The Basics of Traffic Stops and Fighting Your Ticket
The basics of how to stay safe at a traffic stop and be most effective in beating your ticket.
Behavior at a traffic stopHands visible. Officers are afraid and want to get home to families.
If you have PBA card, keep it next to your license and hand them over together.
Time to talk is before ticket is written.
Keep papers up to date in car. Failure to present isn't fixed with papers.
Stay in car.
Don't argue or you may get more tickets.
Fighting a ticket in New York CityDon't take legal advice from a police officer.
If you can't decide what to do, enter a not guilty plea, it buys time.
NYC tickets says 15 days but there's a grace period.
Enter a not guilty plea online but track it yourself. System is unreliable.
Prepare for courtGet it right the first time. People think appeal is new trial, it's not.
Judge won't look at photos and videos on your phone.
Bring sworn statements.
Witnesses can rarely make it.
What to sayThere are no magic words.
Judges rarely believe motorists.
Act with decorum.
People want to plea bargain but it's not always available.
An affidavit is a piece of paper fighting a live officer.