Traffic Ticket Points Defense FAQ

Points on your driving record threaten your driving rights. As a South Florida traffic ticket defense lawyer with many years of experience, I have the knowledge and skill to fight tickets and keep points off your record. Here are the most common questions about traffic ticket points.

Question: How many points am I allowed to get on my driving record within a year until my license gets suspended?

Answer: Twelve (12) points within twelve (12) months will cause your license to be suspended for thirty (30) days. Keep in mind that it is 12 points in any 12-month period, not in a calendar year.

If you receive 18 points in any 18-month period, the suspension is for three (3) months. Getting 24 points in a period of 36 months (3 years) will cost you your license for one (1) year.

Question: What points are given for traffic tickets?

Answer: Here is an overview of the most common traffic violations and the points that come with them.

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 MPH or less: 3 points
  • Violating child restraint regulations: 3 points
  • Driving with an open container of alcohol: 3 points
  • Not obeying traffic control signals or devices (such as stop signs and traffic lights): 4 points
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 MPH or more: 4 points
  • Attempting to pass a school bus that has stopped: 4 points
  • Moving violations that cause an accident: 4 points
  • Reckless driving: 4 points
  • Speed violations resulting in an accident: 6 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident with damage of at least $50: 6 points
  • All other moving violations not mentioned in this list: 3 points

Question: If I pay the traffic ticket, does that clear up the points?

Answer: No. This is a common misconception among Florida drivers. When you pay a traffic ticket, you are admitting guilt to the violation, and you will receive the corresponding number of points on your record.

Question: How can I avoid getting points on my driving record?

Answer: There are two ways to avoid points. In some cases, you might be offered a chance to avoid points by admitting responsibility for the traffic violation and going to driving school. While the points won’t be on your record, the incident will be, and it might work against you in the future.

The best method of avoiding points is to successfully fight the ticket in Court.

Question: What is the best way to successfully beat a traffic ticket?

Answer: Hiring an experienced traffic defense lawyer is your best opportunity to have a ticket dismissed or to be found not guilty of the charges.

Question: What do you offer to traffic ticket defense clients?

Answer: I offer a free consultation and very competitive rates for representing them in Court. Each client has my personal attention. I conduct a thorough investigation and discovery to determine how to most effectively defend them given the specific situation. This frequently includes discovering errors made by the law enforcement officer, problems with their equipment or other circumstances that lead to dismissal or a not guilty verdict.

Question: What is the best way to get in touch with you?

Answer: There are several convenient ways:

Use the quick form on this page, and I will promptly reply

Call toll free 855.352.8425 or one of the many local numbers listed at the bottom of this page

I look forward to fighting to keep points off your record and protect your driving rights.

Attorney at Law representing clients in Coral Springs, Hallandale, North Miami, Miami, Weston, Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and neighboring communities.

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