I got pulled over with just a temporary permit. He checked the box for a civil infraction but the charge he wrote is an actual misdemenor, violation of a permit. there is a big difference in each charge.
If he wrote the charge as a misdemeanor but checked the box for a civil infraction, it is likely they will amend the ticket and proceed with the misdemeanor. A simple error in checking the wrong box is routinely made and easily corrected. If you hire a lawyer who is familiar with the court, the officer and/or the prosecutor, maybe with a little creative negotiation, he can find a way to get it reduced to a civil infraction.
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The other attorney is correct. The officer can amend the ticket by re-writing it. Technically what you did carries the same penalties and driving on a suspended license. More than likely the local municiple prosecutor will reduce the charge to something in less than a misdemeanor and hopefully it should not have a great impact on your ability to get a full license. My suggestion would be to hire a local attorney to assist you with the matter since it may impact your ability to drive. Best of luck.
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