Traffic Tickets Lawyer in Miami
Driving-associated crimes range in seriousness and are usually categorized as:
State laws differ in classifying, processing, and penalizing driving-associated crimes. However, traffic offenses are typically classified and penalized according to the specific jurisdiction’s law. This includes the offender’s prior convictions, and whether the offense included death, injuries, or property damage.
Most driving-related crimes are classified as infractions or violations, depending on the state you live in. A traffic infraction is a less severe traffic offense and is usually not labeled as a severe crime.
Typical examples of infractions involve:
-Failing to signal
-Failing to stop or yield
-Operating a vehicle without proper lighting
-Seat belt violations
-Operating a vehicle without a license
-Operating a vehicle without proper registration
Typically, a traffic infraction is a strict liability offense, since the driver may be convicted of the infraction regardless of intent.
Moving and Nonmoving Violations
In several jurisdictions, traffic infractions are further categorized as moving or nonmoving violations. Moving violations are usually more serious than nonmoving violations. Speeding a red light is an example of moving violation. Nonmoving violations involve offenses associated with illegal parking and defective tools on the vehicle.
In several jurisdictions, a traffic infraction is prosecuted in traffic courts, where the procedures are often less formal than in criminal courts. A driver might be charged with a traffic infraction, which typically has many options for resolving the matter. Most states permit drivers to avoid a court appearance by pleading guilty and paying the fine by mail. But, drivers who plead not guilty must appear in court for a bench trial. If you have traffic tickets and looking to appeal them or find an expert to aid you, contact us at our Miami, Florida office at 786-626-9546.