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Understanding Wisconsin’s Driver’s License Point System

 Posted on June 22, 2021 in Criminal Defense

Waukesha WI traffic ticket lawyerMost people are pulled over by a police officer at one point or another, even if it is just for something small, like forgetting to use a turn signal. A single traffic stop may not have serious consequences, but in Wisconsin, each time you are issued a traffic ticket by an officer, you face more points accumulating on your driving record. If you have too many points, you could eventually have your driving privileges taken away from you. If you have gotten a ticket or you have been pulled over recently, you should speak with a Wisconsin traffic ticket attorney who can help you understand your options.

How Does the Point System Work?

Like most other states, Wisconsin uses a point system to keep track of each driver’s record in an attempt to keep dangerous drivers off of the road. Every time you are issued a traffic ticket, you will also be issued a specific number of points on your driving record for that ticket. More serious violations result in more points. Some of the most common traffic violations and their assigned number of points include:

  • Operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license: 3 points

  • Operating under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (OWI): 6 points

  • Reckless driving or street racing: 6 points

  • Speeding 20 mph or more over the speed limit: 6 points

  • Inattentive driving: 4 points

  • Obstructing traffic: 2 points

Points and License Suspensions

If you accumulate 12 or more points within a 12-month period, your license will be suspended. The length of the suspension will depend on the number of points you have and the type of license that you hold. For example, those with probationary licenses and instructional permits face a six-month suspension for accumulations of between 12 and 30 points and a one-year suspension for more than 30 points. If you have a regular license, the suspensions are as follows:

  • 12-16 points: 2-month suspension

  • 17-22 points: 4-month suspension

  • 23-30 points: 6-month suspension

  • More than 30 points: 1-year suspension

Contact a Waukesha County Traffic Ticket Attorney Today

If you have recently received a traffic ticket, you should contact a knowledgeable Waukesha, WI traffic violation lawyer to discuss your best course of action for dealing with it. At Bucher Law Group, LLC, we understand how important your ability to drive is. To discuss your situation with our skilled team, call our office today at 262-303-4916 to schedule a free consultation.




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