You might think that being pulled over for running a red light, speeding, or rolling past a stop sign is no big deal- you’ll pay the ticket, or fight it if you’re so inclined, and move on with your life.
While these examples are certainly not criminal, you may not be aware that some types of traffic offenses are criminal and you could be facing serious penalties for such traffic violations. Below, we discuss some examples of criminal traffic violations and the penalties associated with these crimes.
Examples of Criminal Traffic Violations
Some types of criminal traffic violations are far more serious than others. For instance, if you were charged with driving with an expired driver’s license, vehicle registration or not having your motorcycle endorsed, then the penalties will be significantly lighter- you could even be let off with a warning if the police officer who pulled you over believes that you’ll address these issues quickly.
However, other types of traffic violations are quite serious. You probably know that driving under the influence is both wrong and illegal, but if you refuse to submit to taking a breathalyzer test, you’ll have also violated Florida’s implied consent laws.
Other examples of criminal traffic offenses include reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a valid license, driving while your license is under suspension, racing on a highway, and allowing an unauthorized person to drive. Habitual traffic offenders, or those that repeatedly make the same traffic violations can also be charged criminally.
Penalties for Criminal Offenses
Now that you have a better idea of what a criminal traffic violation is, we can look at what will happen if you are convicted of such a crime. If you are found guilty by the police officer who pulled you over and are issued a citation, you’ll be given a court date on the bottom of your ticket. This is where you’ll have the opportunity to plead your case with your attorney.
In the event that you were arrested after being pulled over, such as the case with DUIs, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license, you’ll be booked and need to make bail before you are released.
If convicted of such crimes, you could expect to spend time in jail, pay fines, have your license suspended or revoked, see your auto insurance rates increase, be required to do community service, be placed on probation, and have points added to your license.
These penalties could also result in the loss of your job which could put you in dire financial straits. Working with a highly trained attorney is the best way to ensure that you are able to avoid a conviction that could seriously impact your life for years to come.
Get in Touch with a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with a criminal traffic offense in Florida and you want to avoid a conviction that could haunt you for the rest of your life, Hersem Law can help. This law firm has the experience needed to fight many different types of crimes. Your lawyer will review the details of your case to determine which defensive strategy will yield the most favorable outcome so that you can put this trying time in your life behind you.