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Understanding the Potential Consequences of a Traffic Ticket

Even the most minor traffic infraction can have a negative impact on your ability to operate a motor vehicle.  The State of Indiana has established a method by which they assign points to a driving record for each traffic related judgment a person incurs.  Below you will find a summary of five of the most common traffic infractions and their associated points.

  • Speeding 1-15 over 2 points
  • Speeding 16-25 over 4 points
  • Speeding 25+ over 6 points
  • Disregarding a Traffic Device 4 points
  • Failure to Signal 2 points

The more points that accumulate on your driving record, the more likely you are to are receive a license suspension from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).  In Indiana, if you accumulate 18 points within a 24 month period, there is a strong likelihood that the BMV will suspend your driving privileges.  In addition to an excessive points suspension, it is important to note that the BMV can also suspend your license if you receive 3 moving violations within a 12 month period, even if the associated points are low.  If you find yourself approaching these limits, contesting your ticket is not only important, it may be necessary.   

At this point you may be asking yourself, in the event I am assessed points from an infraction, how long do those points remain on my license?  The simple answer is that the points remain on your license for 2 years.  However, the infraction itself remains on your record for much longer and this could have effects on areas such as employment and insurance.

On the other hand, if this is your first ticket or you received a ticket for a minor offense, the implications could be minimal.  However, if you choose to do so you must be aware of the issues discussed above.  A minor violation today could lead to a major problem tomorrow.    

Looking for a Marion County traffic lawyer that understands the importance of traffic matters? Contact the attorneys at Keffer Barnhart LLP today if you have questions.  We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case.  Act now and contact us today at 1-800-NOT-GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.