How Does The Uniform Demerit Point System Work?
The Uniform Demerit Point system is a point value assessment done by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. For traffic offenses, misdemeanors, etc. DMV assesses points for the offenses you are found guilty of or that you pre-pay. Point values range anywhere from 3 points up to 6 points if it is a more aggravated offenses. The effect of points on your license can be far-reaching as they can last for a number of years and can add up, causing you to lose your license.
With this system in place, it is important that you don’t take any traffic violation too lightly as the points added could eventually carry more serious repercussions down the road. Therefore if you have been cited for a traffic violation, even one such as speeding, it is likely in your best interest to consult with a Richmond traffic lawyer to make sure you aren’t taking unnecessary risks with your license.
What Determines The Points Assigned To A Particular Offenses?
DMV assesses point values based on the severity of the individual charge. When you are convicted the court communicates with the DMV on what the conviction was and what Virginia Code Section you are convicted on. The DMV then assigns points towards that conviction. The point value for each conviction varies on the severity of the charge. Something like simple speeding comes with 3 points while something like reckless driving or DUI is a 6 point violation.
How Long Do Demerit Points Last?
Demerit points remain on your driving records for 2 years from the date that the offense was committed. The date the demerit points are removed from your driving records are not related to when the convictions are removed. In other words convictions will likely remain on your record long after the actual points will.
What Happens When You Accumulate Too Many Points?
If you accumulate too many points then Virginia DMV has the power to suspend your driving privileges. If the points are accumulated rather quickly in a 12 month or 24 month period for instance 8 points in 12 months you will receive a letter of warning from the DMV. This letter of warning advises you that you have record point accumulation and you run the risk of further action by the DMV.
If more points are accumulated, for example 12 points in 12 months or 18 points in 24 months then they will require you to attend a Driver Improvement Clinic and then you must provide the DMV with a copy of that completion. If you do not complete this requirement then you will be administratively suspended by the DMV anywhere from 30 days up to 6 months. If you accumulate 18 points in 12 months or 24 points in 24 months then the DMV will immediately suspend your privilege to drive. The first suspension will be anywhere from 90 days up to 6 months.