Traffic violations don’t just result in a fine and an inconvenient court date in some cases, but also points on your driving record. How many points you are cited with will depend on the type of violation. Most moving violations result in 3 or 4 points, but some more serious infractions can result in 6 points being added to your license.
Points stay on your driving record for 3 years, and there is nothing you can do once they have been added to take them off. However, you can avoid points by getting the ticket dismissed in court or attending a registered driver safety school. It’s recommended that you do everything possible to evade points on your driving record, as they can increase your auto insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars per year. They can also result in your driving privileges being suspended or revoked if you accrue too many points within a certain period.
If you have been served with a traffic citation, contact The Ticket Lawyers today to discuss your options. Using over 75 years of combined experience, we’ll aggressively defend your record and driving privileges in any way we can. Our law firm offers a free consultation for any potential clients, so there’s no obligation before finding out what we can do for you. We have offices all over Florida to make it as convenient as possible to come in for a chat.
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Traffic points measure how many traffic violations Florida drivers have on their record and how long those violations can affect their driving privileges.
Points affect Florida drivers in two key ways. Firstly, accumulating points can result in a suspension of your driver’s license. Florida Statute 322.27 gives the Department of Motor Vehicles and the court system the authority to suspend driver’s licenses. This means you won’t be able to legally operate a vehicle during the suspension period.
The following outlines the point-related suspension periods, as per the State of Florida website:
If you receive 15 traffic violations or three major traffic offenses on your record, a judge can permanently revoke your driving privileges. Although this is rare, you should be aware that it is a possibility.
Secondly, points will affect your auto insurance rates. Insurers classify their customers in different risk categories that determine their premiums and deductibles. Drivers are grouped into “high-risk” categories by insurers when they have points on their license.
A fine isn’t the only cost of an expensive speeding ticket. The added points to your driving record will increase your rates by hundreds of dollars per year, sometimes thousands. Subsequent points will further increase your premiums.
It’s essential to keep track of your points and know how your insurer will handle your risk classification.
Points on your driving record are not permanent. They come off your license 36 months after the ticket was issued. For example, if a driver gets a speeding ticket worth 4 points in December 2020, those points will come off their driving record in December of 2023.
However, you can avoid points on your license if you attend a Florida driver improvement course, otherwise known as a defensive driving course, basic driver improvement course, driving school, or traffic school. You can attend a driving school once per year for five total times in your lifetime.
That being said, you cannot remove traffic points that have accumulated on your license with traffic school. You can only attend a driver improvement course for a ticket that has been issued recently. You must inform a clerk of the court of your intent to take a driver improvement school within 30 days, at which point you have 60 to 120 days to complete the course. By doing so, you dodge points being added to your license.
Listed here are some of the most common traffic citations that can result in points being added to a driving record:
If you are unsure of how many points your FL. traffic ticket is worth, contact The Ticket Lawyers to find out today. We can help you contest the ticket and hopefully get it dismissed, avoiding any potential points on your license.
Attending a driving school does not take off points from your driving record in Florida. You can use a DMV approved course to avoid points, but you cannot remove them.
The amount of points that can be avoided by attending a driver improvement course depends on the ticket you are addressing. Most moving violations are worth 3 or 4 points. For example, if you have a ticket for speeding worth 4 points, attending traffic school will help you avoid 4 points being added to your license.
If you have two tickets, you can only use driving school to negate the points of one. The Ticket Lawyers recommend addressing the ticket with the highest amount of points. For example, if you have tickets for speeding worth 4 points and running a stop sign worth 3 points, you should attend traffic school for the speeding violation.
However, if you have a serious traffic violation worth 6 points, you may be ordered by a judge to attend a driver improvement course. In most cases, court-ordered driving courses do not let you avoid points on your license.
A list of approved driver improvement courses is available on the Florida DHSMV website. The cost of the courses vary, but the average price is around $25 to $100. Some courses are shorter, while others are longer. The benefits and differences of each type of class will be listed on the company’s website.
