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Moving Violations can have long reaching effects

I once w as in court attending a pretrial hearing with a client. As we waited our turn, another person was before the court for sentencing on an alcohol-related driving offense. Although the sentencing recommendation between his attorney and the prosecutor was agreed to, the judge declined to follow it and sentenced the defendant to even more jail time. The reason? This individual had picked up two speeding tickets while his alcohol related charge was pending; both infractions were found committed because, rather than requesting a contesting hearing, he mailed in the citations with payment in full -- thus accepting responsibility for each infraction without holding the government to its burden in either case(or at least continuing the infractions until after the criminal matter was resolved). This person no doubt thought he was "doing the right thing" by admitting he committed the infractions, but the judge clearly saw things differently, "rewarding" him with extra jail time.

Most people are aware that moving violations can have long lasting negative affects on their driving records, causing insurance rates to skyrocket. Most aren't aware that these violations can have far more detrimental affects as well, as this unfortunate individual discovered. There are even times where a prosecutor will take into consideration non-criminal traffic offenses, such as speeding, when negotiating an pending criminal matter like DUI, Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving (First Degree). For instance, a person charged with DUI, Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving with several moving violations on her record may find it more difficult to negotiate a favorable plea resolution than someone without them.

If you are cited for a moving violation, before simply sending the citation in and paying the fine in full -- and accepting full responsibility-- you should consider the far-reaching effects your decision might have. At Park Chenaur, our traffic infractions attorneys will speak with you free of charge concerning your infraction and your own particular situation, in order to help you make the most informed decision possible.


Posted By Park Chenaur on July 20, 2010 03:11 pm | Permalink 
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