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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “moving violation?”

A moving violation in California is a traffic violation that can result in points being added to your DMV record. Some moving violations include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Running a red light
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving without a license
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Following too closely

These violations are considered “moving” because the vehicle is in motion at the time of the violation.

If I am guilty of a traffic violation, shouldn’t I just pay the ticket and get it over with?

Pleading guilty to a traffic violation can have serious consequences that can impact you for a considerable amount of time. In addition to paying the cost of the ticket, you will also likely have points added to your DMV record, which can ultimately result in your license suspension if you accumulate too many points. Your insurance rates may also spike. You can contact us to learn how we may be able to help you avoid these negative consequences.

Do police officers have a quota of tickets that they need to get each month?

Ticket quotas refer to a predetermined number of tickets that must be written during a specified period of time. In California, ticket quotas are illegal because they can pressure law enforcement officers to write fictitious tickets to meet the goal. However, tickets often partially fund police departments, so supervisors may push officers to increase their productivity despite the law.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor traffic offense and a felony traffic offense?

Felony traffic offenses represent the most serious type of traffic violations. Felony traffic offenses include hit and run with serious bodily injury or property damage and DUI/OUI violations. A felony conviction can result in imprisonment, fines and other serious consequences. A misdemeanor traffic offense is a step up from an infraction, which is not considered a serious offense and involves offenses such as not fixing a vehicle, speeding and an expired license. A misdemeanor is more serious than an infraction and includes offenses such as driving at an excessive speed or reckless driving. These offenses may result in a punishment of jail time, license suspension and probation.

Can police search my car during a traffic stop?

A police officer cannot automatically search your car just because you were stopped during a traffic stop. Typically, police must have probable cause to believe that your vehicle has contraband (like drugs) or evidence of a crime. Police can also search your car if they reasonably believe that you may have access to weapons in the vehicle and they are detaining you or if they impound your car.