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What is a Criminal Traffic Offense?

By Calvo & Calvo  Nov. 19, 2010 12:55p

Many people do not know that there are traffic offenses, and then there are criminal traffic offenses. What is the difference? An example of a more simple traffic offense would be running a stop sign or red light, making an illegal U turn or going beyond the speed limit. The more serious offenses fall under the category of criminal traffic offenses and carry harsher penalties.

A Few Examples

  • Unlawfully fleeing the scene of an accident
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Failing or refusing to stop or stopping but then fleeing to avoid a law enforcement officer or arrest
  • Driving at an excessive speed showing a disregard for the safety of others or others' property
  • Operating a vehicle with an invalid license
  • DUI (Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs )

These offenses require more than simply paying a fine; one must appear in court in front of a judge or magistrate. If you fail to appear, further complications arise and more penalties can be levied. You may be in a circumstance where it is necessary to have an attorney help you fight for the right to have a driver's license re-instated just so you can continue travelling to and from work. In a more serious situation, if you have damaged someone's property, injured or killed someone while driving, having a criminal traffic offense attorney to work with is imperative.

If you reside in the Fort Myers or surrounding area and need help with combating a criminal traffic offense, you need to contact a Fort Myers criminal traffic offense lawyer. At the Law Office of Calvo and Calvo, we are criminal defense attorneys who have the experience and skill to help create a strategy for your defense to help you avoid being convicted. When it comes to criminal traffic offenses, you need strong, knowledgeable and aggressive defense.


Penalties will vary depending upon the severity of damage done and whether you have any previous offenses on your driving record. You could face time in jail or prison, heavy monetary fines, community service, suspension or revocation of your driver's license and more.

To increase your chances of avoiding a conviction, contact a Fort Myers Criminal Traffic Offense Attorney at our office for a free consultation today.

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