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Criminal Traffic Violations

Almost everyone gets pulled over for a traffic violation at some point in their lives, but not everyone realizes that there can actually be criminal consequences for certain criminal traffic violations. While most moving violations are administrative offenses or, at worst, minor misdemeanors subject only to fines and no criminal record, many traffic offenses can be charged as criminal offenses that carry serious consequences.

Any traffic violation should be contested and fought for many reasons. If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, this is even more true. With the frequency that Ohio police issue traffic tickets, it’s no surprise that criminal traffic offenses are prosecuted harshly, despite the fact that many people don’t realize they’ve even committed a real crime. Law enforcement issues more speeding tickets in Ohio than in any other state in the U.S. Don’t let the same statistic come true for criminal traffic convictions at your expense.

Common Criminal Traffic Violations

Most criminal traffic violations are misdemeanors. Some of the most common misdemeanor traffic offenses include the following:

  • Child Endangerment in a Vehicle: This includes not buckling children in properly and committing certain reckless driving behaviors with a child in the car.
  • Texting While Driving
  • Unpaid Speeding or Parking Tickets
  • Most OVI/ DUI Offenses: If it is your first or second OVI charge, you are likely to face misdemeanor charges.
  • Speeding More Than 35 MPH over the Speed Limit
  • Failure to Reinstate License
  • Failure to Stop after an Accident
  • Driving Without a License
  • Impeding Traffic: This includes driving too slowly.
  • Unsafe Operation: This is a general offense that covers many behaviors seen as reckless on the road.
  • Driving Without Owner Consent/ Joyriding
  • Driving on a Suspended License
  • Illegal U-Turns

Some criminal traffic violations are more serious. These can be charged as felonies. The most common felony traffic offenses include the following:

  • Aggravated Vehicular Assault
  • Vehicular Homicide/ Murder
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Third or More OVI/ DUI
  • Fleeing, Eluding, Failure to Comply with Law Enforcement
  • Motor Vehicle Grand Theft
  • Reckless Driving/ Operation

Consequences of Criminal Traffic Violations

If you are arrested for a criminal traffic violation, you don’t just face increased car insurance premiums, fines, and points on your license—though these will inevitably follow. You also face serious criminal prosecution and sentencing. For some misdemeanor traffic offenses, you can face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. For a felony offense, the consequences are much more severe. You face up to ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

This does not even take into consideration the serious collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. You could lose your job and have difficulty finding employment for years to come. You may have difficulty getting housing and federal benefits. You can even face the serious social stigma that can follow people with a criminal record.

How Our Ohio Traffic Lawyers Can Help

With such serious consequences, you cannot afford not to fight criminal traffic charges. Too often, we see people fail to take criminal traffic violations seriously, only to be shocked by the severe repercussions that they suffer.

Luckily, our Columbus traffic lawyers can help you fight these charges and help you get the best possible outcome for your case. At Luftman, Heck, & Associates, we have years of experience fighting all sorts of traffic violations—both criminal and not. This has given us needed local traffic court knowledge that gives us an advantage when taking on the prosecution on your behalf. We are able to quickly assess the facts of the case and develop a strategy best able to keep you protected. The Columbus traffic lawyers at Luftman, Heck, & Associates represent clients in criminal proceedings regularly, so we are prepared to fight for your rights—both inside and outside the courtroom.

Call us today at or email us at for a free consultation on your case to find out how we may be able to help. Our team is available 24/7, so we can be by your side whenever you need help.

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