How points for traffic tickets can affect your driving privileges

Most drivers find themselves in situations where officers have issued traffic tickets to them for various reasons. Officers may have accused a driver of driving over the speed limit, failing to stop at a stop sign, running a red light, failing to yield or several other possible traffic violations. While many people do not consider traffic tickets serious, they can have a significant impact on your driving record.

In Missouri, tickets can lead to points on your driving record. When accumulated to certain numbers and within certain periods of time, these points could have serious repercussions. Having information on the point system may have you taking traffic tickets more seriously.

Effects on driving privileges

It may surprise you to know that accumulating points could result in the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. If you receive four points on your record within a 12-month period, you will receive an advisory letter from the Department of Revenue. This letter should act as a warning to you that you could face consequences if you continue to accumulate points.

If you have eight or more points on your record within 18 months, the state will suspend your driving privileges for the following amount of time:

  • Your first suspension will last for 30 days.
  • Your second suspension will last for 60 days.
  • Your third or subsequent suspension will last for 90 days.

The state will revoke your privileges for one year in the following situations:

  • You receive 12 or more points over 12 months.
  • You receive 18 or more points over 24 months.
  • You receive 24 or more points over 36 months.

As you can see, these points can have a significant impact on your driving privileges.

Reducing points

While some convictions for traffic offenses will remain on your record permanently, your points may see a reduction in certain cases, such as:

  • If you go one year without additional points, your current points will reduce by one-third.
  • If you go two years without additional points, your remaining points will reduce by one-half.
  • After three years without additional points, your remaining points will reduce to zero.

Of course, in hopes of avoiding points in the first place, you do have the option of defending against accusations of traffic violations. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney could allow you to understand your options for defense and to learn how to work toward avoiding having points on your driving record. Your attorney could also help you restore your driving privileges in the event of a suspension.

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