In the Commonwealth of Virginia, traffic violations are categorized as either moving (such as speeding) or non-moving violations (such as driving with expired tags). Many citations do not require a court appearance, and fines can be paid directly to the court. Many people do not realize, however, that to prepay a fine means that you have, in effect, pleaded guilty to the offense and may be subject to having points assessed on your operator’s license.
Traffic convictions can have a negative impact on your automobile insurance rates and employment opportunities. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, some traffic offenses, such as reckless driving, can carry up to twelve months in jail, loss of license for up to six months, and fines up to $2,500.00.