20 Feb Points on Your License: What’s the Big Deal?
After you’re pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, you may receive two to three points on your drivers license. Getting a few points on your license probably doesn’t seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, so you might decide that it’s easier to just pay the fine and move on.
Unfortunately, the financial cost of pleading guilty goes well beyond the ticket. If you plead guilty and don’t have the representation you need to fight the ticket, you might end up in a serious struggle over your financial state and your ability to legally drive.
When you decide to pay your fine without fighting to have those points dismissed, you’re effectively pleading guilty for the ticket.
This means you lose any chance to keep the associated points off your license, and that can start an avalanche of consequences for your actions, beginning with the ticket itself. You can expect to pay a hefty fine for even a minor speeding ticket.
Your points will also affect your long-term driving record. The past eighteen months will stay on your record, so these points add up over a significant time period. If you have accrued eleven points over the past eighteen-month span, your license will be suspended.
This adds many other hardships to your list, such as the following:
- Fees for public transportation
- Scheduling rides with a relative or friend
- Paying for rideshare fees through companies like Uber
Depending on the length of your license suspension, which will be decided by the court, these extra expenses may add up fast.
Your Insurance Policy
On top of your new expenses, you may see a rise in your old expenses. Your insurance company will take notice if you’re pulled over and pay for your ticket right away. Paying for your ticket without a dispute is the same as a “guilty” verdict; because you were found guilty of a traffic violation, you can expect to see your insurance rates climb.
While there are some ways to combat this and bring your insurance rates down, the easiest way to do so is to avoid the ticket altogether. You can take advantage of your right to fight your ticket.
Protect Your Driving Privileges
While those points on your license may not seem like a big deal now, they can turn into a serious problem. They build up fast, and unless you contest your ticket, you could end up with a major problem on your hands.
If you’ve gotten a ticket and want to fight it, contact the Law Office of James Medows as soon as possible. While you have a limited time to contest a ticket, doing so could save you plenty of trouble down the road. For more information, give us a call at 917-856-1247 or fill out the form below.