What Happens When I Get Points On My License?

September 7, 2017By Brian Manchester

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also known as PennDOT has a point system in place to attempt to improve driving habits and ensure people drive safely on Pennsylvania roadways. Points are assigned based on moving violations and the number of points assigned are bases on the severity of the violation. The number of points that you can accrue before it affects your license is five. Once you hit six points that is when PennDOT will start to take action.

If you are under the age of eighteen and accumulate six points your license will be suspended for 90 days, for every time you reach six points again before you turn eighteen there will be an additional 120 days suspension.

Once you are over the age of eighteen and you reach six points on your license you will be asked to take a points examination. If you pass your exam within 30 days from when PennDOT notified you to take the exam two points will be taken off of your total accumulated points.

If you reach six points again you will then face a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hearing. You will receive notice of the hearing from PennDOT for the hearing. At the hearing, you could face any or all of the following, nothing, order to take an on road examination, or a fifteen day suspension.

If you reach six points for the third or any subsequent time you will again have to go to a Departmental hearing with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Here the hearing will decide whether or not to suspend your license for thirty days. Failure to appear will result in an automatic suspension until you appear for the hearing.

The next number of points to know about is 11 points. If you reach eleven points your license is automatically suspended, the length of the suspension will depend on how many times you have reached an accumulation of 11 points and how many total points you have accumulated. For the first time it is 5 days per point, for the second time it is 10 days per point, for the third time it is 15 days per point, for all subsequent times it is a one year suspension.

There are also a Departmental hearing for speeding, when you are going over 31 mph over the speed limit. At that hearing, you could receive a 15 day suspension and/or a on road examination.

Points will be removed from your license every year you go without any convictions or suspensions. A total of three points will be removed each year.

It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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