Q & A: What is this surcharge on my traffic ticket?

Many people who receive traffic tickets call and ask what the “surcharge” box on the ticket means.  Some suspect it has to do with the officer’s evaluation of the driver’s demeanor and helpfulness during the stop, a “jerk tax” if you will.  Others think the excess charge is how municipalities make money off of traffic enforcement. In actuality, the surcharge …

Q & A: Does expungement really provide a clean criminal record?

We often have clients ask about expungement, especially as it relates to completing Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) or Probation Without Verdict (PWOV or Section 17).  Whether an expungement truly provides the benefit of a completely clean record depends on the vigilance of a few public employees and the diligence of private background search companies. The first step is for the local …