Moving violations are tickets that you get when you break your state's traffic laws, rules and statues. A few examples of common moving violations include things such as speeding, using your phone while driving or driving under the influence. Moving violations can impact your life through court time, fines, and increased insurance costs.
1. Court Time
When you get a moving violation, if you don't want to just pay it outright, you often have to attend court. You will be sent a specific court date and time. You will have to get to court early. You will most likely be seen along with a group of other individuals who got moving violations as well. It may take the court a while to get to your case.
Once your case is presented to the court, you may be required to pay a fine or reduced fine. Be sure to add time to your schedule not just for attending court, but for paying any fines that you are given.
When you get a moving violation, you are more than likely going to have to pay a fine. If the moving violation was for a small offense, the fine will probably be smaller. If the moving violation was really serious, such as driving at a hazardous or dangerous speed, the fine is going to be much larger.
If you have had previous moving violations or multiple violations for the same offense, that can also drive up the fees that you have to pay.
If you attend court, you may be able to get your fine amount reduced. Often your fines are reduced just by showing up to court. If the fine amount is too much for you to handle, you can also ask for a payment plan to make paying the fees more manageable.
3. Insurance Costs
Finally, getting a moving violation can impact your insurance costs. When your premium expires, any new moving violations are going to be taken into consideration when calculating your premium.
In general, getting a moving violation will cause your premium to go up. The type of moving violation and the number of moving violations that you have will factor into how much your premium increases. Most insurance companies will take into account your moving violation for a set number of years, so one moving violations could increase your insurance premium for years to come.
To lessen the impact of a moving violation on your time and wallet, get in contact with a moving violation attorney. They can represent you in court and help to minimize the impact of your moving violation in your life.