I'm working on my applications right now. Under the Character and Fitness section, one of the questions asks:
"Have you ever in your entire life been charged with, or arrested for, the violation of any law? This includes moving violations (traffic tickets), misdemeanors, felonies, and administrative charges. You must disclose the requested information even if the charges were dismissed or you were acquitted, the conviction was stayed or vacated, the record was sealed or expunged, or you were told at the time that you would not need to disclose in the future."
I've had 2 speeding tickets in the past. I got them both within a year and one was in a work zone so I also got my license suspended for some time. Do I answer "yes" to the above question? Is it big deal to them that my license was suspended? Will it negatively impact anything? Do I have to add an addendum explaining this?
Thanks for your help!
Thanks for the question! Yes, you do need to disclose these two tickets. Primarily because they have asked you to, and also because when you come up for review under the Bar C&F these questions will again come up and you'll have to answer "yes" at that point. If you answer yes then but don't disclose the info now, you will have a problem.
Here's the good news: no one cares about speeding tickets
Neither law schools nor the Bar will hold it against you, and it will not adversely impact your application chances or you passing the Bar's C&F.
Depending on what your record shows and exactly what each application requests, here's how it plays out as you complete each app:
- *If your record just shows two speeding tickets or the application requires just that you mention the tickets and not the suspension, then disclose them and don't worry about an addendum.
*If your record shows two speeding tickets and the suspended license, or if the application requires disclosing the suspension, then disclose all of that and also submit and addendum explaining that the ticket in the work zone cause the suspension.
Overall, this is totally normal and very minor. It's a zero impact issue so regardless of whether you have to write an addendum or not, it won't be a big deal.
Please let me know if that helps. Thanks!