Vehicle laws in New York City and other cities throughout the U.S. are meant to ensure that the vehicles on the roads are in safe, working order. When there is a problem with these types of features on a vehicle, a driver may be pulled over by authorities and issued a warning or ticket. In some cases, however, if a motorist has outstanding legal issues, a stop of this kind can lead to much more serious legal problems.
Recently a motorist in Utica was pulled over by law enforcement when they observed his brake lights to be out. Upon running the man’s information and the license plates on the car he was driving, authorities reportedly found that the vehicle was reported stolen. The man’s license was also reportedly suspended, but the reason for the suspension was not released. As a result of the traffic violations, he was charged with having brake lights, as well as for driving without a license. He is also facing charges for being in possession of a stolen vehicle.
The consequences for the man’s alleged traffic violations include fines, points on his license or additional time on his license suspension. He could also face jail time as a result of being caught driving a stolen car.
If a law enforcement officer observes a motorist breaking traffic or vehicle laws, even if it is something as minor as a brake light being out, it gives the officer the ability to check the car and driver’s information. Anyone who has been charged with traffic violations may find it helpful to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss their options. A lawyer can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
Source: The Observer-Dispatch, “Traffic stop leads to felony charge for Utica man”, July 19, 2013