Most of the time, people who get a ticket feel that it’s civil in nature. And most of the time they’re right. The large majority of the traffic violations you’ll ever commit in Oklahoma are considered civil offenses. But sometimes, traffic violations can be charged as criminal offenses. Here are some of the violations that can be considered criminal in the state of Oklahoma.
Any violation that involves impaired driving, and drugs, or alcohol is considered a criminal offense in the state of Oklahoma. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances greatly dangers both your own life and the lives of everyone else on the road. It is also considered reckless in nature, and reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor in almost every state. And because of these things, DUIs and other substance-related driving and traffic violations fall under criminal law.
Driving with a suspended license is considered a criminal offense in almost every state. If you had your license taken away, driving with that suspended license is a grave violation of the law. You’re risking the safety of everyone else on the road according to the state. While it might be tempting to drive with a suspended license, it would be a much better choice to see if you can get a restricted license. Most states give you the option of applying for a restricted license which will allow you to drive to critical locations during your license suspension. You have to prove undue hardship in order to get that a license, however. In other words, if you use your car to get to work and you would lose your job if you couldn’t get there, that would be a hardship. You may be allowed to have a restricted license to visit certain places such as work, your children’s school, the grocery store, and the gas station.
Reckless driving is dangerous everyone on the road including yourself. Because of this, and because of the fact that driving recklessly can cause death and injury, it is almost always treated as a criminal offense. It is definitely considered a criminal offense in Oklahoma. Certain levels of speeding can also be seen as reckless driving, usually above 100 miles per hour. However, you can be speeding at a lower rate of speed and still be considered a reckless driver depending on the situation. In some cases, driving double the speed limit can also be seen as a reckless.
Commercial drivers are always held to a higher standard than other drivers. That makes sense, seeing as commercial drivers often carry hazardous loads, heavy load, or drive very large Vehicles. Having improper equipment, driving without the appropriate license, not having any tax stamps or other certifications you need, and other breaches of commercial driving law can sometimes be seen as Criminal. However, most of the time it will still be alcohol-related offenses and reckless driving with your commercial license that will warrant criminal charges.
Criminal charges are nothing to take lightly. Even still charges can add up and impact your life in ways you didn’t expect. It is always advisable to hire an attorney to help you through these situations. An Oklahoma traffic attorney can help you navigate the legal system and obtain the most beneficial result.
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