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Driving Violation Convictions - Points
Driving Convictions. If you drive a vehicle for a living, you know the impact that any driving violation can have on your employment. Having a lawyer shows the police and/or DA that you are prepared to appeal any conviction that adds points to your license. It may save you thousands of dollars over the long run (even if you do not drive for a living) in terms of insurance and other costs to plead a speeding ticket to "5 over," which carries no points. We can explain other ways to avoid points.

Driving during a suspended license dramatically increases the length of the suspension. Any driving violation that occurs during a suspended license needs to be taken vary seriously.

Points On Your Record
Here is how the Commonwealth of PA describes the Points system:

Second Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and then for a second time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. At the hearing, a hearing examiner will review the driver's record. After the hearing, the Department may recommend one or more:

1. Order a 15 Day License Suspension,
2. Order the Driver to Take a Special On-Road Driver's Examination, or
3. Take No Action.

If a person's driving privilege is suspended or a special driver's exam is recommended, 2 points will be removed from the driving record if the driver passes the exam within 30 days or 2 points will be removed once the 15 day suspension has been served. No points are removed from the driving record if the Department does not initiate a sanction. Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

Third or More Accumulation of 6 Points
When any driving record is reduced below 6 points and for the third or subsequent time reaches 6 or more points, the driver will have to attend a Departmental hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. The Department will then determine if a 30 day license suspension will be initiated.

Failure to attend this Departmental hearing will result in the suspension of the driver's license until the driver
attends the hearing.

Excessive Speeding
When a driver is convicted for speeding 31 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, the driver will have to attend a Departmental Hearing. The driver will receive a written notice of the specific time and location of the required hearing. The hearing examiner will review the driving record. Upon the Department's review of the hearing file, one or both of the following will be initiated:

1. 15 Day License Suspension
2. Special On-Road Driver's Examination
If a 15 day suspension is initiated, the driving record will show 5 points upon restoration. No points are removed if a special driver's examination is initiated and completed.

Failure to attend this Departmental Hearing will result in a 60 day license suspension.

Accumulation of 11 Points or More
When any driving record reaches 11 or more points, the driver's license will automatically be suspended. The length of suspension depends on how many times the license was suspended in the past. The suspension schedule is as follows:

1. First Suspension - 5 days per point
2. Second Suspension - 10 days per point
3. Third Suspension - 15 days per point
4. Subsequent Suspensions - One year

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