When an individual is charged with a crime, it is often considered an event that could tremendously impact the life of the accused if they are convicted. Although a misdemeanor is categorically a lesser crime than a felony, facing a misdemeanor charge still carries penalties that could be considered severe and could significantly affect the life of the defendant.
When drivers in New York are pulled over, they often think about the possible consequences they might face. A traffic stop will typically result in a simple citation for a traffic violation. Depending on how the stop progresses and what the police officer suspects, the driver could face harsher penalties such as a misdemeanor charge.
Few New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley do not have regular contact with a car. People use cars and trucks to do just about everything - drive to work, get children from school or go out to have fun. However, any time a person is behind the wheel, an entire set of rules and regulations applies to that person. There are rules about who can drive, what types of vehicles can drive in certain places, when to stop or go, how fast to drive and others. Breaking these rules can easily lead to traffic violations, or in some cases, misdemeanor charges.