New York City Traffic Ticket Lawyer For OATH & ECB Hearings
A variety of New York City Agencies issue summonses that are returnable to OATH/ECB. OATH is the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings for the City of New York, and is often referred to as the ECB (Environmental Control Board). OATH/ECB is the tribunal that provides a hearing process for various quality of life violations issued by New York City agencies.
If you have a summons that requires an OATH hearing, click here: OATH Summons Finder.
You can learn more about OATH and the hearing process here: OATH Homepage
Experience and Results – Get The Best Possible Outcome By Consulting With Our Law Firm
Our New York City Traffic Ticket Law Firm provides seasoned legal counsel and representation at hearings for summonses issued by the following agencies and departments:
- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- NYC Fire Department (FDNY)
- Department of Sanitation
- Department of Buildings (DOB)
Common examples of violations include: Truck Idling, Building Code Infractions, Noise Complaints, Illegal Dumping, Roadway Obstructions, Construction Container or Debris Container Violations, and many more.
Contact us today at 917-382-2950, for a free consultation. We have successfully defended our clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
Violations and Summonses – What Are They and Who Receives Them
The Summons, or “ticket” is the document issued by the City Enforcement Agency that alleges a violation of an applicable New York City code section. The summons is often a “pink ticket” and must be legally served on the Respondent – the person or business entity cited on the ticket. Often times, the recipients of these tickets are building owners, property developers, contractors, trucking companies, restaurants, and other businesses engaged in commerce in New York City.
Responding to the Summons
Your options for responding to the violation depend on the type of violation your company received. Some summonses allow for, or require, a “cure” for a safety violation or ongoing condition that violates a City law or ordinance. Other violations may provide an opportunity for fine mitigation or a stipulation to the violation on lieu of a hearing. Further, some summonses require an appearance or other action by the company, its attorney, or a registered representative. For background information about Cure, Mitigation, Stipulation, and Contesting a violation at a hearing, click here.
In any case, if you are on the receiving end of a summons/violation, it is always in your best interest to consult an attorney to explore your rights to a hearing, and your obligations with respect to the civil charges alleged by the summons.
Default Judgments – What Happens If I Miss My OATH Hearing?
If you miss the scheduled hearing date the violation will be in default. The fines in default can be many times the regular fine on the summons. For example, for a Truck Idling ticket, the $350 fine is $1000 as a default judgment. Once a default judgment is issued, you or your attorney will have the opportunity to “vacate” the judgment. This is the process whereby a Respondent asks for a new hearing date and resets the clock on the original summons and return date timeline.
The most important part of vacating a default judgment is time. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is. If you have a default judgment, contact a professional as soon as possible to consider your options.
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Feel free to call our office at 917-382-2950 to discuss an OATH violation or related matter with an attorney. Consultations are free!