In my last post, I mentioned the time our firm beat a ticket charging our client with going 200 mph above the limit. Okay, while technically it was a record for our firm, it actually should have an asterisk by it.
You see, our client was charged with exceeding the 55 mph limit but the officer failed to write the amount of that speed. The Nassau County Traffic & Parking Violations Agency, located at 16 Cooper Street, Hempstead, NY, has an unusual policy when confronted by such omissions. They insert 200 mph as the charged speed because their clerks cannot enter the ticket unless they fill in some number in this field. Their policy is thus to insert 200 mph when the officer omits this information.
Anyway, I walked in thinking I was facing a garden variety speeding ticket and instead was told that my client was charged with a whopping 200 mph speeding ticket. Of course, further investigation led me to learn of the explanation of the “200 mph” charge and, more importantly, I was able to get this ticket dismissed as defective (i.e., based on the failure to allege how fast over the 55 limit my client was proceeding).
By the way, contrary to what you might expect, my initial reaction was one of extreme excitement. For me to fight this extraordinary ticket was a badge of honor. Below is a computer print out of the charge. To see, what dismissal of a 200 mph speeding ticket looks like click here.