You would think that if you’ve seen one speeding ticket, you’ve seen them all. However, that’s not true. There is a wide range of speeding tickets that exist. Whether it’s the jurisdiction they fall under, the type of violation they’re categorized as, or the state in which they’re committed, there are a fair number of speeding ticket categories and types. While it’s impossible to say how much each ticket will cost, there are patterns to suggest that some will be more expensive than others.
The most important thing to realize is that state laws vary greatly. What would get you little more than a small fine in one state might warrant a larger fine and points added to your license in another. While state laws don’t necessarily make up their own category, it is worth noting that no two speeding tickets are ever the same. You could set up almost identical situations in six states and you’d likely wind up with six different consequences for the drivers in question. Therefore, any information that speaks generally about speeding tickets should be taken into the context of your state’s traffic laws in order to be verified or refuted.
Generally speaking, most states agree that rolling through a stop sign, not having a working tail light, or going ten miles an hour over the speed limit aren’t super serious violations. They’re not crimes, they’re just infractions, and they’re treated as such. These types of violations tend to have fees ranging from $25 to $250, however, depending on the number of surcharges your state adds to the base price of the ticket. Points vary, as well, anywhere from one point to four. However, it’s worth noting that most states with higher point values assigned to a given violation also allow for more points to accumulate before any action is taken against your license. More serious violations like reckless driving, drinking and driving, and leaving the scene of an accident are often treated criminally and have much stiffer fines imposed. You could pay thousands of dollars for a DUI conviction, for instance.
Perhaps the most distinct separation in traffic violations occurs in the realm of civil vs criminal violations. Civil violations are those that are handled in the civil courts and don’t amount to any criminal charges. Again, things, like rolling through a stop sign or barely speeding, would be civil in nature. Even speeding quite a bit or weaving through traffic could be seen as civil if the danger you imposed on others wasn’t high enough to warrant a criminal charge. However, criminal violations are things like drinking and driving, leaving the scene of an accident — especially if injuries took place — or driving at speeds far in excess of the limit. Reckless driving and public endangerment are usually the factors that make something criminal rather than civil.
Within the realm of criminal law, there are two main types of crimes. Misdemeanor crimes are lower level crimes that aren’t prosecuted quite as severely. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in most states. Felonies can include drinking and driving at a certain blood alcohol content (BAC) or leaving the scene of an accident that you were involved in where a death resulted. The line between misdemeanor and felony gets blurred slightly when more than one charge is present at a time, and the entirety of the situation is usually taken into consideration before a charge is made.
Whether you were issued a simple speeding ticket or you were charged with a felony DUI, you need help fighting your case in court. No matter what the situation, no matter how big or how small, you have the right to defend yourself and present your case in court. Many people avoid doing this because the prospect of retaining an attorney and going through a court case seems scary. However, that shouldn’t be the case. Attorneys are here to help you through the legal system and obtain the best possible results for you, and we’re here to help you find the best lawyer for the job.
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