Hello everybody. This month, I want to talk about what to do if you are stopped by the police during the pandemic. It is important to note that all people, police included, have their antennas up during the pandemic and that the police may be on “extra alert” during these unknown times.
What do I mean by “extra alert”? I am saying that police will write more summonses to you or escalate your situation, if you try to lengthen the duration of a traffic stop by arguing a summons that an officer has issued you or by trying to talk your way out of a summons.
Now is not the time to take these actions. Everyone is jumpy, including police officers.
If you are stopped, quickly provide your license, registration and insurance to the officer. Say as little as possible. Let the officer do his/her job and get out of there. Take your tickets to an attorney like myself to fight for you.
Attorneys who know their jobs will try to delay the summons for you for as long as DMV will allow in the City. This means that officer may be transferred or quit or retire or lose his or her notes, etc.
Generally speaking, delay is your friend when it comes to hearing traffic tickets at Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) courts in NYC.
So, be alert, drive cautiously, be courteous and calm if you do receive a summons, take it to a professional to help you fight it.
Remember, TVB is open and TLC is semi-open to fight tickets now. Be careful and be smart when driving.
Feel free to call me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Thank you for reading my article. Until next month and always, be well.