DUI and other driving offenses, like hit and run, reckless driving, evading an officer, driving on a suspended license, or driving without a valid California license can threaten your ability to continue to operate a motor vehicle and subject you to other severe penalties.
A repeat or aggravated DUI could potentially be a felony and cause you to lose your license for years on end. Even a first-offense DUI creates a criminal record and can haunt you for years as you seek gainful employment or to avoid deportation. And many driving crimes risk jail time and put points on your driving record which will increase your auto insurance rates.
Traffic offenses can range from very minor to very serious. The maximum minor offenses are “restoration it” tickets and citations for non-transferring violations. At the alternative give up of the spectrum are grave subjects like “hit and run” accidents, especially where someone is injured or killed. Most minor site visitor's offenses are considered infractions, and they're not crook violations of the law. Usually, these forms of violations carry surprisingly minor consequences, such as fines, and/or a point to your riding record.
More serious visitors offenses may be charged as crimes and a conviction can contain penalties such as massive fines, sufferer restitution, drug or alcohol treatment, license revocation, and incarceration, and will go for your crook record. There are two varieties of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are the much less intense of the two. Any criminal offense that carries a maximum ability penalty of 365 days or much less inside the county jail is taken into consideration a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor visitor's offenses under California law include both “status” violations, together with having illegal car modifications, as well as shifting violations.
Some of the greater serious traffic misdemeanors include
- Failure to prevent and publish to regulation enforcement inspection of equipment,
- an risky condition, or other protection violations
- Fleeing from an officer, which include causing an harm even as fleeing
- Driving without a legitimate license
- Refusing to present a license when asked with the aid of an officer
- Driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked
- Causing physical damage with an automobile after a license has been suspended or revoked
- Hit and run causing belongings damage, injury, or death (can also be charged as a felony
- Driving the wrong way on a divided highway (also can be charged as a felony
- Reckless driving, consisting of reckless riding leading to bodily damage; Engaging in a race with another automobile on a public highway, such as racing which ends up in bodily injury;
- Throwing any substance at another automobile or car occupant on a public highway;
- Possession of alcohol in a vehicle via all and sundry under 21
- Possession of an open box of alcohol in a car
- Failure to install such a device inside 30 days, or driving a car without the tool installed;
- Driving under the effect of alcohol or drugs (can also be charged as a felony
- If you're charged with a DUI, please see our page dedicated mainly to these varieties of crimes.
The Law Office of Raoul Severo has shattered the myth that you can't fight a DUI or another driving-related criminal charge. We win DUI and other driving offense cases routinely. And even when a complete dismissal or an acquittal is unrealistic, we know how to get you a reduced charge and sentence, secure a restricted license, get you less strict parole terms, and lessen the serious impact of such a charge on your daily life.