Common Moving Violations
Although some traffic violations can lead to criminal charges, most are categorized as common moving violations. These can include a variety of different traffic violations including speeding, driving without a license, weaving lanes or failure to yield the right-of-way. Common moving violations won’t end in a jail sentence, but it can lead to other serious consequences.
Every time you’re ticketed for violating a common traffic law your license accrues points. A certain number of points can lead to a license suspension, surcharges by the Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) and even a spike in your insurance premium. If you have been cited recently for a common moving violation, get in touch with the attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC.
Conroe Attorney for Moving Violations in Texas
Accumulating enough common moving violations can lead to administrative consequences. If you or someone you know has been cited for a common moving violation, we suggest you hire an experienced traffic defense attorney. An attorney can contest your violation with sufficient and clear evidence to either reduce the fine or get it dismissed. For an experienced and skilled defense lawyer, get in touch with Evans & Powell, PLLC.
Our traffic and automobile accident attorneys are incredibly skilled at what we do. We have years of practice under our belt and can use it for your case. Contact us now at (713) 622 - 2000 to set up your first consultation free. Evans & Powell, PLLC accepts clients throughout the greater Montgomery County area including Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands and Magnolia.
Overview of Common Moving Violations in Texas
- Different Types of Moving Violations in TX
- Texas Driver Responsibility Program
- Texas State Surcharge After Moving Violation
- Insurance Issues with Moving Violations
- Additional Resources
Different Types of Moving Violations in Texas
The term “common moving violations” is associated with numerous traffic violations. What separates a common moving violations and a nonmoving violations is that you’re only cited with a common moving violation if your automobile is in motion. Nonmoving violations occur when a vehicle is still such as parking with an expired plate or having a broken taillight.
Some common moving traffic violations officers frequently cite in the state of Texas include:
- Passing in a no-passing zone;
- Following too closely behind another car;
- Improper turn signals;
- Open alcoholic containers;
- Fleeing the scene of an accident;
- Unsafe lane changes;
- Child safety restraint violations;
- Failure to signal;
- Failure to yield right-of-way;
- Failure to display lights (headlights, brake lights, etc); and
- Non-compliance with a traffic control device (running a red light, blinking detour signs)
Texas’s Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) & Moving Violations
The state of Texas uses a point system to determine a driver’s ability to follow traffic rules. It’s known as the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) and for each violation you receive, points will be added to your driving record. The number of points put on your record depend on whether your moving violation resulted in a collision or not. In Texas, all points added will remain on your driving record for three years.
If you receive too many moving violations, then the Texas Department of Public Safety may impose certain administrative consequences. In Texas, you can have your license suspended if you receive 4 moving violations or more within 12 months. You could also face a suspended license if you receive 7 moving violations or more within 24 months.
Additionally, your license will be automatically suspended if your moving violation involved any of the following scenarios:
- Alcohol or drugs was involved in the moving violation;
- The moving violation resulted in an accident and you’re uninsured;
- The traffic violation involved underaged drinking; or
- The violation involved a fatality related to reckless driving
It’s important to remember if your traffic violation involves any of the above factors, then you are also likely to face criminal charges.
Texas State Surcharges After a Moving Violation
A suspended license can be incredibly frustrating and throw a wrench in your everyday life. Unfortunately, a suspended license isn’t the only result of a moving violation. Depending on the situation, you could be required to pay a surcharge alongside a suspended license. You may be required to pay a surcharge if you have 6 or more points on your driving record.
These surcharges must be paid annually while your driving record holds points above the legal limit. The amount of the surcharge can vary depending on your driving record as well as what year the moving violation occurred. In most instances, a surcharge for a moving violation up to 6 points is $100 and each additional point is $25.
Insurance Issues with Moving Violations
It can be so overwhelming when you’re dealing with the consequences of a moving violation. However, state-administered penalties aren’t the only costs of a moving violation. Every time you are convicted of a moving violation, an infraction goes on your record that your insurance company can access, which can greatly affect your insurance premiums.
An insurance carrier can deem you a risk and raise your rates around 10-15%. This spike in your premiums can last for months, and in some cases years. Having an attorney on your side to resolve your case without conviction can help you avoid expensive insurance bills in the future.
Chart of Moving Violations – Visit the official website for the Texas Administrative Code and peek into their chart for moving violations. The chart lists out all moving violations, where they are listed in the Transportation Code and whether it can result in Driver Responsibility Points.
Traffic Offenses – Visit the official website for the Texas Department of Public Safety to learn more about traffic violations. Access the site to learn about Administrative License Revocation hearings, driver license reinstatement requirements and occupational licenses.
Defense Lawyer for Moving Violations in Montgomery County, Tx
If you or someone you know need legal representation, we suggest you hire an experienced traffic defense lawyer. Our suggestion is to contact Evans & Powell, PLLC. The strategic and skilled attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC have been practicing criminal and traffic defense for years. Let us help you by providing efficient and effective legal counsel.
You can call us at (713) 622 - 2000 to set up your first consultation completely free. Evans & Powell, PLLC will sit with you, discuss your citation and chart out ways to contest it. Evans & Powell, PLLC represents people throughout the greater Montgomery County area such as Willis, Conroe, Montgomery and New Caney.