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Traffic Tickets

Traffic tickets are citations that result from traffic violations, which generally are classified as parking (non-moving) and moving. A moving violation, which includes an infraction of a traffic law while the vehicle is in motion, is usually the more serious of the two.

Examples of a moving violation are speeding and failing to yield or use a turn signal. Non-moving violations include parking in a handicap spot without proper registration or parking at an unpaid meter.

Misdemeanor Traffic Violations

Based on the severity of the infraction, some traffic violations are considered a misdemeanor under the law. These types of violations will in most cases bring harsher punishments, such as suspension of a driver’s license, larger fines or incarceration.

Violations that may constitute a misdemeanor charge include:

  • Reckless or dangerous driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI/DWI)
  • Hit-and-run
  • Driving without auto insurance
  • Driving without a driver’s license

Repeat DUI offenses may lead to a felony charge, along with certain hit-and-run and vehicular homicide traffic violations.

Traffic Tickets and the Law

Traffic infractions are considered criminal matters. Each state has different rules and regulations related to traffic laws and legal procedures related to traffic violations.

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