In Virginia, a person may face different potential penalties based on the traffic crimes they are being accused of. The more serious penalties are usually tied to issues like driving while under the influence or getting into an accident with another motorist or pedestrian. However, traffic tickets can be just as harmful to an accused driver.
FindLaw takes a look at the different types of traffic tickets a person could face. Generally speaking, traffic tickets are issued for "lesser" crimes. These can include:
- Running stoplights or stop signs
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving without a license
- Leaving the scene of an accident
However, even within these categories, there can be differences in severity. For example, leaving the scene of an accident can sometimes elevate the charges to a felony. Distracted driving can also net heavy penalties, especially if an accident occurred simultaneously.
Merriam-Webster also points out through their definition of traffic tickets that these tickets can apply to moving and non-moving violations. A non-moving violation includes parking in an area where it isn't allowed. For example, a person could get a ticket for parking in a fire lane. Their car may be towed, or they could have a boot placed on the tire, preventing them from leaving. Both of these options will cost the driver in addition to the cost of the ticket itself.
Getting a traffic ticket is more than just having to pay a little fee and being done with it. Unfortunately, these tickets can have lasting impacts, which is why many drivers choose to fight their accusations.