My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: New York
I am a New Jersey driver who received a ticket for a stop sign violation in New York (VTL 1172 0A). I personally believe that I made a complete stop at the stop sign, but he disagreed and issued me a ticket anyway. I have pleaded not guilty. This is my first traffic ticket ever.
A police officer in my hometown advised me to try to plead the ticket down to a 1110a violation - Failure to Obey a Traffic Control device (which carries 2 points, instead of 3 points for the stop sign violation).
My insurance agent advised me to try to plead the ticket down to Unsafe Operation of Vehicle, which carries 0 points, so my insurance won't go up. I have heard of this plea in New Jersey, but I don't know if it exists in New York.
My questions are:
Can/should I try to plead down to Unsafe Operation of Vehicle if the ticket was in New York?
Or should I try to plead to the 1110a violation instead?
Thanks in advance for your advice.