Driving your vehicle may be one of your favorite activities. You may volunteer to drive whenever you and your friends go out for the evening, or you may simply enjoy going for drives on your own to pass the time. Because you often find yourself on the road, you may also be aware of the possibility of traffic tickets that could come your way.
You may not intentionally set out to commit an act that warrants a traffic ticket or that could put other travelers in harm's way. Still, even the most conscientious drivers can end up facing a ticket for one reason or another. As you consider this possibility, you may want to gain information on the different types of violations.
Moving and non-moving violations
As a driver, a police officer could potentially give you a ticket for either a moving or a non-moving violation depending on the specific circumstances of the situation. The names of these violations are fairly self-explanatory as a moving violation occurs when your vehicle is in motion, and a non-moving violation occurs when your vehicle is stopped.
Examples of moving violations include the following:
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Running a red light
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Reckless driving
When it comes to non-moving violations, you could receive a ticket for the following:
- Parking in front of an expired parking meter
- Parking in front of a fire hydrant
- Parking in a no-parking area
Neither of these lists includes every type of moving and non-moving violation that could take place.
Some traffic violations may also fall into the category of strict liability offenses. If you receive a citation for such an offense, it means that you did not necessarily have criminal intent in relation to the offense, but you could still face a conviction if proof exists that you committed the violation. Some of these offenses include:
- Having broken headlights
- Parking in a handicap spot without a tag or sticker
- Failure to yield
- Not using turn signals
While you may think you will immediately face consequences for these or other similar violations, that does not have to be the case. You have legal options for defending against traffic tickets. Contacting a local legal professional may help you understand your rights and what courses of action could suit your needs.