Not Every Ticket is Worth Fighting, but Every Point Is Worth Keeping
But, do you know which ones are and which ones are not? The average driver
who receives a ticket does not know whether it would be beneficial to
hire an attorney and go to court or just pay the fine. It’s obvious
though if you have three NOTS points already what you need to do. Why
wait until it goes that far? That’s why you fight almost every ticket
because you never know what coming down the road and one point could make
The Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS)
The DMV administers a system known as NOTS to assess points for vehicle
code violations and at-fault accidents, and then sends out automated reminders
to drivers at certain levels so they know where they stand.
Level one is a warning notice, sent when a driver gets two points assessed
on their motor vehicle driving record (MVR) within a year, four points
assessed within two years, or six points within a three-year timeframe.
In addition, any major infraction would generate a warning notice.
Level two is a notice of intent to suspend, sent when a driver gets three
points assessed on their MVR within a year, five points assessed within
two years, or seven points within a three-year timeframe. In addition,
any major infraction would generate a warning notice.
Level three triggers the six-month suspension, plus a concurrent one-year
probation. Your driver’s license (DL) can be suspended by DMV for
either of the following:
1. Four points assessed in a twelve-month period,
2. Six points assessed in a twenty-four-month period, or
3. Eight points in a thirty-six-month period.
Before the DMV can suspend your DL, they must send you a suspension and
probation notice. In that letter, they will notify you of your right to
a DMV Hearing and you must reply with a request within ten days.
Did you know the DMV cannot just suspend your driver’s license without
a hearing? When you reach Level 3, the DMV will send you an automated
letter of suspension. You must request a DMV Hearing within ten days of
the receipt of that letter. Do yourself a favor and hire a traffic attorney
to represent you at the hearing. Although this is not a trial and there
is no law that says you must hire an attorney, if you want to keep your
license, it’s your best option. They know what laws have changed
that could make one of the tickets you paid the fine on a non-factor,
or get it changed to a non-moving violation, so that you no longer have
4, 6, or 8 points and your suspension would have to be set aside.
Always Take a Traffic Lawyer to the Hearing
Don’t just accept a suspension and probation of your DL without hiring
a traffic ticket attorney to represent you at a DMV Hearing. Bigger &
Harman offer of a FREE phone consultation. Contact Bigger & Harman,
661-349-9300. Or, send an email to
For a confidential, no obligation appointment, use the website
contact form. Bigger & Harman are Central Valley neighborhood traffic ticket attorneys,
who regularly represent clients with traffic tickets in traffic courts
in Mojave, Shafter, Santa Clarita, Bakersfield, or Independence court
houses in Tulare, Kings, Mono, Kern, Inyo, Fresno and other counties in
Central Valley, as well as some SoCal counties, such as Riverside and
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