How to Avoid Adding Points to Your License
Aside from the obvious (don’t get traffic tickets), there are a number of ways to avoid adding points to your driver’s license. Accumulating points on your driver’s license can be costly in a number of ways. Most traffic violations come with points, and if you accumulate 12 or more points in a two-year period, your driver’s license will be suspended. Insurance companies regularly check your driving record and if you have added points to your license in the last year, chances are you will be charged a higher rate for insurance.
There is an option to help avoid the 12-point suspension on a one-time basis. If you accumulate more than five but no more than 11 points for traffic violations, you may receive a two-point credit if you complete a remedial driving course offered by the BMV. The two-point credit does not, however, erase any convictions from your driving record. All convictions remain on your record, but you gain a little distance on the 12-point suspension. Do not take an online course claiming to do the same. It must be done through the BMV.
By just paying the fine for a traffic ticket, you are pleading guilty to the charge. If you want to try to avoid adding points to your driver’s license, you should fight your traffic tickets. This is especially important if you are approaching the 12-point in two-year maximum before your license is suspended. If you are any where near that territory, you need experienced legal counsel.
This chart gives you an idea of various charges, the points they carry, and the Ohio Revised Code citation that pertains to that violation.
Driver’s License Points Penalty
Ohio Revised Code Citation
No Child Restraint
No Driver License
Operating Unsafe Veh
Immobilization Device Violation
Crossing Yellow Line
Obstructing an Intersection
Violation to Avoid Light
Hit-Skip with Private Property Damage
Following Too Close
Disregard of Safety
Willful and Wanton Disregard
DR w/o Owner Consent
MTR Vehicle Felony
Aggravated Vehicular Assault w/Alcohol
Aggravated Vehicular Assault
2903.08 (A) (1)
Vehicular Homicide w/Alcohol
2903.06 (A) (1)
Involuntary Manslaughter w/Alcohol
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
Driving under OVI Suspension
4510.14, 4511.19, 4511.191
You do not have to just accept the traffic ticket and the fines and points that come with it. It is your right to contest the traffic ticket.
Do you need an Ohio traffic attorney?
If you are facing the prospect of having points added to your driver’s license, you need an experienced traffic lawyer who can fight on your behalf. If you are facing a traffic ticket, or another in a series of traffic tickets, or DUI charges in Columbus, Ohio, you need an attorney who knows the law. Get the representation of a skilled and trusted attorney who can give you the help you need. The Maher Law Firm can help make sure that your rights are protected. Founding attorney, Colin Maher has in-depth knowledge and experience working with traffic cases and DUI charges and he will put his skills at your service. Call The Maher Law Firm today for a free consultation at 614-205-2208 or contact us online.