If you receive a total of 8 points within 18 months, your license will be suspended. If you receive 12 or more points within 12 months, 18 or more points within 24 months, or 24 or more points within 36 months, your license will be revoked.
A traffic ticket can be prosecuted by either the city or county where it occurred. By hiring an attorney, you might be able to come to an agreement with the prosecutor that won’t result in points being assessed to your license. If the prosecutor and judge agree, a moving violation can be amended to a non-moving violation, which won’t add points to your license.
Having a ticket amended costs more than just paying the ticket. There are attorney fees and usually the fine will be higher on the amended charge than it would have been for the original charge. That’s the tradeoff you have to make to attempt to keep the points off your license. Most traffic tickets can be handled without ever having to make a court appearance. Hiring an attorney can also help you navigate the Department of Revenue license reinstatement process if your license is currently suspended or revoked.