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What happens if I get multiple traffic offenses?

If you get multiple traffic tickets, you are considered a habitual traffic offender. But what does that mean?

You become a habitual traffic offender if…

When individuals that have been found committed for 20 or more moving violations within a five-year period, causing you to have your driving privileges suspended, they become a habitual traffic offender.

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If you get six or more moving violations in a 12‑month period, you’re going to lose your license for 60 days. If you get seven within a 12‑month period, then you’re going to get a longer suspension.

Obviously, as you keep getting more, you’re going to lose your license depending on how many you have. Four moving violations within a 12‑month period will lead to probation.

Five moving violations within a 24‑month period, you lose your license for 30 days. If you get another ticket within that probationary period, you lose it for 60 days. It goes up to 120 and more.

You can get temporary probation depending on how many moving violations you get within a 12 or 24‑month period.

After your traffic ticket, you’re entitled to a hearing.

For example, let’s say you got four tickets within a 12‑month period, and they send you a notice saying you’re going to be suspended for 30 days, 60 days.

We can request a hearing where we usually can work out a probationary period with a hearing officer before any suspension goes into effect.

To learn more about habitual traffic offenders, please read our page about multiple traffic offenses.

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