You may think that getting a speeding ticket or violating a traffic law isn’t a big deal, but it is! You receive driver’s license points for violating these laws that are considered a “moving violation.” Your points can add up and result in major consequences for your driving privileges including revocation. Here is how the system works:
The North Carolina DMV keeps track of your traffic violations. Your driving record will accumulate points based on a scale of previous traffic offenses and the severity of your violation. Wondering which offenses rack up your points? You will receive driving record points for the following (but not limited to):
You should consult with an experienced traffic law attorney such as those at Kelly and West before pleading to any traffic violation. The best way to reduce points to begin with.
If you are in the habit of receiving multiple points for traffic violations, you should know that 12 points within a period of 3 years will result in a driver’s license suspension. Also certain combinations of convictions result in suspension even without the 12 point accumulation, i.e., two speeding tickets in excess of 55 mph in one year. An experienced traffic law attorney knows what these combinations are and their effect. Once your license is reinstated, only 8 points are required for another suspension.
How to Reduce Points
Although the system is fairly complicated, there are ways of getting your points reduced. Acquiring 7 points on your record will result in optional defensive driving courses. You can instead take these courses voluntarily before you reach that point. The course completion will remove 3 points but you must have a conference NCDMV hearing officer to see if you qualify.
Take the Correct Course
In North Carolina, there are two different kinds of courses. There is a 4-hour course and an 8-hour course. The amount of hours is dependent on your violation. Check with us, contact the course provider directly, or go to the NCDMV website to make sure you are signed up for the course that is going to be most beneficial to your situation.
What will you learn in these courses?
The general curriculum of defensive driving courses include:
Again, the best way to keep your points down is to get advice before you enter any plea, and Kelly and West can give you that advice. We want to make sure you are making the best decision for your future and driving record.
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