New York and New Jersey both use a points system to track drivers. Certain traffic violations are given a point value. When you accumulate a certain number points, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Motor Vehicle Commission can and will suspend or revoke your driver's license.
You may think that it is easier to resolve your traffic ticket by paying the fine. When you do this, you are pleading guilty to a traffic offense and points will be added automatically. While there are some opportunities to reduce points or fight a suspension, the best way to avoid losing your ability to drive is to be proactive in fighting all moving violations.
The Law Offices of Martin A. Kron, is ready, willing and well-equipped to help you fight your ticket and keep points off your record. An attorney will even meet with you for free. Call us at 212-691-0175 or email us now.
Too Many Points Can Result In License Suspension And Additional Fines
How many points does it take for a license suspension? That depends on which state you live in, the type of traffic violation and the number of offenses you are convicted of in a certain period of time. For example:
- In New York, if you get six points on your record, you are subject to additional fines. If you accumulate 11 or more points or receive three speeding tickets in an 18-month period, your license may be revoked for a minimum of six months.
- In New Jersey, if you get six points on your record within three years, you are subject to surcharges. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your record, your license can be suspended.
Listed below are some of the most common or serious offenses, and the points associated with each. Remember that points are not the only penalty for many of these violations. Some alone could result in license suspension and criminal sanctions.
|Offense||New York||New Jersey|
|Speeding over the limit||3 to 11||2 to 5|
|Leaving the scene of an accident (property damage)||3||2|
|Leaving the scene of an accident (with injury)||4||8|
|Improper cellphone use or texting||5||3 (on third offense)|
|Running a red light or stop sign||3||2|
|Following too closely or tailgating||4||5|
|Failure to stop for a school bus||5||5|
Being Proactive In Your Defense Starts With A Free Consultation
If you have questions about the points system, need help resolving a traffic ticket or require assistance with any license matter, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Call our office at 212-691-0175. You may also send us your information and one of our lawyers will contact you.