What are the differences between traffic tickets and other crimes? | Law Office of James Medows

10 Dec What are the differences between traffic tickets and other crimes?

What are the differences between traffic tickets and other crimes?

Traffic tickets and other misdemeanor crimes are not as serious as felonies, but they still warrant proper representation. If you plead guilty to speeding or running a red light, for example, you’ll likely be required to pay a fine or appear in court. On top of that, depending on where it happened, an NYC traffic ticket can add points (three per incident) onto your driving record with DMV. Accumulating too many points means higher insurance rates and penalties like license suspension. This is why it’s important to choose an attorney that’s knowledgeable about local courts and laws—some attorneys may specialize in certain areas of law such as DUIs/DWI or criminal defense/felony charges.

Traffic offenses, such as speeding and failing to stop at a red light, are classified as civil violations rather than criminal infractions. Civil violations do not carry jail time unless accompanied by another charge, such as reckless driving or driving under suspension. This means that if you receive a traffic ticket for running a red light and plead guilty without an attorney, chances are good that you will be fined but will not serve any time in jail. However, there is an exception; if you received multiple tickets in one incident–such as going five miles over your speed limit while driving with a suspended license–you could be charged with additional crimes and serve time in jail. You would also receive points on your license which increase insurance rates.

If convicted of many other crimes, you can be sent to jail for months or even years. With traffic tickets, not so much. In fact, judges often don’t impose harsh penalties for less serious infractions like speeding tickets and running red lights. That doesn’t mean that these violations won’t come with consequences – though most are easily avoidable if you act fast and smart. If you want to get out of paying expensive fines or fighting point deductions, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced attorney.