Sometimes, you have no choice but to run a red light. In some cases, it could be your only option to keep both yourself and other drivers safe.
As such, if you find you are ticketed for this action—or if you believe you have been incorrectly ticketed—you’ll likely want to know how to fight a red light ticket. Our team at the Law Office of James Medows understands that this process can be confusing if you’ve never been through it before. To help you reach a successful outcome, we’ve compiled a basic guide below.
Because running a red light is a traffic offense, your ticket will need to be taken to traffic court to be contested.
Most people believe that, when they receive their ticket, they only have one option: to pay it. However, if you show up in court on the date designated on your ticket, you have the right to fight the fine. Enlisting the services of an attorney during this process will help ensure that you don’t waive your right to fight the ticket in any way.
Typically, New York state only has one responsibility to justify fines for running a traffic light. Officials need only to prove that you did, in fact, commit the infraction. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there is no way to avoid paying the penalty. You and your attorney can employ a few defensive options to mitigate the fines.
For example, perhaps you are able to prove that the traffic signal was not working correctly or that the yellow light was not on long enough for you to stop in a way that would be safe for others. Another legitimate reason for running the light could be that the traffic signal was obscured from your vision.
Your attorney may also try to prove that you were forced to run the light for the greater good. This essentially means that, if you had not run the light, other people on the road would have faced potential harm.
Now that you know how to fight a red light ticket, we hope you’ll get in touch with the attorneys at the Law Office of James Medows. Our team has in-depth knowledge of this area of the law, and we will do everything in our power to help you beat your ticket.
To speak with one of our traffic ticket lawyers, fill out the online contact form at the bottom of the page or call us directly at 917-856-1247.