Victorville Traffic Violation Lawyer
Discover Your Options for Fighting Your Ticket
While traffic tickets and moving violations might seem minor at first glance, they can actually have a severe impact on your life. Depending on the specific offense, you could face several penalties, including steep fines, jail time, and license suspension. Also, points will be added to your license, which could result in increased insurance premiums and ineligibility for certain types of employment that require a clean license.
At Law Office of Heather Hinton, our Victorville traffic violation attorney helps clients defend against all types of charges, including:
- Expired license
- Driving without a license
- Expired registration
- Violating license restrictions
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Failure to signal when changing lanes
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to wear a seatbelt
- Leaving the scene of an accident
The Three Types of Traffic Violations
The California Vehicle Code outlines a variety of criminal offenses that are termed traffic violations, or moving violations. There are three main types of traffic offenses, each which carry a range of potential penalties.
The three types of traffic violations include:
- Infractions: The majority of traffic violations are charged as infractions. This includes offenses like expired licenses, not wearing a seatbelt, and most speeding tickets. These violations result in the least severe consequences, typically only resulting in fines with no potential jail time. Considered a civil offense, infraction payments are made to a civil court.
- Misdemeanors: Traffic violations that are misdemeanors are considered more serious in nature. They generally involve some type of injury or damage done to another person or their property. Common misdemeanors include DUI, reckless driving, hit-and-run, and excessive speeding. The consequences for this type of violation can consist of substantial fines, up to a year in jail, and license suspension.
- Felonies: Very few traffic violations are considered felonies. Common examples include DUI (for persons with previous convictions or when aggravating factors are present), and hit-and-run accidents that result in serious bodily injury or property damage. This type of traffic violation incurs the most severe penalties.
Types of Moving Violations
The different types of moving violations include speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence (DUI/DWI), illegal lane changes, red light violations, and operating a vehicle without a valid license or insurance.
Should I Plead Guilty?
When issued a criminal or civil charge for a traffic violation, many people pay the fine without considering their other options. However, merely paying the fine instead of contesting the charges often comes back to haunt them. To submit a payment is to acknowledge guilt. When you plead guilty for a traffic offense, points are added to your driving record, which could increase the penalties you face for subsequent tickets.
What Happens if You Don't Pay a Traffic Ticket in California?
If you don't pay a traffic ticket in California, your driver's license may be suspended. You may also not be able to renew your car’s registration. In addition, if you do not pay your fine on time a “civil assessment” of up to $300 may be added to your fine amount; your case may be referred for collection; or, the court could issue a warrant for your arrest. The court can also charge you with a misdemeanor or infraction for “failure to pay.” Again, if you appear in court to respond to your ticket you will avoid these additional penalties.
Contact Our Victorville Traffic Violation Lawyer
The legal team at Law Office of Heather Hinton vigorously fights on behalf of clients in both traffic and criminal courts. When you choose to work with us, we can explore all of your options and help you determine the right course of action.
Whether it is in the courtroom or at the negotiation table, Heather Hinton will advise on the best approach based on your unique situation.
Every case has its own intricate facts that Heather Hinton will carefully review in order to provide targeted legal advice for your legal matter.
Heather Hinton works with clients one-on-one so they can gain the full and unimpeded benefit of her legal experience and knowledge.