Motor Vehicle Offenses
Motor vehicle offenses are crimes which involve a motor vehicle. These can include criminal offenses can range in severity from minor offenses, to the most serious of crimes. Every state has implemented their own laws regarding motor vehicle offenses. The state's motor vehicle department plays an integral role in punishing offenders of motor vehicle offenses. This department has the authority to suspend or revoke one's driving privileges after motor vehicle offenses.
This can have a rippling effect on one's life after a vehicle-related offense. Insurance companies have access to the department's records, including information about motor vehicle offenses. In some cases, a traffic violation will appear as a “point” on your record. Accumulation of these points can result in a myriad of driving penalties. For more serious motor vehicle offenses, a person may lose their driving privileges permanently or for a specific period of time. Driving on a suspended license can also result in significant legal repercussions.
Joyriding is a crime, typically perpetrated by juveniles, which is typically considered a misdemeanor. There are a number of serious motor vehicle offenses which are considered felony crimes. Hit and run is a serious motor vehicle offense. If you are involved in an accident you are required to stop, failure to do so can result in serious legal consequences.
Carjacking, also considered a property crime and a violent crime, is a serious motor vehicle offense. This involves taking another's vehicle with the intention of permanently depriving them of their property with the use or threatened use of force. Vehicular manslaughter, homicide by way of motor vehicle, is also a serious motor vehicle offense. The specific circumstances of these crimes largely dictate the legal repercussions of these serious crimes.
Drunk driving is another major area of motor vehicle offenses. Details about these criminal offenses can be found in the Drunk Driving Offenses section of this website. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle offense, contact a qualified attorney in your area.
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