The grass withers, the flowers fade, and the points assessed against your
California drivers' license do not last forever.
Points on your license can cause your auto insurance rates to go up, may
make you ineligible for certain jobs, and can ultimately lead to suspension
of your license. What are some ways to reduce the number of points against
It has been said that "time heals all wounds." Although this
is certainly not true in all cases,
time can reduce points on your license. A one-point offense usually stays on
your driving record for three years; more serious offenses can remain
on your record for up to 10 years.
Although the point(s) is/are no longer counted against your license, an
insurance company or peace officer may be able to view the conviction
for much longer.
In many cases, a driver convicted of a one-point offense is eligible for
traffic school. The point is no longer assessed against your license, but some searchers
may still be able to view the conviction and see that you took traffic
school to dismiss the ticket. However, if you are a class A driver, beware
that traffic school may prevent the point, but does not shield your conviction
from your insurance company, employer, or the feds.
There are several different ways to reopen closed ticket cases and have
a full trial, get the charge reduced to a non-point deal or possibly get
traffic school granted.