A Traffic Ticket Violation is a generally considered to be an act of non compliance with traffic safety laws. Traffic Violations are often referred to as a Traffic Ticket, Traffic Citation, or Traffic Infraction.
Typically Traffic Ticket violations include, but are not limited to:
When a person receives a traffic ticket violation they often simply pay the ticket and go about their day, not realizing that even a simple traffic ticket can adversely affect his or her life. You will have points against your drivers license, your insurance rates may go up, and additional future ticket could lead to a license suspension or your license being revoked.
A Criminal Traffic Offense, or Traffic Crime is generally considered to be an unlawful act relating to the use of a motor vehicle that are considered to be crimes, including but not limited to:
Depending on the specific traffic offense, criminal traffic offense convictions may range from a Minor Misdemeanor to a Felony in the First Degree. A Minor Misdemeanor could result in one night in county jail (usually as time served), and a Felony in the First Degree could be punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. If the criminal act involves the untimely death of another the Felony in the First Degree conviction penalty may include up to life imprisonment.
With traffic tickets that you do not have to appear in court, if you pay the fine before the scheduled court date, the burden of proof is absolutely zero. Paying the fine is automatically your admittance of guilt.
If you represent yourself in traffic court, you have the opportunity to tell your side of the story, however you have a law enforcement officer testifying against you, giving most people a slim chance at best of "beating the ticket".
Your best option for fighting a traffic violation or a criminal traffic offense is to have professional legal representation in your corner. Your traffic defense attorney will hold the state to it's burden of proof, question the probable cause to pull you over or search your vehicle, question the calibration of any scientific or mechanical devices that are being used against you in court, present available witnesses for your defense, and offer the court a viable and aggressive defense in an effort to prove your innocence.
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