What Is A Criminal Traffic Violation?

A criminal traffic violation is one the state treats as a criminal rather than a civil offense. The consequences of being convicted of a criminal offense are far more serious than being convicted of a civil violation such as driving over the speed limit. For a civil violation, you face a fine and points on your driving record. For a criminal violation, you face the possibility of jail time and a damaging criminal record.

If you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense, you should seek immediate help from an experienced defense lawyer. Attorney Karl Mueller has conducted hundreds of traffic-related trials both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He represents clients in Gilbert, Chandler, Apache Junction and throughout the East Valley in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Call 602-730-7857 for a free initial consultation.

Examples Of Criminal Traffic Offenses

Examples of criminal traffic offenses include:

Consequences Of Criminal Traffic Conviction

If you are convicted of a criminal traffic violation, you face both short-term and long-term consequences. Those consequences may include:

  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Traffic school
  • Points assessed to your driving record
  • Higher insurance rates
  • Cancellation or denial of insurance
  • Potential suspension or revocation of your driver's license
  • A criminal record
  • Effect on immigration status
  • Employment consequences
  • Impound of your vehicle

If you have a criminal traffic conviction on your record, you will not be able to get a commercial driving license. Nor will you be able to drive a company car, since you will not be insurable under your employer's auto insurance policy. If you have a job that requires you to travel in company vehicles, you could be unemployable.

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