Traffic Violation Vs. Traffic Crime
Traffic violations are categorized as either traffic infractions or crimes. Traffic infractions themselves are classified as either moving violations or non-moving violations. Examples of moving violations include red light violations, minor speeding violations, and highway sign violations. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, always assesses demerit points on a driver’s license for a moving violation. Non-moving violations, however, such as high occupancy vehicle or HOV violations, having expired license plates or registration, and having illegally tinted windows, don’t result in a point assessment. Either way, it’s not necessary for the state to prove intent where traffic infractions are concerned.
Traffic crimes, on the other hand, are much more severe matters. Hit and run accidents, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended or revoked license are all traffic crimes. Like moving violations, traffic crimes can also result in demerit points being assessed.
Your Options Following a Traffic Offense
Following a charge for a traffic infraction, the driver has the option of simply paying their fine and avoiding a court appearance. However, if a traffic crime is involved, the defendant must appear in court. A driver who has incurred points due to traffic infractions or traffic crimes can expect to have his or her license suspended for between 30 and 60 days, depending on how many points are assessed by the DMV. Insurance carriers will not insure a driver whose license has been suspended, and this lapse in coverage usually results in higher premiums down the line. One of the ways a traffic tickets attorney can benefit their client is by negotiating with the prosecutor (or in some cases, the police officer or the judge) to amend the charge to one which carries fewer demerit points.
Of course, sometimes it may be more cost-effective for a driver to simply pay their fine rather than hire a Fairfax and Northern Virginia traffic tickets lawyer to handle his or her case. Keep in mind, however, that points and penalties can add up to compromise your freedom and driving privileges down the line. In either case, contact a knowledgeable traffic attorney today to find out more about how the law applies to your own situation and what options you may have for beating your case.
A Dedicated Traffic Crimes Attorney for Fairfax and Northern Virginia
B.R. Hicks, PC, handles all kinds of traffic violations, including but not limited to those involving:
- Hit and run
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving with a revoked license
- Speeding in excess of posted limits
Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable traffic violations lawyer. If Mr. Hicks doesn’t think you need to hire an attorney, he’ll let you know. He is not interested in wasting your time, or his time. If, however, he thinks you may benefit from legal representation, he’ll advise you as to how you can go about making the most of the options available to you. Mr. Hicks has decades of experience assisting Virginia drivers in traffic violations matters, and chances are he has something to bring to the table where your own case is concerned.