The warning of the Lautenberg law is clear. Never plead guilty or no contest to ANY charge, not even a traffic infraction. Make the state prove your guilt despite a good defense.
What it really means is that today, if you're charged with some misdemeanor crime you cannot know if a conviction will wipe away one or more of your civil rights. What's more, no one can advise you that it might happen so you'll be totally screwed if such a law passes. I still believe Lautenberg, as applied, amounts to an ex post facto law
Exactly! Bite the bullet and lawyer up, even for something that appears minor. You don't know what's going to happen down the road.
I also think the reasoning behind the surplus of charges made against people is so they'll agree to cop a plea, rather than fight multiple charges.