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The Classification Of Gridlock Violations In The Majority Of States

The classifications of gridlock violations in the majority of states will fall into several categories mainly which are petty, misdemeanors and felonies. The first is the lowest on the severity scale while the felonies are on the most serious end. Knowing what falls into which category can help you out in the unfortunate event that you too have been slammed with a violation. Here is a brief explanation and categorization of each segment.

Petty, infractions or summary violations

The routine driving offence matters will be referred to as petty violations in the majority of the states. They are considered very minor and if you do choose to fight the ticket that you have received in courts, you can demand that the officer who hit you with the ticket appear in court and you do reserve the right to cross examine them as well. Then in these cases, the prosecuting party will be required to prove that you are in fact guilty beyond any doubt at all. You cannot however have a trial by jury scenario no can you ask for a court appointed litigator.

In the majority of the states you will need traffic infringement lawyers Sydney to fight misdemeanors because they can be punishable with up to a time period of a year in jail for the violation. The very first violation charges of reckless handling of a vehicle or handling a vehicle under the influence fall into this category. In some states even the routine gridlock violations and tickets are also put into the category of misdemeanors. If at all you have been charged in this way, you can fight it in court and you will also have the right to a jury as well in the trial.


The most difficult type of violation to fight and the one that is considered the gravest with prosecution gunning for the top punishment are felonies. For example if you have been warned before for handling a vehicle under intoxication and you have now been caught doing the same for a second time, you will b put in this category. Hit and run accidents that can cause grievous harm and death also fall under felonies and even if handling a vehicle under the influence does not end up in an accident if you are caught you will be prosecuted as having committed a felony. If you have been convicted you can face more than a year in jail and you will definitely need to pay a significant amount as a fine.