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New Yorker arrested for speeding, swearing

No one likes to be stopped by the police while they are driving. Drivers may think they've done nothing to warrant a traffic stop and it can be an inconvenience that costs a person both their time and money. It is not uncommon for a person to get upset, frustrated or even angry after being cited for a traffic violation in New York.

One man recently found himself in this situation after he was stopped and ticketed for speeding. Upset at the high cost of the offense, he expressed his displeasure by writing a note to send in with his payment. This small gesture of anger quickly spun out of control and the man ended up being charged with aggravated harassment.

According to reports, the 22-year-old man received his speeding ticket and was mailing in his payment but added a personal message with the payment. The message contained profane language and vulgar expressions of his distaste for the town in which he was ticketed.

After the mailing was received, the young man was informed that his payment had been rejected. He was ordered to appear in court, was arrested, charged, fingerprinted and jailed for over four hours before being released on bail. He was accused of violating a state statute and was charged with aggravated harassment because he had allegedly attempted to harass, threaten, alarm or annoy someone with his written communication. Eventually, the charges were dismissed.

Instead of simply letting the issue go and chalking the note up to the frustrations of paying a traffic ticket, authorities ended up blowing the entire matter out of proportion. The young man at the center of this debacle has fired back and filed a lawsuit in an attempt to challenge the legality of the statute under which he was charged. He is also asking for compensation for all the time he had to spend in legal proceedings to deal with the matter.

Traffic tickets can be at best annoying and inconvenient. However, it does not take much before a traffic ticket turns into criminal charges, arrests and even the suspension or revocation of a driver's license. People who wish to protect themselves from unnecessary and inappropriate punishment because of a traffic ticket may want to speak with an attorney.

Source: The New York Times, " Arrested After His Vulgar Response to Traffic Ticket, Man Files Suit," Marc Santora, June 13, 2013