Criminal traffic law

Traffic violations can lead to financial charges as an administrative offense as well as a criminal offense; prison sentences are possible and not unusual. Traffic offenses are, for example,

  • driving without a license, § 21 Straßenverkehrsgesetz (StVG) (German road transport law)
  • reckless/dangerous driving, § 315c Strafgesetzbuch (StGB) (German criminal code)
  • endangering road traffic, § 315c StGB
  • illegal motor racing, § 315d StGB
  • coercion, § 240 StGB
  • driving under the influence of drinks or drugs, § 316 StGB
  • leaving the scene of an accident, § 142 StGB
  • intoxication, § 323a StGB
  • failure to render assistance, § 323c StGB.

Offenses related to traffic not only can lead to financial fines or prison sentences. Usually the convict also loses his driver's permit and has to wait for at least 1 year before he or she is allowed to reapply for a drivers license. In some cases the court can even order to permanently withdraw the driver's permit.

When the traffic offense is related to alcohol or the use of drugs the offender can be ordered to submit to a medical-psychological examination (in German Medizinisch-psychologische Untersuchung - MPU).

Are you confronted with being accused of a traffic crime? Then do not hesitate and call 040 44 55 66 or send us an e-Mail to

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