Traffic Felony Offense Lawyer

The Law Office of M Daniel Bach has years of experience working with clients in the greater NYC area and representing clients as a trusted traffic felony offense lawyer. So if you have a traffic felony offense charge and need a lawyer, please get in touch with our law office.

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When you reach out, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation and happily answer any questions you may have regarding your situation. From traffic tickets to moving violations and speeding tickets, our NYC law office can ably represent you. Get the best legal team on your side when you turn to Bach Law.

What is a Felony Traffic Offense?

There are different classifications when it comes to traffic offenses that depend on the seriousness of the offense. Most of the traffic offenses handed out are classified as minor infractions and simply result in a traffic ticket and/or a small fine. However, there are more serious traffic offenses that get classified as misdemeanors and felonies and the charges on these infractions are greater. And since they are greater, they may be charges you want to fight if you feel like they may be too steep.

A felony traffic offense also goes by the name of a felony traffic violation and our law office is here to help you fight these charges and lower the penalty. A felony traffic offense is something that results in injuries to an individual or if there is a destruction of property. The most common types of felony traffic offenses are DUI related or related to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Our law office also has experience representing clients as a DUI or DWI lawyer, so if the felony traffic offense falls under those parameters, then we are here to fight for you. 

Types of Traffic Violations Considered Felonies

Felonies are serious traffic offenses that are generally considered to be the most serious crimes in any jurisdiction. The type of traffic offense that is considered a felony likely varies by state-to-state. Here are the most common traffic violations as felonies that most jurisdictions will consider.

  • Vehicular homicide or manslaughter.
  • Repeat and/or multiple DUI convictions.
  • Repeat offenses, such as repeatedly driving without a license.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident, such as a hit and run. This is especially true if the accident involves a collision with another vehicle that causes bodily harm or injury or damages property.
  • Fleeing from law enforcement.
  • Some types of reckless driving, which includes racing and/or other violations that can cause injury or property damage.

Sometimes a traffic offense can be categorized as "aggravated" or "gross" misdemeanors. This categorization means that it may result in harsher penalties similar to those of felonies, despite being labeled as a misdemeanor.

There is no such thing as a felony speeding ticket, unfortunately since sometimes a speeding driver is cause for alarm and presents a dangerous roadway situation. However, a driver can be charged with a felony if their speeding ticket leads to a significant injury and/or death of someone. Driving over 100 miles per hour is likely to result in large fines and points off of your driving license. And in some instances, a high speeding ticket can mean that the driver faces a potential suspension of their license.

Consequences of Being a Convicted Traffic Felony

When an individual is convicted of a felony, it is a crime that is punishable by a prison sentence of over one year. In general, traffic felonies usually include a monetary fine, as well as a prison sentence. These fines can range anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars depending on the severity and circumstances of the felony. A traffic felony comes with negative consequences on the driver in many ways, which include some of the following:

  • Adds points to driver's license history.
  • An increase of insurance premiums.
  • Permanent criminal record.
  • Suspension and/or permanent loss of a driver's license.
  • The driver requires retraining and/or a suspension.
  • Towing and/or impounding of the car that was used during the felony.
  • A loss of citizen's privileges, which can include voting and/or being allowed to teach in a professional setting.
  • Being prohibited from owning firearms.
  • If convicted of a DUI, an individual may be required to install a breathalyzer in their vehicle.
  • With the three strikes felony rule, a life sentence in prison is possible.

Some traffic crimes that are usually charged as misdemeanors may be increased to a felony charge, especially if the offense has been repeated more than once.