Traffic Tickets Options

*Note: If you have a Misdemeanor, you MUST appear for the arraignment. While appearing you can request to speak to an ADA for your settlement options.

The Broome County District Attorney’s Office offers an option for handling your traffic ticket(s) without the need to appear in court. It has to be used AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR TRIAL DATE. You will need a copy of your ticket(s) or trial notice to apply, if you do not have a copy then you must contact the court. If you apply later than two weeks prior to your trial date, your request will likely be denied, and you will have to attend your trial.

Traffic Diversion Program

If you qualify for the Traffic Diversion Program, completing it will result in a dismissal of the ticket(s), zero points on your license, and a certificate of completion for a defensive driver’s course that you may be able to send to your insurance company to receive a discount. There is a fee for the program, between $200 and $400 per infraction, depending on the severity of the infraction(s).

Eligible offenses for the Traffic Diversion Program are as follows:

  • A speeding offense 30mph OR less over the speed limit
  • All other moving and equipment violations are eligible EXCEPT: misdemeanors, uninsured Motorist in violation of V.T.L. 319.1 failure to stop for a school bus (VTL 1174) or any other offense involving any type of impairment.
  • Cell phone violations are eligible

To be eligible for the Diversion Program you must NOT have completed the program within the last 18 months.

After you are approved for the program you will need to complete a 6-hour defensive driver’s course at your cost (usually around $30) and send us a copy of the certificate of completion within 45 days of approval. Upon receipt of the certificate your ticket(s) will be dismissed.

For more information and to apply for the Traffic Diversion Program click here

*The District Attorney’s Office cannot advise you. If you are not sure what to do you should seek the advice of an attorney. If you have questions for the District Attorney’s Office about this program you can find our contact Here