If traffic laws are violated, your driving privileges could be suspended or revoked resulting in fines and even imprisonment. The seriousness of your violations – and resulting penalties – are tracked by the MVC using a point system. If you are convicted of a moving violation, the MVC will penalize you by adding points to your driving record. You will only get points on your record for moving violations – points are not assessed for parking and other non-moving violations.
How do points affect you?
- If you get six or more points within three years on your current driving record, you will be assessed a surcharge
- If you get 12 or more points on your current driving record, your license will be suspended. You will receive a notice of scheduled suspension by mail. You have limited time to request an hearing to appeal the suspension.
- A Motor Vehicle Commission hearing is not a trial. It is a hearing before an investigator who will look at the details of your criminal charge or other violation that resulted in a driver’s license suspension or revocation.
- Getting points on your license may also increase your insurance rates. Contact your insurance carrier for details.
How can I get rid of points on my record?
Although the MVC keeps a permanent record of all the points you’ve earned, it is possible to earn point deductions by remaining violation and suspension-free for one year or by taking qualified driving courses approved by the MVC. Note: Your insurance company might not factor these deductions into your insurance rate.
It is important to know that the MVC can assign fault to your violation. For example, if you are involved in a car accident in which someone dies, you can lose your driving privileges for up to 10 years, even if there is no DWI charge associated with the accident.
The MVC also assigns points to your driving record, which can increase your insurance rates. For example, tailgating is five points, an improper U-turn is three points, passing in a no-passing zone is four points, leaving the scene of an accident where someone was injured is eight points, and any violation in a construction zone or safe corridor would be assessed with double points.
At Sitzler and Sitzler, our Mount Holly driver’s license violations attorneys can represent you in MVC hearings and will work to protect your driving privileges. At our law firm, in addition to providing drunk driving defense, our lawyers assist people with all aspects of motor vehicle hearing including any of the following issues:
- DWI driver’s license suspensions
- Driving without a license
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents
- Driving restrictions for six or more points within three years
In some areas of law, strategy is king. In this area of law, details rule the day. There are deadlines to be met, forms to file accurately and appearances to be made. A mistake could cost you your driving privileges.
At Sitzler and Sitzler we have been though this process hundreds of times and we do not believe in making mistakes. You can view information regarding motor vehicle suspensions, including how to pay your restoration fee at this NJ MVC Suspension Page
Sitzler and Sitzler serves clients in New Jersey, particularly in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Ocean, Mercer, and Cape May Counties contact the Sitzler and Sitzler Law Offices today at (609) 267-1101.