You can plead not guilty by mail, using your copy of the ticket given to you by the Officer. If charged with a misdemeanor, a court appearance is required. Follow the instructions and send the completed form to:
Brighton Town Court
2300 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester NY 14618
You have the option of requesting a supporting deposition which is a sworn statement from the ticketing officer that contains a more detailed explanation of the basis for the charge than is provided on the ticket. The supporting deposition is usually generated by the Officer at the time of the stop now that most tickets are being written electronically. If you mail a not guilty plea you do not need to appear in court on the date stated on the ticket.
Upon receipt of your not guilty plea the court will schedule a pre-trial conference with the Assistant District Attorney and you will receive notice of the date by mail. The purpose of the conference is to discuss with the Assistant District Attorney a possible resolution to your case through a reduction or plea agreement. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction you may proceed to trial on a date to be scheduled. A trial is the proceeding at which a judge will make a determination whether you are guilty or not guilty. At the trial the officer who issued the ticket will testify and you will have the opportunity to cross-examine him/her. Thereafter you and your witnesses, if any, will have the opportunity to testify. The Assistant District Attorney can cross-examine your witnesses and you. When the testimony is completed the judge will make a decision and will usually announce it in court at the trial. If you are found not guilty, the matter is completed. If you are found guilty, the judge will determine the fine and arrangements for payment will be made.