“Petty” tickets are those that are written to you that do not require you to come to court if you pay your ticket prior to the court date. However, keep in mind, if you have a CDL or a bad driving history, simply paying the ticket may have implications on your driver’s license and if you rack up enough of these tickets within a specific set of time, then you could lose your licenses or your CDL status. I would encourage anyone who is given a ticket to speak with an experienced attorney prior to paying the ticket.
There are some traffic offenses that may be charged as a Misdemeanor. There are three classes of Misdemeanors, Class A, B, and C with Class A being the most severe Misdemeanor you can be charged with. A Class A Misdemeanor has the possible penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Some examples of Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses are:
- Reckless Driving
- Driving Under the Influence (Alcohol, Drugs, or Combination)
- Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License
Leaving the Scene of an Accident