How Long Do You Have to Reopen a Ticket to Fight a Suspension
There are two timelines you have to follow when reopening a ticket. The first is the date and length of a suspension. You want to reopen before the suspension starts so that you can avoid it entirely. Even if your suspension starts, it is not too late. Successfully reopening the case halts the suspension. The second time limit is 120 days from the conviction (when the ticket is paid). After that time passes, it may no longer be possible to reopen the case. It will remain on your record.
How To Reopen An Alcohol or Marijuana Infraction
Tickets are usually paid through the mail or online. I reopen them by filing a motion in the criminal court that has jurisdiction over the offense. I gather the information necessary to draft a motion and formulate legal arguments that justify reopening the case. Motions to reopen are at the discretion of the court: they could be denied and if they are, your recourse to appeal is limited. In some cases we have to argue the motion orally before the judge. That is why it is best to have an attorney handle this kind of motion. I have reopened clients' cases in New Haven, Meriden, Norwalk, Danbury, Rockville, New London, New Britain and Bristol.