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What Are The Different Types Of Traffic Tickets

When modern cars arrived on the scene in the late 19th century, people rejoiced over their new ability to travel long distances more quickly. However, to their dismay, they soon found that cars also created a whole new category of laws they had to follow. The first violation of traffic laws in the United States was on May 20, 1899, when police arrested a man driving a taxi over the speed limit of eight miles per hour.  

Types Of Traffic Tickets

In today's day and age, speeding is just one of hundreds of offenses that can result in a traffic ticket. Most traffic tickets can either be classified as infractions, which are minor offenses, or violations, which are major offenses. Traffic tickets issued for infractions would include:

  • Parking violations
  • Non-moving violations
  • Distracted driving
  • Running a stop sign and speeding

Oftentimes, people who get these types of traffic tickets rack up points on their driving record and are required to pay a fine and go to traffic school.

Major Traffic Violations

Violations are much more severe than infractions. Major traffic violations include reckless driving, hit-and-run accidents and driving under the influence (DUI). These types of traffic tickets may result in fines, jail time, suspension of driving privileges and criminal prosecution.

Dealing With The Law

If you are pulled over by a police officer for something like a speeding ticket, don't argue with them. Arguing with a police officer can result in a bigger ticket. If you truly feel that the police officer was wrong, then the place to address that is in traffic court. However, even in traffic court, you should refrain from getting into an argument with a judge who may decide that you're guilty just because you annoyed him.

Traffic Tickets Attorneys

If you or someone you know has just received a traffic ticket, you don't have to back down and pay the ticket without a fight. With the help of a traffic ticket attorney, you may be able to beat your ticket, or at the very least, work out a compromise that can reduce your fine or the number of points on your license.