What traffic violations are felonies in Indiana?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2023 | Criminal Law, Traffic Violations

Indiana takes traffic violations seriously. Certain offenses could easily lead to a fatal crash. Most traffic offenses are minor, such as infractions or misdemeanors. However, severe violations could result in heavy sanctions that could impact your life for a long time.

Indiana considers most traffic offenses as either infractions or misdemeanors. They could include the most common violations, including speeding or running a red light. However, specific violations are more serious, resulting in felony charges and severe penalties.

The following traffic offenses could be felonies in Indiana:

  • Vehicular homicide
  • Driving or operating a vehicle while intoxicated (DWI/OWI)
  • Homicide using a vehicle
  • Reckless homicide
  • DWI/OWI causing physical harm
  • Fleeing the scene after a fatal accident

However, these are not the only felony traffic violations. In some instances, offenses usually charged as misdemeanors could become felonies based on the circumstances. It depends on the violation’s details. If the court deems it appropriate to escalate the offense, they can do so as the law permits.

What are the penalties for traffic felonies?

Penalties could vary depending on the circumstances. Most felony traffic crimes come with other charges, leading to more severe sanctions. Still, the typical punishment for traffic felonies includes the following:

  • A maximum of three years in jail
  • Around $10,000 worth of fines
  • Two-year suspension of driver’s license
  • Seizure of vehicle

These sanctions are standard for a felony traffic offense, meaning they are usually the minimum. Certain cases might have additional charges depending on the damages and other factors of the violation. If so, the court could escalate the charges based on the situation.

Do traffic felonies stay on my record?

All traffic offenses could stay on record for two years, regardless of severity. Criminal traffic offenses stay for two years after receiving the conviction. Specific violations could remain until after five years, depending on the points on the driver’s record.

Too many points could lead to license suspension or revocation. These traffic offenses could have lasting effects even after serving time and fulfilling all legal obligations.