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Spotlight: Types of Traffic Tickets



While the California vehicle code has over 1,000 pages, there are certainly many reasons you could find yourself pulled over by a police officer when traveling our roadways. From moving violations such as speeding tickets to a busted taillight when you’re driving safely, its good to be aware of the types of violations that exist for Californians, especially those you may not know about.

For instance, did you know that it is considered unlawful to smoke in your vehicle when you have a minor as a passenger? Or that your vehicle’s car alarm can not sound like a siren? And you are not permitted to have a device in your vehicle that is capable of changing traffic lights.


There are two types of California traffic tickets:


  • Infraction: This covers all the basic California traffic violations, from speeding to running a red light.
  • Misdemeanor: This is a more serious driving offense, like driving without a license, driving under the influence, excessive speeding, etc.


When you are pulled over by an officer, there are three things they will ask from you:

  • Your Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Proof of Insurance

If you can not provide any one of these three articles, you could be looking at a serious situation.

If you receive a citation from the officer, they will ask you to sign the document which states that you agree to appear in court on a certain date for the hearing before a judge. Unless the reason for being pulled over is due to a more serious offense like DUI, in which case you could be arrested and have your vehicle impounded. Remember that your signature is not an admission of guilt but simply that you agree to appear.


However, Ticket Dismissers is here for you in the event you should receive any number of traffic violations and with a 90% success rate, please don’t hesitate to give us a call immediately.

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