As if you didn’t have enough to worry about in a DUI case – license suspension, fines, probation, etc. –
Be careful about getting too many “points” on your license.
The DMV assesses a “point” value to traffic offenses. While most moving violations such as running a stop sign, speeding and things like that are a one point violation, there are a few that can really add up with two points each. DUI (23152), driving on a suspended license (14601), reckless driving (23103, including a “wet reckless”), hit and run (20001 and 20002) and driving over 100 miles per hour all carry two points if convicted.
Why does this matter?
If you get:
- 4 points in a year
- 6 points in 2 years or
- 8 points in 3 years
the DMV can designate you as a “negligent operator” and suspend your driver’s license.
If you do have a DUI conviction, prior suspended license convictions or several other prior moving violations, be careful. If you’re charged with any new traffic offense, particularly a two-point one, the stakes just went up for you.
Let me know if you want to discuss your court case and what we may be able to do to avoid a conviction for a charge that could result in too many points on your license.