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Have I Been Charged with an Infraction or a Misdemeanor?

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Have I Been Charged with an Infraction or a Misdemeanor

Have I Been Charged with an Infraction or a Misdemeanor?

When you are issued a traffic ticket in New York, they “typical” ticket you might expect to receive is for a moving “violation”.  Speeding tickets, red light tickets, portable electronic device tickets…all are examples of moving violations.  Violations are considered infractions and are the lowest type of “criminal” (as compared to a civil) charge.  There are parking violations, environmental violations like littering or excessive noise, etc.  While these penalties can of course be severe in some cases, in general they will be at the lower end of the penal spectrum.

Since our firm focuses on driving related violations and misdemeanors, we’re going to take a quick look at when your car stop can result in more than just a violation and rise to the level of misdemeanor or even felony. Either of these instances will have you facing more sever potential penalties.


Misdemeanors are the next level of criminal offense after violations. The most typical misdemeanors we’ll see at a firm with a focus on vehicle and traffic law are:

When a driver is charged with a misdemeanor, they may be taken into custody and forced to pay a bond to get out of jail. Consequences of a misdemeanor traffic violation includes jail time of up to one year, fines, court costs and surcharges.


In some instances, a traffic violation is charged as a felony. When this is the case, someone has typically been injured or there has been significant property damage. In other instances, it is a second, third or fourth offense of the same type. If a person is convicted of a felony, they face prison time, fines, court costs and surcharges. The consequences of a felony are more severe than those of a misdemeanor.

Any person that has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony after a traffic stop in New York needs to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Reach out to our office today for a free case evaluation and learn about the options available to you under current law. Don’t be tempted to fight your ticket on your own. An attorney can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your unique situation.


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Your office is in NYC. How do you handle cases statewide?

We have organized a statewide network of attorneys. In our network are both attorneys who work for Feifer & Greenberg and attorneys who work for other firms that regularly provide of-counsel representation to our clients. This statewide network allows us to match clients in a particular county or court with local attorneys who regularly appear on similar matters in the same county or court. It enables us to help clients anywhere in New York State and in our opinion provide particularly effective and affordable representation for our clients. Local attorneys can draw on their particular local experiences and, with travel time and expense removed from the equation, help us keep our legal fees low.

Do you guarantee results?
We can only guarantee that we will provide the best possible client service and legal representation. We can’t guarantee results. These are legal proceedings and we can’t promise you that every case will end in our favor. We will always honestly assess your case (both good and bad) and set realistic expectations during your consultation. We’ll discuss our goals and objectives but no attorney can ever guarantee how a case will conclude.
Should I just pay my ticket or should I fight?

We recommend fighting almost all tickets. Even if the current NY traffic tickets aren’t particularly harmful, you have an incentive to keep your record clean for the future. Convictions quickly lead to surcharges, insurance increases and other complications. You should strongly consider any decision to pay a ticket without fighting.

How can our traffic ticket lawyers help you?

Our lawyers are experienced, prepared attorneys who understand the nuances of fighting traffic tickets. Experience, preparation and good decision making help us to help our clients avoid points, surcharges, insurance increases and the other negatives that can easily result from a traffic ticket.


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