Most traffic violations, such as speeding, running a red light, or driving
without a license plate, are usually classified as lesser offenses. Usually
you get a ticket, pay it off and you can move on. However, when a driver
commits a particularly egregious crime in traffic or on the road, it can
become a felony—which brings with it the potential of imprisonment.
What Traffic Violations Can Be Considered Felonies?
A traffic offense can be considered a felony due to the following actions:
- Vehicular homicide
- Multiple DUI convictions
- Other repeat offenses such as driving without a license
- Certain hit and run traffic offenses
In some states, serious traffic offenses may be labeled as “aggravated”
or “gross” misdemeanors. This means that, although they are
considered misdemeanors, they may result in severe penalties similar to
Consequences of Being Convicted of a Traffic Felony
A felony is usually punishable by a prison sentence of more than a year
and a fine anywhere from $500 to several thousands of dollars, depending
on the severity of the case. Traffic felonies can also impact a person
in the following ways:
- Driver’s license suspension
- Loss of citizen’s privileges such as voting
- Impounded or towed car
- Firearm prohibition
- Permanent criminal record
- Life sentence in prison for “three strikes” felony rule
Also, some traffic crimes that start out as misdemeanors can result in
felony charges, especially when the offense is repeated.
Should You Hire a Lawyer for a Felony Traffic Offense?
A felony charge is very serious and should not be taken lightly. If you
are involved in a traffic offense, it is advisable you contact our experienced
Riverside criminal defense lawyers at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich. We specialize in traffic offenses
and can look at the facts of the case to understand all aspects of evidence
and testimony and provide you with a strong legal defense. Our goal is
to reduce penalties, fines and potential jail or prison time.
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for a free consultation about your case.