In matters of traffic law, what seems like a minor infraction could have long-lasting consequences. You could be at risk of increased insurance rates, license suspension, or revocation of your driving privileges. When you need to fight back against a traffic violation, discover how a knowledgeable attorney can work to protect your rights.
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Understanding Traffic Violations
Traffic tickets can be categorized by a variety of factors, from moving vs. non-moving violations to strict-liability offenses vs. serious infractions. It’s important to understand the specifics of your traffic violation before you start disputing it.
Moving violations include all crimes, infractions, and other offenses committed while the vehicle is in motion. Common examples include:
- Reckless driving
- Running a red light
- Failure to yield
Because they may put pedestrians, other drivers, and road users at risk, moving violations typically lead to much larger fines than non-moving violations.
On the other hand, non-moving violations include all crimes, infractions, and other offenses that can be committed while the vehicle is not in motion. These tickets often involve:
- Parking violations. Examples include parking in a no-parking zone, too close to the curb, in front of a fire hydrant, or in front of an expired meter.
- Paperwork violations. You could be pulled over for expired tags, an expired inspection sticker, or a lack of insurance.
- Vehicle safety or defective equipment violations. An officer may also ticket you with excessive muffler noise, broken mirrors, damaged head or tail lights, overly tinted windows, or taped-up windows.
While you can be ticketed with a non-moving violation like faulty tail lights while you’re on the road, your violation is categorized as non-moving because it represents a technical issue, not the quality of your driving.