New Californians, and some longtime California residents as well, may not
understand the state's drivers' license point system.
A conviction for a moving violation for a normal class C driver normally
causes a point violation. But some more serious violations, like a Vehicle
Code 22348(b), driving over 100 MPH, are two point violations and may
carry other consequences as well. Certain out-of-state moving violations
may also be either one-point or two-point offenses. Your drivers'
license can be suspended if you accumulate:
Special rules apply to commercial drivers and drivers under eighteen: the
points accumulate more rapidly and the suspension periods are longer.
In some cases, an occupational or restricted license may be available
during a suspension. Traffic school may sometimes be used to remove a
violation from your record, especially in a one-point offense; a driver
may take traffic school once every 18 months if they are a non commercial
driver. Commercial drivers can also take traffic school if ticketed in
a normal vehicle, but traffic school will not mask the violation from
the feds, their employers, or insurance companies.
An experienced traffic lawyer can negotiate with the court to reduce the
points. For example, if you were charged with street racing - a two-point
offense - an attorney may be able to get the charge reduced to simple
speeding - a one-point offense for which traffic school is available.
This can save you thousands of dollars in car insurance over the course
of the ticket being on your record.