Criminal Traffic Offense

Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Traffic Offenses

What are Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses in regards to Traffic Law?

A traffic violation can become a felony or misdemeanor criminal offense if it causes injury or threat of injury to another person, or damage or threat of damage to another's property. The types of traffic violations that count as felony or misdemeanor criminal offenses vary state-to-state and case-by-case. A misdemeanor criminal traffic offense, for example, may include:

  • Ignoring or failing to obey a traffic signal or sign
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving without valid insurance or a driver's license
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI, DWI)
  • Hit and run accident with no injury or significant property damage

Examples of when a traffic offense becomes a felony criminal traffic offense may include:

  • Ignoring or failing to obey a traffic signal or sign, and thus injuring/ killing another driver or person
  • Reckless driving, resulting in vehicular homicide or significant property destruction
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI, DWI) multiple times
  • Hit and run accidents that result in injury, death or significant property damage

Both felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses carry serious consequences, though felony offenses are typically more severe. If charged with a misdemeanor traffic offense, the driver may be punished with heavy fines, short-term jail time (less than one year), etc. He or she will still be able to vote, serve on a jury, and continue practicing his or her profession with a misdemeanor criminal charge. A felony criminal traffic offense, however, can lead to lengthy prison sentences (over one year), higher fines, and more restricted rights. A felon will lose his or her right to vote, serve on a jury, and practice certain professions.

Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses Attorneys

Traffic law attorneys can help you if you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor criminal traffic offense. These charges should be taken vary seriously, as they can lead to harsh punishments and consequences. A traffic law attorney is experienced in felony and misdemeanor criminal offense cases, and can help evaluate your case and explain your options. A lawyer can best defend you, and either minimize your punishments or help ensure your traffic offense does not turn into a felony and misdemeanor criminal charge.

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If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor criminal traffic offense, contact a lawyer right away. Attorney Search Network can help you find a traffic law lawyer in your area that will best help protect you and your rights. Contact us for a free lawyer referral today.

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