Being issued with a traffic citation and having to appear in traffic court can be an intimidating situation. If the judge is abrasive and unreasonable, this only makes the situation worse. According to many people who appeared in the Staten Island traffic court, this was what was happening to them when they appeared before a specific judge. B.L. is an employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Staten Island and has the highest conviction rate of any other traffic judge in New York City. In fact, in 2011 he made the Staten Island DMV over one million dollars in fines.
The fact that he is able to make the DMV so much money may have caused them to turn a blind eye to the fact that he has anger issues. Due to a formal complaint regarding an outburst in court, B.L. was ordered to attend anger management classes and human relations counseling. The complaint was in regards to a case involving a mechanic from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He was driving along a parkway that those buses are not allowed to travel on. According to the mechanic, however, he had a permit which gave him permission to be on the road. When he showed B.L. a copy of the permit, the judge stated that he didn't accept photocopies and insinuated that he believed it could be a phony.
Even with the anger management and human relations training, people who have interacted with him in traffic court have stated that it has not been helping. His treatment of them has been demeaning and angry. For more information regarding this situation, click here to read the full article. In cases such as these, it is crucial that the individual has a strong attorney on their side protecting them from unfair treatment. If you do not feel as though you received fair treatment in traffic court, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team at Gannes & Musico, LLP. Call today!