Although it may seem like the costs of a traffic ticket begin and end with
paying a fine, there are a number of of other consequences that can result,
including higher insurance rates. However, for one young New York woman
and her mother, the results of a traffic stop took a much larger toll.
According to reports, the young woman -- who is serving as a beauty pageant
queen -- was driving with her mother to a charity event when New York
police pulled them over for a traffic violation. It didn't take long
for police to escalate the situation by accusing the two women of driving
a stolen vehicle.
The most unfortunate part of the story occurred while the police were arresting
the women for the traffic violation and allegedly driving stolen property.
Even though they provided documentation of ownership and explained that
the theft accusation was the result of a clerical error, the two women
were still arrested. While apprehending the beauty queen, police performed
an "extremely invasive frisk and search," and they ridiculed
the young woman while she and her mother were in the police cruiser.
As a result of what occurred during the traffic stop, the two women are
taking action. In addition to fighting the criminal charges, they have
also filed a lawsuit against the police for the unfair treatment.
This case shows how serious a simple traffic stop can become. Even if a
person is just ticketed for speeding or another moving violation, it may
be helpful to determine if they have legal options to contest the charges.
Doing so may prove to be valuable in the long run.
Source: USA Today, "
Beauty queen claims 'invasive frisk' by N.Y. police," Hoa Nguyen, July 11, 2013