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Getting behind the wheel of a car or any other motorized vehicle involves taking on certain responsibilities. Traveling on a public road means you assume a legal duty to protect all other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Many violations of this duty are mere traffic violations. Even if you are at fault for a collision, only a civil case will likely result.
However, the law considers some examples of poor driving so serious that they fall under the category of criminal offenses. After an arrest, a Tempe vehicular crimes lawyer is ready to evaluate your case and work to protect your freedom and driving privileges. Contact the dedicated attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group to learn how we can fight for you and your way of life.
Various actions while behind the wheel may lead to a traffic stop and subsequent arrest for a criminal violation. Many of these involve behaviors that place others at risk of harm, even if a collision does not occur.
The state’s prohibition on reckless driving is a prime example. Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-693, it is a class 2 misdemeanor to operate a vehicle in a reckless way that endangers the safety of other people or property.
Arrests for vehicular crimes can also involve causing bodily harm to another. According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-1204, a person commits aggravated assault when they cause serious bodily injury to another or attack another using a dangerous instrument. A motor vehicle may fall into the category of a dangerous instrument.
Convictions here are usually class 3 felonies. A first conviction may bring a prison sentence of two years with mitigating factors. Aggravating factors could lengthen the sentence to 8.75 years. If the crime is charged as a dangerous offense, then the potential penalties could be much higher. Those charged with vehicular crimes should consult a skilled lawyer at our firm on the potential penalties.
Charges related to criminal driving are always serious matters. Not only could a guilty finding result in a jail sentence, but many charges will also require a mandatory loss of license. As such, many defendants want to challenge these cases at every opportunity.
One common defense tactic that a Tempe vehicular crimes attorney may employ is challenging the reason for a traffic stop. This is especially important when a charge is related to supposed reckless driving or DUI. If an attorney can show that a police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop, the resulting criminal charges cannot proceed.
Other cases will revolve around an officer’s opinion as to what occurred. For example, a reckless driving charge asks a jury to determine if a defendant’s actions placed others at risk of harm. While a police officer may think one thing, a jury may evaluate the facts differently. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our dedicated Tempe attorneys work to build a defense that best fits the facts of every vehicular crime case.
Alleged criminal activity on the road is one of the most common charges in criminal courts. However, these serious matters could create a criminal record, force you to lose your license, or require a jail sentence.
A Tempe vehicular crimes lawyer is dedicated to helping you avoid these outcomes. From day one, the skilled legal team at Grand Canyon Law Group is ready to analyze the actions of law enforcement, evaluate the evidence that a prosecutor wants to bring to trial, and work to defend your rights every step of the way. Call us today to schedule your appointment and get the representation you deserve.