Understanding the uniform traffic ticket

If you are like a lot of people in South Carolina, you might assume that a traffic ticket is only issued to people when they have allegedly violated a traffic law. While certainly this may be one instance when a traffic ticket is issued, it is actually not the only one.

As explained by the South Carolina Legislature, there is a specific type of ticket called a uniform traffic ticket that has many different uses. In addition to violations like speeding, driving without insurance or some other vehicle-related violation, the uniform traffic ticket may be given to people who are accused of scalping tickets, leaving trash along a side of a highway, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Some allegations of domestic violence might also result in someone being given a uniform traffic ticket. If a person is arrested for a misdemeanor offense, the uniform traffic ticket may even play a role in that arrest. When being given a uniform traffic ticket, a person must be given a physical copy. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and the court must receive copies of the ticket within three business days from the date on which it was issued. Every ticket must have a unique identifier on it. 

If you would like to learn more about the types of citations issues for alleged traffic violations and other offenses and the procedures involved with those, please feel free to visit the vehicle violations page of our South Carolina traffic ticket and criminal defense website.

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