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    To my fellow LEO's in NY,


    I was at a family gathering yesterday and a cousin from New York City told me that in NY if you are cited for a traffic violation you are required to bring an attorney with you to court. This struck me as odd, as an officer in PA we rarely ever have attorney's show up to traffic court. Usually they only show up if it's a DUI related citation or if the defendant is appealing the case. My questions to you;

    1. Is this true?
    2. If so, why is that? doesn't it cost more money to provide public defenders?

    Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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    Originally posted by philaleo View Post
    To my fellow LEO's in NY,


    I was at a family gathering yesterday and a cousin from New York City told me that in NY if you are cited for a traffic violation you are required to bring an attorney with you to court. This struck me as odd, as an officer in PA we rarely ever have attorney's show up to traffic court. Usually they only show up if it's a DUI related citation or if the defendant is appealing the case. My questions to you;

    1. Is this true?
    2. If so, why is that? doesn't it cost more money to provide public defenders?

    Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
    false.

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    • #3
      No.

      Especially not true in nyc.

      No further information to provide. Case closed.
      Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.

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      • #4
        I'm more interested in why this person would tell you that... Lol.

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        • #5
          There is no requirement to have an attorney represent you in traffic court in New York. Outside of cities covered by state Traffic Violations Bureaus, the prosecutors will negotiate with the offender whether represented by an attorney or not. As a matter of fact, it is possible to have an attorney appear on your behalf by giving him a Power of Attorney. This is true in all traffic courts in New York.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by philaleo View Post
            To my fellow LEO's in NY,


            I was at a family gathering yesterday and a cousin from New York City told me that in NY if you are cited for a traffic violation you are required to bring an attorney with you to court. This struck me as odd, as an officer in PA we rarely ever have attorney's show up to traffic court. Usually they only show up if it's a DUI related citation or if the defendant is appealing the case. My questions to you;

            1. Is this true?
            2. If so, why is that? doesn't it cost more money to provide public defenders?

            Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
            Yep, totally untrue. There are ambulance-chasing types at traffic court who try to hawk clients as they check-in, but no such requirement for representation exists. On top of it, in NYC and some other counties in the state, traffic court is handled by an arm of the DMV and not the local courts (due to the amount of violations processed that would otherwise clog up the courts).
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            • #7
              yep I figured it was bull****, thanks again to all.

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              • #8
                DMV operated TVBs are nothing more than kangaroo courts to raise revenue for the government. I've yet to see a jurisdiction with a clogged court where traffic tickets are handled as part of the local criminal court, i.e., Nassau County.

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                • #9
                  Not Required like others have mentioned....

                  But in NYC, it's probably within a traffic violators best interest to commission an attorney...even if the Ambulance-chasing type.

                  just my opinion.

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                  • #10
                    Not if judge fink is still striking the gavel in manhattan!
                    Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.

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                    • #11
                      Not only is it not required for a simple traffic infraction, in most parts of the state it's absolutely ridiculous to even consider it. In most cases, as long as you don't have an absurd number of prior violations, a moving violation will be knocked down to a parking violation whether or not you have an attorney. The only difference is that those who hire an attorney will have an additional fee to pay.

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                      • #12
                        BNAAB has them. I wonder what they charge the motorist.

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                        • #13
                          Every NYC aab have the vultures running around. They mostly work with reckless cab drivers.
                          Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SLDPD View Post
                            BNAAB has them. I wonder what they charge the motorist.
                            On the spot pricing...So depending on the amount of violations and the complication of the violations. Anything from $150-$400.


                            Originally posted by NYCTNT View Post
                            Every NYC aab have the vultures running around. They mostly work with reckless cab drivers.
                            Yup!!!

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                            • #15
                              I had some civilians hire them. So regardless the motorist still loses money.

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