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Fixing Traffic Tickets in NYC

Over the last few days there have been multiple news reports about a traffic ticket fixing scandal in NYC. We’ll be following and commenting on this story as it develops. Here is what we know thus far:

  • Two dozen or so Bronx NYPD officers may face criminal charges after a lengthy inquiry into the practice of traffic ticket fixing.
  • The tickets in question are almost all moving violations.  The investigation focuses mostly on the time before a system was put in place which made it harder for an officer to simply “lose” a ticket.
  • Wiretaps were used in the investigation and the transcripts show how common traffic ticket fixing is and how open officers often were discussing it with each other.
  • The investigation started when wiretaps in place for an unrelated matter turned up a conversation about helping fix a ticket.
  • It’s not clear when the grand jury investigation being conducted by the Bronx DA’s Office and/or the administrative investigation conducted by the NYPD Internal Affair’s Bureau will be completed.
  • While the number of criminal charges may be around two dozen, on the police administrative end we may 200 or so cases pursued.

It’s difficult to comment until more details emerge.  For now, safe to say it might not be the best time to ask that officer to see “what he can do” about that ticket you just got.

Submitted by Scott Feifer, Esq