Traffic law is the body of policies and guidelines covering a vehicle or truck on public streets.

Common types of traffic offenses

There are two different traffic offenses. 

Moving violations are issued while the vehicle is in motion during the crash. Popular forms are: 

  • Speeding  
  • Reckless or irresponsible driving 
  • Failure to stop or failure to comply 
  • Wearing no seatbelt 
  • Illegal turn 

Non-moving violations are provided when a moving vehicle has no concern. Typical types are: 

  • Insurance-free driving 
  • Expired driver’s certificate or expired car tags 
  • Driving vulnerable cars 
  • Illegally parking 

Common ticket penalties 

Traffic tickets for mechanical or non-dangerous movement offenses are termed infractions that bear lower fines, typically a fee, and probably marks to the driving record. More severe offenses like driving under the influence (DUI) or dangerous driving are generally called misdemeanors and sometimes require imprisonment. These breaches can bring heavy penalties, up to a year’s prison, and temporary driving license termination. 

Traffic felonies are the most serious traffic offenses, punished by more than a year in jail. People accused of a felony can face long-term limits on their freedoms. Examples of felony traffic fines involve repeated DUI and hit-and-run. 

When to contact an attorney 

Some small tickets may be treated without a prosecutor. If this is the first offense and the punishment doesn’t carry marks on your driving record, you can either accept the fee or contest your violation before the court. 

However, if you have several traffic violations and face points that could push up your insurance premiums for many years or end in deprivation of driving rights, an experienced traffic prosecutor may help advocate for a less severe or lower fine.