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Suspended license charge lessened for bishop

Most New York drivers will have or have had at least one traffic citation over the course of their driving years. In some cases, traffic violations are minor annoyances that require the payment of fines and nothing more. In other cases, however, drivers can face high insurance surcharges, points on their driving records, driving license suspensions and even jail sentences.

People who have received traffic tickets can choose to fight the charges. A bishop from Brooklyn was successful in having his traffic violation charge reduced recently. The man had been on the inauguration committee for the New York City mayor although news sources indicate that the mayor was not involved in the change in traffic charges.

The bishop was stopped in February and arrested for driving with a suspended license. He was also found to have a warrant out for his arrest for his involvement in a 2013 public rally related to immigration issues. He did not stay overnight in jail and the time he did spend in jail has been deemed sufficient for his final penalty for the arrest. The man pled guilty to the charges. It is not known whether the bishop had to pay a fine or if his license has been reinstated.

Persons who receive traffic citations in New York may sometimes be hesitant to seek lessened charges. However, it is possible to reduce fines or other penalties by doing so. Talking to an attorney may help people understand how to fight a traffic ticket and what the benefits may be.

Source: Newsday, “NYC clergyman pleads guilty to traffic violation,” June 24, 2014

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