Last week I was driving on I-87 in Ulster County in upstate NY when a police trooper stopped me (I was not speeding) for what he told me was not merging on the left lane while he was stopped on the side of the rode. I was not even aware of that. I was driving like everybody else and all of the sudden I noticed flashing light in my rearview mirror. To my surprise while I was waiting for the police officer I counted 10 cars that did not change lane. I was wondering if I could fight this ticket since it's a fairly new law, or at least lowering the offence.
Unfortunately, the law changed and that is now a violation. He "picked" you out of the crowd.
Plead not guilty and contact a local attorney to try and knock it down from points to no points.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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)
In upstate these tickets are heard in town court. More often than not these matters can be plea bargained to a non moving no points violation. You can do that or try and fight it. Whether you have a good case or not unfortunately won't matter much because it's your word against the troopers word and 99.9% of the time the town judge will believe the trooper.
I recommend hiring a local attorney who regularly handles traffic offenses... that attorney will likely be able to plea the case to a fine and no points.
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 [email protected] The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
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