Woodside, NY asked in Municipal Law for New York

Q: I was traveling in Manhattan through subway and someone outside the gate told me he had an emergency.

I was traveling in Manhattan through subway and someone outside the gate told me he had an emergency and wanted me to open the emergency exit for him. I was unaware of his real goal and let him come in but then I realized this was wrong. No police or staff was in that station at that time and no fine or summons were issued so I am just wondering if this will cause any future problems?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: For the most meaningful analysis of your situation, a New York criminal defense attorney is really best suited to advise you; you could repost in that category. But as a practical matter in light of your awaiting an answer on this board with concern, you would have likely been stopped right then and there if authorities determined you had done anything wrong. Additionally, it's likely that any reasonable person would characterize your conduct as someone who acted out of innocent mistake or someone being tricked for what they believed was someone else experiencing some sort of emergency. If something should come of it, contact a criminal defense attorney as to how to proceed, but it seems unlikely that anything would. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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