The phrase "traffic violations" brings to mind speeding tickets and fines for broken tail-lights, but the truth is that traffic violations can lead to serious criminal penalties. In many cases, traffic infractions can lead to felony charges, which could lead to sentences of anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison, plus fines.
In today's blog, I'll be covering the traffic violations that come with felony charges, as outlined in the Michigan Traffic Violations Offense Code.
How Felonies Are Classified in Michigan
Felonies are divided into eight classes in Michigan: Class A thru Class H. Class A felonies are punishable with life in prison, whereas Class H felonies are eligible for alternatives to imprisonment, including probation. Courts have discretion over attaching fines to prison sentences, so the size of your fine will depend on the court you're in.
Felony traffic violations in Michigan include:
- Using false insurance information
- Third-time conviction of OWI
- OWI causing death or serious injury
- Third-time conviction of operating with the presence of drugs (OWPD)
- Second-time conviction of child endangerment
- Hit-and-run causing serious injury or death
- Fleeing an officer by car
- Driving with a revoked or suspended licensed and causing serious injury or death
- Forging a license plate or vehicle registration
- Possessing a stolen license plate
For an exhaustive list of Michigan felony traffic offenses, search the Traffic Violations Offense Code.
How Best to Avoid Prison Time for Traffic Offenses
If you want to give yourself the best chance of fighting felony traffic charges, then you need to get a lawyer in your corner as soon as possible. I've been a traffic violation defense attorney in Farmington Hills for nearly two decades, personally handling countless cases in courts all over Michigan. My clients have seen their cases dismissed, their charges reduced, and other incredible victories that kept them out of prison and in their homes. There's no attorney who will fight for you as relentlessly and strategically as I will.
The firm of Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law offers 24-hour availability and flexible payment plans, so I'll always be able to work with you. Speak with me today to learn your options in a free case consultation. Call (248) 599-0054 or use my short online form to get in touch.