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When Can My Driver's License Be Suspended or Revoked?
Traffic laws may vary from state to state, but there are certain illegal driving activities that can get your license suspended in most, if not all states:
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Reckless driving
- Refusing to take a blood-alcohol test
- Driving without liability insurance
- Not paying a traffic fine
- Not answering a traffic summons
- Leaving the scene of an accident without permission from the police
- Not filing an accident report after being in an accident
What Is the Suspended License Point System?
Each state has a points system for driving that assigns a person a certain number of points for every moving violation. If you gather more points in a certain period of time than state law allows, your license can be suspended. Your driver's license can be revoked if your driving record is so poor that your state feels you are not a safe driver. After a certain amount of time, you may be able to apply for another license through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.
Most moving violations are one point. Moving violation involving excessive speed is two points. A driver’s license will be suspended if the driver receives four points in one single year, six points in two years, or eight points in three years. Other states count minor moving violations as two points. Running a red light or speeding count as three points. A driver’s license would be suspended if they receive twelve points within three years.
If you want to keep your driver license from being suspended, keep your points low and drive cautiously and safely at all times. If you receive a ticket and have points on your driving record, take steps to fight the ticket in court if you believe that the police officer made a mistake.
Consequences for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver's License
The consequences for driving with a suspended or revoked license may depend on what state you are driving in, but most likely you will be arrested. In most states it is considered a crime to drive without a valid license, and in some states it is even considered a felony. You will probably receive a heavy fine and might even receive jail time.
How Can I Prevent My License from Being Suspended?
The way you can prevent from getting you license suspended is to keep your driving at a safe level and keep your points low. Here are ways that you can prevent from getting your license suspended:
- Drive safely and carefully
- Keep track of your points so they do not add up within the time period
- Attend traffic school to wipe off points from your record
- If you get a ticket, try to fight it in court
- Change your driving habits
Seeking Legal Help
You should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. A criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights and any possible defenses you may have against the charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you either fight a traffic ticket in court or keep your license from being suspended.
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Last Modified: 10-30-2014 12:48 PM PDT
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