Criminal Traffic Charges
While those charged with a traffic infraction do not face jail, if you have been charged with a criminal traffic charge, you do face jail, even if you were not initially arrested. Many charges face up to 60 days jail, but many, such as DUI, Driving on Suspended License, can be up to a year if a misdemeanor or even prison if charged as a felony. In addition, there are many criminal traffic charges that may seem harmless but are still jailable offenses. Some of the Criminal Traffic charges are listed below.
- Second Refusal of Breath Test
- Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
- Habitual Traffic Offender
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Reckless Driving
- Fleeing and Eluding
- Violation of Business Purpose Restriction
- Violation of Driver's License Restriction (E.g. Driving without glasses)
- Driving without a valid Motorcycle Endorsement
- No Valid Driver's License
- No Valid Registration
- Expired Registration More than 6 Months
- Attaching Tag Not Assigned
- Expired Driver's License More than 4 months
- Permitting Unauthorized Person to Drive
As you can see there are many kinds of criminal traffic charges and you may be facing jail time. In addition to jail time, DUI, Driving on Suspended License, and Reckless Driving, are offenses that can be enhanced, meaning that if you are charged with an offense more than once, you are facing even greater penalties, such as longer jail time, higher fines, etc. Furthermore, if you get any combination of Driving While License Suspended and DUI three times within five years, you will become a Habitual Traffic Offender causing you to lose your license for 5 years. Other charges such as Racing or Fleeing & Eluding mandate a one year license suspension, even if the judge withholds adjudication.
One's Driver's license is crucial in today's world. Of course, avoiding jail time is just as important. That is why it is so important to contact an attorney. Criminal traffic charges also mean that a driver is entitled to certain constitutional protections, such as Miranda warnings, and 4th Amendment protections. Because of this, if the police conduct is illegal we can move to suppress the evidence in the hopes of dismissal or even as a negotiating tool. We can represent you to either get charges dismissed, amended to a lesser charge, or even in seemingly "hopeless" cases, we can mitigate the sentence to avoid jail and/or license suspensions, and other penalties. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.