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The attorneys at the Law Office of Kevin C. Ferry, LLC, are trained and experienced to assist you with defending motor vehicle offenses. You may be wondering what qualifies as a “motor vehicle offense”.
Motor vehicle offenses range from offenses such as speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt to manslaughter (due to the death of another individual in connection with the use of a motor vehicle). These offenses also involve penalties ranging from mere infractions to misdemeanors and even felonies. Our State is constantly seeking to enact legislation that will impose stiffer penalties on some of the more common motor vehicle offenses. This is particularly true as technology changes and grows. One could have never imagined a charge for texting while driving twenty years ago, but it is certainly in effect today. While there are too many motor vehicle offenses in existence to name here, some of the more common offenses involving use or operation of a motor vehicle include:
- Driving while texting;
- Driving with open container(s) of alcohol;
- Driving without a license;
- Driving while under suspension;
- Driving an unregistered vehicle; and
If you have been charged with any of the offenses listed above, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to learn all of the implications involved. Our firm is experienced in handling numerous motor vehicle offenses, from the most simple offenses such as speeding and texting while driving to the more egregious offenses such as manslaughter.
Some of the offenses can be resolved by payment of nominal fine while others can potentially involve mandatory minimum jail time.
It can be very dangerous to assume that what may appear to be a “simple” charge such as operating while under suspension is not that serious of an offense and/or that it can simply be resolved by showing proof of restoration. This offense, believe it or not, can involve mandatory jail time if the offense occurs in connection with another charge, such as driving while under the influence. It is important to note that motor vehicle offenses are often a very tricky area of the law that requires careful analysis prior to resolving your case.
It is also important to note that much like DUI offenses, the imposition of fines and/or other penalties relative to motor vehicle offenses are treated differently by the Courts and DMV. In addition, many motor vehicle offenses entitle you to a hearing before DMV, which can and should be handled by an experienced attorney. Therefore, it is important to consult with an attorney well-versed in all areas of the law so that you can be properly informed of all of the implications you may be facing.