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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

When a "ticket" is more than a "ticket"

Some tickets are non-criminal infractions, punishable by a small fine, points on your license, and maybe traffic school. These infractions go on your driving record, but aren’t criminal convictions, so you won’t have a RAP sheet; it won’t affect your employment; and failure to pay the ticket or complete the required courses won’t result in any jail time.

Other tickets are really criminal charges, punishable just like an arrest for shoplifting, marijuana possession, or domestic violence. However, because the officer only gives you a paper ticket and doesn’t slap cuffs on you, take you to jail, or force you to bond out, most people don’t take their case seriously.

Unfortunately, I see many potential clients mistakenly believe they can resolve their Driving While License Suspended or Leaving The Scene of an Accident charge without hiring an attorney, as they feel it’s "just a ticket." Only later, when they’ve been turned down for a job because they have a criminal record, or when they can’t get their professional license because of their criminal record, do they realize they didn’t just "get a ticket."

If you have been cited by the police for any of the following: Driving While License Suspended; Reckless Driving; Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Expired Driver License >4 months; Attaching a Tag Not Assigned to the Vehicle; or No Registration, it is very important to seek advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney, as these "tickets" can affect your permanent record, and may even affect your ability to get or keep a job.

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