Many traffic violations and criminal traffic offenses in Indiana result in points being added to your driver’s license when you pay the ticket, plead no contest, or are found guilty of the violation or offense. Points can range from 2 points added for a relatively minor offense such as an equipment violation up to 8 points added for a serious offense such as aggressive driving or leaving the scene of an accident.
Points stay on your record for 2 years from the date of your conviction, and when you accrue a certain number of points, you face suspension of your driver’s license. Under Section 1.4-5.4 of the Indiana Administrative Code, cumulative points result in the following penalties:
- 18 points — 12 months of probation
- 20 points — 1-month driver’s license suspension and 11 months of probation
- 22 points — 2 months suspension and 10 months of probation
- 24 points — 3 months suspension and 9 months of probation
- 26 points — 4 months suspension and 8 months of probation
- 28 points — 5 months suspension and 8 months of probation
- 30 points — 6 months suspension and 6 months of probation
- 32 points — 7 months suspension and 5 months of probation
- 34 points — 8 months suspension and 4 months of probation
- 36 points — 9 months suspension and 3 months of probation
- 38 points — 10 months suspension and 2 months of probation
- 40 points — 11 months suspension and 1 month of probation
- 42 or more points — 12 months suspension
However, if you’re facing a traffic violation or offense that can be penalized with enough points to result in the suspension of your license, your best option for keeping your driver’s license may be to seek help from a skilled Indiana traffic defense lawyer.