Why you need to
hire an attorney for a traffic ticket.
Most people who represent themselves in traffic court fall flat on their faces and lose "big time." Or, they waste hours of time for little benefit. (like the poor sap who traveled from Maine to Hoboken N.J. to fight a parking ticket.) I see it every day and it saddens me. No offense to anyone, but quite simply, the average person has no clue about how the system works. People accept plea bargains which carry points. People negotiate with the wrong people!
Or, if someone is foolish enough to have a trial, they try to beat the cops with "clever questioning." Or, even more pathetic, people say, "there is no way that I was going 90..." Against the polished testimony of a cop, this kind of court room antics leads to a guaranteed conviction. Remember, the cops are almost always believed in court. Those cops are in that court every day and they are on a first name basis with the court staff. When the cop walks in and the clerk says, "Hey Bobby, where yah eating lunch today?" then it is time to pack up and go home.
While we are on the topic, save your $14.95 and don't buy those tempting "Beat your Speeding ticket" pamphlets available on the web. If you do order the pamphlet, make sure to order some mustard too, because mustard goes well with bologna.
Hire me and get a lawyer who knows the system.
|HOW TO AVOID GETTING STOPPED||IF YOU DO GET
THE COP ASKS "Do you know why I stopped you?" Say:
Remember, believe it or not, Cops have hearts too. They have discretion as to whether to give you the summons or not. So it may be worth trying to talk your way out of the ticket by being nice. However, usually you have no chance, they have already made up their mind to give you the ticket.
The #1 rule is:
Here is a sample of what not to do when pulled over. P.S. The client hired me and we will still able to reduce the points, but don't test it!
Mr. Wolfberg, In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that
the encounter with the officer was less than pleasant. I pulled over as
per his request but apparently I didn't pull over far enough. I pulled
off the shoulder but it wasn't to his liking. He was automatically rude
and asked me why I didn't pull over more and I explained to him that
the last time I pulled over on the Taconic (in my Jeep, no less) I got
stuck in the mud. He asked me questions about where I was going, etc.
and I told him truthfully and respectfully (I was on my way to visit my
girlfriend in MA). He said he clocked me at 80 and he wrote me a ticket
for 80. He was unfriendly, insulting, and had a terrible tone. After
the ticket was issued, I mouthed off to him a little. I said, and I
quote, "Officer, you must be familiar with the law since you enforce
it. Is it illegal, hypothetically, if a citizen calls an officer an
a$$h0le?" He then said, "You can call me whatever you want." So I
replied, "Well, sir, I think you are an a$$h0le."
He then processed to say, "Do you think that will help you in court?" with the attitude of a 15-year-old boy (he was a younger cop). I told him that it must feel nice generating revenue out here to which he replied, "I don't generate revenue. I write tickets." He then just walked back to his car and I simply said "D*&^" out loud but I am not sure he heard me. In any case, he probably has it written in his notes. I am willing to apologize by any means, but only if he is willing to offer a fair bargain. He was rude to me first and so I had no objection being rude back (although it probably wasn't the smartest thing). Some more details:
It was relatively dark outside. I was wearing a blue and white striped shirt (I have the exact shirt) when it happened. It was pretty downhill and there were other cars passing faster than me. It took him a while to catch up with me.
I will send me credit card details in a following e-mail. Please let me know once you get this. Thank you!
