Criminal defense cases cover both criminal suits — charges brought by the government to punish an individual for an act classified as a crime — and civil suits — claims brought by individuals or organizations as a dispute over rights and duties.
STOP Class. Pretty much everyone has heard of STOP class. You take it if you receive a traffic ticket and are eligible, and completion of the class keeps the ticket off of your driving record. STOP class is a good idea when available because not only does it end up in dismissal of your ticket, it keeps points off of your driver’s license. Every traffic offense results in a specified amount of points on your license (i.e. a DUI conviction is 6, speeding tickets are usually 1-3, etc.). If you receive 12 or more points in a two-year time frame, your license gets revoked by the DMV. What many people don’t realize is that STOP class can be given as part of your sentence by the judge regardless of whether you have recently taken it or not. And, anytime you take the class, the points from the traffic infraction are not assessed on your license. If you are someone who has a terrible driving record and is at risk of accumulating 12 or more points, you should speak to your attorney about the STOP class as an option at sentencing.