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I need help with a ticket.

Bayside, NY |

I am currently driving on a learner's permit with a licensed driver as a chaperone. This is my first ticket. I was making a left turn and did not see a pedestrian in my field of vision. As I fully made a turn I finally saw the pedestrian. I applied the brakes, but the pedestrian momentarily stopped and there was an oncoming car on my right side coming at a very high speed. Since the pedestrian stopped and the car was still oncoming at a high speed I released the brakes and drove ahead. Then an officer pulled me over and said that I didn't stop for the pedestrian. The ticket says that I had, "failed to yield right of way to the pedestrian." I tried explaining to the officer, but he just cut in and said that I didn't stop for the pedestrian. Please help. Should I plead not guilty?

Attorney Answers 5

  1. Plead not guilty and go down with the chaperon driver and explain that you did yoield and that the pedestriam allowed you to proceed in light of the on-coming traffic.

    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
    Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
    Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
    1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
    Garden City, NY 11530
    516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.

  2. If this in NYC Traffic Court there is no plea bargaining so its plead guilty or go to trial. I suggest you retain a traffic court attorney. I know a great one if you need a referral.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 577-9797 or via email at I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.

  3. Please consult and hire an attorney. Plead not guilty.

  4. Where did this happen? Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Always plead not guilty and then consider hiring an attorney.

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    Matisyahu Wolfberg
    NY Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney

  5. You have an excellent defense grounded in the legal doctrine of necessity, but you will need to retain counsel in order to assert that defense.