Those drivers who receive the new E-Tickets that police officers and New York State Troopers conveniently print from their police cars should take note that one judge is Oneonta has ruled that the tickets are not legal and recently dismissed an Aggravated DWI case as a result. Ruling in the case of People v. Nathaniel White, City Court Judge Lucy Bernier ruled that the actions of the police officers in entering the data into the computer are indistinguishable from mere word processing and therefore the tickets are not affirmed or sworn under penalty of perjury as required by law.
The White ruling conflicts with a 2005 ruling by a City Court judge in Rochester that described the process of filling out the electronic ticket troubling but found that the tickets were ultimately legal. In the Rochester case, the City Court Judge found that the supporting deposition which was signed rescued the defective traffic ticket. The White ruling however, is both lengthy and well reasoned and will likely be appealed. In the interim, New York Traffic Court lawyers and New York DUI attorneys will continue to fight this issue.
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