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What Does it Mean When You Get Points on Your License After a Ticket?

What Does it Mean When You Get Points on Your License After a Ticket?

Getting a ticket is never a good thing. It’s embarrassing, and it’s also extremely inconvenient. The first thought that goes through your head when you see the blue and red lights in your rear view mirror likely has to do with the expensive fine you’re about to get and how the stop will slow down your day. But tickets can actually bring a lot more pain than a simple inconvenience and a fine. You’ll also face often substantial increases in your insurance rates, and you’ll also be subjected to points against your license. What are points? What does it mean when you get them? And what can you do about them?

What Are Points Against Your License?

Most states use a points system when it comes to penalizing drivers for breaking the law. Points are assigned to your license in varying amounts for different kinds of infractions. The amount of points that are assigned to any given infraction vary widely from state to state. Similarly, the amount of points you can accrue before facing penalties such as license suspension varies, as well. However, in all states that use a points system there are two things in common.

  • A certain number of points is given for certain types of offenses.
  • More serious offenses are assigned more points.
  • If you accrue a certain number of points within a given period of time, you can face license suspension and other penalties.

How Do Points Affect You?

If you only receive a couple of points within a year, they probably won’t affect your driving record too much. However, if you accrue a number of them within a year or two, they can cause you some serious trouble. You can lose your license, have your vehicle impounded, and even face jail time if the points come along with a criminal or felony traffic violation. Even if you’re not driving under the influence or you don’t commit a hit and run, you can still accrue a detrimental number of points just by speeding one too many times.

Most people don’t think too much about the points they’ve accrued for something like a speeding ticket. And for many people, that’s okay. But some states are so strict and have such restrictive laws that even a couple of minor infractions can lead you to serious trouble. That’s why it’s so important to keep a close eye on the number of points you’re accruing. It’s also important to fight a traffic ticket so you can keep those points off your license.

What Can You Do About Points on Your License?

There are many ways in which you can deal with having points on your license. For example, some states allow you to attend traffic school. Traffic school, which has a variety of names depending on the state you live in, is a series of sessions in which you learn about driver safety, the rules of the road, and other similar topics. You have to go to a training facility that is approved by your state. You also have to pay for the courses yourself. At the end of your course, you get a certification, and in many states that allows you to remove a couple of points from your license.

While traffic school is very inconvenient and often expensive, it is an option if you only have a couple of points on your license and you’re given approval to use traffic school as a way to have them removed.

However, traffic school only comes after you’ve admitted to the violation in the first place. A better option is usually to fight your ticket in court. While it might seem trite to go to court over a speeding ticket, it can actually save you a lot of time and money in the long run. With traffic court fees, hikes in your insurance rate, points against your license, fines, and other penalties, it’s often a good idea to hire a traffic attorney and go to court. If you win, you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble.

Ticket Void Can Help

At Ticket Void, we’ve been working with drivers like you for years. We know it can be scary to hire an attorney, but we’re here to make the process easy and less intimidating. We have an extended network of highly qualified and experienced traffic attorneys in every state. Just fill out the form, tell us some basic information about you and your case, and we’ll email you with the name of an attorney in your state who is well-suited to help you. The initial consultation is free, so what do you have to lose? Get started today, and exercise your right to fight.


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