How can one appeal multiple traffic tickets?
April 21, 2014 11:28 AM Subscribe
My friend was riding his bike through Brooklyn early Sat morning. Streets were quiet and he was not stopping at all the red lights, just slowing & crossing the (mostly) vacant intersections.
Unbeknownst to him there was a cop in a patrol car following him about 1/2 a block back. After multiple blocks the cop finally pulled him over and issued separate tickets for every red light, totally about $800 worth.
Although there is no dispute that he went through the lights, this was a very dick-ish move. How to protest in court?
posted by TDIpod to Law & Government (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My question- Is there an angle that he can use to protest the multiple tickets? Could the officer's passivity to his repeated infractions be used as an argument to reduce the fines? Again , my friend does not dispute the activity and is perfectly willing to pay the fine for ONE violation. But I feel that if the officer knows the situation and in effect condones / ignores it for an extended period, is this some thing that can be leveraged when appearing in court in order to reduce the violations?
I'm thinking along the lines that
- running a red light is an infraction b/c it is a threat to public safety.
- the officer knows from observed behavior that such an infraction has occurred and is likely to occur again.
- yet he allows these to continue, putting both the offender and bystanders at risk.
comments and advice please!