My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: New York.
I was thinking about redlight Cameras today, I live in Suffolk County, close to Nassau County and we have a real problem with both of them here on Long Island. Studies over the years have shown these intersections have become more dangerous simply because some idiots now slam on their brakes as soon as they see a yellow t avoid a red light ticket.
All of that is a discussion that has already been had.
Here is what I am curious and hopefully the legal experts can help me out. How can an out of state private company tell you that you owe this amount, if you don't reply not guilty by a certain date or you owe the fine?
See a company in Maryland or Virginia (I forget which) owns the equipment, anyone who is over the stop line even a fraction of a second gets sent to an "expert" who works for Suffolk County who says yep, they were over the line. The private company then sends a letter from another state saying a car registered to you violated whatever and being the registered owner you are responsible, "failure to pay by XX/XX/2018 is admission of liability."
If I get a traffic ticket or parking ticket, an official person doing an official duty, is issuing me an official ticket to appear in a local court where the alleged infraction took place.
How does a private company in another state have the same power as a cop, answer by this date or it's a default guilty plea. Because they changed the wording?
Not to mention the fact that they take all presumption of innocence away from you. I could have murdered someone in broad daylight on camera and I'd still be innocent until proven guilty. If you get one of these letters in the mail "Please take notice that, as the owner of the vehicle appearing in the photo below, you are liable to pay a fine in the amount indicated above. Pursuant to Section........"