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How To: Handle Suspensions, Points and Other Problems

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License Suspensions

Driver's license suspensions can occur when a driver is convicted of committing a traffic violation. There are certain violations such as speeding, distracted driving, and running a red light or a stop sign, called moving violations that don't result in an automatic license suspension and you need to accumulate a certain amount of points over a certain period of time, which varies from state to state, in order to get your license suspended. Criminal offenses, on the other hand, lead to an automatic suspension. These include: driving under the influence, a hit and run, reckless driving, refusing to submit to a breath or urine test, driving without a license or with an expired one, drug crimes etc.

Drivers have the right to a hearing and dispute suspensions. After a hearing, the suspension can be upheld, its length can be reduced or increased, or, in some cases, the license can be reinstated. Convictions can also be cleared from your record

At the hearing, you can try to offer arguments as to why the traffic accident or any other violation you were convicted of was not your fault. You can also ask for a restricted driving permit if driving is an essential part of your job, and you could lose your job over the suspension, or if you have to drive to and from school.

After the suspension is over, you must reinstate your license, which can be done online in most states by paying a reinstatement fee. It would be wise to hire an attorney to fight a suspension because the procedures can be very complicated.

Driver's license points

Each traffic violation puts a certain amount of points to a driver's record. The amount of points depends on the seriousness of the violation. For example, serious crimes like a hit and run, or a DUI warrant more points than simple offenses such as speeding or a traffic ticket. Points vary from state to state for distracted driving. Handling your points is very important because apart from a license suspension, their accumulation can also lead to increased auto insurance rates.

There are a couple of things you can do that can help clear your record. First and foremost, you should always try to drive carefully and comply with the traffic code. You should also pay attention to how much points you have earned. Then you can try fighting a ticket in court and attending traffic school, which can clear points off your record or even prevent getting a point after some minor violation. You can also hire a lawyer to expunge your record (clear it)

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