Here is a sample of a letter you shouldn't send to the court, all the court did in this case was convict him based on his guilty plea and they sent him a fine notice. The odd thing is that the motorist send it all to me after being convicted based on his letter:
|1) Traffic Violations Bureau (Staten Island being the worst of the worst, Bronx TVB)|
|2)Cayuga Heights Village Court, Tomkins County|
|3) Ardsley Village Court, Westchester County|
|4) Scarsdale Village Court, Westchester County|
|5) Warwick Village Court, Orange County, New York|
|6) Florham Park Municipal Court, New Jersey|
|7) Mamaroneck Village Court, Westchester County New York|
|8) Mamaroneck Town Court, Westchester County New York|
|9) Watertown Town Court, Jefferson County, New York|
|10) Tenafly Municipal Court, New Jersey|
|11) Great Neck Estates Village Court, Nassau County|
|12) Pound Ridge Village Court, Westchester County|
on Hudson Court, Westchester County
14) Nassau County Court, 99 Main Street
New York and Northern NJ Traffic Ticket Defense
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New York & New Jersey Speeding Ticket Myths and Facts
|Myth: He pulled me over because I have an Out of State plate.|
|Fact: If anything, out of state drivers are less affected by speeding tickets than in-state drivers. He stopped you because your speed caught his eye!|
|Myth: If the trooper is not wearing his hat, he is out of uniform and the ticket is invalid.|
|Fact: No such rule or law exists. Try this argument for a good laugh.|
|Myth: If the officer makes a mistake on the ticket, it will be dismissed.|
|Fact: In general, only material mistakes such as the highway, driver's name, court name, direction of travel, or major discrepancies as to the description of the vehicle may disqualify a ticket. Minor mistakes will be overlooked. Click here to see how we took advantage of a mistake on a 11 point speeding ticket.|
|Myth: If I pay a partial fine or an amount more than the fine, my case will stay open and the points will not get reported to the DMV.|
|Fact: If you pay too little, the court will suspend your license. If you pay too much, the court may or may not return the balance, and the ticket will be reported to the DMV.|
|Myth: If the cop doesn't show up, the ticket dismissed.|
|Fact: In some upstate New York courts this is true, however in many upstate New York courts and in New York City the officer would have to not show up 2 or more times before it will be dismissed. In New Jersey, it is EXTREMELY rare for the officer not to show up; even if he fails to appear, the matter will likely be rescheduled to allow him a second chance.|
|Myth: You start with points and you lose points if you are convicted of a violation.|
|Fact: You start with zero points and you have points added to your license if you are convicted of any violation which carries points.|
|Myth: Taking a defensive driver course will reduce or eliminate your Driver Responsibility Assessments in NY|
|Fact: Taking a Defensive Driver Course will reduce your point count in NY, but it has no affect on your DRA.|
|Myth: One can plea bargain in New York City 5 boros traffic courts.|
|Fact: Absolutely no plea bargaining is allowed in the Traffic Violations Bureau. This has been the rule since 1968! Click for more info about this dreaded court system.|
|Myth: If you push off the ticket 18 months, you won't get points.|
|Fact: It is correct that 18 months after the violation date, the points are no longer counted towards your total. HOWEVER, for 4 years after the conviction date, the conviction appears on your record and the insurance company will see it.
In short, the insruance company has their own point system for surcharges.
Example #1 (18 months after the violation date, the points disappear): 1st 6 point ticket is received January 1, 2008, 2nd 6 point ticket is received July 2, 2009 that equals 12 points and suspension, right? WRONG, the 6 points for the first violation disappeared on July, 1, 2009
Example #2 (18 months after the violation date, the points disappear): 1st 6 point ticket is received January 1, 2008, conviction is entered January 2, 2011 2nd 6 point ticket is received January 1, 2009 conviction is entered January 2, 2012 that equals 12 points and suspension, right? CORRECT, the motorist would have 12 points, even if the convictions happened long after each other, the DMV goes back to WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE TICKET.
Example #3 (4 years after the conviction date, the conviction disappears): 1st 6 point ticket is received January 1, 2008, and conviction is entered on Janauary 2, 2010 2nd 6 point ticket is received June 2, 2009 and conviction is entered on June 2, 2011 as of June 2, 2011, how many speeding tickets appear on the record that the Insurance company sees? the answer is: Both appear. License is suspended if 11 points are added to record for violations occurring within an 18 months period. Determination is made based on VIOLATION date, not conviction date.
Matisyahu Wolfberg - NY traffic ticket Attorney At Law
25 Robert Pitt Drive, Suite #212, Monsey, New York 10952
phone (877) 965-3237 || fax 845-818-3905