Americans love their automobiles. From motorcycles and passenger cars to pickup trucks and SUVs, Arizona residents are no exception. You must exercise a certain amount of care if you wish to keep your license. At Matthew Lopez Law, PLLC, we often assist clients in defending themselves in cases involving traffic offenses.

According to Medium, there are several criminal violations that drivers may face if they endanger those around them while behind the wheel.

Reckless driving includes tailgating, cutting off other drivers, swerving from one lane to another and running red lights. This behavior disregards the safety of property and people in the vicinity. If convicted of reckless driving, it is a class 2 misdemeanor. You may face jail time, a fine, traffic school and suspension of your license.

Aggressive driving charges often include excessive speed and at least two behaviors considered reckless. If convicted, you may face a class 1 misdemeanor. Consequences include higher fines and longer jail time than reckless driving. License suspension and traffic school may also be requirements.

Criminal speed charges have more severe penalties and consequences than reckless or aggressive driving. This class 3 misdemeanor can result in points off your license, increased insurance rates and significant fines. The time you spend in jail varies, based on your previous record and specific circumstances.

Once convicted of a misdemeanor that includes a criminal speeding violation, it remains on your record forever. It can affect your employment prospects and have unintended collateral consequences. An experienced attorney can ensure you understand the potential repercussions and help mount a defense to reduce or eliminate charges. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.