DMV Point System and Process
In the state of Florida, you are assigned points against your license if you commit certain traffic offenses. When you accrue too many points in a period of time, your driver's license may be suspended. Points may be accrued when cited for traffic infractions in the state of Florida, and out-of-state points for traffic violations committed elsewhere will also transfer back to your Florida license.
In many cases, it is possible to arrange a plea bargain or to attend traffic school in order to avoid getting points on your license. However, this is not possible for all offenses and your ability to avoid points will depend on the DMV point system and process rules for your particular offense. It is usually best to speak with an experienced Fort Lauderdale traffic crimes attorney when you are at risk of getting points on your license. At The Ansara Law Firm, we represent clients accused of all types of traffic offenses and we can help you to determine how best to avoid damage to your driving record in your situation.The DMV Points System in Florida
In the state of Florida, points are given from the date that a traffic offense occurs. The number of points varies depending upon the offense committed. A detailed table of the different points assigned for Florida driving violations can be found on the website of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Some examples of points assigned after a traffic offense include:
- Failing to stop at a red light: 4 points.
- Reckless driving including reckless driving when reduced from a DUI or reckless driving when property damage occurs: 4 points.
- Failing to yield right-of-way: 3 points.
Certain other offenses, such as a DUI, do not actually result in any points on your license. However, your DUI conviction is listed on your criminal record and your car insurance provider will be aware of the DUI conviction because you will need to complete an FR-44 form. The FR-44 form replaces the SR-22 form for DUI offenders and is a statement certifying that you have the car insurance liability coverage as required by law.
When an offense does result in points accruing on your license, your license may be suspended once a certain number of points have accrued. For instance, you can earn a 30-day suspension if you receive 12 points within a one-year period. 24 points within a 36-month period will earn you a suspension of one year.
Avoiding points may be possible by choosing to take a traffic course. However, this is not an option for commercial drivers, and commercial drivers who wish to avoid points will need to go to court and arrange a deal with the judge. Attending traffic school is also not an option to avoid points for certain criminal traffic offenses. In these cases, plea bargains or alternative arrangements must be entered into in order to avoid points. In these more complex situations, hiring a Boward County traffic defense attorney is advisable.
At The Ansara Law Firm, we have successfully represented many clients, including commercial clients, and helped them to avoid the consequences of a traffic offense and points on their license. While every case is different, we can put our legal experience to work for you to give you the best possible chance.
If you are facing points on your license in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011! You can also contact us online. It only takes a minute to call, but it can make all the difference in the world.