NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York state traffic ticket attorney is warning people to file traffic violations before they can have their drivers’ license revoked.
Lawyer Stephen Smith said on Thursday that people are too quick to jump to conclusions about who they are or what they’re accused of.
He said a driver who is not convicted of a traffic offense is a “deadbeat” and should not be issued a ticket.
“It’s important to remember that people don’t always get a ticket,” he said.
“A lot of times they’re just caught driving at night or on the weekends.
A lot of time, people don�t realize they�re violating a traffic law.”
So when they are pulled over, they’re asked to get out of their vehicle and they don�ts realize they are ticketed,” Smith said.”
We think it�s unfair that we can�t put them on a list of people that can�ve been ticketed, because it�ll affect their future employment, it�d affect their credit score, it will affect their job prospects.
“This is the time to be very clear with the judge and the judge should be able to see the totality of the situation and not just focus on the ticket.”
Smith said that people should file traffic tickets for a number of reasons.
They can get a suspended license, for example, and their driver�s license may be suspended.
They also can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class C misdemeanor, or reckless driving.
“When a driver is ticketed and has a license suspended or revoked for a traffic violation, they will get a temporary license that they can use in lieu of the suspension,” he told Reuters.
“But the person should have no expectation that that temporary license is going to stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
A driver can be fined up to $1,000 for a first offense, and up to five times that amount for subsequent offenses.
If a person is issued a traffic ticket, they can be required to pay the fine within 30 days, or to appear in court for an additional hearing within 30 to 60 days.