You are correct. There is no bargaining in NYC. You may not request a radar report or anything else from NYPD regarding the violation. Really, it is your word against the cop's. However, there are ways to beat these tickets. Hire a lawyer to try to do so on your behalf and you won't even have to appear in Court.
You can request that the police officer turn over his/her memo book but it's doubtful that you would get any radar documentation in NYC. Consider getting a lawyer to assist you.
The best thing you can do is hire a traffic court regular who will know how to cross-examine the officer.
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) 385-8015 or via email at Eric@RothsteinLawNY.com. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
At your hearing, you can see whatever documentation the officer brings with him. It may be a Memo Book, a copy of the ticket with his notes and/or a Radar/Lidar activity sheet. Other than that, there is no discovery at the Traffic Violations Bureau.
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