Some Motorists Can Be Revoked For Just One 5+ Point Ticket?!?

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 8.41.47 AMIn 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.

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