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Violation or infringement; breach of a statute, contract, or obligation.

The term infraction is frequently used in reference to the violation of a particular statute for which the penalty is minor, such as a parking infraction.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

INFRACTION. The breach of a law or agreement; the violation of a compact. In the French law this is the generic expression to designate all actions which are punishable by the code of France.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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1, was decriminalized to a civil infraction and she was fined $100 by Judge Locke after being found responsible.
Civil infractions of $50 for the third offense could be levied beginning in 2015, The Seattle Times reports.
Additionally, the plan would seek to apply tougher and more flexible enforcement by establishing non-criminal civil infractions for solid waste violations, calling for civil fines of up to $5,000 for most transport and disposal violations, with a fine of $10,000 for repeat offenders.
In Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Jorge Elorza, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, said he would continue a longstanding policy of refusing to hold people charged with civil infractions for federal immigration officials.
The bill increases court costs in the amount of one dollar assessed against a person who is found to have violated a criminal law or committed certain civil infractions. The bill also increases, by the same amount, the assessment to be remitted to the Department of Revenue from every bond estreature or forfeited bail bond.
In addition to likely criminal charges, police have issued Zemack citations for two civil infractions: failing to stop at a stop sign, and failing to grant right of way at an intersection.
The driver of the Mercedes, Lisa Zemack, 61, of Framingham, will be cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to grant the right of way, both civil infractions. More serious charges could come once accident reconstruction specialists from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council complete their investigation, he said.
Should we not consider returning many civil violations which became criminal laws to civil infractions? Should we not consider a drastic reform of America's drug laws that are proven failures and create more crimes and criminals and do not stop the use of or the trafficking in illegal drugs -- notably marijuana, cocaine and heroin?
The driver of the 2007 Ford cutaway van was not injured and has been issued a citation for civil infractions for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said in a press release yesterday.

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