The main reason you will want to maintain a clean driving record, other
than to show prospective employers that you are responsible and trustworthy
is to keep your insurance premiums from going up. Your age group already
has the highest rates. Anyone can make a mistake while driving, but it
is more likely to occur with an inexperienced driver. Many teens are not
aware of how to keep a clean teen driving record, especially when an at-fault
accident or minor infraction occurs. Consulting your parents is a must;
consulting a traffic ticket attorney is smart.
Traffic ticket attorneys spend the majority of their time in traffic court
or writing motions for dismissal of charges to traffic judges. When an
individual’s rights were violated, which may happen more frequently
with teen drivers than more experienced drivers, you need an attorney
to protect your rights and your teen driving record.
As a teen, your insurance rates are already higher than most other drivers,
apart from those with reckless driving or a DUI conviction. Therefore,
a minor infraction can wreak havoc with your insurance premiums. So, here
are a few tips from the Central Valley’s best traffic ticket defense team.
Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS)
CA Vehicle Code (CVC)
Issuance and Renewal of Licenses, discusses which violations of the CVC will be assessed one or two points
depending on the moving violation for which the driver is convicted, such
as two points for reckless driving, DUI, or speeding 100+ mph, etc., and
which are assessed one point, such as speeding 1 mph over the safe driving
limit but less than 100 mph, failure to stop for a red light, improper
lane change, etc.,
NOTS does not apply to drivers under 18 years of age or provisional drivers,
aside from, “Younger "provisional" drivers are also included
in the NOTS program if they violate provisional probation or suspension.”
A provisional driver’s license (DL) can be issued to teens between
the age of 16 and 18, after holding a provisional permit for 6 months
and passing the driver’s hands-on exam. For the full details, exception,
restrictions, and requirements, read the
California Driver Handbook. Additionally, the DMV may sanction provisional drivers with 30 days driving
restriction for 2 points and 6 months, plus a one-year probation for 3
points assessed on a provisional DL. Turning 18 will not end your driving
How to Get a Copy of Your Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR)
The best way to keep a clean teen driving record is to always obey the
law. However, we all know that it is nearly impossible, no matter how
hard you try, you will likely become distracted and miss a sign or exceed
the speed limit. That is why the provisional DL law has been changed so
that starting in 2020, it will be amended to include everyone below 21
years of age and will prohibit provisional drivers from transporting anyone
20 or below in their vehicle, except for employment and official school
functions, for which proof of work or class schedules must be kept in
the vehicle. The prohibition from driving between 11 pm and 5 am with
a provisional DL will continue unless you are driving to or from a place
of work or school.
The next best way to maintain a clean teen driving record is to periodically
request an official copy of your motor vehicle driving record (MVR) from the DMV
website. A word of caution is to avoid any site that promises a copy of your teen
driving record, as there are for-profit sites all over the web, so make
sure it is the DMV.CA.GOV site. These other sites may provide a copy of
your record; however, it is not official. If you find an incorrect record
of violation or accident on your record, you can request the DMV to remove
it. And, although it is not legally necessary to hire a traffic ticket
attorney to accompany you to a DMV Hearing, it is advisable. Most traffic
ticket attorneys spend many hours a week in traffic court and know what
tickets that you may have just paid that can be removed by the DMV Hearing
administrator. Therefore, at the very least you should consult with a
traffic ticket attorney before the hearing.
Consult a Local Central Valley Traffic Ticket Attorney
When you get a ticket for a traffic violation, it does not have to result
in a blemish on your teen driving record. A traffic ticket attorney can
represent you in traffic court and get your ticket dismissed or possibly
a reduced charge or fine.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to inquire about the specifics of
your ticket or email:
You don’t have to take our word for it the
Avvo.com for Paul Harman posted by Karen, “My daughter was ticketed (radar)
on I-5 allegedly going 101 mph, she was facing a $900 fine and 2 points
on her license. Paul was able to get her case dismissed entirely. As the
CFO of a large law firm myself my advice to anyone in a similar situation
would be to hire a good local lawyer who is familiar with the local court
system, you won't regret it!” Avvo is short for “avvocato”
which is Italian for lawyer or law advocate. They are one of the most
prestigious reviewers of US lawyers.
Nolo.com write-up, Nolo is the nation’s largest online digest of legal professionals.
In addition, you should check the comments on
Yelp to get a clearer image of who these guys are and how pleased they are
to serve California drivers.
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