If you have received a traffic citation for speeding, running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, or careless driving, one method that you can avoid “points” being assessed against your driver’s license is to take an “election” and do a driving school. However, in some cases, a client is not eligible to take an election.

Why Am I Not Eligible to Do Driving School?

The driving school option is only available to an individual five times in his or her lifetime. Thus, if the client has already avoided points five times by doing the school, he or she is not eligible on any subsequent tickets. Additionally, the driving school option may be utilized once every twelve months. So if you avoided points by taking the driving school in the past year, you are not eligible to do that again. Finally, there are some tickets that have a mandatory court appearance and cannot be resolved by taking the driving school. These tickets include speeding at more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, or any citation that results in serious bodily injury or death.

How Can I Avoid Points if I am Not Eligible for Driving School?

Just because you are not eligible for driving school that does not mean that you will definitely receive points. If you received a citation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or the surrounding areas of Pinellas County, contact our top-rated traffic ticket defense attorneys at Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan. Our team will review your prior history and the unique facts and circumstances of your case. In some cases, our lawyers can negotiate with the judge on your behalf to resolve your case for a “withhold of adjudication” which means that you will not get the points.

How do I Get Russo, Pelletier and Sullivan to Handle My Case?

If you need help with your Pinellas County Traffic Citation, contact our office at 727-578-0303. Our staff will schedule you with the first available appointment with our highly-rated traffic citation defense lawyers to discuss the facts of your case and develop the best strategy for avoiding points.

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