Are Texting or Cellphone Violations Criminal Offenses In Washington D.C.?

Many people believe when traffic accidents occur due to distracted driving, including texting or cellphone violations, they are only are a civil issue — one for insurance companies and personal injury attorneys to sort through — not criminal offenses that require representation by criminal defense attorneys.

While DUI or drunk driving charges may be the most commonly recognized traffic offenses that require a criminal defense attorney, the list of criminal offenses that can occur behind the wheel is growing as technology becomes more prevalent.

In Washington D.C., it is illegal — for all motorists — to use a cellphone or other electronic device when is not equipped with a hands-free accessory any time the vehicle is in motion.

When motorists are stopped for using these devices, the first and second violations result in fines and with the third, a license suspension.

So, why would anyone need a criminal defense attorney for texting or cellphone violations in Washington D.C.?

The Dangerous Facts Behind Distracted Driving And Their Criminal Charges

The truth is, distracted driving — including texting and cellphone use behind the wheel — is becoming a deadly epidemic throughout the country.

According to the CDC, throughout the country, every day, crashes reported to involve a distracted driver cause:

  • Approximately nine deaths
  • More than 1,000 injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists that:

  • 9.5% of all fatal crashes over the past six years involved a distracted driver
  • Distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives last year alone in the U.S.

The texting or cellphone violation penalties are enforced more harshly in Washington D.C. when they lead to:

  • Property damages of at least $10,000
  • Substantial bodily harm to another person
  • Death of another person

These violations carry up to $1,000 in fines, and/or a maximum of 180 days in jail.

If the death of another person results from one of these violations, negligent homicide charges may be filed against the driver.

How Can Lotze Mosley, LLP Help Me With A Washington D.C. Texting or Cellphone Violation Criminal Defense?

Each case that our law firm takes is unique and requires a full investigation and evaluation to determine the best way to proceed to counter the prosecutor’s office and the charges waged against you. If you have been in a distracted driving accident where criminal charges were brought against you, you are going to need an accomplished criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights and best interests are upheld inside and outside the courtroom.

At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. have provided successful outcomes for clients who were charged with all types of criminal offenses, and we can pursue positive results for you or a family member who has been criminally charged with a texting or cellphone violation. Contact our accomplished lawyers today at 202-759-8370 to discuss your unique circumstances and learn how we can help protect your rights throughout the legal process.