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Can a traffic ticket bring a misdemeanor charge?

Being brought to court over a misdemeanor can involve something as simple as a traffic ticket. You can fight this charge in court with the help of a good attorney. Do you want this charge dropped? You definitely don't want it on your record because some employers demand a level two background screening and this will show up. It could affect your ability to be gainfully employed.

Your attorney will help you with either pleading guilty, pleading no contest or setting a hearing date. If you choose to plead guilty, you may simply pay the traffic ticket and move on with your life. Your insurance may go up and you will have a record.

Pleading not guilty means that you have decided to fight the charge. You and your attorney will be at the hearing in front of a judge. Your attorney will have researched your case and will be totally familiar with the traffic laws of the state of Louisiana. It may behoove your case if you attend a driver improvement class or two. The good thing about this is that your record will be clean if your case is dismissed or if you are said to be not guilty by the judge.

On your ticket, you will find a court date. It is very important that you and your lawyer attend this hearing because this is your opportunity to tell your side of the story. If you decide to fight your charge, you will be in a court before a judge and will need legal representation. If you don't show up on this date and you haven't paid your ticket they will put out a warrant for your arrest as a fugitive from justice. Your license can be suspended and you may even have to go to jail for a short time. In other words, don't miss that date.

Source: DMV.org, "Fight Traffic Ticket in Louisiana," accessed Oct. 26, 2015

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