How do points against my license affect me?

If you recently received a ticket for any kind of traffic violation, you may be wondering how the ensuing “points” on your license can affect you. Experienced attorney, Douglas T. Sachse, explains how certain violations can affect your license, car insurance and more.

Points are added to your driving record by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration when you commit certain traffic violations. The amount of points that you accrue over a two-year timeframe determines what penalties you will face. For example:

• Accumulating 3-4 points over 2 years may result in a written caution from the MVA.
• Accumulating 5-7 points may require you to complete a Driver Improvement Program or sign up for a Points System Conference.
• Accumulating 8-11 points in two years may result in a driver’s license suspension.
• Accumulating the maximum of 12 points within 2 years may cause your license to be revoked. This means that you will have to reapply for a new license when the revocation period ends.

How Long do Points Remain on My License?
Any points that issued as a result of a traffic violation will remain accessible as public information for 3 years from the date of violation. This means that insurance companies and employers will be able to access your record of points and related violations. Many insurance companies regularly review these records and may raise your premium if they find that you have accumulated points.

Despite the fact that any points on your license remain public information for 3 years, those points will no longer be considered “current” points after two years. Points will remain on your record until they are officially expunged by the MVA.

If you have been issued a ticket or been pulled over for a traffic violation, are close to having your license suspended or believe that your insurance premium may increase, you may want to consider filing an appeal. Baltimore traffic attorney Douglas T. Sachse has extensive experience representing clients in traffic court and other matters related to traffic violations. If you choose to fight a traffic ticket, contact the Law Offices of Douglas T. Sachse.

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