Here are two moms in Providence that will inspire us to give our best to our children.
In this episode of Caught in Providence, Judge Frank Caprio faces two mothers trying to be the best mom for their children. While being ticketed for speeding or overnight parking can be deemed irresponsible, Judge Caprio heard them out and gave them a much-deserved break from all the fines.
The first mom is Tristan Fields.
Tristan is a mom of four and works as a medical assistant. She works tirelessly and clocks in 30-40 hours. It’s a tiring job indeed – so tiring that she just leaves her car parked outside their house on her worst days. However, overnight parking is not allowed in Providence.
Tristan has 13 parking tickets in her record. Thirteen!
That amounted to $300. Good thing a kind man from Texas named Steven Fourqurean from Midland, Texas, and his wife, Tami, sent six 50-dollar checks to Judge Caprio’s courthouse and to use it for those who needed a break. He gave Tristan one of those checks.
That’s not it. One of the plates registered under her name was booted.
She admitted that the vehicle with a registered plate BR 776 was not hers. She registered it for her kids’ father, whom she’s been separated from for three years now. Judge Caprio dismissed all the tickets so it would be a burden off her head.
What caught people’s attention was Judge Caprio’s “tough love” for Tristan.
He expressed his confusion and disappointment to Tristan on why she continues to park outside overnight when she has four kids to take care of. He pointed out that while she is a responsible mother, she’s been an irresponsible citizen for continuing to park outside.
He congratulated her, though, for doing a fantastic job as a mother.
She said she learned her lesson, and she’s just really trying to get her life together. Judge Caprio said, “don’t come back,” in the hopes that she indeed learned her lesson and save her money for her kids instead of paying parking tickets.
Another struggling mother is Alejandra Ramirez.
She went there to pay for three parking tickets and a red-light violation. As they started asking her questions about the incident, Alejandra began to shake as she cried and continuously said sorry.
She admitted in front of the judge that she has postpartum depression.
To calm her down, Judge Caprio talked to her about her baby. She said her baby’s name is Brayson, and he is two months old; this is her first baby. She calmed down a bit but continued to say sorry about everything.
Judge Caprio knew what to do with Alejandra.
He knew that all she needs is a break from all the pressure she’s getting on being a first-time mom. Here is another woman in front of her that is trying her best to provide for her child.
So, our favorite traffic court judge gave her some good news.
He dismissed her red-light violation. She has three 20-dollar parking tickets, and her car was booted, so that’s an additional $100 since it is mandatory. But he waived the penalties and released the boot without any fee, something which he claimed he “almost never does.”
Judge Caprio once again showed that justice with compassion could go a long way.
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