What can be my defense for not paying subway fare?
lawyers attempt to get the facts first, then they try to find a defense.
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Lawyers do not "make up" defenses for people accused of wrongdoing. Whether you have any defenses depends on the facts and circumstances that led to your receiving the ticket.
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Thats not the way it works. We don't just make up defenses for people, despite what Hollywood would have you think. You can tell us the facts and maybe you have one. There isn't always a defense. If this was a yellow ticket you received then unless you actually did pay the fare, you have no defense and contesting the ticket will only be a waste of time.
There is usually almost no defense to this, unless you are claiming you were ticketed even though you didn't do it.
Is it a yellow or pink summons? .................
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Your "defense" is that you will probably get a $50 fine on a guilty plea to disorderly conduct, plus a surcharge. You won't end up with a criminal record, but as some judges used to say, it will be an expensive token.
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