Posted on Jan 10, 2019

Anand Law Firm, LLC

What Are Points And How Do I Keep Them Off My Driving Record

Most states have some sort of points system when it comes to driving infractions. You can think of this as a demerit structure. When you do something “bad,” for example, get a speeding ticket or fail to stop at a stop sign, you are assessed points on your driving record. In the state of Georgia, the organization that keeps track of all your driving points is the Georgia Department of Driver Services. This is the same body that also issues you your driver’s license.

The reason that points matter so much is that if you get too many points, your privilege to drive can be suspended. As a Georgia resident over the age of twenty-one (21), if you accrue fifteen (15) points in any twenty-four (24) month period, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will administratively suspend your driver’s license. That means you cannot operate a motor vehicle for any reason. You cannot drive work, to school or even to the hospital for an emergency. That is pretty rough. If you think about it, even someone who is found guilty of Driving under the Influence gets a limited permit to drive to certain places, like work.

Keeping points off your driving record will require you to appear in court and take some action, rather than just paying the ticket. Once you get to court, one option is to try to negotiate a reduction of your infraction with the prosecutor assigned to your case.