Although no one likes getting a ticket or citation for a traffic offense,
today’s story provides an example of what not to do during a traffic stop.
According to the arrest report, local New York City police observed actor
Alec Baldwin riding against traffic in lower Manhattan. However, that
alleged traffic offense is not the reason that Baldwin was arrested. Instead,
it seems that the actor’s own behavior after the stop led to his
arrest on a disorderly conduct charge.
Police claim that they stopped the actor and requested his identification.
Apparently, the officers are not fans of the television show “30
Rock,” nor did they recognize Baldwin from any of his movies. Although
an actor might be disappointed by that lack of recognition, an eyewitness
to the scene claims that Baldwin quickly became very loud. Police claim
that Baldwin started yelling profanities at them. They took control of
the situation by handcuffing Baldwin and confiscating his bike. Back at
the station, the actor was charged with disorderly conduct and given a
Given the crazy habits of some New York City drivers, it’s conceivable
that the officers who stopped Baldwin might have been sympathetic to his
desire to see oncoming traffic. Although bikes are expected to obey traffic
laws, the cops may have simply issued Baldwin a warning, or perhaps given
him a small traffic ticket. Either alternative would be more preferable
to the court date and criminal charge that Baldwin ultimately received.
A criminal defense attorney who specializes in traffic violations knows
that a strong defense might be available, even when only a minor traffic
ticket is involved. Yet if today’s story has a lesson, it’s
that such legal arguments should be made by an attorney in a courtroom,
not by an individual in the heat of the moment.
Source: New York Daily News, "
Alec Baldwin busted for disorderly conduct after flare-up with cops in
Manhattan: police," Rocco Parascandola and Joe Kemp, May 13, 2014