The Legal Effect of Paying a Traffic Ticket

Many people do not realize the legal effect of paying a traffic ticket, and are surprised to learn that “just paying the ticket” is a plea of guilty that can have significant consequences.

Failure to Signal Ticket in Iowa

Iowa law requires that drivers use their turn signal under certain circumstances.  Those requirements are specified in Iowa Code Sections 321.314 and 321.315:

Driving While Suspended, Revoked, or Barred in Iowa

In Iowa, a driver’s license can be suspended, revoked, and/or barred for different reasons. Driving with a suspended, revoked, or barred license can result in serious criminal charges, as well as a further loss of driving privileges.

No Insurance Tickets (Driving Without Liability Coverage) in Iowa

In Iowa, the requirement to have motor vehicle insurance is set forth in Iowa Code section 321.20B, which stated in relevant part that “Notwithstanding chapter 321A, which requires certain persons to maintain proof of financial responsibility, a person shall not drive a motor vehicle on the highways of this state unless financial liability coverage

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charges in Iowa

Under Iowa law, a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident has a duty to stop and take certain action.  Failure to do so is the crime of Leaving the Scene of an Accident under Iowa Code section 321.262 et. seq

Speeding Tickets in Iowa

Speeding ticket (citations) in Iowa are issued by the Iowa Highway Patrol, as well as local law enforcement from counties and cities.  Speeding in Iowa can result in a license suspension, insurance increases, or even jail time.

Careless Driving Charges in Iowa

The Iowa code defines the crime of careless driving as the crime that a person commits careless driving if the person intentionally operates a motor vehicle on a public road or highway in any one of the following ways

Reckless Driving Charges in Iowa

In Iowa, the crime of reckless driving is defined by Iowa Code section 321.277 as the crime a person commits if he or she drives any vehicle in such manner as to indicate either a willful or a wanton disregard for the safety

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) Charges in Iowa

In Iowa, the crime committed by a person who drives a car or other vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a drug is called Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). The OWI charge is governed by Iowa Code

Iowa VASCAR Aerial Speed Enforcement

The Iowa Highway Patrol often uses VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer And Recorder) as a means of speed enforcement. Often, this will take the form of a police officer in a light airplane, who uses a stopwatch to