Fresno Traffic Ticket Lawyer
18+ Years of Experience in Criminal Defense
When you are pulled over by law enforcement, your first thought may be to drive away or to panic. It is very important that you remain calm, as police officers may ask a variety of questions of you or try to pressure you into a confession. Stay silent and speak with our Fresno traffic attorney from The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch right away. We are here to ensure your rights are not violated in or out of the courtroom.
Please contact our firm today at (559) 484-2112 to learn more about how we can help.
What are the Consequences of a Traffic Offense?
Being charged with a serious traffic offense can be stressful and have lasting effects on your life. In addition to any criminal penalties you may face, such as time in jail or legal fines, you may find that your ability to drive is at risk. Many traffic offense convictions may lead to the revocation or suspension of your license. Additionally, receiving a ticket can lead to points on your license and your insurance cost going up.
How Are Points Added to Driving Records?
The California DMV assigns points to your license if you violate a traffic law. Accumulating a certain number of points within a given timeframe will result in the agency classifying you as a negligent operator and will suspend or revoke your driving privileges.
A Class C driver is categorized as a negligent operator if they accumulate points as follows:
- 4 or more points in 1 year
- 6 points or more in 2 years, or
- 8 points or more in 3 years
Class A and B drivers are allowed 2 additional points per period; however, a traffic violation committed by these license holders while driving a commercial vehicle results in 1½ times more points than a Class C driver.
For minors, their driver’s license could be restricted if they accumulate 2 points in 1 year, or it could be suspended if they accumulate 3 points in 1 year.
Various traffic offenses lead to different point assessments. A few are as follows:
- Disobeying a traffic officer or firefighter: 1 point
- Loading a vehicle unsafely: 1 point
- Exceeding the posted speed limit: 1 point
- Failing to stop for a school bus: 1 point
- Drinking alcohol while driving: 1 point
- Following too closely: 1 point
- Driving recklessly: 2 points
- Driving on the wrong side of the road: 2 points
- Participating in street racing: 2 points
- Driving under the influence and causing bodily injury or death: 2 points
How Long Do Points Stay on Driving Records?
The severity of the traffic offense determines how long a point will stay on your driver’s license. In general, points remain for 3 years, 3 months. However, it can be up to 13 years before a point drops from your record for more serious offenses, such as DUI.
We offer representation for the following common traffic offenses:
- Reckless driving
- Driving without a license
- Driving on a suspended license
- Fleeing a crime scene
- Eluding the police
Get a FREE Consultation with a Fresno Traffic Lawyer
Our Fresno traffic attorney is a former prosecutor with extensive experience in the courtroom. We want to ensure you are aware of your rights and options and we are dedicated to keeping you updated every step of the way. You can count on us to provide you with all of the necessary information about your charges so you can make the best decisions, taking an active role in your case.
To request a free consultation, please give us a call now at (559) 484-2112.