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What is a non-moving violation?

Learn what types of traffic offenses are considered moving violations and how they can affect your driving record.

A non-moving violation is any type of traffic offense that involves a stationary vehicle. Parking violations, paperwork violations, and vehicle violations are all common types of non-moving violations.

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Penalty for non-moving violations

You will receive a ticket for committing a non-moving violation. Your ticket will set the amount of your fine and describe how you should pay it. Most non-moving violations are infractions, incurring fines of between $80 and $400.

Alternatively, you may fight the charge in court. Although you are within your rights to fight the charge, your case may not be successful. As most non-moving violation tickets cost less than taking a case to court, you must decide whether pursuing legal action is worthwhile.

Fighting a non-moving violation charge

Although you are permitted to legally represent yourself in court, hiring a traffic ticket lawyer can give you your best chance of a favorable outcome.

"In the overwhelming majority of traffic cases my firm has handled, the charges were either dismissed or reduced to a non-moving violation that would not disturb insurance rates."

Parker Layrisson, Louisiana attorney

Your lawyer may also represent you in court, saving you the time and money of taking time off work, especially if your offense occurred in a location far from your home. A traffic ticket lawyer can also coach you on preparing and delivering your defense if you want to represent yourself in court.

A traffic ticket lawyer can help you organize a persuasive defense. Common defenses for non-moving violations include:

  • Parking meters were faulty.
  • An emergency prevented you from moving your vehicle within the time required.
  • There were mistakes in the process of issuing the non-moving violation.

Effect of non-moving violations on your license

Do non-moving violations go on your record? Any traffic offense, including a non-moving traffic violation, can appear on your driving record.

In states using a point system, the number of points will also appear on your record. If you accumulate too many points, your license will be suspended.

If noted on your driving record, your non-moving violation will stay on your record for 3, 5, or 10 years, depending on your jurisdiction.

Potential insurance costs of non-moving violations

Non-moving violations do not typically affect your insurance costs as significantly as moving violations can. However, any violation that appears on your driving record could raise your insurance rates. Your insurance provider is most likely to increase your insurance rate if your non-moving violation was severe or if you have committed multiple traffic offenses, especially if they occurred during a short window of time. 

Parking violations

A parking violation is a non-moving violation caused by parking in an illegal place or manner. You may receive a parking violation for parking in the following places:

  • At an expired parking meter
  • In a no parking zone
  • In front of a fire hydrant
  • In front of a driveway
  • In a handicapped parking space without a valid permit

You could also receive a parking violation if you park for too long in a timed parking area.

Paperwork violations

You might receive a paperwork violation if you do not have the paperwork required to legally drive. Common paperwork violations include:

  • Expired tags
  • Invalid driver's license
  • No insurance papers

Vehicle violations

Vehicle violations are often known as fix-it tickets. You may receive a vehicle violation if something on your car that makes your vehicle un-roadworthy needs fixing. You should not drive your vehicle until you've fixed the problem.

You may receive a vehicle violation if your car has any of the following:

  • A broken taillight
  • An improper muffler
  • Overly tinted windows
  • Broken or missing mirrors
  • No license plate

It's important to know that you can face a traffic violation even if your vehicle isn't moving. Ensure that you have all necessary paperwork, that your vehicle is roadworthy, and that you park legally in all instances to avoid a non-moving violation.

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