If a New York police officer or other law enforcement agent gives you a ticket for certain minor offenses, the ticket is actually a criminal court summons ordering you to appear in court and enter a plea. If you lose the summons, you can find it online by searching the summons finder.
Getting a Pink Ticket
In New York, city enforcement personnel issue "pink tickets" for minor criminal violations. These are usually petty offenses for which the person cannot be sentenced to more than a year in jail. Examples include public consumption of alcohol and public urination.
Although the typical summons is issued by a police officer, over 40 agencies have authority to issues these summons. They include the New York City Police Department, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York City Fire Department, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Taxi and Limousine Commission, Off Track Betting Corporation, Tax Enforcement and the Roosevelt Island Authority.
Cases initiated by a summons are heard in criminal court from the arraignment to a trial and the final disposition. The summons itself contains information about when and where you must appear. If you do not show up on your appearance date, the court issues an arrest warrant for you.
NYC Summons Look-up
It is one of the basic truths that people tend to lose things like tickets. If you get a pink ticket and then misplace it, you may worry about missing your appearance date and having a warrant issued for your arrest. But don't worry, there is a system for NYC criminal court summons look-up.
If you lose the ticket, go online to MySummons.NYC. This website is a summons finder search engine that allows you to search for a particular summons and actually view a copy of it online. Search by your name, your address or the summons number if you happen to have it. You'll find your hearing date and your hearing results after you've made your appearance and you can also pay fines on the website.
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Summons Hearing Procedure
When you show up at your court appearance, you first check in with the clerk. You can talk to a court-appointed summons attorney outside the courtroom and decide whether you should plead guilty or not guilty. After that, you sit in the courtroom until your case is called. If you plead not guilty, you will be given a trial date. If you plead guilty, you will have 60 days to pay your fine.
Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.