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What are demerit points and how do they impact you?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2018 | Traffic Violations

Residents in Virginia facing accusations of committing a traffic violation have likely heard of the demerit system before. Robert F. Rider, PLC, is here to help you understand exactly what you’re up against when looking at this system.

Virginia uses a system of demerit points for moving traffic violations. In other words, only violations that take place when your car is being used and in motion apply. These points are assigned based on the severity of the violation at hand and can range from three points up to six. For example, exceeding the speed limit by over 20 miles or having a DUI will result in a 6 point demerit.

But what are these demerit points tallied for, exactly? In essence, if you get more than 18 demerit points in 12 months or 24 points in 24 months, you risk having your license suspended by the Virginia Department of Motorized Vehicles. Not only that, but you’ll have to complete a driver improvement clinic, aimed to help you improve your driving behaviors so that no more demerit points are gained in the future.

Obviously, having your license suspended can have a big impact on you. However, with the right attorney, traffic tickets, fines, and even demerit points can be reduced or dropped entirely.

If you have recently been charged with a traffic violation but wish to fight it, consider taking a look at our web page on traffic violations, linked here. Regardless of what it is you’re facing, having extra information can help you prepare and fight back.