DUI, Driving on a suspended license and too many points – Negligent Operator

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.

Joe Dane



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