New York Traffic Ticket Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Getting a Traffic Ticket a Crime?
- What Is the Difference Between a Moving Violation and a Nonmoving Violation?
- What Is Traffic Court?
Is Getting a Traffic Ticket a Crime?
Getting a traffic ticket is not the same as being convicted of a crime. When a traffic ticket is issued, it usually amounts to an infraction or violation, which are not considered crimes. However, certain traffic violations are crimes and as a result, the offender may receive a ticket in addition to receiving a sentence in criminal court that might include jail. Traffic offenses that are also criminal offenses include driving under the influence, reckless driving, vehicular homicide, and hit-and-run.
What Is the Difference Between a Moving Violation and a Nonmoving Violation?
Traffic tickets are issued for offenses that are either moving or nonmoving violations. A moving violation occurs when the vehicle is in motion. Examples include speeding or running a red light. Examples of nonmoving violations include parking tickets, illegal window tinting, or faulty equipment. Moving violations are typically considered to be more serious than nonmoving violations.
What Is Traffic Court?
Traffic infractions are typically disposed of in traffic courts. However, traffic tickets usually can be resolved without the motorist going to court. If the motorist chooses to plead guilty and pay the fine, they can usually do so by mail or online. If the motorist chooses to plead not guilty, they must appear in court before a judge.