The criminal system divides crimes into three main categories, depending on the severity, to determine how the court system will handle the case and what punishment is pronounced. The three categories include Infractions, Misdemeanors and Felonies. In Part 1 of our “Infractions, Misdemeanors & Felonies – Oh My! Series,” we’ll take a closer look at Infractions.
Generally, Infractions are the least serious type of violation and are typically punishable by fines, but not jail time. The only punishment is financial in the form of a fine and can result in points on your driving record which could ultimately lead to loss of your driving privileges and increased auto insurance premiums.
Common infractions include but are not limited to speeding tickets, running a red light, failure to stop properly at a stop sign, seat belt violation, vehicle child restraint violation, etc. You have two options to satisfy the obligation: (1) plead guilty and pay the fine printed on the back of the citation within 30 days (you may be eligible to attend a defensive driving course to reduce points on your driving record) or (2) plead not guilty and request a court hearing to challenge the violation.
If you’re considering challenging a ticket, there are certain steps involved depending on the violation and how much time has passed since the citation was issued. The first step would be to act quickly and contact the experienced defense team of D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A. to counsel and represent correctly.