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Jaywalking Laws

What is jaywalking?

In North America, when a person or pedestrian does not abide by the laws and illegally or recklessly crosses a roadway, then this is considered to be jaywalking. There are several laws in place that focus on the safety of the pedestrians such as crosswalks where the drivers are to yield to the pedestrians, but if the pedestrian does not cross at a crosswalk, then the pedestrian has to yield to the driver and there are places that pedestrians cannot cross at all.

In the state of Utah, what should a person do if they were given a jaywalking ticket for not yielding to a pedestrian that was not in a crosswalk and the officer came to the person’s house to give them the ticket?

In the state of Utah, the person would need to go to the court date and show that the situation does not meet the jaywalking statute. There was no victim in the crime and the officer should not have shown up at the person’s residence and given them a ticket when the officer did not witness the crime. The person probably yielded to the pedestrians, just not in the way the pedestrians would have liked. The person may have a chance to get the ticket dismissed, and if they do then the person may want to consider filing a grievance with the police department for the actions of the officer. The following link will help the person to view the statutes in Utah for jaywalking; http://le.utah.gov/~code/title41/41_06a.htm.

Will a jaywalking ticket show up on a person’s criminal record and should they retain a lawyer to fight the ticket?

The jaywalking ticket is considered to be a violation, not a criminal offense. The person would need to go to the hearing for the ticket and ask for a Deferred Adjudication. With this, as long as the person keeps out of trouble and pays the court costs then there will be a chance that the court will dismiss the ticket.

What can a person expect if they were given a jaywalking ticket as well as a giving false information ticket when the person had provided false information?

If the person was jaywalking, then they can expect to receive a jaywalking ticket. When a person gives false information to an officer, then they are committing a misdemeanor offense and would be considered a criminal violation instead of the simple jaywalking violation. In most cases if the person has a clean criminal record then they may face probation and up to $1000 in fines.

If a person was in Washington DC and was jaywalking, given a ticket for jaywalking and failure to show identity, what can they do to take care of these tickets?

The person would need to go to the court date and ask for a deferred Adjudication, which will help the person. This would make it to where if the person stays out of trouble and follows all the laws and does not get any more tickets, then the current tickets would be wiped from his/her record. The person can do these themselves or they can ask their lawyer to do this.

When a person is walking, there are laws a regulations that are set in place to keep them safe. Jaywalking is a law that keeps the pedestrians and motorist safe. When a person receives a ticket for jaywalking, there may be issues or questions regarding the laws and statutes of jaywalking. When these questions arise, then the person would need to seek the answers from an Expert.
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