California Felony Traffic Violations

California traffic tickets all have serious consequences, even if they are for relatively minor infractions, such as going a few miles over the speed limit. Each ticket comes with a minimum of two points, which can raise your insurance rates and add up to a license suspension if additional citations are issued within a certain time frame. In addition, tickets come with fines, and with the hassle of having to make arrangements to either pay them or contest them. Still, in certain serious cases, traffic violations can be charged as misdemeanors or even as felonies.

A felony traffic violation carries some of the same penalties as other felonies. First of all, a driver who is convicted of a felony traffic violation will lose their right to vote, lose their right to enlist in the military, may lose their professional driver’s license or any possibility of practicing some professions, and will always carry the stigma of having a felony criminal record, which can impair their chances of gaining employment or finding decent housing. Yet, felony traffic violations also carry prison sentences, hefty fines, and driver’s license suspensions.

There are a few basic ways in which one can be charged with a felony traffic violation in California. One way is to kill or seriously injure someone when driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, as explained by California Vehicle Code 23152. Another is to get three or more DUIs or “wet reckless” charges within ten years. You can also be charged with a felony DUI if you have one or more previous felony DUI charges.

A hit and run violation, covered under California Vehicle Code 20001, can also be charged as a felony if a person other than the driver was injured or killed as a result of the hit and run accident. In this case, in addition to the fines and penalties associated with a felony, the driver may be sued by the victim or their family and ordered to pay restitution for their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Finally, reckless evading can be charged as a felony under California law. Under California Vehicle Code 2800.2, any person caught driving in a reckless manner while attempting to evade a police officer can be charged with a felony and is subject to a fine, a driver’s license suspension, a prison sentence, and 2 points on their license, among other penalties.

If you have been charged with a felony traffic violation, call an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. An attorney can represent you in court as well as in a DMV hearing associated with a license suspension. Individuals who have an experienced attorney by their side are more likely to have a favorable outcome, including having their fines and penalties knocked down to the minimum allowable or even having the charges reduced or dropped.

Mr. Ticket, traffic ticket lawyer, can provide you with more information about felony traffic violations, as well as other traffic violations like red light tickets.


June 19, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Immigration laws

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