Misdemeanor traffic violations can lead to serious penalties and consequences for accused drivers. Accused drivers should understand what a misdemeanor traffic violation is and what they can do about it if they end up facing one.
Misdemeanor traffic violation defense
Accused drivers may receive traffic citations for misdemeanor traffic violations such as driving without a license. When the traffic violation does not involve drug or alcohol, the accused driver may be asked to sign the ticket which is considered a promise to appear in court but not an admission to the traffic infraction being alleged. The accused driver is required to appear in court on the date noted on their ticket unless the court provides a different court date to the accused driver.
For more serious misdemeanor traffic violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the accused driver can face significant potential penalties and consequences. They may face time in the city or county jail of up to one year and a fine up to $5,000. Accused drivers who fail to appear in court can have their driver’s license suspended and may face additional misdemeanor charges for the failure to appear, as well as the court issuing a warrant for their arrest. Accused drivers authorities suspect are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be taken directly into custody.
It is important not to dismiss the importance and seriousness of a misdemeanor traffic violation charges. Accused drivers should know how they can respond and be familiar with their criminal defense options when facing serious traffic infractions.