Fire Department (NYFD) Violations
Fire Department Violation hearings are held at 346 Broadway New York, NY 10013 on the fourth floor in SAP 2A. Regardless of whether your business is located in Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx and your summons or notice says Kings County or Queens County. All corporations are required by law to have a lawyer in all tribunal hearings for fire violations. If you are a personal defendant than you don’t need a lawyer. Of course, it is always a good thing to have a professional attorney representing you as they know the law and exactly what to do to give you the best chance at getting your case dismissed.
Most Violation Orders must be answered within thirty (30) days. If you received a Violation Order from the FDNY and did not comply within the specified time frame, you will be charged with a misdemeanor for not complying with an FDNY Executive Order. Companies are informed of these charges by serving process on the Secretary of State in Albany. While the Secretary of State is supposed to send you this information by mail before your court date, it usually doesn’t get to you in time, if at all.
Often times, we can vacate a default judgement letter imposing a severe fine ($5000 or $10000) and help you reduce or dismiss your violation. The date you must pay by is the same date you need to be in court to get the default judgment vacated.
All fire violation cases are prosecuted by New York City Corporate Counsel, so it is vital to properly prepare in advance and to have all of your documents ready to show that you are in compliance and cured the initial violation order. It is helpful to have a lawyer who can make arguments you may not even be aware of that are helpful to your case. These arguments can make thousand dollar differences in the amount of the settlement they will offer you.