Traffic Violations are failures to comply with federal or state motor vehicle laws. Though state motor vehicle laws vary slightly, the purpose of all motor vehicle laws and regulations is to promote and provide safety on the roads by deterring unsafe driving and penalizing unsafe driving activities. However, being unjustly or falsely convicted of a motor vehicle violation can be quite costly and time consuming. A traffic violation attorney can defend your rights if you have been accused of a violation of traffic laws. Common traffic violations include:
- Failure to yield
- Failure to obey traffic lights
- Failure to stop
- Failure to signal
- Invalid driver's license
- Invalid registration
Fighting a traffic ticket for these violations may help dismiss the charge or lessen the penalties. After being issued a traffic citation, moving violation or speeding ticket, it is important to contact a traffic ticket attorney. Most speeding or moving violations are not criminal offenses, but they result in fines, “points,” and, consequently, higher auto insurance rates. These are good reasons to hire an traffic attorney to fight the speeding ticket or moving violation, protecting yourself from long-term negative consequences.
Certain traffic violations, due to their serious nature, are classified as misdemeanors or felonies, resulting in more severe punishments, including jail time. Examples are:
- Drunk driving, including:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Reckless driving
If you have been accused of any of these criminal traffic violations or speeding violations, a traffic ticket lawyer can defend your rights and work to get you lowered fines, points, or jail time.