Traffic Tickets & Violations
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Utah Traffic Violations
Traffic tickets, or citations, are given for minor violations of local driving laws. These include both parking and moving violations. In the state of Utah, traffic tickets are issued by Utah Highway Patrol, county sheriffs, and local police.
Most traffic offenses in Utah are classified as infractions. Others are charged as class C misdemeanor traffic violations. If you are issued a ticket of any kind, a lawyer can help.
Utah's Point System
Utah tracks driver violations on a point system. Some offenses, such as speeding, are reported to the Driver License Division. Other non-moving violations, such as not having valid registration, do not get points. Examples of Utah's point system include:
- Eighty points for reckless driving.
- Points for speeding range from 37 to 75 depending on the speed over the posted limits.
- Motorists get 60 points for driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Fifty points for failing to stop at a red light or stop sign.
A driver who gets more than 200 points in three years could lose his license. Drivers under the age of 21 can lose their privileges to drive if they get 70 points. The Utah Department of Public Safety states that judges can vary points up or down by 10 percent.
Drivers can clear their record by not getting any more tickets. After one year of no violations, half of the points on a driver's record are removed. If a motorist has a clean record for two years, all points are removed. Motorists who take an approved defensive driving course can get 50 points removed.
Appealing a Traffic Ticket in Utah
Motorists in Utah can appeal a traffic citation. If a not-guilty plea is accepted by the state, drivers could avoid the costly fines. If an agreement cannot be made, a trial date will be set, and the case will go to either a judge or jury.
Locate a Local Utah Traffic Violations Lawyer Today
Too many traffic tickets on your record can affect license privileges and increase your insurance rates. A lawyer can review your citations to determine if an appeal is reasonable. Call now to speak with a traffic violations attorney in Utah at 877-913-7222.