Infraction – a violation, usually of a rule, regulation, or local ordinance, not punishable by incarceration

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n. (17c)

1. A violation, usually of a rule or local ordinance and usually not punishable by incarceration.  See VIOLATION (1). — infract, vb. [1]

1. A violation of law, particularly a traffic rule or regulation. Ando v Woodberry, 8 NY2d 165, 203 NYS2d 74, 168 NE2d 520. A breach or violation of a duty, or obligation. 

1. A minor violation of law.  EXAMPLE: a traffic citation.

2. A breach; an infringement.
     See also petty offense. [3]

civil infraction (1971) An act or omission that, though not a crime, is prohibited by law and is punishable.   *  In some states, many traffic violations are classified as civil infractions. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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