Serious Traffic Violations

While most traffic violations don't rise to the level of misdemeanor offenses, there are a select few that do, and they can be detrimental to you in many ways.  We all know that most DWI's are charged as misdemeanors, but that's a discussion for a separate topic.  In this topic, I'm referring to offenses like careless/reckless driving, driving after suspension/revocation/cancellation, driving without proof of insurance, illegal lane change, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and other offenses like those.  All of these violations are charged as misdemeanors, which means that being found guilty of them shows up on both your driving record and your criminal record.

Driving misdemeanors can be especially problematic because they are often not eligible for expungement, whereas most other misdemeanor offenses are.  This means that traffic misdemeanors, much like diamonds, are forever.  

For people who use their license to earn a living (truck drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, social workers, etc...), these offenses can be especially problematic.  They can cause the suspension of your license and make it impossible for you to work.  Often, employers are unable to accommodate such offenses from an insurance standpoint and will be forced to let you go or be unable to hire you in the first place.  

Even for people who don't use their license to earn a living, offenses like this can significantly raise your insurance rates, can lead to license suspensions, and can cost you an arm and a leg in fines.  Aside from all that, some of these offenses are accelerable, meaning that the more of them you get, the worse the punishment can be.  

If you find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with a traffic misdemeanor, don't hesitate to call or email an attorney at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken for your free consultation.  We'll help you figure out whether it's worth it for you to hire an attorney to help you clear your situation up.