License Points

Driver license points are assessed on your driving record if you are convicted of certain motor vehicle violations. These are separate from Insurance Points that measure and determine the percentage that your rate will increase if you are convicted of certain motor vehicle violations. An experienced Criminal Defense and Traffic Attorney will be able to advise you on the points that you are at risk of being assessed, and the potential remedies that would prevent you from having points assessed.

There are many ways to mitigate motor vehicle violations in a manner that will allow for a reduction of the original charge to something lesser like an infraction or lower speed. Some options for mitigation include but are not limited to a negotiated

We strongly advise against just paying off your citation. This is an admission of guilt, and will usually result in you receiving points on your license and also insurance points. You risk suspending your own license by doing so, and in many situations it is preventable, or can be prepared for by having a limited driving privilege ready so that you are at least able to continue driving for life’s necessities like getting back and forth to work.

You can view the amount of points that are assessed for each violation HERE.

Schedule of Point Values
Passing Stopped School Bus5
Aggressive Driving5
Reckless Driving4
Hit and run (Property Damage Only)4
Following too close4
Driving on Wrong Side of Road4
Illegal Passing4
Failure to Yield Right-Of-Way to Pedestrian (Pursuant to G.S. 20-158(b)(2)(b)4
Failure to Yield Right-Of-Way to Bicycle, Motor Scooter, or Motorcycle4
Running Through Stop Sign3
Speeding in Excess of 55 Miles Per Hour3
Failing to Yield Right-Of-Way3
Running Through Red Light3
No Driver's License or License Expired More than One Year3
Failure to Stop for Siren3
Driving Through Safety Zone3
No Liability Insurance3
Failure to Report Accident Where Such Accident is Required3
Speeding in a School Zone in Excess of Posted School Zone Speed Limit3
Failure to Properly Restrain a Child in a Restraint or Seat Belt2
All Other Moving Violations2
Littering Pursuant to G.S. 14-399 When the Littering Involves the Use of a Motor Vehicle1

Schedule of Point Values for Violations While Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Passing Stopped School Bus8
Rail-Highway Crossing Violation6
Careless and Reckless Driving in Violation of G.S. 20-140(f)6
Speeding in Violation of G.S. 20-141(j3>6
Aggressive Driving6
Reckless Driving5
Hit and Run (Property Damage Only)5
Following Too Close5
Driving on Wrong Side of Road5
Illegal Passing5
Failure to Yield Right-Of-Way to Pedestrian (Pursuant to G.S. 20-158(b)(2)(b)5
Failure to Yield Right-Of-Way to Bicycle, Motor Scooter, or Motorcycle5
Running Through Stop Sign4
Speeding in Excess of 55 Miles Per Hour4
Failing to Yield Right-Of-Way4
Running Through Red Light4
No Driver's License or License Expired More than One Year4
Failure to Stop for Siren4
Driving Through Safety Zone4
No Liability Insurance4
Failure to Report Accident Where Such Accident is Required4
Speeding in a School Zone in Excess of Posted School Zone Speed Limit4
Possessing Alcoholic Beverages in the Passenger Area of a Commercial Motor Vehicle4
All Other Moving Violations3
Littering Pursuant to G.S. 14-399 When the Littering Involves the Use of a Motor Vehicle1

Charged with a traffic offense or motor vehicle violation?

Hall & Dixon, PLLC can help. Our criminal defense attorneys know the ins and outs of North Carolina's traffic and motor vehicle laws. We'll examine the details of your case and review our driving record carefully and make sure all proper legal procedures were followed prior to you receiving your citation. If we find any evidence that can be used in support of your criminal defense, we'll make note of it and present it to the court.

You can rely on our team of dedicated traffic and criminal defense attorneys to negotiate with the district attorney’s office and/or judge on your behalf and do everything possible to reduce the effects and consequences of a conviction. Schedule a FREE consultation for your traffic or motor vehicle citation by calling or texting 704-993-6825.

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