Most traffic violations carry one point. Some carry two, such as a DUI or speeding at over one hundred miles an hour. If you are not sure check www.californiatrafficdefensecenter.com to see how many points your violation may carry. Also, some violations carry no points. The point system is based on violations that are negligent and dangerous. Driving without a license carries no points and is, arguably, not dangerous
How long do they stay on my record?
A one pointer will stay on your record for three years. Two pointer will stay for seven - except for a DUI which stays for 10 years (and is priorable for ten).
What is the max number of points that I can get before a suspension is put in place?
4 points in a 12 month period, 6 points in a 24 month period and 8 points in a 36 month period will get you suspended. Commercial drivers have a higher point count, but their tickets also carry a higher point count.
Why should I avoid points?
Because if you don't your insurance rates will go way, way up. Also, as noted above your chances for getting suspended will increase with every ticket that you get. Some tickets carry jail as a punishment. If you find yourself in need of help with any traffic ticket or DMV matter see us at www.californialegaldefense.com or call me at 415.378.4133