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.
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:
Repeat DUI offenses may lead to a felony charge, along with certain hit-and-run and vehicular homicide traffic violations.
Traffic infractions are considered criminal matters. Each state has different rules and regulations related to traffic laws and legal procedures related to traffic violations.