Traffic Violations That Can Lead To Felony Charges In Texas
There are many different types of traffic violations you can receive in the state of Texas. A common criminal offense behind the wheel is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), which can lead to large fines, employment problems, housing issues, immigration concerns and more. But beyond DWIs, there are a wide range of other traffic violations, from misdemeanors to felonies.
If you are facing a DWI charge in addition to another traffic violation, you need an experienced Houston DWI lawyer to fight for your rights. Traffic charges and criminal offenses can sidetrack your goals in a variety or ways. To protect your freedom, talk to an attorney as soon as possible.
Charges Are Possible for a Variety of Reasons
It is common for people to think of felony charges occurring when they are connected to a violent crime. While that can be true, there are also vehicle-related offenses that can result in felony charges. Texas drivers have been pulled over and only expecting a traffic ticket only to find themselves arrested. This could happen in one or all of the following situations.
- Driving with a license that is suspended
- Running from law enforcement
- Not staying on the scene after a collision
- Operating a vehicle in a reckless manner
When a driver’s license is suspended or revoked the individual can’t legally drive in the state of Texas. Doing so will probably lead to an arrest, followed by a car being impounded and the person being booked at a local jail. That said, if an arrest would take place is likely up to the discretion of the police officer. Their decision will likely hinge on if there are other violations on your driving record or if an existing warrant is in place.
Texas motorists are legally obligated to remain on the scene of a car accident as well. They are obligated to exchange information with others involved. If they do not, it could be considered a hit and run which can lead to misdemeanor charges. Felony charges are possible if a person was injured and a driver left the scene or if the crash resulted in fatalities.
Reckless driving can also result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the harm done. It is essential drivers are not operating a vehicle with wanton disregard for public safety in order to keep roads safe.
Vehicle-related offenses can lead to severe penalties. Connect with a Houston DWI lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled attorney will let you know what options are available given the details of your arrest and if you have any prior violations on your record.
Are you confused about your rights following a charge for a vehicle-related offense? It’s important you understand your rights. Our experienced legal team can defend you against criminal charges. We have the knowledge to protect you whether the alleged crime was minor or serious. Reach out to the legal team at Ayson Law Firm to understand your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Houston criminal defense attorney today.