In most states, a moving traffic violation will result in a fine and the accumulation of points on your driving record. With enough points, you risk being classified as a “negligent driver” or some other similar status, and losing your license for a time. Also, your insurance premiums will undoubtedly increase with your points.
If you are facing a license suspension, having a defense attorney or moving violations lawyer like James Silverstein to defend you can substantially affect the outcome of your hearing.
An example in a number of states of how negligent driver or an at-risk status can result in a license suspension is the following accumulation of points over a certain time:
- 4 points over 12 months
- 6 points over 24 months
- 8 points over 36 months
Examples of 1 point violations:
- Failure to yield
- Failing to stop at traffic light or stop sign
- Illegal turn
- At-fault accident
Examples of 2 point violations:
- Reckless driving
- Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License
Other than vehicular manslaughter, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the most serious moving violation a driver can receive. You cannot legally operate a car or boat if your blood alcohol level is at or above 0.08 percent in any state. If you are under 21, you cannot drive if you have any detectable level of alcohol.
Drunk driving is generally a misdemeanor and will typically result in suspension of your driving privileges. The length of your suspension depends on how many DUI offenses you have had and if you refused to take a blood alcohol test or not.
A DUI can have serious criminal penalties and collateral ramifications that can significantly affect your life. Hire an experienced DUI attorney like James Silverstein to give you the best possible representation.
- Excessive Speed
Speeding well above the posted speed limit can result in substantial fines and possible license suspension, usually for about 30 days. Multiple violations can result in suspensions of several years.
- Reckless Driving
Reckless driving means that a driver exhibited wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others or property. An example is high speed racing or fleeing police by auto. Violators risk certain jail time and suspension of their license.
- Failing to Stop After an Accident
Generally, this is misdemeanor, which carries possible jail time of up to one year and/or a fine of over $1,000. If the accident involved a fatality or a permanent, serious injury, the offender almost certainly faces jail or even state prison time of several years, depending on the severity of the accident and injuries.
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