Getting pulled over by a police officer for traffic violations in New York City can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Drivers often do not know the best way to handle this situation though, and they can sometimes get in more trouble than expected. Below are some tips from Michael Block, a New York City traffic ticket lawyer for drivers to follow if they are pulled over:
1. Do not talk to the officer, and more importantly, do not argue with the officer. It doesn’t matter how angry you may be – address the officer as “Sir / Ma’am” and stay calm. Arguing with an officer is a sure way to get a ticket for every traffic law you may have violated, no matter how small.
2. If the officer asks you how fast you were going, do not answer with a number. Simply say, “I don’t know.” The officer takes notes on everything you say and will testify to you statement when the case comes to court.
3. Do not ask how many points the traffic ticket carries. You will often receive an incorrect answer, which can have dire consequences for your New York insurance premiums. An officer does not have to provide correct legal advice. If the officer tells you the ticket does not carry points and you decide to plead guilty and pay the fine, you may find out later that the ticket did indeed carry points and your insurance premiums will be raised as a result.
4. Accept the ticket and put it in a safe place. You do not want to lose the ticket as it may provide information that is vital for fighting the charges.
5. Call a New York City traffic ticket lawyer(). A traffic ticket lawyer can advise you on the best course of action for handling your traffic ticket. It is almost always better to hire a traffic ticket attorney to fight your moving violations. Attorneys can usually get better deals with prosecutors than unrepresented motorists. There are no plea deals in New York City traffic courts, but representation by an NYC traffic lawyer increases your chances of winning.
6. Answer the traffic ticket in a timely fashion. Answering the ticket simply means entering a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty. By entering a Guilty plea, you are telling the court that you accept the charges and all penalties that come with them, including fines, points, and the possible suspension or revocation of your license. A New York City traffic ticket lawyer will almost always have you plead Not Guilty so that they have a chance to fight your ticket for you.
If you have received a traffic ticket in New York City, Long Island, or Upstate New York, please call Michael Block, Traffic Ticket Attorney, at 212-227-9008 to see how he can help you with your case.