A serious auto crime is when a person drives a motor vehicle in a reckless and dangerous fashion or uses a motor vehicle to commit another type of crime such as robbery, DUI, or hit and run. Serious auto crime violations carry bigger punishments and even jail time if convicted.
A serious auto crime typically carries a heavier sentence than a traffic violation. Such crimes usually involve intent to cause injury, although vehicular manslaughter is an exception. Serious auto crimes violations may be escalated to the level of a felony charge.
This can be the case if the violation involved repeat offenses, or if it resulted in death, great bodily injury or serious property damage. Felony charges involve higher fines and possible sentencing in a state prison facility.
Traffic violations are typically a result of negligence. Such violations can be treated as misdemeanors, with only minor fines. Many traffic offenses that are non-dangerous or are just driving violations are called infractions.
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. Some common consequences for serious crime auto violations are:
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If you are accused of a Serious Auto Crime, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. These are serious crimes that can drastically affect your future, and a qualified lawyer can help explain your rights, build your case, and represent your best interests in court.
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