Traffic violations classified as misdemeanors can be punishable by a fine, a jail sentence or both. Persons charged with such offenses should consult an attorney immediately.
The most commonly prosecuted misdemeanor traffic offenses include the following:
- driving under the influence (DUI)
- driving on a suspended or revoked license
- speeding 30 mph or more in excess of the limit
- drag racing
- reckless driving
- leaving the scene of a property damage accident
- fleeing or attempting to elude the police
- driving a commercial vehicle while license is suspended, revoked, or driver has been placed out of service
- a Class A or Class B misdemeanor
The initial court date for a traffic violation classified as misdemeanor is an arraignment date. This is not a trial date. Persons charged with a misdemeanor should appear in court with an attorney.