Most people associate traffic violations with consequences like monetary fines and heightened insurance premiums. Of course, all of these penalties are possible. However, there are other, heavier consequences that most people fail to consider. Believe it or not, you can be arrested for a traffic violation. More than that, you could face criminal charges that have the potential to significantly and negatively affect your overall quality of life. If you have been arrested for a traffic violation, know the potential consequences and how you can best protect yourself from them.
Driving Under the Influence
As probably the most commonly experienced traffic violation that leads to criminal charges, driving under the influence violations (DUIs) can have a serious impact on your life. Even on a first offense, convicted DUI drivers lose their license for a year. They also receive a misdemeanor charge on their criminal record, which can somewhat limit their ability to find and/or retain gainful employment. If you are being charged with a DUI, protect your license and contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer.
Suspended or Revoked License
If your license has been revoked or suspended and you are caught driving, you stand to face a misdemeanor charge. It does not matter if you were unaware of the suspension, nor does the reason behind the suspension or revocation. Commercial drivers caught driving on a suspended or revoked license are also subject to criminal charges.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
Speeding at least 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, drag racing, and reckless driving are also considered misdemeanor charges. Considered “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others,” these actions may also be referred to as intentionally “negligent” driving. In addition to possible jail time and fines, you could face additional penalties if your actions are found to be responsible for the death or injury of another road user or a passenger in your vehicle.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Accidents happen, but when you leave the scene, you are at risk for serious consequences. In an accident that led to property damage, leaving the scene can result in a misdemeanor charge. If someone was killed or injured in the accident – pedestrian, bicyclist, another driver, or even a passenger of your vehicle – you could face felony charges for failing to stay and report the incident. Make no mistake: these charges can significantly impact your future. If you have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, contact an aggressive attorney immediately.
Aggressive Representation for Your Criminal Traffic Violation Charges
No matter what your situation, no matter how bleak the circumstances, Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law can help. Backed by more than 25 years of legal experience, our attorney has worked from all sides of criminal law. We know how to effectively and aggressively protect your rights and we will pursue the most favorable outcome possible for your situation. Obtain the representation you deserve. Call 847-253-3400 to schedule your consultation with our Arlington Heights traffic violation defense lawyer today.
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