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Barry D. Kowitt is one of the founding partners at Unger & Kowitt, where they have helped over 500,000 people fight back. 

In this blog, he shares with you his views on the traffic ticket system, as well as providing traffic ticket solutions that really work, no gimmicks. Hint: saying "my car doesn't go that fast" isn't going to cut it.

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In Florida, drivers license points can result in a suspension

 

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In a previous post, I explained how points on your license are something you should avoid at all cost.  The main reason for that, is in Florida, drivers license points will result in insurance increases of up to 50% over your current premiums.  In addition to having to pay more money to the insurance company every year the points stay on your license, you also run the risk of having the state suspend your driving priviledge. 

So even if YOU don't mind making the insurance company rich, the state minds, and will take action if you accumulate too many points too fast.

In Florida, the amount of points and the length of your suspension are as follows:

  • 12 points earned within 12 months results in a 30-day suspension
  • 18 points earned within 18 months results in a 3-month suspension
  • 24 points earned within 36 months results in a 12-month suspension

Now 12 points in 12 months may not seem possible, believe me, it adds up fast.  Just look at this table from the state of Florida's website and you'll see, that one violation can be 6 points, so with just two tickets in a year, you can be looking at a suspension if you are not careful.

Speeding Less than 15 mph over the speed limit               3 points
More than 15 mph over the speed limit   4 points 
Speeding resulting in a crash 6 points
Moving violation 3 points 
Moving violation resulting in a crash  4 points 
Failing to stop at a traffic signal 4 points 
Passing a stopped school bus 4 points 
Reckless driving 4 points 
Leaving the scene of a crash with property damage 6 points 
Improper lane change  3 points 
Violation of a traffic control sign/device  4 points 
Child restraint violation  3 points 
Littering  3 points

You see how it doesn't take long before you run the risk of a suspension, which is why it's so important to always fight your tickets and do whatever you can to avoid the points.  Now if you want to fight your ticket yourself, you should download our FREE eBook which gives you all the information on how to fight a traffic ticket yourself, including some of the many tips, and tricks we've acquired over the years. 

If you prefer to hire an attorney to fight your traffic ticket, and there are many reasons to choose that, you should read my post where I list the 5 questions you must ask BEFORE you hire a traffic attorney.

Whichever way you decide to go, as long as you are doing everything possible to keep those points off your license, you are at least ensuring that you won't have your license suspended.

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Question: My INSURANCE PREMIUM is extremely high; I have requested my driving record and it shows 11 points, 8 speeding and 3 one moving violation (change of lane). Last points were assessed in November of 2011. How long do tey last in driving record??....Any way to get rid of them??...Since last points were assessed in 2011, how do you count towards suspensions???....what should I avoid or beware of???
Posted @ Saturday, October 27, 2012 1:16 PM by CAMILO GIRALDO
Camilo, 
 
Thanks for your comments. Sorry for the high insurance premiums. I wish you would have found me before you got all those points. I know I could have helped keep them off your record. There is no way to get rid of them at this point. They will fall off in 3 years. You get 12 points in 12 months, or 18 points in 18 months before you lose your license. Drive very carefully the next few years and you'll be fine. Before you pay another ticket, call me so I can give you some free advice and try to help you keep any more points from appearing on your record. 
 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Sunday, November 04, 2012 7:30 PM by Barry Kowitt
Accident happened 3/2008 the 4 points are still showing on driving record. Any idea why and how do I get them removed?
Posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 7:15 AM by Betty
How does the points system work as time lapses without a ticket? Does it take months for a point to be considered "worked off" by the state of Florida?
Posted @ Sunday, July 07, 2013 2:38 PM by Pete Moberg
Pete, 
 
Sorry for the delay in answering your question, but basically, the points will last for 3 years from when they were issued. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:39 PM by Barry Kowitt
About removing points i personaly removed mines they where 19 points and it cost me 2000 . They can be removed just one way the right attorney will take them off in a court off law so all you can do is search for one and he will help you out . The points never exspired they will be allways on your license if you dont hire an attorney after 3 years they stop counting for the insurance but if you get another ticket the points will be added to the total that you have . Any question feel free to ask .
Posted @ Sunday, September 01, 2013 5:00 AM by Luis Ruiz
Which lawyer removed your points?
Posted @ Friday, February 07, 2014 12:41 PM by Jason
Luis, 
 
I'm not sure you are talking about tickets in Florida. Points do stay on your record forever, and they do stop counting for insurance purposes for three years, but they do not continue to count against you after three years as you indicated.  
 
Jason, we have gotten points removed from people's records, but it can be very expensive and it's far from a guarantee. It requires filing a motion to re-open the case and usually, you need a compelling reason. 
 
Let me know if you want to discuss it.  
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, February 07, 2014 2:22 PM by Barry Kowitt
Barry, I need your advice on my case. Please, reply to my email so I can elaborate further. I would really appreciate your help.
Posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:33 PM by Alex
If a Florida resident got a speeding ticket for 20 MPH over the limit in another state out of Florida and accept the guilt by paying it. Does he/she get the points in Florida?
Posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 8:39 AM by Pollo
Pollo, 
 
Yes, it's my understanding that Florida will treat the ticket as if it was issued in Florida. Speeding over 20 mph in Florida will result in 4 points if it's paid. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 10:03 AM by Barry Kowitt
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