Traffic Misdemeanors are more serious traffic offenses. Examples of actions considered traffic misdemeanors include Driving while Under the Influence (DUI), reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, hit and run, and is some instances in some states, vehicular homicide.
In some instances, traffic infractions can be elevated to traffic misdemeanors. Examples of this include speeding at an excessively high speed and committing a traffic infraction that causes an accident.
What is the penalty for traffic misdemeanors?
In most states, traffic misdemeanor penalties include fines of up to $1000 and up to a year in jail. Additional fees, court costs, and assessments can raise the amount of the fine. Additional penalties include demerit points on a driver's license, vehicle impoundment, and a driver's license suspension.
In some cases, drivers who commit traffic misdemeanor offenses are arrested but are released without having to post bail.