Traffic Misdemeanor Defense
In California, there are two types of traffic tickets: infractions and misdemeanors. A traffic infraction is a minor offense punishable by a fine, while a misdemeanor is a more serious violation that typically carries a heavier fine. If convicted of a misdemeanor traffic offense, you may also be facing jail time. Understanding the type of violation for which you have been cited and the section of the California vehicle code you are alleged to have violated are the first steps in protecting your rights. Our traffic misdemeanor defense attorney in Los Angeles can help you develop a defense for your case.
Common misdemeanor violations in California with which our traffic misdemeanor defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help include:
• Driving without a valid driver’s license
In order to drive in California, your license must be valid in the state in which you currently reside and for the type of vehicle you are driving. If convicted, you face up to $1,000 fines, up to 6 months in jail and a 30-day impoundment of your vehicle. A second conviction could lead to forfeiture of your vehicle.
• Reckless driving
Driving with willful or wanton disregard for other people or property is considered reckless driving and is a misdemeanor. If convicted, you could be facing fines of up to $1,000 and a sentence of up to 90 days in jail. You may also have your license suspended up to 30 days if this is your first conviction. Subsequent convictions could result in a license suspension of between 60 days and 6 months.
• Unlawful use of a handicap placard
Using someone else’s handicap placard or loaning one to someone who is not authorized to use one is a misdemeanor. If convicted, you face up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
• Fleeing from an officer
Willfully fleeing from a law enforcement officer while driving can lead to misdemeanor charges. If convicted, you may be facing fines of up to $1,000, license suspension of up to 6 months, impoundment of your vehicle, and up to 364 days in jail.
The penalties for misdemeanor offenses can be severe and life-altering. Our traffic misdemeanor defense attorney in Los Angeles goes right to work for you. We can provide you with the advice you need and fight to protect your rights in the often confusing world of traffic court.
No matter what type of misdemeanor offense you are facing, we will work hard to help you achieve the best outcome. Call us today to schedule your free consultation with our seasoned traffic misdemeanor defense lawyer in Los Angeles.