Getting pulled over for speeding or another traffic violation can cost you financially and also cause significant damage to your driving record. The more tickets you get the more points that will be put on your driving record. If you get too many points, you run the risk of losing your driver’s license. This can leave you without the ability to drive, and be a real inconvenience. These things are reason enough to fight a traffic ticket, even a seemingly small one, rather than just pay the fine.
The chances of losing your driving privileges depend on the number of tickets you have received, and also on the type of tickets you have received. The Habitual Traffic Offender Act gives the State the ability to take away your driver’s license for up to five years, depending on the particular facts of your case. There are two categories of drivers the State considers a habitual offender, and they are:
- Drivers with fifteen or more convictions, of any type of moving violation, that resulted in points being added to your record.
- Drivers who have more than three tickets for more serious traffic offenses; such as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, driving on a suspended or revoked license, taking part in a felony while operating a motor vehicle, neglecting to stop at an accident and offer aid, or using a vehicle without authorization.
If you are classified as one of the above two types of drivers by the State, you can lose your license for up to five years. This is a significant amount of time, and would be a real hardship on you and your family. Without a license you are unable to drive to work, which could mean you have to resort to public transportation or carpooling. While some of those options are money savers, if an emergency were to arise you could find yourself in a tight spot. Fighting a traffic ticket, and obtaining a favorable result, can keep points off your record and this can keep you off of the Habitual Traffic Offender list. Call us today if you are in danger of losing your license, so we can help keep you on the road.
If you have questions about traffic cases, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us to schedule an appointment.