Can I Keep Points off my Record by Completing Driving School?

Driving School is a valuable tool for reckless driving speeding tickets

Completion of a defensive or aggressive driving course can be a very valuable tool to use when defending traffic cases. However, it is imperative that this tool is used properly in order to prevent points from going on your driving record. There are many different type of driving school and they vary vastly from state to state. Online courses are growing in popularity but some Virginia judges will require an in-person course. It is important to consult with some one who is familiar with the Virginia judges and their expectations.  Please feel free to give me a call so that we can discuss whether you should complete driving school and which course is best for your case. 


Voluntary Driving School in Virginia

Virginia does provide a mechanism assisting with points on your driving record through completion of a voluntary defensive driving course. This course is taken regardless to any current, past, or future traffic cases. Instead, upon the completion of the driving school, Virginia will add 5 positive points on your driving record. In turn, a better point balance would help to reduce insurance rates. Unfortunately, completing a voluntary defensive driving course prior to the scheduled hearing date can have detrimental effects on your case.  Virginia drivers who complete the voluntary driving school will have this labeled as such on their driving record. This can cause an issue in court for judges who like to use driving school as a means to reduce or even dismiss traffic cases.  However, most judges require five years to pass since the last time you complete driving school. Therefore, if you go to a voluntary driving school prior to the court date many judges will refuse to use that to reduce the case and be unwilling to refer you back to driving school. There can be some work arounds here, but it is important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with these work arounds and knows how to deal with this issue in court. 

Virginia Court Referred Driving School

Rather than using driving school as a mechanism to help with the number of points going on your record, Judges in Virginia will often order driving school as a requirement for reduction or dismissal. Thus, if you complete driving school, as ordered by the court, you can often avoid the conviction and points going on your record. However, you must qualify for driving school before the judge is going to be willing to refer you. In order to qualify, you must have a good driving record, no commercial drivers license, and no driving school over the last five years. If you have received a Virginia traffic violation, contact me at your earliest convenience so that we can decide whether you qualify and if driving school is a good viable option for your case. 

How is Virginia Different?

Some states, such as Florida, have the option of taking driving school in order to prevent points from going on your driving record. Usually, this situation involves a conviction for the underlying offense, but after the completion of driving school the DMV will keep the points off your record. This option can be valuable to residents of these states who can avoid points although they were convicted.  However, this option is not available for tickets issued in Virginia.  If you have received a Virginia traffic ticket contact my office for a free consultation, (804) 451-6033 or email.