Crimes of Californian Drivers literally means a “driving crime” in California can range from minor traffic violations that are mere infractions and do little more than increase your car insurance rates and lead to a ticket, to DUI s and various misdemeanor offenses that are punishable by fines, jail time, and the creation of a criminal record, to felonies that can lead to spending time in state prison. Many driving crimes will lead to a license suspension, and all of them will adversely affect your official driving record. Here is an overview of some of the most common kinds of driving crimes cases we handle:
Driving under the influence of alcohol is criminalized in California. DUI in California is defined as operating a motor vehicle while having sufficient alcohol in your system so that your driving ability is impaired as compared with a sober driver.
Crimes of Californian Drivers Driving under the influence of an intoxicating drug is also prohibited and is punished much the same way as DUI alcohol. DUI drugs need not involve use of an illegal narcotic, but even if it is a drug for which you have a valid prescription or an over the counter drug, it counts as a DUI so long as the drug impaired your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Causes of license suspension include: DUI, refusal of a chemical test, reckless driving, being a “habitual traffic offender,” and having a physical or mental disability that makes it unsafe for you to drive
In California while not holding a valid California driver’s license, this crime does not apply, of course, to those who are exempt from the requirement of holding a California license (as residents of other states who are driving in California).
Hit and run accidents, the former dealing with property damage only cases, which are misdemeanors; and the latter dealing with injury cases, which are felonies. Whenever you are involved in an accident in California, you are required to stop and assist anyone at the scene in need of medical attention and to give the other driver your contact information. Failure to do so constitutes the accident a hit and run incident.
It is a crime to willfully attempt to evade a pursuing police office, provided the police vehicle’s sirens and lights are on and the officer is wearing a “distinctive uniform” that identifies him/her as a police officer. The former is the crime of reckless evasion of an officer and applies when you drive with reckless disregard for the safety of others while fleeing the police. The latter is evading a police officer causing injury or death.