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Old 04-18-2018, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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I said ok to him. Went in front of the judge and only said "yes your honor" and "thank you your honor".
When it was my small group to go in front of a judge, I had to ask him to let me go out to re-up my parking meter (I had been there for hours). He said no. Irony if I had gotten a ticket for it. Thankfully we were done in short order.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:53 PM
 
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Thanks everyone.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Nassau County
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- You still have to pay the $35 driver responsibility fee or whatever they call it.

- I don't understand why a PBA card means anyone can get out of jail free.
PBA card is gold especially if signed.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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Folks saying highway moving violations in Nassau and Suffolk will be reduced to non-moving violations just for showing up in court have no idea what they are talking about.
For all the anecdotes to the contrary, I have to agree with the above. I have seen it work both ways.


Several years back, I received a speeding ticket for 39 in a 25. Problem was, the posted limit was 40. My record was clean - no other tickets.

I went to court and saw the DA. He claimed to live in the area and drive that road often. He agreed that the limit was 40. He also said if the cop wrote it at 39 I must have been going much faster and the cop was being "nice." Offered no deal. Told me I could go to trial (come back and waste another day) where I would lose.

I walked out and went to the lawyer in the next building. Lawyer got it reduced to some petty non-moving violation. It ended up costing more than the actual ticket would have been. However, had the insurance company found out and jacked my rates, the "violation" would have cost more.

No doubt that many people show up and get the ticket reduced. However, I can't believe that they reduce _every_ moving violation. It's a roll of the dice, regardless of your current record.

A lawyer definitely has a better chance of getting a good deal, it not an outright dismissal. Yes, it costs a bit of money. For me, not having to waste a day at traffic court to be talked down to by some guy in a cheap suit (DA) or worse - some administrative law judge* (e.g. uniformed clerk) is worth the money.


*Nassau has real judges, Suffolk and NYC (last I checked) have Administrative Law Judges which (in my experience) are basically arbitrators who have been lobotomized. Their sole function is to collect money from unwitting drivers.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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Cops will take PBA cards more seriously if the cop giving it to you signs it, with badge number and cell # written on it.

This is what my cop patients who give me PBA cards tell me, although I have never had an opportunity to use it. I just don't drive like an a hole.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:56 AM
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Location: Long Island, NY
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It's ridiculous that a PBA card allows you to be treated differently but it is what it is.
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Old 04-19-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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PBA card is gold especially if signed.
Mine always have a cell # and something funny written on them. I'm currently holding: If this man is not being a d!ck, please extend courtesy.

Works.
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Cops will take PBA cards more seriously if the cop giving it to you signs it, with badge number and cell # written on it.
Yeah, a blank card doesn't have much influence.


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- I don't understand why a PBA card means anyone can get out of jail free.
It does not mean that at all. It's just sort of means that 'all things being equal, can you cut this person a break.' Police exercise their discretion all the time for traffic violations.
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