Being Convicted of a Traffic Offense in Virginia Can Follow You for Years to Come
If you are convicted of a traffic offense in Virginia, the Court will notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of your conviction. In all cases, the DMV will list the conviction on your driving record and assign demerit points to you based on the severity of the offense. The DMV pamphlet “Moving Violations and Point Assessments” explains how these demerit points will be assessed against your license. For example:
- Speeding 1–9 mph above the posted speed limit is a three-point violation.
- Speeding 10–19 mph over the posted speed limit is a four-point violation.
- Reckless driving by speed (for driving 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit) is a six-point violation.
These demerit points will remain on your record for years. For some offenses, the DMV will also issue an order suspending your license, or an order requiring you to complete a driver improvement clinic.
Note that different rules apply if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), even if you were driving your personal vehicle on your own time when you received your ticket.
While the DMV does not automatically notify your insurance company that you were convicted of a traffic offense, it will inform your insurer of the conviction upon request. Typically, your insurer will check the status of your license prior to scheduled renewals, in the case of a claim, or if you request a change in your premium.
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Our lawyers practice in local courts throughout Southside Virginia, including the courts in Amelia County, Appomattox County, Buckingham County, Brunswick County, Campbell County, Charlotte County, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Halifax County, Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg County, Nottoway County, and Prince Edward County.
If you have been charged with a driving-related offense in Southside Virginia, contact one of our skilled traffic defense attorneys to schedule your consultation without delay!