Felony Level Traffic Offenses Under the Alabama Motor Vehicle Code
Although nearly the entire Alabama traffic code imposes only misdemeanor punishments for violations of the traffic laws, there are a few traffic and automobile offenses that are specifically defined as felony offenses. These include: o Section 32-5-11: "Throwing or Shooting into an Occupied Motor Vehicle" is designated a felony offense, punished by imprisonment of not less than a year and a day and fine of not less than $500. o Section 32-5A-154: "School buses; stopping traffic; markings" in section (f)(4), on fourth or subsequent violation of this section for illegally passing a stopped school bus or church bus loading or discharging passenger, the offense is specified as a felony. o Section 32-5A-191: On fourth or subsequent conviction, a person convicted of violating the state's DUI law shall be punished as a Class C felony offense. [Not applicable to persons under 18 years of age by express terms of the Juvenile Code.] o Section 32-7A-15: Forged or altered insurance card: "A person is guilty of a Class C felony who, with fraudulent intent: (1) Alters, forges or counterfeits an insurance card to make it appear valid. (2) Makes, sells or otherwise makes available an invalid or counterfeit insurance card, or other evidence of insurance." o Section 32-8-12: Alter, forge, or counterfeit a certificate of title; or alter, forge, or counterfeit an assignment or release of security interest; or has in possession or uses a certificate of title knowing it to be altered; or uses a false or fictitious name or address or conceals any material fact in making an application for title are all felony offenses. o Section 32-8-81: Taking a vehicle without consent of the owner is a felony offense is a felony offense. (See also, Unauthorized use of a vehicle, section 13A-8-11) o Section 32-8-82: Possession, receipt, concealment, or disposal of a stolen motor vehicle is a felony offense. o Section 32-8-86: Removal or falsification of identification numbers of engine, transmission, or other identifiable part is a felony. o Section 32-10-1: Leaving the scene of a traffic accident - if the violation of the leaving the scene of a traffic accident involved death or personal injury, the punishment shall be a felony; otherwise, the punishment shall be a misdemeanor. o Section 32-15-4: Unlawful custody of a motor vehicle; obtaining a vehicle by false misrepresentation is a felony offense o Section 32-15-6: Failure to return a rented motor vehicle is a felony offense.