Remember in school how teachers and/or administrators would threaten misbehaving students that their disruptive behavior would go on that student’s “permanent record”? This is the concept behind points and a driver’s driving record in Michigan. A driver who commits certain traffic-related offenses will have “points” assessed on his or her license. Drivers who are assessed points will almost certainly see their insurance rates increase. Not only this, but drivers who accumulate too many points within a two-year period may have their driving privileges suspended.
In Michigan, certain offenses result in the assessment of “points” on a person’s driving record. Offenses may result in the assessment of six, four, three, or two points. As one might expect, offenses that result in the imposition of a greater number of points are more serious offenses. Points remain on a person’s driving record for a period of two years from the date of conviction (not necessarily the date the driver was stopped by a law enforcement officer) however, the prosecutor will be able to look back at your record for a period of ten years (this is important to consider when moving for a leniency request).
Convictions that result in six points being assessed include:
Convictions that result in four points being assessed include:
Convictions that result in three points being assessed include:
Finally, convictions that result in two points being assessed include:
If you accumulate 12 points or more in a two-year period, you can expect to have your driving privileges restricted, suspended, or revoked. This is why, at our office, we work to try and resolve your ticket or plead to a lower or non-reporting offense. By maintaining your record, you can maintain your license.
At Van Den Heuvel Law Office, our experienced and zealous Michigan defense attorneys will work with you to assist you in avoiding unnecessary traffic convictions so that your driving privileges remain intact. Even if you accumulate 12 or more points in a two-year period, we may be able to assist you in retaining your ability to drive legally. Contact our office today to discuss your case with us: Call us at (616) 698-0000 or contact us through our website.
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