California DMV Record: Top 10 Tips to Keep It Clean
Since a California DMV record is based on a points system, it is easy to keep it clean. Simple preventive measures, such as defensive driving, can help. If you have multiple infractions, there’s still hope, as some lawyers specialize in cleaning up driving records.
A California DMV record accumulates points for every violation committed by the driver. A simple speeding ticket, for instance, is equivalent to one point, while a DUI charge equals two points. Although many think that points that are over a year old no longer count on a California DMV record, this is not the case.
California DMV Record: How to Keep It Clean
It will take longer than a year to clear your driving record in the state of California. Single point infractions can usually be cleared after a period of three years. The same is true for most infractions equal to 2 points, such as driving without a license.
But if you fail to show up in court for ANY traffic ticket, your absence will stay on your record for 5 years. If, however, your failure to show up in court involves a DUI charge, it will take 10 years for it to be cleared.
Following are 10 tips to keeping a clean record.
1. Be a safe, courteous driver at all times.
2. Be slow to react to invectives and threatening gestures other drivers throw at you.
3. If you feel the other driver is in a mortal rush, then yield the right of way even when you know you are in the right.
4. If you get a ticket that could add points to your record, see if attending a traffic school can keep your record clean.
5. Attend all court hearings on the dates specified.
6. If you take wine with your meal (even just a single glass) leave the driving to someone else. (Unfortunately, blood alcohol levels are not measured by the glass!)
7. Do not argue with the ticketing officer. Stay courteous and inquire politely.
8. Whether to the judge or the police officer, explain your point in a calm, even voice. Stick to the point and keep your comments brief.
9. Never shout or act so surprised (which also leads to shouting). Being arrested for DUI, for example, is so common (1 in 135 drivers are arrested annually for DUI) that your best bet is to not touch alcohol at all if you intend to get behind the wheel. A speeding ticket or two does not make your record “bad.”
10. If you have piled on some points and are unsure on what to do about them, consult a lawyer whose expertise is traffic tickets. A competent lawyer may just be able to help you clean up your record.
Finally, since a California DMV record is based on points and you will be notified when you incur them, keep an updated file. If you notice that points stay on your record longer than they should, contact your local DMV immediately. Visit the California DMV website for more information.
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