Can I get violated on misdemeanor probation for a seat belt violation?

I am on misdemeanor probation and I have gotten a seat belt violation and had failure to appear I have no warrant but my license is going to be suspended. Will my officer find out or if she does can I go to jail for this?

Asked on June 1, 2012 under Criminal Law, Georgia


Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In most cases involving a criminal probation, you are normally ordered not to pick up any new "criminal" offenses while on probation. A seat belt violation is considered a civil traffic infraction, not criminal. Be mindful that I have heard judges order a probationer not to even get a traffic ticket while on probation, but I have yet to see a Judge actually violate a person's probation due to a civil traffic ticket, unless that persons drivers license was suspended and the person was not supposed to be driving in the first place. 

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