Judge deciding your Disobey Traffic Device case needs to know what the sign says for you to lose

Last week I represented a client where the cop testified that he made a left turn on 161st Street unto Sherman Ave in the Bronx disobeying 2 standard DOT signs prohibiting left turns Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 AM.

Most administrative law judges in New York City will dismiss your case if the cop just states that you, "disobeyed a traffic device" without actually stating what words or symbols were on the device. After all, the device could be anything: a stop sign, a yield sign, a white painted arrow on the pavement, etc.

Practice Hint: listen carefully to the cop, if he doesn't describe the sign adequately, ask the judge to dismiss your case.

My police officer stated what the traffic control device had written on it so it looked like the officer would win.  

However, I realized that the police officer had merely given the date of the moving infraction as, "June xx, 2012."  I made a motion to dismiss because it wasn't clearly stated whether my clients date actually fell on a date between Monday and Friday. I know, I know, the judge could have whipped out a calendar and said, "umm looks like it was Friday, guilty."  The judge thought about this and ruled in my clients favor, "not guilty," stating that he agreed, there was no way from the testimony given that you could deduce if the infraction fell between Monday and Friday.