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My 28 yr old Grandaughter was stopped and ticketed for

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My 28 yr old Grandaughter was stopped and ticketed for having her cell phone in her hand. Not talking or using but just moving it, NY state, is there any way to get it excused, it her first and only offense since she started driving 4 years ago

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a NY lawyer about this?

Not yet, just happened

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

None, yet, I was just told about it 15 min ago, my daughter called me because my Grandaughter was too upset to let me know, it’s my car and she’s on myninsurance

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I don’t think so, I was planning on just turning the car over to her when she was out of the risk pool and could afford insurance on her own but I doubt now that it will happen, I’m 7t and rarely drive but she needs it for herself and her two kids since she wi orks

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I'm sorry to hear about your granddaughter's situation. Give me just a few minutes to finish typing up some information for you, thanks!

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New York state laws have become increasingly more aggressive over the past several years.

A cell phone ticket now carries 5 points with it, when it used to carry 1.

That being said, yes your granddaughter can contest the ticket and then try to obtain either (1.) a plea to a lesser ticket, or (2.) an outright dismissal through a trial.

Since she has no other run-ins with her license or with the criminal law at all, the prosecutor may be willing to negotiate this to a lesser ticket.

The other possibility is requesting a trial, and then cross-examining the ticketing officer, hopefully to find some sort of contradiction in his testimony that would allow your granddaughter to obtain a dismissal.

Also, if the officer does not appear in court on the scheduled date, the ticket may automatically be dismissed.

You can consider hiring a traffic lawyer to represent your granddaughter in this process.

Traffic lawyers in NY are experienced with getting these tickets dismissed or reduced, and considering the specific facts of what happened with your granddaughter's situation, they may have a very strong chance at being successful.

If you'd like to contact a traffic lawyer about representing her, you can call the New York State Bar and ask for a referral to a lawyer in the county where the ticket was issued.

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