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What Is the Difference Between A Serious Auto Crime and A Traffic Violation?
A serious auto crime typically carries a heavier sentence than a traffic violation. Such crimes usually involve an intent to cause injury, although vehicular manslaughter is an exception. Traffic violations, however, are typically a result of negligence. Such violations can be treated as misdemeanors, with only minor fines. Serious auto crimes are often felonies with more serious sentences.
Examples of Serious Auto Crimes
- Vehicular Manslaughter - person who while driving a vehicle unintentionally but unlawfully kills another human being - usually vehicular manslaughter results from some sort of negligence or reckless conduct on the part of the driver
- Car Jacking - type of robbery, which involves the theft of a motor vehicle by using force or threat of force - often the threat of force in a car jacking is a firearm
- Grand Theft Auto - someone steals a vehicle without the owner being present - the theft is not just for joyriding, but also for total possession of the vehicle
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or a Hit and Run - after an accident, the driver fails to stay and exchange contact information in violation of the law
- Refusing to Stop for a Police Officer - the driver of a motor vehicle fails to pull over when requested by a police officer
- Vehicle Burglary - entering a vehicle to steal something out of it. Vehicular burglaries are very common and often underreported
- Vehicle Vandalism - any conduct that involves defacing or ruining the worth of a vehicle This can include arson of the vehicle.
What Are The Punishments For Committing a Serious Auto Crime?
There are often severe consequences if you are convicted of any of the above serious auto crimes. All of these crimes carry a strong possibility of imprisonment and a significant amount of fines. In the case of carjacking, if the person threatened dies as a result of the carjacking, the death penalty may be imposed in some states.
Should you Speak to an Attorney if you are Accused of a Serious Auto Crime?
If you are accused of a Serious Auto Crime, you should speak to an attorney immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
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Last Modified: 07-25-2012 12:38 PM PDT
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