Not all criminal charges are extremely serious situations with life-changing
consequences hanging in the balance. In fact, the vast majority of criminal
matters are extremely minor things, such as traffic tickets or noise ordinance
violations. While these are criminal matters, you may not think they’ll
have a significant impact on you, and therefore that you don’t need
representation from a Mesa criminal defense attorney. What you may not
realize is just how much gravity even a minor offense can carry.
There are hundreds of ways you could be cited for a moving violation, including
driving too fast, failing to signal, making dangerous lane changes, or
failing to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign. While you may not think
these offenses are a serious problem (the fines aren’t usually much
more than a few hundred dollars at the most), what you may not realize
is having the points for the offense on your driving record could lead
to further penalties, including license suspension or even permanent revocation
if you accumulate enough of them. Furthermore, the more points you have
on your driving record, the more expensive your car insurance will become.
If you have a history of traffic tickets, you should retain an attorney
to help you have your ticket dismissed.
If you’re innocent, you shouldn’t feel compelled to plead guilty,
no matter how minor the charge may be. Penalties for even minor offenses
can lead to consequences like fines and a permanent criminal record, and
even contribute towards repeat offender status should you find yourself
facing further accusations down the road. If you’re innocent, you
should fight however you possibly can to maintain your innocence because
you never know what may happen down the road.
Judges are Human
Judges have a commitment to administering justice, but as with everyone
else they are human. If your judge is having a particularly bad day when
you go to plead your case before them, you could be subject to a harsher
penalty than you might receive on another day from the same judge. Having
an attorney on your side can help protect you from the possibility of
being burned by one of these bad days.
Get a skilled and experienced Mesa criminal attorney on your side to make
sure your rights are protected!
Call Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today at (480) 418-0776 to request a case evaluation.