Many traffic infractions are violations of the law, but do not rise to the criminal level. For example, if you go drive a little too fast or don’t pay a parking ticket, you could receive a citation and penalties such as fines… but you typically aren’t going to be charged with a crime or face jail time.
Some behaviors behind the wheel, however, are not just mere violations of traffic law. There are certain actions that could actually lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. When you are charged with a traffic crime, instead of just a violation, the stakes are much higher. You freedom could be at risk; you could be looking at thousands of dollars in court costs and fines; your auto insurance costs could be extremely high going forward, and you could be left with a criminal record that impacts future opportunities.
NY Traffic Firm can help. Our legal team is uniquely qualified to provide assistance not just with routine traffic tickets but also with serious criminal offenses. We are more than just NY traffic ticket lawyers. We are experienced criminal defense attorneys who can help clients to introduce reasonable doubt to earn acquittals and who can help clients to negotiate plea deals that result in significantly reduced penalties.
When you’re accused of committing a crime, you must be proactive and exercise your right to an attorney. You want a dedicated, experienced lawyer who knows how to handle criminal cases.
Let our legal team help. Contact us today to talk with a New York traffic crimes lawyer to find out what we can do if you’ve been charged with a criminal offense.
New York criminalizes only certain types of driving behaviors, and it is important to understand whether you have simply been accused of a moving violation or whether you have been accused of a criminal act.
A criminal act can sometimes lead to your immediate arrest and you could have a very limited time to decide how to plead and how to argue for bail. You should insist upon your right to contact a lawyer right away if you’ve been accused of a crime.
Traffic crimes in New York that you could face criminal charges for include:
NY Traffic Firm provides representation to defendants in all of these different types of cases. Our legal team can represent you whether you are facing misdemeanor charges or felony charges. The sooner you involve our legal team, the sooner we can get to work investigating the prosecutor’s evidence and building the strongest defense possible.
The possible penalties for criminal traffic offenses can vary substantially, depending upon the crime with which you have been charged. Fleeing from a police officer, for example, could be a misdemeanor if no one was hurt but could be a felony that results in up to seven years imprisonment if you fled from an officer and someone got hurt or killed as a result of your conduct.
Your history of past offenses could also impact the possible penalties that you face. Penalties for repeat DUI or DWI offenders, for example, can result in longer jail sentences, more intensive requirements for rehabilitation, a longer license suspension, and more.
Not only do you face the immediate consequences of high fines, possible jail time, and the reputational damage of a criminal record, but your history of serious violations can also follow you for a very long time. If you have multiple serious violations, even within a very lengthy period of time, you could lose your license to drive forever. For example, a motorist with five or more DUI or DWI related offenses could face an indefinite revocation of his or her driver’s license. This could mean never ever being allowed to drive again.
You don’t have roll over, pay the citation and be done. Over-eager traffic enforcement intermingles with errors every day. Always be ready to fight back. The odds are in your favor when you work with NY Traffic Firm.
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NY Traffic Firm has helped many motorists facing criminal charges for traffic offenses. Depending upon the offense, there may be a number of different legal strategies to consider that could allow you to fight conviction or at least reduce the penalties that you could potentially face if you are found guilty. You could raise affirmative defenses to try to avoid conviction, or could introduce reasonable doubt regarding whether a prosecutor has proved a case against you. Your attorney will help you to decide what option is most likely to result in a favorable outcome.
New York traffic crime lawyers can also provide you with help in negotiating a plea deal if you’d prefer not to take a chance on a criminal case.Whatever your situation, our goal is to help you find the best approach to responding to criminal charges so you can resolve your legal problems quickly and with your future protected.
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