Are Traffic Violations and Crimes the Same

You may have heard the terms “traffic violation” and “traffic crime” used interchangeably. However, these mean different things in Oregon, as one results in more strict penalties than the other.

Traffic Violations

A traffic violation is issued when you neglect driving laws and endanger others. For example, you can be issued a traffic violation for speeding, driving without insurance, or ignoring a traffic control device. If you receive a traffic violation from an officer, a fine will be your only penalty. However, you could also face other financial hardships as a result, such as changes to your insurance.

Traffic Crimes

A traffic crime is more serious than a violation and, as a result, comes with more penalties. For example, if you were driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) or were driving recklessly, you could be charged with a traffic crime. This is considered a misdemeanor offense, and you may have to serve jail time on top of paying fines.

Can I Avoid Jail Time?

You won’t have to serve time in jail if you receive a violation. However, if you are charged with a crime, you may be able to avoid jail time. You could be placed on probation, or you may be eligible for traffic school or a DUII Diversion program. None of these options are guaranteed, but you may be able to avoid jail time, depending on your situation.

Let Pedemonte Law Defend You

Being charged with a traffic crime or violation can be overwhelming. You may need to drive to your child’s school daily or a vehicle to get to work. Fortunately, you can speak with legal representation to fight your charges. Every case is unique, and our team at Pedemonte Law can determine how to approach your case efficiently. Contact us today to learn more.

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