Traffic citations or tickets seem merely irritating to most people. Getting stopped by the police means a disruption to your schedule, but the ticket itself may cost hundreds of dollars. It could also increase what you pay for liability insurance.
The average person will choose to quickly pay a ticket and move on, but fighting back against them can be a good decision. Especially for those who have already paid another ticket in recent history, too many citations could mean the loss of their driver’s license. When do the points on your license from a citation mean that the state will suspend your license?
Multiple tickets can cost you your license to drive
Florida’s system integrates multiple levels of consequences. When someone accumulates 12 points within 12 months, the state will suspend their driver’s license for 30 days. Those who accrue 18 points within 18 months will face a three-month suspension. If someone racks up 24 points within 36 months, the suspension of their license will last a full year.
Different moving violations carry different numbers of points. Failing to yield to a pedestrian adds three points to your license, while failing to stop for a school bus adds four points. Those who cause crashes and leave the scene will have six points added to their license.
Defending against the first ticket you receive can prevent you from getting points on your license. Fighting back against subsequent tickets after paying another one will prevent the possible points from affecting your driving privileges. Depending on the situation that led to your citation, you may have multiple different ways to fight a ticket.