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What is the difference between a traffic
infraction and a criminal charge?
An infraction is a civil matter that involves penalties such as a fine,
court costs, license suspension, or community service hours. A Criminal
charge can have the above penalties but can also involve incarceration or
Do I really need an attorney for my first offense?
You are never required to have an attorney, but it is always a wise idea
to have one. Some offenses involve the loss of your freedom, even for a
first offense. When charged with a misdemeanor or a felony you face
possible jail time. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in the
county jail, and depending on what kind of felony you can get up to life;
third degree felonies are punishable by up to five years in state prison,
second degree up to fifteen years, and first degree felonies are
punishable by life or more.
Other than jail time what am I facing?
Certain crimes such as drug offenses have penalty provisions that call for
an automatic revocation or suspension of your driving privilege. With
felonies you can lose your civil liberties, such as your right to vote or
own a firearm.
Last time I received a Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) ticket I
got court costs and walked out of the court room. Why should I waste my
money on a lawyer?
DWLS is an offense that can have serious ramifications on one’s driving
privilege. If you receive three DWLS charges within a five year period you
will be designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), and lose your
driving privilege for five years. If you get caught driving when
designated as a HTO, you will be facing a felony charge and up to five
years in prison. Taking the easy way (pleading guilty or no contest) early
can hurt you in the long run.
Can I get my license back if it is suspended?
Under certain circumstances a challenge can be made to your suspension to
enable you to get it reinstated. The Department of Motor Vehicle allows a
hardship license under certain circumstances, and they should be contacted
for further information. If an error was made in court, that error can be
corrected to allow you to drive once again.
What if I have a legal issue and I did not see anything mentioned on
Just call and Mr. Warshofsky will speak with you over the phone. If he can
not help you, he will find someone who can. Mr. Warshofsky works with several attorneys in the area,
such as Estate Planning, Labor and Employment Law, Personal Injury as well
as Family Law