Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles implements a demerit system for drivers who commit driving violations in the state’s roads. It is designed to be a deterrent against reckless drivers on the road. Once the driver has reached the minimum 12 points on their licenses, it is automatically suspended and will remain as such for a set period.
If you’re dealing with demerit points and a possible license suspension for the first time, your first instinct may be to seek any legal methods to avoid them. However, it’s not as simple as filing a restraining order like other charges. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when dealing with DMV demerits in Nevada.
Can I Remove Points?
Yes, the court allows you to remove some of the points on your license by attending a DMV-mandated traffic safety course. There are multiple driving schools across Nevada that are duly licensed to provide these courses to eligible drivers. Once the driver completes the program, they can have three points removed from their current record automatically. Remember, however, that the points removal can only be done once per 12-month period. You cannot game the system by trying to sign up for different traffic courses during the time; only the first completed course counts.
Do Plea Bargains Count?
No. the court-ordered traffic course prerequisite only counts if it is related to a sentencing. A plea bargain means you are negotiating with the court to reduce your penalties but still accepting the points that you received. Plea bargains also do not offer options to have points removed through direct negotiations with the court.
Completing your road safety course and getting your three points removed is not an excuse to return to old reckless habits. In fact, there is a chance that you might get even more demerit points on your license afterwards if you get sloppy, instantly leading to a suspension. This is worse if you are a repeat offender with a previous demerit-related suspension. Keep in mind that the length of time your license is suspended extends for repeat offenses.
Don’t underestimate demerit points just because they don’t always land you in prison. They can be a serious legal headache down the line. Always follow traffic rules and safety requirements to avoid any judicial woes later on.