Connecticut Motor Vehicle Points and Operator Retraining
Most motor vehicle offenses are not criminal (misdemeanors or felonies) but infractions. While an infraction conviction does not trigger any criminal consequences, it very well may cause some problems for your driver's license or non-resident operating privileges. It is important to note that there are many motor vehicle offenses that are criminal in nature--such as a DUI, reckless driving, evading, assault by a motor vehicle and others--that carry both criminal and license consequences.
Like many states, Connecticut has a points system for motor vehicle offenses. Our Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the administrative authority to assess points on a person's license or operating privileges. Speeding for example, is one point. A DUI is three points. Passing a stopped school bus is four. Vehicular homicide and speeding in a school bus is five. There are many other point offenses. This list is not exhaustive.
DMV may suspend your license when your points total hits or exceeds ten. DMV is supposed to send you a warning letter when you reach six points. Each point assessment remains on the record for twenty-four months, meaning that each individual offense's points are erased after two years. For instance, if you received three two point violations over three years, only the points assessed in the preceding twenty-four months would count.
If DMV does suspend your license for points, you have a right to an administrative hearing to challenge the suspension.
In addition to points, DMV has operator retraining requirements. For drivers under the age of 25, DMV may require retraining ("traffic school") if a driver picks up two moving or suspension convictions. For drivers 25 and older, it is three such violations. Not all offenses are subject to this requirement.
To find out what your point and retraining consequences are and how to best handle your ticket, call or email me for a complimentary evaluation. If you received a summons, you should REALLY call me because you are charged with a crime. I regularly handle motor vehicle offenses in Meriden, New Haven, Milford, Bridgeport, Middletown, Derby and Waterbury.