ohio point system

The state of Ohio assesses points against the driving record of drivers who commit certain traffic violations. The Ohio point system aims to deter drivers from committing frequent traffic violations over a short period of time. If you accumulate 12 or more points over a two-year period, you face license suspension.

Points and penalties for traffic violations in Ohio are serious charges that can carry steep consequences for drivers. A traffic attorney at Gounaris Abboud, LPA, can explain the process for getting points on your license in Ohio and the potential consequences if you accumulate too many. 

Points for Various Violations in Ohio

Minor traffic violations warrant the assessment of two points against the driver’s driving record. Ohio considers multiple traffic infractions as minor violations resulting in two points, including:

  • Running a stop sign;
  • Running a traffic light;
  • Driving below the speed limit;
  • Failure to yield;
  • Following too closely;
  • Improper turn; and
  • Speeding less than 25mph over the speed limit.

Ohio assesses four points against a driver’s driving record for violations considered more serious or dangerous than those warranting two points. Four-point violations include:

  • Speeding more than 25mph over the speed limit;
  • Operating the vehicle in a willful or wanton manner that exhibits disregard for the safety of persons or property; and
  • Reckless driving.

Six-point violations in Ohio include:

  • Street racing;
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (OVI);
  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Driving under a suspended license.

If a driver accumulates six points on his or her license within a two-year period, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is required to issue a warning letter to the driver, listing the violations and the corresponding number of points for each. 

Driver’s License Suspension for Point Violations

You could be wondering, how long do points stay on your license in Ohio after you receive traffic violation convictions? In reality, points assessed to your driving record never go away. 

However, for purposes of license suspension, points are considered for two years. The two-year period begins on the date of the first conviction.

In the event you receive 12 points against your license in a two-year period, your driver’s license is suspended for a period of six months. After the six-month suspension period, you must complete a remedial driving course and pass a driving test to have your license reinstated. 

Ohio permits drivers with more than two but less than twelve points to complete a remedial driving instruction course and have two points removed from their record. The remedial driving course can be completed up to five times, but cannot be taken twice within a three-year period. 

Consult with a Traffic Lawyer Today

An experienced traffic attorney with Gounaris Abboud, LPA, can help you understand your driving record and the Ohio points on license system. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a traffic lawyer can argue to have your driving charge reduced to a zero-point violation.

We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the one-on-one attention we believe is necessary to establish trust in an attorney-client relationship. Time is of the essence in every legal claim, so contact our team of traffic attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA, as soon as possible at 937-222-1515 or online. 

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Nicholas Gounaris

Nick Gounaris attended Miami University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree and then went on to attend
University of Dayton School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. In 2011, Mr. Gounaris was awarded a 10.0 “Superb” rating by Avvo, which is an attorney rating website recognized around the nation. He provides clients of the firm with competent legal representation and focuses his law practice in the areas of DUI DefenseCriminal Defense, Family Law Issues, Federal Criminal Law and Personal Injury cases.

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