Getting a traffic ticket can be a frustrating experience. What happens, however, when a traffic violation results in criminal charges? Traffic violations in the State of Florida are more than just tickets for speeding or other minor incidents. There is a whole body of legal law dedicated to traffic violations, from minor offenses to serious charges – including vehicular homicide.
The penalties for criminal traffic violations in the State of Florida can vary wildly depending on many factors, including the seriousness of the offense, whether or not anyone was injured or killed, and the past driving record of the motor vehicle operator.
If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, you owe it to yourself to find an attorney who thoroughly understands the complexities of Florida’s legal system. In this terrifying situation, you need a lawyer who will fight for you. The Berman Law Group has built a reputation as fearless and indefatigable defenders of their client’s rights. With decades of experience, we have the knowledge and skill to help you fight your criminal traffic violation charges and clear your name.
If you need an experienced defender, call The Berman Law Group right now at 1 (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation, where you’ll receive an honest and thorough evaluation of your case from a member of our knowledgeable team.
What Is a Criminal Traffic Violation?
A criminal traffic violation occurs when an individual commits a criminal offense while operating a motor vehicle. Criminal traffic violations are much more severe than civil traffic violations, carry much more substantial fines than traffic tickets, and result in the driver receiving misdemeanor or felony charges on their criminal record.
Criminal traffic violations include driving under the influence (DUIs), which is classified as a misdemeanor for first-time offenders. Other examples of common criminal traffic violations include, but are not limited to:
- No valid vehicle registration
- Driving with a suspended driver’s license
- Driving with an expired or no valid driver’s license
- Permitting an unauthorized person to drive your vehicle
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Reckless driving
- Being a habitual traffic offender
- Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test
Common Penalties for Criminal Traffic Violations
Many criminal traffic violations are classified as misdemeanors, but you could be charged with a felony, and this is especially true of those charged with a DUI that resulted in serious bodily injury or death, or those deemed a habitual traffic offender. Even if you are accused of a misdemeanor, criminal traffic violations carry the possibility of a jail or prison sentence. Other consequences may include:
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
- Community service
- House arrest
- Mandatory traffic safety courses
- Impoundment of your vehicle
If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal traffic violation, it is imperative that you obtain legal counsel immediately after you are charged. Make sure you get an attorney who is willing to fight for your rights. Call The Berman Law Group right now at 1 (800) 375-5555 for your free consultation.