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Traffic Tickets

If you have been charged with a traffic infraction within Schenectady County, you may be eligible for a reduction of your charge(s). 
Currently, the District Attorney’s Office is not conducting in-person conferences. You may communicate with our office to request a reduction of charge by e-mail, mail or fax. The District Attorney's Office will not negotiate traffic tickets by phone.

Please note: This process applies to traffic infractions only, not to vehicle and traffic law violations involving misdemeanors or felonies.

Plea-By-Mail Process

Answer your ticket(s) with the Court indicated on the ticket and follow the directions in the section called "Plead By Mail"

After you have answered your traffic ticket(s) with a plea of Not Guilty to the Court, the Court will mail you an acknowledgement of your plea and will return copies of your traffic ticket(s) to you. If you do not receive copies or they are misplaced, you must contact the Court to request copies. 


To work with the District Attorney’s Office for a possible reduction of your traffic ticket charge(s):

  1. Mail, E-Mail, or Fax copies of your traffic ticket(s) to the District Attorney’s Office.  

E-Mail Address:
Attach a scanned copy or photo of your traffic ticket(s) to your e-mail. Photo’s should be full-size and clear. Links to documents are not acceptable.  

Mailing Address:       County of Schenectady Office of the District Attorney Attn: Traffic Tickets,  612 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305

Fax Number: 518-388-4256

  1. If you are charged with a non-moving violation of Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Operating Without Insurance, Unlicensed Operator, or an equipment violation, you may also attach/include documentation showing the issue has been corrected.

Due to the large number of requests received by the District Attorney’s Office it may take several weeks to receive a response to your request.


Once your request is received, an Assistant District Attorney will review the charge(s) and your driver’s abstract.

If a reduction is applicable, an Application for Reduction of Charges form will be returned to you by email, mail, or fax, (how you submitted your request). Instructions on how to complete the application will be included. The application will contain details regarding the negotiated plea offer, which you may accept or reject. Review this form and its instructions carefully.

  • Complete the Application for Reduction of Charges form by checking either the Accept or Reject box, complete the paragraph by printing your name, dating the form, signing the form and mailing the form to the Court where your traffic ticket is pending.

Completed applications must be mailed to the Court where your traffic ticket is pending.
Do not mail the form to the District Attorney’s office, this will delay your case.

Accepted plea offers If the Court accepts the agreed upon plea bargain, the Court will notify you by mail of any fines, surcharges or other conditions related to your acceptance. The Court will also provide further instructions on how to pay fines or surcharges due.

Rejected plea offers The Court will notify you by mail of a future date.

Contact the Court where your traffic tickets(s) are pending for questions about fines, appearances, control dates or requesting an adjournment of your Court date.

For general questions, call the Traffic Ticket helpline: 518-388-4397