Some people think that if they receive a traffic citation, they should be able to have it “handled” if they have friends in high places. Unfortunately, a judge in central New York is on the hook for trying to fix a ticket for an acquaintance.
A judge in Volney Town Court was recently disciplined by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. That judge asked another to throw out a tinted-windows ticket for a person he knew. The judge was reported to have asked the presiding judge to “dismiss it for me.” An assistant to the judge is the person who received the request and denied to pass it along. The judge persisted and the commission was alerted.
The ticket was ultimately dismissed, but not because the judge asked for it to be. The ticket was found to have been improperly issued and as such, thrown out of court. The commission reprimanded the judge rather than removing him because he admitted to his misconduct. The judge did not ask for the ticket to be dismissed for personal gain and the incident is an isolated one.
If you have received a traffic citation in New York, you have rights. While you may choose to pay your fine and go on with your day, you could also choose to fight your ticket in court. If you want to fight, we are here to do so on your behalf. Reach out to our team of experienced traffic ticket attorneys for a free case evaluation.