When Social Media And DMV Collide

Today I am pretty happy.  For those of you who regularly read my blog, you know that I actively write about social media as well as vehicle and traffic law issues.  It therefore was exciting for me to read tweets from two social media giants about their traffic problems.

First, Peter Shankman of HARO complained about his trip to the Manhattan office of the Department of Motor Vehicles. He apparently needed to renew his license and remarked that being there was like watching “time stand still”. Peter, welcome to my world.

Peter added that he was surprised by how crowded it was given that most people in Manhattan don’t even have cars. I can tell you that your experience of waiting on long lines is typical. It is a rare day indeed when a NYC DMV office is not crowded. In fact, the most acute pain my firm solves is going to court so our clients can stay at home (the close second one being that we get mis-treated by civil servants instead than you).

Just a few minutes after reading Peter’s DMV tweets, I read a tweet by another social media giant — Chris Brogan of New Marketing Labs.  Chris wrote that he just got pulled over … presumably for speeding. Chris, your timing could not be more perfect. I just completed a Traffic Ticket Tip sheet which will be available for free to any web user who wants it.  You officially will receive the first copy of this helpful document.   Of course, feel free to call me if you want any further help.  It would be my pleasure.

Anyway,  this was a good day (I mean, a good day for me).

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  • Stephanie, in New York City, the judges at the Traffic Violations Bureau are hired and paid by the New York State DMV to determine whether DMV gets your money. In my opinion, there is clearly institutional pressure for judges to “keep there numbers up”. Some are better than others in maintaining neutrality but, overall, it is very difficult venue in which to win a case.

    If a judge completes his probationary period successfully, he or she is not likely to be fired for bad numbers but there are other ways that “encourage” them to increase their conviction rates.

    As a result, if the police officer does not make any mistakes, omissions or inconsistent statements, your odds of winning are slim. Stated differently, the officer’s version is almost always adopted over the motorists.

    Our firm has been practicing within this unique system for 17+ years helping motorists to level the playing field as best we can. It is often frustrating but other times rewarding. While we lose our fair share of cases, we know that we’ve given every case its best shot of success.

    I hope this is been helpful and refer you the following article about fighting cases at the TVB. https://www.nytrafficticket.com/tips/articles/?article=3&c=3

  • I just want to know how true is what I’m about to say , if any is true at all!

    I was told that traffic judges are indirectly forced to have a quota on the traffic violations they find guilty. Being that they are only contractors they are only rehired if they produce results, that is making money for the city whether or not the person committing violations is guilty. If they don’ they may not get rehired again. If the city is not making money they might not have a job. Is this true?

  • Chris, the good news is that a ticket for expired registration carries no points and won’t hurt your insurance. This is much better than a speeding ticket which does have points and can hurt your insurance rates.

    The bad news is that this ticket is very hard to beat. Assuming you owned the subject car, you can really only beat this ticket by producing proof of registration (which of course you don’t have).

    The fine is only about $100 so it isn’t really worth your time to fight. While you might save a little money by pleading it down following a conference, it is not enough to justify the time required to travel to court, wait on line, appear in court, etc.

    Hope this helps but feel free to ping me if you have any further questions.



  • Truth was, it was for a lapsed registration, but that’s like speeding. : )


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