Many motorists believe getting a speeding ticket or other moving violation ticket is little more than a nuisance. Some people simply pay the ticket to avoid having to go to court and take time from work. What you may not be aware of is that paying a ticket is the same as pleading guilty to the charge. This may result in you getting points assessed against your Texas driver’s license which could lead to higher insurance costs and/or suspension of your license.
Understand Texas Points System
Following a conviction on a traffic violation you will be assessed two points against your driving record. While you may not think this is a significant problem, you should be aware points are assessed on convictions in state or out of state. Additionally, the points stay on your record for three years meaning in the future an additional conviction will result in four points. Accumulating six points will result in a $100 insurance surcharge. Four points in a year will result in a suspension of your driving rights. It takes a full year of a clear driving record to “regain” one point towards repairing your driving record. As you can see, this can be very costly.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Violations
If you hold a commercial driver’s license, you face more severe penalties for traffic violations. A first violation will not only impact your insurance rates, but it will also get the attention of your employer or prospective employer. If you have multiple violations it can lead to your CDL being revoked. If you are a CDL holder, a ticket in your personal vehicle is treated for points purposes the same as if you had been driving your commercial vehicle. It certainly does not seem fair but nevertheless a CDL holder is held to a much higher standard than a regular license holder.
If you are cited for a traffic violation, regardless of how minor it may seem, it is imperative to speak with The H. D. Sanchez Law Firm immediately to preserve your driving rights and ensure your insurance costs do not get out of hand. It is risky to consider these tickets a nuisance and simply pay the fine.