How Much Can a Driver Be Fined for Committing a Traffic Violation?

While most traffic fines and penalties are consistent from state to state, the exact fine and penalty is generally left up to the court that has jurisdiction over the case. Depending on the type of license the violator holds, the state can impose stricter penalties.

In New Mexico, courts follow a guideline for setting fines and penalties, but have the ability to set their own laws as long as they are within the state statute's limitations. Penalties depend on a number of factors, including how severe the infraction was and the driver's driving record. New Mexico also imposes points on a driving record, and points are higher for more severe infractions.