What You Need to Know About the Different Types of Traffic Violations

Most Washington State drivers have to commute daily to work or school.

If you’re someone who drives often, you should know the different types of traffic violations as well as what to expect if you are ever involved in one.

Being involved in a car accident or driving violation results in a lot of legal stress and time spent sorting through legal issues. If you are someone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel, even if you are normally a careful driver, you should be aware of the different consequences for various traffic violations.

Involvement in a traffic violation can lead to an apprehensive number of weeks or months. If you have recently been a traffic offender, you’re probably wondering things like, “Are traffic violations actually crimes?” and, “Can they be easily dismissed?”

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This article will answer those questions as well as give you a realistic idea of the consequences of common traffic violations. If you are in need of an attorney, Dax Jones can help.

6 Different Types Of Traffic Violations

In Washington State, traffic offenses generally fall into two categories; traffic infractions and traffic violations.

The difference between the two is that traffic infractions are not considered crimes and penalties for traffic infractions usually only entail a fine (the majority of traffic tickets are considered infractions along with non-dangerous traffic offenses).

Traffic violations, on the other hand, are more severe traffic offenses and may be classified as a misdemeanor or felony. Examples of driving violations are offenses like reckless driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and being in a hit and run.

Examples of other common traffic infractions or violations include:


You may be ticketed for tailgating in Washington State. Tailgating is responsible for a fair number of collisions each year resulting in law enforcement taking the offense more seriously.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving includes things like using your cellphone while driving, eating, drinking, or putting on make-up while operating a vehicle.

Recently, Washington State law enforcement has made an increased effort to discourage eating or drinking while driving. You may be issued a second fine if it is discovered that you were eating or drinking while driving when pulled over.

Driving While Under The Influence

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is taken very seriously in Washington State and can earn you jail time and massive penalty fines. Getting a DUI can be either a misdemeanor or felony in Washington State and the punishments are generally very severe.


Penalties for speeding traffic violations vary greatly.

Depending on where you were when you got the speeding ticket will determine how severe of a punishment you will receive. Getting caught speeding while in a school or construction zone will land you a much bigger fine than getting caught in a  regular speed zone.

You may also be subject to punishments besides fines if you have been caught in one of the above-mentioned areas for speeding.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving can have severe consequences, not only legally, but also physically if you make a habit of it. Driving recklessly on the road puts everyone else, including yourself, at risk.

Reckless driving is considered needless endangerment and is taken very seriously in Washington. These types of driving offenses are often categorized as traffic violations and carry significant penalties.

Driving Without A Valid License

Driving without a valid license in Washington State is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to  90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

If your license is expired but you are carrying some other form of ID when you are pulled over, you may be able to get off with only a traffic infraction. Most drivers will be charged a $250 fine for this type of infraction which can be reduced if you get another valid license before you appear in court.

Consequences Of Traffic Violations In Washington

Reckless endangerment and distracted driving are all serious offenses in Washington State. If you are charged with any of these you will be subject to either heavy fines and/or time in jail.

If you are a repeat traffic violator you may face license suspension, heavier fines, more time in jail, and the violations appearing on your criminal record. Fines for traffic violations could be anything from a meager $30 fine to a $400 one.

If you have been unjustly charged with a traffic violation or you want to get your fine contested, it is important to work with an auto attorney to help you fight your driving violation. Whether you have received an infraction or a non-moving traffic violation, Dax Jones of The Jones Firm can help you.

What To Do If You Have Been In A Car Accident In Washington State

Regardless of the circumstances or the conditions under which you received your traffic violation, never make an admission of guilt as this incriminates you.

If you weren’t at fault or don’t believe that you were at fault, don’t apologize or say anything that could be seen as an admission of guilt. If the other driver was responsible for the accident, a lawyer may be able to help you prove it so long as you don’t incriminate yourself by guilt admission.

Protect yourself from taking unjust blame for an accident that you weren’t responsible for and talk with an auto accident attorney before speaking with insurance adjusters or any other parties involved in the collision.

Contact A Reliable Car Accident Attorney Today

Dax Jones, of The Jones Firm, is an experienced auto accident attorney and is skilled at protecting his clients from taking unjust blame for collisions that they didn’t cause.

Dax Jones has experience defending his clients from being subjected to unjust penalties for their traffic violations. If you would like to fight your traffic infraction fine or you need legal help following a collision, Dax Jones will be able to defend you.

Contact The Jones Firm to schedule your first consultation today. Dax Jones understands the impact that various legal charges can have on a person’s life and makes it his goal to make the legal process as convenient as possible for his clients.

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