick
518/529-0208 2nd Thursday @ 4:00 p.m.
2nd Monday @ 2:30 p.m.
SANTA CLARA Judge Jeffrey J. Dickson 518/891-4656 2nd & 4th Wednesday @ 6:00 p.m.
VILLAGE OF TUPPER LAKE Judge Christopher Delair 518/359-9161 Monday @ 5:00 p.m.
TOWN OF TUPPER LAKE Judge Leonard Young 518/359-9278 Wednesday @ 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WAVERLY Judge Lawrence Fraser   2nd and 4th Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m.
WESTVIILE Judge Scott Brady 518/358-2499 1st & 3rd Wednesday
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Violation Point Table:

This table lists the number of points given for specific traffic violations:
Violation: Points
Speeding (MPH over speed limit not indicated)....................................................................................................................................... 3
     1 - 10 MPH ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
     11 - 20 MPH ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
     21 - 30 MPH ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
     31 - 40 MPH ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
     More than 40 MPH ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 11
Failed to stop for a school bus ........................................................................................................................................................................ 5
Inadequate brakes ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Following too closely .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Passing improperly, changing lanes unsafely, driving to the left of center, driving in the wrong direction...................... 3
Failed to obey a traffic signal, a Stop sign, or a Yield sign..................................................................................................................... 3
Railroad crossing violation................................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Failed to yield the right-of-way....................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Passenger safety violation:
including seat belt and child safety seat violations for passengers under the age of 16..........................................................
3
Left the scene of an accident that includes property damage or the injury of a domestic animal....................................... 3
Inadequate brakes (vehicle of an employer).............................................................................................................................................. 2
Operate Motor Vehicle Using Portable Electronic Device.................................................................................................................. 5
Operate Motor Vehicle Using Mobile Phone............................................................................................................................................ 5