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What’s at stake when you’re hit with traffic violations?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2021 | Misdemeanors

Traffic violations are cited all the time in our area. These infractions might seem minor at first, but they can actually have a bigger impact on your life than you may think. Therefore, you might want to consider you legal options when facing these violations, as having a legal assistance could protect you from the harshest penalties that are allowed under the law.

Just how damaging can traffic violation be?

The penalties for a traffic violation depend on a number of factors, such as whether you have prior infractions or criminal convictions of a certain type. The most minor infractions, such as speeding or failure to wear a seatbelt, can result in a fine up to $250 depending on how many similar infractions you’ve had in the last year. However, it’s important to note that you might end up paying more out of packet than just the fine because you’ll also get hit with other penalties and surcharges imposed by the state.

Some infractions can result in fines and other penalties such as license suspension or community service. Amongst these are speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour and littering on the highway.

More severe penalties might await you

The most severe driving violations, though, result in misdemeanor charges. Driving on a suspended license such as after a DUI conviction, fleeing from the police who are trying to initiate a traffic stop, and even fraudulently parking in a handicapped space can all lead to thousands of dollars in fines and jail time.

On top of these penalties, you could be hit with points to your license for even the most minor moving violation. If you accumulate too many points, then your license could be suspended or revoked.

Know how to navigate your traffic infraction problems

These penalties can be daunting, for sure. But there are ways that you can go about avoiding the harshest penalties allowed under the law. That’s why it might be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a qualified criminal defense attorney.

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.