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New York VTL § 1174 Failure to Stop for a School Bus Defense Lawyers
Have you been charged with VTL § 1174 passing a stopped school bus in New York?
The New York State failing to stop for a school bus attorneys at Palumbo & Associates, P.C., have vast experience in representing drivers accused passing a stopped school bus, NY VTL § 1174. If you have been arrested or charged with failing to stop for a school bus, NY VTL § 1174, contact us for a free consultation to find out how we can help. Being found guilty of failing to stop for a school bus is a big problem. A conviction is 5 points on your license and a large fine. Our New York traffic court defense lawyers can represent you when charged with not stopping for a school bus anywhere in New York State.
NY VTL § 1174 – the statute
The rules and regulations regarding school bus violations are technical and complex, because they are a hybrid of New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 375(20) and NY VTL § 1174. When read together, all drivers must stop before overtaking (passing) a stopped school bus as long as:
Penalties for violating NY VTL § 1174
Upon conviction, a motorist is facing upon a first conviction:
If you have been charged with passing a stopped school bus you have a big problem on your hands. This is because while prosecutors will negotiate all other charged infractions such as speeding, with failing to stop for a passed school bus there are virtually no prosecutors or courts anywhere in the State of New York that will make a plea offer. This means that you either have to plead guilty “as charged” or take you case to trial. I refer to these 2 choices as either rolling over, or rolling the dice.
What people don’t understand is that by pleading guilty “as charged” you gain nothing and lose everything. In other words, there is no downside to taking your case to trial and losing, because the DMV and your insurance company does not care how you were found guilty. There is no legal significance in the fact that you “accepted responsibility” and admitted your guilt. Your insurance is going up whether or not you plead guilty or were found guilty after trial; you are getting 5 points on your license whether you plead guilty or were found guilty after trial. So when a prosecutor looks at you and says “we don’t make plea offers on school bus tickets,’ you have 1 choice – asserting your right to trial.
And doing a trial is where we come in. Our office has litigated many school bus tickets. We have gotten VTL § 1174 passing a stopped school bus dismissed by written motion to dismiss, at trial, and even in a criminal case gotten a predicate charge of VTL § 1174 dismissed and the evidence of drugs found in a search incident to arrest suppressed and those charges dismissed as well. In fact, in the history of our office only one of our clients have been found guilty of passing a stopped school bus.
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