Unfortunately the law isn’t so lenient anymore, as one woman running away from domestic violence found out earlier this March. Despite the fact that she was coming to the police to flee an abusive spouse, the NYPD arrested her for an unpaid ticket that led to a warrant for her arrest.
In addition, once the tickets amount to a certain sum, your car can be towed and impounded, and you will be required to not only pay off the tickets, but also heavy towing, storage and impound fees.
Is this unfair or excessive? Perhaps. But the NYPD practices a form of policing known as zero-tolerance. The general principal is that if a police force maintains even minor laws, more significant laws involving violence and crime will decrease. Pioneered by criminal scientists in the 1970s, this extremely tough approach to justice is credited with the reduced rates of crime New York has seen since the late 1980s and 1990s. It is unlikely that the NYPD will relent or change their tune any time soon.
The moral of the story is pretty straightforward. Pay tickets on time or face the possibility of arrest, even when coming to the police for help or assistance. As the above story from the New York Post demonstrates, even danger won’t prevent the police from enforcing warrants they are legally obligated to follow up on. A fine of $80 for speeding through a red light might seem expensive now, but time in court and other expenses are far worse, not to mention the points.
If you were arrested as a result of a parking ticket, consider consulting a legal professional. A skilled attorney knows how to bargain with the law to reduce any penalties you may face as a result of your driving history. The attorneys at The Rosenblum Law Firm can help you resolve your traffic issues today, and can help keep your wallet – and yourself – out of the clutches of the law.