DUI (Driving under the Influence) and other driving offenses, like hit and run, reckless driving, evading or drive away from an officer, driving on a suspended license, or driving without a valid California license are serious crime that can result in a temporary or even permanent suspension of a driving license as well as jail time, substantial fines and a bunch of more other severe penalties.
Traffic offenses can range from minor to very serious or from misdemeanors to felonies. Minor or Misdemeanor offenses carry a penalty of prison sentence with a maximum of 365 days or less in a county jail and they mainly refer to tickets and citations for non-moving violations. Nevertheless, they can be prosecuted with additional charges when the crime involves other traffic related offenses such as “hit and run” accidents, especially where someone is injured or killed. However, usually most minor offenses are considered infractions, and they're not a major violation of the law that carry minor consequences, such as fines, and/or points added to your driving record.
More serious driving offenses may be charged as crimes and a conviction can include penalties such as substantial fines, drug or alcohol mandatate treatment, license revocation, and incarceration. Additionally, repeated or aggravated DUI could potentially be a felony and cause you to lose your driving license for many years. Even a first DUI offense can be charged along with a criminal record, jail time and points added on your driving record which will increase your car insurance rate. Some other consequences can come across such as difficulties to find a job and even facing deportation.
Most common driving offenses or Violations
- Failure to comply with regulations and inspections regarding your automobile
- Fleeing or running away from a law enforcement officer
- Driving without a valid driving license
- Refusing to present a valid license when asked from a law enforcement officer
- Driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked
- Causing physical to other damage with an automobile
- Hit and run causing property damage, injury, or death (can be charged as a felony)
- Driving on the wrong way on a 2 ways highway (can be charged as a felony)
- Reckless driving, leading to any kind of damage
- Engaging in a race with another automobile on a public highway
- Throwing any substance at another automobile or car while moving
- Possession of alcohol while driving under the age of 21
- Possession of an open bottle or any kind of container of alcohol in a car
- 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.
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