Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses

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 26 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.

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