Vehicular Crimes Defense in Phoenix, AZ

If you are facing a vehicular charge, it may be completely unrelated to any claim that you were intoxicated. But just because you were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, does not mean that you are home free. There are numerous crimes involving motor vehicles that can be charged under Arizona law, and the penalties can be significant. Indeed, some of these crimes are felonies. That is why you need to choose an experienced vehicular crimes attorney to represent you in your case.

What are Some of the More Common Vehicular Crimes?

Non-DUI related offenses involving vehicles range from minor moving violations to serious felonies. They include, among others, the following:

  • Minor traffic offenses. Examples of minor traffic offenses are going through a red light, running a stop sign, failure to yield to a pedestrian or another vehicle. Conviction usually leads to a fine and points on your license.
  • Exhibition of speed; racing. Under A.R.S. 28-708, engaging in a speed contest (drag racing) or any exhibition of speed on a street or highway is unlawful. Ordinarily, the crime is a class 1 misdemeanor. But if this is your second conviction under the statute within 24 months, it becomes a class 6 felony with a mandatory minimum of ten days in jail.
  • Reckless driving. This is a misdemeanor defined as driving in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property. A second conviction within two years will lead also to a mandatory 20 days in jail.
  • Aggressive driving. This involves speeding plus two additional specified violations (following too closely, unsafe lane changes, etc.), where the driving presents an immediate hazard to another person or vehicle. A second violation within 24 months is still a misdemeanor, but will cause a revocation of your license for a year.
  • Hit-and-run. Failure to stop and provide information at the scene of an accident, without more, is a misdemeanor. In the event the accident resulted in an injury, it is a class 5 felony. For accidents causing death or serious physical injury, a hit-and-run will constitute a class 3 felony; if you caused the accident resulting in the death or injury, leaving the scene is a class 2 felony.
  • Additional vehicular crimes. Other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles include endangerment, aggravated assault, as well as homicide (negligent homicide, manslaughter and even second degree murder).

Choosing a Vehicular Crimes Lawyer

While some of the offenses listed above are minor, many are serious, some are felonies, and even some of the misdemeanors can result in jail time and revocation of your driver’s license. These offenses can not only completely disrupt your life, they can be costly financially, and can affect your job and your way of life, in addition to being a mark on your record.

At The Law Office of Bret A. Royle, we understand the consequences of a conviction for traffic-related crimes, and we are experienced at defending clients charged with these offenses. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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