In California, drivers who are charged with a moving violation receive points on their license through the DMV. The number of points received is dependent upon the severity of the violation. Minor violations such as failing to stop at a stop sign, speeding (in most cases), and driving in a bike lane generally cost motorists one point, while other violations such as reckless driving or driving under the influence (DUI) may justify two.
Some examples of moving violations in California are the following:
- Speeding: one point
- Speeding over 100 miles an hour: two points
- Driving with a suspended license: two points
- Running a red light: one point
Receiving a Negligent Operator Suspension
If a motorist receives four points within a single year or eight points within three years, he or she will receive a license suspension for up to six months. Commercial drivers, on the other hand, are entitled to a higher point count before they are labeled as such. This is called a Negligent Operator Suspension. Points also affect your wallet. Those with points generally face higher auto insurance payments. Sometimes even just one point on your driving record can cause your insurance premium to double.
The Importance of Defending Yourself
It is important to remember that before the DMV may legally suspend your license, you are entitled to a hearing with them in order to share your side of the story in order to prevent these consequences from occurring. It is wise to consult with a California traffic attorney who can represent you in an attempt to prevent or lower the length of your driver’s license suspension, or from being suspended altogether. A traffic attorney can help you to prove either of these scenarios as well as help to prove other factors, such as whether or not you spend significantly more time on the road than the average driver, that the DMV will then take into consideration regarding your right to drive. That is why it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced California traffic attorney.
The Cheap Traffic Attorneys Help Those in CA Who Have Received a Moving Violation
The lawyers at Cheap Traffic Attorneys understand the consequences that receiving points on your driving record can have on your life. Losing both your money from paying fines, as well as your driving privileges, should your license be suspended can affect everything from your ability to pay your bills, to how you get to work (to make money to pay your bills). We will fight for you to get the results that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, visit us online or call us at 310-945-5655 today!