What Are Moving Violations in California?
Moving violations in California are violations of the California Vehicle Code which result in a “point” going on your DMV record. The DMV uses a point system to keep track of your driving record, so they can determine how safe you are as a driver. The theory is that the more moving violations you’ve been convicted of in traffic court (and the more points you’ve acquired), the less safe of a driver you are. Also, California insurers have access to your DMV record and use any points on your DMV record in their underwriting process to raise your car insurance rates.
What Types of Violations are Moving Violations in California?
There are numerous California vehicle code sections that are moving violations, which, if convicted of these violations, a point will go on your DMV record in California. Some examples are as follows:
- Speeding (Vehicle Code sections 22350, 22348, 22349, 22406): one point
- Speeding over 100 miles an hour (Vehicle Code section 22348(b)): two points
- Driving on a Suspended License (Vehicle Code section 14601.1): two points
- Running a Red Light (Vehicle Code section 21453): one point
What Happens if I Get Too Many Points on My DMV Record?
Your insurance rates can go up significantly if you get a point on your DMV record. Depending on other underwriting factors, sometimes even a single point on your record can DOUBLE your insurance premium. Also, if you get too many points on your DMV record, you can face a negligent operator suspension.
Is There Any Way to Keep the Point From Going on My Record?
If you are traffic school eligible, successful completion of traffic school will keep the point off of your DMV record. If you are not traffic school eligible, I am a Southern California traffic ticket attorney who can potentially keep the point off of your record by fighting your ticket in court.
Get Help With Moving Violations in California
As a California traffic ticket attorney, I can help you plan the best strategy for handling your particular moving violation in California. You can call me for a free consultation at 888-250-8450 or use the contact form below.