vs. Non-Moving Violations
In the state of Ohio, traffic violations are classified into two categories:
A person who violates a traffic law while their vehicle is in motion is guilty of a moving violation. Examples include speeding, running a stop sign, failure to yield the right of way, hit-and-run accidents, improper lane changes, drunk driving, and more.
A traffic violation by a stationary motor vehicle is referred to as a non-moving violation. Common types of non-moving violations include:
- Parking Violations: Parking violations include parking too close to the curb, parking at an expired parking meter, parking in a no-parking zone, and parking in front of a driveway or fire hydrant.
- Paperwork Violations: Paperwork violations include operating a motor vehicle with an expired license, driving with expired tags, or driving without required paperwork or with no insurance.
- Vehicle Safety Violations: These violations include excessive muffler noise, broken headlights, broken or missing mirrors, taped-up windows, overly tinted windows, or a vehicle having no license plate.
Moving violations put other motorists, pedestrians, and other road users at risk. For this reason, you can expect a harsher punishment than what you would receive if you were convicted of a non-moving violation.
Traffic Violation Fines & Penalties
A motorist convicted of a traffic violation in Iowa may receive a traffic ticket, fine, or other punishments. Potential penalties for various infractions include:
Speeding is a simple misdemeanor in Iowa. Possible penalties for most speeding violations include:
- $30 for exceeding the speed limit by up to 5 MPH
- $55 for exceeding the speed limit by 5-10 MPH
- $105 for exceeding the speed limit by 10-15 MPH
- $120 for exceeding the speed limit by 15-20 MPH
- $135 plus $5 for every MPH in excess of 20 MPH over the limit
- $100 for speeding violations around school zones and playgrounds
A reckless driving conviction in Iowa is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of between $25 and $625, or both.
Driving Record Points
When convicted of a traffic violation in Iowa, points will be added to your driving record. Your driver's license will be suspended by the Iowa Driver & Identification Services if you're:
- Convicted of a serious traffic violation, such as going 25 MPH over the speed limit
- A habitual traffic offender (committing up to three violations within 12 months)
Before your driver's license can be restored, you may need to complete a driver improvement course.
Fighting a Traffic Ticket
Fighting traffic violations can help you avoid severe punishment, convince the judge to reduce your fine, or eventually beat the ticket. Different ways to fight your traffic ticket include:
- Disputing the officer's account of the incident
- Disputing the evidence against you
- Proving that your conduct was a mistake of fact
- Establishing that your actions were justified
- Proving that your actions were necessary to mitigate harm to others
Work with a Knowledgeable Attorney
Fighting your traffic tickets, fines, and other traffic violations on your own could leave you vulnerable to suffering maximum penalties. With demerit points added to your driving record, if convicted, you may risk losing your driving privileges, face massive fines, possible jail time, and increased auto insurance rates. When fighting your traffic ticket, retaining a knowledgeable traffic violations attorney is imperative to protect your rights and driving privileges.
At Van Cleaf & McCormack Law Firm, our attorneys are focused on helping clients fight their traffic violations. Our experienced attorneys will review and investigate every fact of your case and explore the possible ways to fight your Iowa traffic issues. As your legal counsel, we will fight diligently on your behalf to protect our rights and privileges. Having our team on your side can improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.