Receiving a traffic ticket is never fun. A traffic ticket is costly financially, and can also wreak havoc on your driving record. If you get too many tickets, the points add up quickly and you run the risk of having your driver’s license suspended or revoked. In the most egregious of cases you can face permanent loss of your driving privileges. In order to protect your good driving record, and maintain your right to drive, it is imperative that you take the legal steps necessary to protect your driver’s license.
The possibility that you will lose your license after having received too many traffic tickets depends on the number of tickets and the type. The worst case scenario, pursuant to the Habitual Traffic Offender allows the State to take your license for a period of five years. This can happen if you fall within one of the following two categories of a habitual traffic offender:
- More than three tickets for charges of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, commission of a felony while driving, operating a motor vehicle while your license is already suspended or revoked, failure to help and accident victim, or unauthorized use of a vehicle.
- Fifteen convictions of moving violations that add points to your driving record
Think about the impact loss of your driver’s license for five years would have on your daily routine. It would become difficult to get to work, to the grocery store, to take your kids to their after school activities, and to attend to your personal errands. In order to avoid this harsh reality, you must fight hard to keep your license. The way to do this is by filing a motion challenging the final resolution of a traffic related case against you. A successful challenge will remove the conviction from your record. Without the notation of the traffic conviction on your record, points will not be added. This can keep your driving record in good shape and help you to maintain your right to drive. Most people believe paying a traffic ticket and never giving it a second thought is the way to handle tickets. But given the information that the ticket will be noted on your driving record may give you reason to reconsider this approach. We can help you make decisions that make sense and work for you. Call us today for more information on how to stay off the habitual traffic offender list, and keep your driver’s license.
If you have received notice that your driving privileges are being revoked under the habitual traffic offender laws, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.