Monday, April 16, 2012

CA Professor Beats Traffic Ticket With Math

This story has gotten a lot of buzz lately, especially after being featured on Yahoo's home page. If you haven't already read about it, it's a fun story about a University of California Physics professor using mathematical equations to dispute the validity of the stop sign ticket he received. The paper is available on the Cornell University Libary website if, for some reason, you want to take a look. But don't count on using this as a template for the next time you get a speeding ticket or other VTL citation. Remember, that there is no excuse for exceeding the speed limit in New York state unless you are in an authorized emergency vehicle with the appropriate lights.

If you feel you were ticketed falsely and have proof, you can go to the court on your scheduled pretrial or trial date to face your accuser and/or the prosecuting attorney. Remember,  however, that the town, city, or village where you will answer your ticket rely on local law enforcement and State Troopers to protect the citizens of their jurisdictions and uphold the law. They generally trust their judgment and integrity.  So, if it's possible that you really are guilty, the best way to approach your case may be to seek a plea bargain reduction. Most courts in New York state are willing to grant consideration to good drivers who seek a reduction. This can be an easy way to save a lot of time, money, and stress.  If you come to fight and question the integrity or character of local law enforcement, they will be ready to affirm the accuracy of the traffic stop and attest to the level of their expertise and experience. Looking for a fight when you really were breaking the law, regardless of the reason, is usually not a good idea.

If you need an experienced trial lawyer for a traffic ticket case in New York state, feel free to contact attorney Randall Kehoe's office. He has been representing clients for over 20 years from serious murder trials in the Appellate Division to traffic trials in local courts.  You can also contact us to discuss your options of reducing charges (and thereby fines and points) by plea bargain. This method can save you a trip to court and a lot of money in fines, Assessment Fees, and insurance prices. It can also help to keep your driving history clean of serious convictions in case you get stopped again in the future.

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