Why did I get a ticket if I was talking on my cellphone using the speaker?
Question Details: I was given a violation for using a cell phone while driving. I was not texting or using an app; I was talking on my cell phone on speaker. The person was having trouble hearing me, so I did hold the phone closer to my chin. Can I fight this charge? Also, of note, I just moved to NY and was also unaware it was illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving.
1) As you write, you were holding the phone: holding it closer to your chin. Therefore, you were using a hand-held phone while driving, in violation of the law.
2) Ignorance of the law is not defense: you can be charged even if you were unaware of that law.
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