How Does Florida's Traffic Points System Work?

  • If you’ve recently been pulled over in Florida, your traffic ticket might be a point of concern for you. The fines are bad enough, but you’re also concerned about your insurance company raising your monthly rates. Raised auto insurance premiums could translate to thousands of dollars for just one little traffic ticket.

    Another potential penalty you’re facing is the addition of points to your driving record. If you get enough traffic points in a certain amount of time, you could face a suspension of your driver’s license.

    If you pay your traffic ticket, you’re basically saying you’re guilty of the offense. That means points will be added to your license, you will have to pay a fine, and you could see your insurance costs increase for years.

    There’s no need to plead guilty to your traffic ticket. The qualified and experienced traffic ticket lawyers at Hersem Law can help. Give us a call as soon as you can, but in the meantime, read on to learn more about how Florida’s traffic points system works.

    Adding Points to Your License

    Each traffic violation has a certain number of points attached to it. For example, a ticket for failing to yield is worth three points. On their own, those three points might not have an immediate impact (although your insurance costs are likely to rise). However, these points can start to add up quickly, and some offenses are worth more points than others. You can view a list of how the Florida DMV assigns points to some of the most common offenses on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

    In Florida, your driving points add up over time, and the amount you receive in a specific time can affect you. This system is meant to punish repeat convictions. The more convictions you receive, the more points will be placed on your driver’s license, and the more penalties you’ll face. 

    Your License Could Be Suspended

    If you accept a conviction, it can affect your license. In Florida, you only need to receive twelve points in a single twelve-month period to have your license suspended. That means thirty days without a license, which leaves you unable to transport yourself. 

    The penalties can add up from there. You can also receive a suspension for receiving eighteen points in eighteen-months, which will leave you with a three-month suspension. If you receive twenty-four points within thirty-six months, your license will be suspended for one year. 

    Contact a Florida Driving Points Lawyer for Help 

    When you’re facing a traffic ticket in Florida, you’re not just fighting back against the fines and financial penalties. You’re also defending yourself against license suspensions, which can hurt your future. Fortunately, you don’t have to accept a conviction and take those driving points. 

    Instead, you can dispute your violation with the help of a Tampa traffic ticket lawyer at Hersem Law. We know that avoiding these penalties is important. That’s why we offer a free strategy session—so you’ll know what to expect when the experienced team at Hersem Law fights for you. 

    When you’re ready to begin, reach out by calling 813-251-7291 or by visiting us online for more information.