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In California, there are three main types of traffic violations – infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Although many traffic violations often result in minor consequences, other, more serious offenses could result in jail time and driver’s license suspension. At the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes in San Bernardino, our criminal defense team could help you fight these charges and help you avoid the stiff penalties a conviction could bring. Reach out to us today to schedule an initial case evaluation with our knowledgeable attorney to get started.

Common Traffic Violations in California

The list of traffic violations in California is seemingly endless. These are some of the most common ones:

  • Speeding
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Fleeing from law enforcement
  • Distracted driving
  • Stop sign violations
  • Tailgating
  • Driving without a license
  • Handicapped parking fraud
  • Driving while using a cellphone

What is a traffic infraction?

Drivers tend not to take traffic infractions seriously. Many of these offenses are often associated with minor fines and no jail time. There are some infractions, however, such as an expired license, speeding tickets, and non-moving violations that could result in some pretty hefty fines. For example, if you driving at a speed faster than what is reasonable, you could pay a maximum of $480 in fines and a point added to your driver’s record.

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When does a traffic violation become a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanor traffic violations are a little more severe than a common speeding ticket. Your traffic violation could be treated as a misdemeanor if it resulted in damage, injury, or the threat of damage or injury. For example, reckless driving is punishable by up to 90 days in county jail and as much as $1,000 in fines. Your license could also be suspended for up to 30 days if you are a first-time offender. For a second conviction, your suspension would last 60 days.

When does a traffic violation become a felony?

Generally, most traffic violations are considered either infractions or misdemeanors. Felony traffic violations are a little rarer but have the most significant impact on those involved. For example, if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in either property damage or severe bodily injury, this would likely be treated as a felony traffic violation. The penalties for a hit-and-run accident that resulted in injuries or death is two to four years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Your license would also be suspended for one year.

Contact us for help.

If you were arrested for a traffic violation, you may feel a little overwhelmed and intimidated by the process. At the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes in San Bernardino, we could provide the knowledgeable legal counsel you need to navigate your case so that you can secure the most favorable results possible. Reach out to our law office today to schedule a case evaluation and learn more about what we could do to help you.

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