Defending Against Open Container Tickets
If you have been charged with an open container ticket in New York City, you may be wondering what effect this will have on your future. Even though this is not considered a serious offense, it may negatively affect your future employment when it comes to background checks. Here are some important things you need to know when it comes to defending against open container tickets.
Defending Against Open Container Tickets | Hiring a Lawyer
Within New York City, an open container ticket is an extremely common charge given out by NY police. These tickets may not have serious consequences for your future but can still hurt you during employment background checks. If you value having a clean record, contact attorney Carl Spector to help get your ticket dismissed.
New York open container lawyer Carl Spector recently represented a client in a case and successfully argued for dismissal of that charge, based on the supporting deposition that the person was not in possession of an open container in public view. Attorney Carl Spector will thoroughly review your open container ticket documents and then argue in court for their dismissal.
Most people want to keep their records as clean as possible and hiring an experienced New York open container lawyer can help. While an open container ticket is not a major crime, they certainly may have some significant consequences and that is why people should take them seriously.
Defending Against Open Container Tickets | Cleaning Your Record
In New York State, there are only two ways to keep charges off your record: expungement and adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. If the court dismisses your charges, this is the same as expungement. You would not have to file any additional paperwork to “clean” your record, because in the eyes of the New York State courts, your record was never marked.
Depending on the charges against you and your previous criminal record, your attorney may be able to meet with the judge hearing your case and the district attorney prosecuting and negotiate an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, or ACD. This is like a “diversion.” You will not be convicted, but you will have to stay out of any further trouble, and possibly face non-criminal penalties, including fines and/or community service. After a certain period of time, if you don’t run into any further trouble, the charges will be, essentially, dismissed. You will not have a criminal record.
Outside these two scenarios, there is no way to expunge a record in New York State. Neither does the law does allow for any retroactive action to “seal” a valid conviction.
If you have been charged for an open container ticket in New York City, please contact experienced New York Open Container Ticket Lawyer Carl Spector today to arrange a free confidential consultation.