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Understanding The Difference Between Traffic Misdemeanors And Felonies

 Posted on September 24, 2014 in Criminal Defense

Traffic offenses, or infractions, are typically issued due to non-dangerous moving violations, and other mechanical violations. These violations are less offensive and carry lesser penalties, however, there are other traffic-related violations that can carry more offensive violations: traffic misdemeanors and traffic felonies.

Here is the difference between these two more serious traffic offenses:

Traffic Misdemeanors- This violation often involves an injury to an individual, destruction to property, or poses a threat to either an individual or property. Even though these violations are less serious crimes than felonies, the typical punishment consists of a hefty fine, or even incarceration. These violations vary by state, but usually include the following:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident
  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving without a valid driver’s license or without insurance

Traffic Felonies- Felonies are the most serious of all crimes and are punishable by increased jail time. Traffic felonies typically consist of traffic offenses that include vehicular homicide, some hit and run cases, as well as repeated DUI and DWI cases. Since traffic felonies are much more serious than traffic felonies, accused felons may be prohibited to vote, serve in the military, practice certain professions, as well as owning any guns.

Just like any other type of criminal charge, traffic violations should be taken seriously. Ensure that you have the appropriate representation in order to increase the chances of the best outcome possible from your conviction.

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