Is a traffic violation a misdemeanor in Georgia?

Most traffic violations are misdemeanors, but not all.   Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies. In Georgia, traffic misdemeanors may be handled by the county probate court, state court, magistrate court, juvenile court, or a municipal court.

In Beneke v. Parker, 684 SE2d 243, 285 Ga. 733 (2009), the GeorgiaThe Georgia Supreme Court found that “a violation of one of the Uniform Rules of the Road, such as the rule that a driver must not follow another vehicle too closely, is a misdemeanor, O.C.G.A. §40-6-1(a), and a misdemeanor is “‘any crime other than a felony.’” (Emphasis supplied) O.C.G.A. §16-1-3(9).

Because each area (jurisdiction) handles its own cases, it is important to seek out a lawyer to look over your case and advise you on your best course of action.

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