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

E-Mail: a scanned copy of your ticket or take a clear picture of your ticket and attach it to your e-mail.

Mail or Fax a copy of your ticket with a cover letter that includes your current mailing address and phone number.


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

Fax Number: 518-388-4256

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.

Please note: 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 charges and your driver’s abstract. We will return an Application for Reduction of Charges form to you by email, mail or fax with further instructions. The application form 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 ticket is pending.

Completed applications must be mailed to the Court where your 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 mail you a notification outlining any fines, surcharges or other conditions related to your acceptance. The Court will also provide further instructions on how to pay any fines or surcharges due.

Rejected plea offers – The Court will mail you a notification with a future date.

Contact the local Court where your ticket is pending for questions related to paying fines, scheduled Court appearances, or to request an adjournment.

The District Attorney’s Office will not negotiate traffic tickets by phone.

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