Although many traffic offenses may not carry the same stigma and penalties as other, more serious crimes, even lower-level offenses can result in significant fines, loss of driving privileges, and increased insurance rates. More serious offenses, or repeat offenses, can also result in imprisonment.
As soon as you find yourself faced with a traffic violation, contact our criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Jeffrey A. Robertson, P.C. We can evaluate your case, give you an honest picture of the consequences you may be facing and help you form a plan for facing and defending against your charges.
We offer free consultations with our Warren County traffic violation attorney. Call (636) 253-7903.
Generally, proof of criminal intent is not required for a minor traffic offense conviction. This concept is sometimes referred to as strict liability. The prosecution will only point to evidence that the person charged actually committed the prohibited act. For example, if there is reliable evidence of speeding, it need not also be proven that the driver intended to exceed the speed limit.
Most traffic violations become a misdemeanor or felony if a person was injured or property was destroyed. Some traffic offenses are legally defined as misdemeanors or felonies, such as driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident. A person accused of these more serious traffic offenses is entitled to all criminal procedures, including the right to a court-appointed attorney and a jury trial.
The primary purpose of traffic violation laws and regulations is to deter unsafe driving and to educate and reform bad drivers. But even good drivers can be charged with a traffic violation. If you are facing criminal charges for a traffic offense, our criminal defense attorney can help. We review the details of your case and advise you as to the best way to proceed as you face the charges. Let us represent your rights, and protect you in court if your case takes you there.
Request a free consultation with our Warren County criminal defense attorney by calling (636) 253-7903 today.