What to Do When You are Stopped for Driving Violations?
If you ask around, most people in the US believe that they abide by the law when driving on the streets. However, surveys report that most people commit (knowingly or unknowingly) at least 7 driving violations a week. Although most people tend not to notice they are doing something wrong due to the lack of awareness regarding minor driving offenses, it does not stop police officers from stopping you when they notice something is awry.
To be stopped for driving violations can be a frightening experience for most, especially for beginners. While most people panic when they see flashing lights on police cars, it is important to remain calm and respectful. Since driving violations in Los Angeles are taken very seriously, it is also important to educate yourself on driving violations and what to do when you are stopped for committing them.
Types of Driving Violations
Driving violations in Los Angeles are classed under two types: minor and major offenses.
Minor offenses are usually those that result in the issuance of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). It can either be issued on the spot or sent through the mail. These usually involve paying a fine and/or getting penalty points on your license. The California DMV uses a point system in which moving violations put either one or two points on your record. If you get more than four points in one year, or six points in two years, you can be declared a Negligent Operator. Being declared a Negligent Operator can result in a license suspension of six months. You can either acknowledge guilt by accepting the ticket and paying the fine or you can refuse and challenge the charge and request a trial in traffic court.
Minor offenses include not wearing a seat belt, driving without MOT, and driving without insurance. If you believe that you have been charged in error, you can challenge the decision in court. However, it is always wise to consult an attorney with experience in driving violations in Los Angeles since the rules and regulations can be confusing to understand.
Major offenses are driving violations that have to be presented in the Superior Court. These include driving while suspended, some speeding offenses, reckless driving, drunk driving, and driving under the influence of drugs which can be anything from illegal substances to doctor-prescribed drugs.
What to do When Charged with Driving Violations?
Be it a minor offense or major, always remember that police officers have the right to stop you if they notice anything out of the ordinary. If you refuse to comply in such a situation, that itself is a crime. The key is to remain calm and polite. If you feel you have been charged wrongly, you can always challenge it. Furthermore, police officers are also required by law to follow certain rules and regulations while stopping vehicles for violations.
To make sure that a driving violation does not end with you getting a criminal record, it is always best to consult an experienced lawyer who understands the applicable law.
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