Most of us don't take traffic cases seriously. If you are charged with speeding, or not stopping at a sign, why would you?
Pay the fine, and move on.
If you are concerned about your insurance, plead not guilty, go to court, the plead guilty with an explanation. Some offenses, although falling under the heading "traffic" are different. In this section, they are labeled "serious".
A more appropriate designation is "incarcerable traffic offenses". This means, if convicted, you could be sentenced to time in jail or prison and subject to substantial fines.
Convictions also have collateral consequences- points on your license or an increase in insurance rates. Too many points will lead to a suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. Also, new drivers who are in the Graduated License System are subject to additional penalties under different laws that are specifically applicable to them.
Common Serious Traffic Offenses
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving without a license
- Driving without insurance
- DUI manslaughter
- DUI serious bodily injury
- Fleeing and eluding
- Leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run)
- Altered or forged documents or plates
- What about negligent driving?