Many traffic violations can be minor and drivers may not even consider them too serious. However, that is not necessarily wise as there are some situations in which a traffic ticket can be classified as a vehicular crime in Arizona. These cases can results in harsh penalties and long-term consequences, including jail or prison time depending upon the circumstances.
There are multiple types of vehicular crimes in Arizona, some being classified as misdemeanors and others as felonies. The felony category includes vehicular aggravated assault and vehicular manslaughter. Both of these involve accidents in which the charged driver is deemed to have acted recklessly. The former results in serious injuries to at least one other party while the latter results in death of at least one other party.
A person can be cited for reckless driving for any action identified as putting others at risk. A charge for criminal speeding can be given for any driver operating a vehicle at 85 mile per hour or more or at least 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Fleeing from any law enforcement officer is referred to as unlawful flight and is another type of felony charge in Arizona. Certainly a DUI conviction whether related to drugs or alcohol is another form of vehicular crime that can impact drivers for years.
The above are just a few of the vehicular crimes that Arizona residents should be aware of. At the Baker Law Firm, we have worked with many people charged with such crimes like felony drunk driving and more and understand the consequences.