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How the Virginia points system could affect driving records

Harrisonburg area drivers understand that it is almost impossible to drive safely every minute behind the wheel. No matter the best intentions a driver may have, slipping up once in a while happens. But, if that one mistake ends in a conviction for a reckless driving traffic violation in our state, it can have a negative effect on their driving record.

The State of Virginia uses a points system to rate drivers. If a person is convicted of a traffic violation, they can receive negative points. A driver can lose 3, 4 or 6 points, depending on the violation. A loss of 6 points is for a reckless driving conviction, DUI, driving on a suspended license or speeding at more than 20 mph over the speed limit. A loss of 4 points is 10-19 mph over the speed limit, and a loss of 3 points is improper driving and failing to observe a highway sign.

A driver who has accumulated points may have their license suspended or be placed on probation. And, if a driver goes to traffic court with negative points on their record already, they tend to not get as many breaks from the judge as those who have a better record.

If a person is facing a reckless driving charge, they need to craft criminal defense to avoid or mitigate these points. Those accused need to understand what is on the line with a reckless driving conviction and not having a strategy can have dire consequences. It can mean thousands of dollars in fines, high insurance rates and even jail time.

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