You may have already received a moving violation or at least know someone who has. It is a broad category of infractions and misdemeanors that cover any violation made while a vehicle is in motion. Examples of these are running red lights, speeding, or texting while driving. Things like parking violations and insurance or registration violations are not moving violations.
Moving violations are either infractions or misdemeanors, depending on the type of moving violation and severity. Leaving the scene of an accident and repeated DUIs are felony moving violations.
Here are some other examples of moving violations:
- Failure to use turn signals
- Running a stop sign
- Violating child safety laws
- Driving without a license
- Not yielding to pedestrians
- Violating seatbelt laws
- Running a red light
- Reckless driving
What Happens If I Get a Moving Violation?
You will be stopped by law enforcement, and they will check your paperwork. If the moving violation is an infraction, then they will write a citation that will include detailed information about the moving violation. This is because you do not have to go to court for an infraction, and you will need all this information if you want to challenge it. The officer will include their name, and you will both sign the citation. Signing the citation will not affect your ability to challenge it. Our lawyers recommend signing the citation as if you don’t; the law enforcement officer can arrest you. Our attorneys can help you to challenge the citation if you wish. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony moving violation, you need to hire an attorney. These will appear on your permanent record and can carry heavy penalties like fines and jail time.
It is your responsibility to ensure you pay the fine or contest the ticket. Most of the time, you will receive a reminder in the mail, but even if you don’t you are responsible for taking action. If you do not, you may be arrested. Other penalties for failing to act on a moving violation are loss of license, higher fines, and no longer having the option to attend traffic school.