What are Motor Vehicle Offenses?
The law provides a general laundry of Motor Vehicle Offenses of which you must be wary.
- operating vehicles that are either unregistered or with expired registrations
- uninsured or with expired insurance policies
- illegal registration plates
- without valid inspections
- exhaust systems that create annoyances or disturbances from their loud sound
- windows with dark tint
Other examples include operating a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner so as to jeopardize the safety of others.
It is also illegal to leave or drive away from the scene of a motor vehicle accident in which you are involved. Fleeing or failing to stop for police for the police is a criminal act. Similarly, it is a crime for failing to yield to emergency vehicles or school buses.
A Motor Vehicle Offense may be characterized as a traffic violation, misdemeanor of felony offense.
Motor Vehicle Offenses, depending on type and severity, may have consequences ranging from license restrictions, fines and even jail. Such offenses may also impact you privilege to operating a vehicle or possess a driver’s license.
A few things to keep in mind when you get pulled over by a police officer
- First, pull over as soon as it is safe for you to do so, but not in a hurried or reckless fashion
- Second, shut off your radio, and leave your mobile phone alone. Prepare yourself by getting your license and registration ready for when the officer reaches your vehicle.
- Third, remain in your vehicle unless the officer asks you to step out of it, or it is on fire.
- Fourth, if it is dark outside, turn on your interior lights to be considerate to the officer.
- And finally, don’t say a word. Let the officer speak first and listen to what they are saying.
Aside from everyday civil vehicle offenses like parking tickets, speeding tickets, and other minor traffic infractions, drivers and pedestrians alike can be affected by the negligent, risky driving behavior of other motorists.
We have all had moments where our driving skills were less than perfect, however if you are operating a motor vehicle illegally, or under the influence of a controlled substance and you are pulled over by an officer, you stand to face substantial criminal charges, and will need the help of a lawyer to safely navigate your way.
Read our case results and testimonials for motor vehicle offenses.
Learn more about motor vehicle offenses below:
- Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Unregistered Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Uninsured Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
- Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Reckless Driving
If you have been charged with a motor vehicle offense and need representation, contact the RI defense attorneys at Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.