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Traffic Ticket Basics

If you've been driving for a long time, chances are you've received a traffic ticket. And, if you haven't received one, you might wonder what happens when you do get a traffic ticket. Most traffic tickets, which can also be called citations, are "infraction" level offenses. Infractions are less severe than misdemeanor or felony crimes. Infractions usually require the offender to pay a fine and don't become a part of a person's criminal record. However, some traffic tickets can have more severe consequences. FindLaw's Traffic Ticket Basics section provides an overview of infractions that often result in traffic tickets, a section on how to avoid traffic tickets, and the point system used in traffic offenses. There is also information in this section about more serious traffic offenses that can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge.

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