Default Convictions

What is a Default Conviction?

A default conviction is filed against a defendant-motorist when he/she fails to appear for a scheduled trial or hearing. When a defendant-motorist fails to appear as scheduled, maximum fines and surcharges allowed by law could be assessed and a default conviction is recorded and transmitted to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Can I Request a Default Conviction to be Reopened?

The Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency is not permitted to give legal advice. An individual who needs legal assistance may contact the Bar Association of Erie County’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service at (716) 852-3100 for referral to a private attorney.

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