Michigan Criminal Traffic Offenses; Fleeing and Eluding, Leaving the Scene of Accident

police-chase[1].jpgIn one of my prior posts, I added a link to the The Michigan Traffic Offense Code. This link contains a complete list of all Michigan traffic offenses along with penalties, points and license sanctions.

Although many traffic offenses in Michigan are civil infractions, there are numerous others that are classified as criminal misdemeanors or felonies. All criminal offenses have the potential for jail and require an appearance before the judge. You should hire a lawyer immediately if you are charged with a criminal traffic offense. Virtually all offenses involving alcohol, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident or engaging in a police chase are criminal offenses.

The following is a partial list of Michigan criminal traffic offenses which we have defended in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County including the district courts located in Royal Oak, Clinton Township, Warren, Sterling Heights, Romeo and Shelby Township:

1st Degree Fleeing and Eluding: Felony which involves the act of fleeing the police resulting in a death. Maximum Punishment: 15 years in prison and/or $10,000.00 fine.

2nd Degree Fleeing and Eluding: Felony which involves the act of fleeing the police resulting in a serious injury or the defendant has a prior offense for fleeing fourth degree. Maximum Punishment: 10 years in prison and/or 5,000.00 fine.

3rd Degree Fleeing and Eluding: Felony which involves the act of fleeing the police resulting in an accident or where the defendant has a prior offense for fleeing first, second or third degree. Maximum Punishment: 5 years in prison and/or $1,000.00 fine.

4th Degree Fleeing and Eluding: Felony which involves the act of fleeing the police resulting in an accident or where the defendant has a prior offense for fleeing first, second or third degree. Maximum Punishment: 2 years in prison and/or $500.00 fine.

Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury or Property Damage Accident: Misdemeanor, 6 points All drinking and driving offenses in Michigan (operate while intoxicated-OWI, impaired driving-OWVI, operate with the presence of drugs-OWPD, super drunk-BAC of .17% or greater, child endangerment, zero tolerance-minor with any BAC) are all classified as criminal offenses. A third lifetime drunk driving (OWI, OWVI, OWPD, DUI) offense is charged as a felony which can carry up to 5 years in prison.