In the on-going battle to punish and deter driving while under the influence, the DMV adopted regulations that trigger a revocation of a driving license upon conviction to just one 5+ point ticket.
Specifically, if a motorist has been convicted of three (or more) alcohol/drugged driving-related offenses, he or she will be revoked upon conviction of just one 5+ point ticket. This applies to ANY such alcohol/drugged-driving offenses, no matter how long ago (i.e., the DMV will search your entire record).
Traffic offenses that result in 5+ points are:
- Cell phone violations
- Texting violations
- Passing a school bus
- Reckless driving
- Speeding 20+ mph
We have confirmed, however, that this particular revocation is NOT triggered for offenses that carry less than 5 points (even if there are multiple tickets that total 5+ points). For example, a revocation would not be triggered for motorist charged with both a 4-point speeding ticket and a 2-point failure to signal ticket.
Bottom line: If you have a history involving alcohol/drugged driving convictions, do NOT plead guilty to any 5+ point ticket. Plead not guilty and seriously consider consulting with a knowledgeable traffic lawyer.