A traffic violation may become a felony or misdemeanor criminal offense if it causes injury or threat of injury to another person, or damage or threat of damage to another's property.

Misdemeanor criminal traffic offense may include:

  • Ignoring or failing to obey a traffic signal or sign

  • Reckless driving

  • Driving without valid insurance or a driver's license

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI, DWI)

  • Hit and run accident with no injury or significant property damage

 Felony criminal traffic offense may include:

  • Ignoring or failing to obey a traffic signal or sign, and thus injuring/ killing another driver or person

  • Reckless driving, resulting in vehicular homicide or significant property destruction

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI, DWI) multiple times

  • Hit and run accidents that result in injury, death or significant property damage

Felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses carry serious consequences. Felony offenses are typically more severe.

A misdemeanor traffic offense, a driver may be punished with heavy fines, short-term jail time.

A felony criminal traffic offense can lead to extended prison sentences, higher fines, and personal penalties. You can lose your right to work in certain professions.