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What should you know about traffic violations?

In Ohio, there are many different types of traffic violations that a person can be charged with. They also range in severity depending on the action that was allegedly taken, and can impact your life to differing degrees.

FindLaw lists out numerous actions that can be considered traffic violations. Tickets may also be issued for strict liability infractions. This means that no criminal intent is necessary for the ticket to be given. Strict liability infractions that can be ticketed include speeding, parking at an overdue meter, driving with broken headlights, failing to yield, or parking in a handicapped spot without a ticket.

There are moving and non-moving violations, as well. Moving violations occur while the car is in motion. Examples include running a red light, drunk driving, or not stopping at a stop sign. Non-moving violations usually have to do with faulty equipment or parking. This can include parking in prohibited zones, or having excessively loud muffler noises that may agitate neighbors.

As an example of the difference in severity of traffic violations, both minor speeding tickets and DUI-related accidents are considered to be traffic violations. Speeding tickets are considered relatively minor. Many people don't think twice before paying them off and never consider arguing their case in court. DUI-related incidents, however, are considered to be potentially life-altering.

If you are facing accusations of committing a traffic violation, you may want to consider talking to an attorney for aid. They can offer professional guidance that can help you avoid the worst of the fallout.

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