You can only attend traffic school once every 12 months. If you accumulate more points within one year, you won’t be able to use a driver improvement course to avoid points.
A qualified traffic ticket attorney from The Ticket Lawyers can arrange a traffic school for you. We have knowledge of these courses and can reccomend the most convenient course available to you. We’ll handle everything so you can get on with your life.
Many people think that an out-of-state ticket won’t affect their Florida license. However, the truth is that an out-of-state ticket can have the same consequences as if it were issued in Florida.
Florida has agreements with most other state governments to share responsibility for traffic citations over state borders. Essentially, this means that committing a traffic violation in another state will result in a fine and points of your license as if the infraction occurred in Florida. Even if states have different laws regarding fines and points, you will be fined and punished according to Florida law.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, points added to your license from out-of-state tickets cannot be avoided or removed with a Florida traffic school. The only way for these points to go away is to wait out the expiration period. You can choose to fight the ticket in court, but this must be done in the state where the citation was issued. You cannot fight an out-of-state traffic ticket in a Florida court.
Criminal traffic offenses are more severe than regular traffic tickets. They can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge, jail time, and higher fines.
Criminal traffic offenses also result in points on your license. These points stay on your record for the same amount of time as regular traffic ticket points. However, a judge may rule that you cannot attend driving school to avoid these points. You may be sentenced to driving school, but the course won’t negate driving record points.
Paying for your traffic citation is legally considered an admission of guilt. There is no way to contest the ticket after you have paid for it.
Once you admit guilt to the violation, points are automatically added to your FL. driving record. These stay on your license for 36 months and cannot be removed once they’ve been added.
It is better to contest a traffic ticket in court than to pay the fine and move on with your life. It is possible that your ticket will be dismissed or reduced, meaning you won’t have to pay the fine or have points added to your FL. license.
Some people in FL. believe that they can avoid points on their license by not paying for the ticket at all. Although this is technically true, the consequences for not paying the fine far outweigh the benefits.
People who fail to pay for traffic tickets face an automatic suspension of their driving privileges after a certain amount of time in Florida. They can also have a warrant issued for their arrest. If caught, the state requires them to pay far more in late fees and penalties than the original cost of the ticket as per Florida Statute 318.15. People who can’t afford to pay often end up behind bars.
If you have failed to pay traffic fines and are afraid of the consequences, contact an FL. traffic attorney at The Ticket Lawyers today. We can negotiate with the court on your behalf for a favorable outcome.
There is a common misconception that refusing to sign a traffic ticket means you can get out of any fines or points. This is not true.
Signing a traffic ticket is not an admission of guilt, it is proof of receipt. Police officers can prove they gave you a traffic ticket even if you don’t sign.
Having a Florida traffic ticket attorney on your side has a range of benefits. We can fight the ticket, getting it dismissed or reduced to a lesser fine. This will save you money on the fine and help avoid the risk of increasing your insurance premiums.
Not only can we fight the ticket, but we can attend court on your behalf. No one likes going to court, and The Ticket Lawyers can save you time, money, and the headache of representing your interests to the judge or county clerk.
Some of the traffic tickets we can fight include:
These are just a few of the traffic tickets we can challenge for you. We have experience dealing with all types of traffic citations and can prepare a defense catered to your case’s unique needs.
Have you been issued a traffic ticket worth points on your license? Are you worried about an increase in insurance premiums that could cost you hundreds of dollars every year?
Contact The Ticket Lawyers today to discuss your options. We’ll handle all of the paperwork and do everything in our power to reach a better outcome for you. Points remain on your license for a long time, so it’s better to explore the possibility of getting the ticket dismissed before you decide to pay for it.
If you have any questions, we offer a free consultation where we will go over our fee structure and how our legal counsel will benefit you in the long run.
Call The Ticket Lawyers now at (866)-985-7740.
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