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Da Bronx Traffic Lawyer
Fight your Bronx Traffic Ticket!
Fight your Bronx Traffic Ticket!


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My customer, Ricardo Gonzalez, agreed to model #googleglass   for me yesterday-- he looks great! If you agree, share his picture.

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#HappyClient with Dismissal Receipt and #googleglass  

I fought a stop sign ticket with my client, Joseph Cheathem, yesterday and we were fortunate enough to win.  The officer testified to most of the required elements but forgot to mention where she was located so the judge dismissed his case.

After we won, Mr. Cheathem and I took some pictures with Google Glass.

He looks great! If you agree, share his picture using the plus button below.

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Google Glass and Fighting #TrafficTickets

I'm now using Google Glass to help me fight tickets at the Bronx Department of Motor Vehicles.

Google in the past year released this wearable set of "Glass" frames that have cell phone like features but instead of using your hands and always looking down to your cell-- allows you to use your voice to access information.

I'm hoping that I can use it to more effectively stay in touch with clients for now and incorporate it into my daily legal work routine over time with other features.  Yesterday, for example, I got a text message from a lawyer in Brooklyn who needed to have his case covered.  I heard a beep on my Glass, tilted my head 30 degrees up to activate the monitor, read his message.  My Glass gave me the option to answer the text with a response, I verbally answered him that I was available and Glass transcribed my message and sent him back a text response.  All of this was done hands free and within seconds of getting his message.

I use technology to improve the services I provide my clients in a number of ways:

1. Paperless Cloud Based: All Client information is in Evernote, a cloud based information storage system that I use to organize client files and also use to calendar my cases.  I have a database backup on my home computer but if anything were to go wrong such as a fire, I still have everything backed up on the cloud servers of Evernote.

2. Ipad Air: I take paperless notes and fight cases daily using an iOS app called NoteShelf.

3. Google Voice: All phone numbers and phone calls are handled through Google Voice which is a virtual phone number that transcribes messages.  I can save thousands of client calls and contact numbers.  Many times clients call me and I'm able to "guess" who they are through my saved client information and access their file within 15 seconds of their call.

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I'm so ugly, I got multiple traffic tickets!

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I love my wife ... perhaps, I should get a divorce?

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This video is about, "I'm so ugly, I got multiple traffic tickets!"

The inspiration for this video was a customer that I met when I first started defending motorist at the traffic violations bureau for moving infractions.  The driver had gotten 18 tickets from a single traffic stop.  The driver admitted to me that he did deserve one of the tickets but that the police officer was so angry and disgusted with him that he gave him the other 17 traffic tickets.  He started joking to all the other motorists within earshot at the hearing, that the cop had just given him the ticket for "being ugly."  Everyone started laughing because the motorist was actually not handsome and some would actually agree with him, that he was ugly.  However, we all really knew that what had happened was that my motorist lost his temper and then the police officer lost his temper and just punished him beyond any reasonable justification with an extra 17 tickets.

We all get tickets and sometimes we deserve them, but many times police officers are having a bad day or they just don't like the motorist's defensive attitude and they typically react by hammering the motorist with multiple tickets.

When you get multiple tickets, your first instinct is to blame yourself like my customer did to the point of calling himself ugly.  Many motorists have had such a horrible experience that they don’t want to even fight the tickets because they are afraid of dealing with the angry police officer that gave them the tickets.  However, you actually have the best chance of winning in these cases because the Judge hearing your case can see how outrageous and unfair it was to get two or three tickets for the same offense.  Often, so much time has passed from the time the cop gave you your tickets to the date of your trial, that even the cop isn’t as angry as he or she was initially and decides to tell the judge that one or two of the multiple tickets were indeed duplicates.

So if you get more than one ticket at a traffic stop, stop blaming yourself, you really aren’t ugly, fight those tickets!

Da-Production Notes: This television commercial was produced more than 10 years ago.  Concept, writing, production are by Victor Bernace.  The gifted director and editor is Gretchel Hill.  Actors: Motorist (Jose Abreu), Police Officer/Judges Hand (Victor A. Bernace).  Commercial ran on Time Warner’s Upper Manhattan Cable’s Channel 35, nicknamed, “the Dominican Channel,” due to the large content of Washington Heights Dominican community programming.  When I started fighting tickets, 90% of clients were from the largely Dominican Taxi Bases which explains the Dominican Flag in the background.  I wanted the video to be a Spanish Version of Uncle Sam calling the downtrodden cabbies to fight their tickets rather than paying them and losing their licenses. A. Bernace, Esq. Copyrig

My "General Petraeus" motorist cheating on his wife...

Ok, I never had the pleasure of representing General Petraeus, but I wanted discuss a rather comical dmv story involving adultery.

A few weeks ago, I had a customer with 4 child seatbelt tickets that retained me to fight his tickets.  Now, if we lost the 4 tickets, he would have gotten 12 points, over one thousand dollars in fines, and an almost certain suspension from the judge.

As his attorney, I decided to delay his ticket a couple of times until we got the most favorable judge for someone in his circumstances.  The police officer who wrote his ticket was a good one and rarely lost any tickets.

When we had the best judge possible, we fought his case and despite the officer putting in a flawless case against us, I was still able to talk the judge into throwing out one of the tickets.  It was all we needed to prevent a suspension.  I felt bad that my client had 9 points but I was going to explain to him my old, "we cut the foot off, but the body didn't die," procedure we went through to avoid the suspension-- but surprisingly, he was joyous.

He explained afterwards, that the only thing he cared about was avoiding the suspension.  He didn't want his wife to find out that he was suspended because he would then have to explain the 4 children and their tickets.  Umm ... the 4 children of the other woman he was seeing. (Don't even go there, I didn't want to ask if they were his children, it wasn't my business to pry.)

He even told me he had to lie to his wife about appearing in traffic court for the 3 times we postponed his case.

He paid his fines and left hoping not to get caught in his lies.  As his attorney, I remembered to tell him to watch out for the driver assessment fee that arrives in the mail with additional fees outlining the charges and specifying "child seatbelt."  He was going to be checking the mailbox anxiously for the next few days to get that letter before his wife saw it.

I won a case today because of my client...

Sometimes, the prep work I do before I enter the courtroom helps in winning the case.  Today, I had a case where the judge could have ruled against me but didn't because I had important paperwork that a client had faxed to me.  

My client was very thorough in preparing for her case: she mailed in a return receipt certified copy of her ticket to dmv, scanned her ticket, sent me a copy of all her correspondence with dmv.  

When dmv suspended her for failing to answer the ticket, she had proof to show she had answered the ticket and got her problem fixed.  I had a copy of her ticket which sometimes helps at trial because I can nitpick the police officers testimony by comparing it to the ticket (sometimes the ticket looks perfect to a novice but even a perfect ticket can be helpful if the cop contradicts it at trial, ex. ticket says 9 am vs testimony of 9 pm. 

Sometimes, the great lawyers are made by ​great customers ...
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