Driving offenses are frequent charges within the courts from simple traffic citations to DUI causing injury. Our office has handled a substantial amount of driving offenses and have a proven track record. The fines associated with driving offenses can be substantial. For instance, if one is convicted of driving on a suspended license, one can expect to pay over $1,400 in court costs. Additionally, driving offenses are “priorable” which means the consequences become harsher for any subsequent convictions.
Common California Driving Offenses
- Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License
- Driving without a Valid License
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Exhibiting of Speed
- Evading Police Officers
- Misdemeanor Hit and Run
- Hit & Run Causing Injury or Death
Driving offense can become severe especially if an accident occurs while someone was under the influence. For instance, if one is arrested for DUI causing an accident which results in an injury, one faces a minimum of 4 years in California state prison. Not to mention, one would face a substantial amount of fines and owe restitution to the victim for injuries.
There are a number offenses available to driving offenses, each specifically geared to a particular charge list above. The most common defense is a violation of one’s Fourth Amendment right under the United States Constitution. Specifically, police officers must justify the reason to conduct a traffic stop. Your defense attorney will submit a “motion to suppress” claiming the traffic stop was not supported with enough cause to justify the traffic detention. If the judge rules in a defendant’s favor deeming the traffic stop unlawful, all evidence, including statements and physical evidence, will be ordered suppressed (inadmissible) and the prosecutor will be unable to proceed with the case. As a result, the case will be dismissed.
Contact an Experienced Newport Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested or charged with any kind of driving offense, contact an experienced Newport Beach Criminal Defense Attorney at the Law Offices of John D. Rogers for a free confidential consultation concerning your rights and defenses.