Understanding The Traffic Point System

Receiving a traffic ticket for something like speeding might not seem like a big deal, but in reality it could have a big impact on your driving privileges. Pleading guilty to a traffic ticket can result in fines, penalties and point accumulation.

I am devoted to offering detailed advice to clients in the Tucson, Arizona, area. When you work with the Law Offices of Patrick Alan Moran, I will provide representation tailored to your unique case. My experience as a public defender and a private practice defense attorney gives me the knowledge and skill to help you limit the damage caused by speeding tickets, reckless driving charges and other traffic violations.

How Points Are Distributed

The Arizona traffic point system is designed to help keep the roadways safe, but receiving points can affect your daily life. The amount of points you receive depends on the offense. The most serious offenses have a larger number of points.

The points are distributed as follows:

  • 3 points:
    • Speeding
    • Driving or parking in a gore area
  • 4 points:
    • Failure to stop or yield resulting in an injured party
  • 6 points:
    • Failure to stop or yield resulting in the death of another party
    • Hit and run
  • 8 points:
    • Driving under the influence
    • Reckless driving

Other moving violations often result in 2 points on your record.

Points And License Suspension

The accumulation of points is measured from the date of your last violation and points remain on your record for the same amount of time the violation is on your record. This could be anywhere from five to 14 years depending on the severity of the infraction.

  • 8 to 17 points within a one-year period= three-month suspension
  • 18 to 23 points within a one-year period= six-month suspension
  • 25 or more points within a three-year period= one-year suspension

If you receive 8 to 12 points in a one-year period, you may be able to avoid license suspension by attending traffic survival school. You are only eligible for this option if you have not already attended the school within the 24 month period prior to your violation. If you do attend the course, the points will still remain on your record.

Advocating For Your Right To Drive

If you have received a traffic ticket, don't hesitate to contact me today. Call my Tucson office at 520-812-6987 to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer you can count on. I will do my best to seek lower penalties and fight to preserve your driving privileges.