Milwaukee Traffic Citation Penalty Lawyer


Wisconsin implements a point system for drivers who have violated certain traffic rulesWhen you accumulate 12 or more demerit points within a 12-month period, your driving privilege will be suspended

Examples of Common Moving Violations & Their Associated Demerit Point Values Are:

  • Speeding 20 mph or more over the limit – 6 points
  • Failure to perform duty after accident – 6 points
  • OWI – 6 points
  • Reckless driving – 6 points
  • Attempting to elude an officer – 6 points
  • Speeding 11-19 mph over the limit – 4 points
  • Inattentive driving – 4 points
  • Operating while license is revoked or suspended – 3 points
  • Following too closely – 3 points

Do You Get Points for Non-Moving Violations?

A non-moving violation may include a parking infraction or an equipment failure such as having a headlight out. Typically, the penalties for a non-moving violation in Wisconsin are a fine with some citations possibly incurring points. For example, a broken speedometer is a 2-point violation as is unlawfully tinted car windows. So if you're facing a traffic charge, be sure to contact Bayer Law Offices.

Call our Milwaukee defense lawyer at (414) 250-7997 or contact us online.

Types of Penalties for Traffic Violations

Penalties Based on Your License

The type of driver license you have determines the requirements and timeframe of a suspension.

If You Have a Probationary Driver License, Instruction Permit or Have Never Been Issued a License: 

  • 12-30 points assessed – 6 month suspension
  • More than 30 points assessed – 1 year suspension

If You Have a Regular Driver License Including a Commercial Driver License (CDL):

  • 12-16 points assessed – 2 month suspension
  • 17-22 points assessed – 4 month suspension
  • 23-30 points assessed – 6 month suspension
  • More than 30 points assessed – 1 year suspension

Failure to Yield

Any person who is convicted of a Failure to Yield violation or certain other Right-of-Way violations is required to successfully complete a Right-of-Way course.

For Convictions Resulting From Violations on or After Dec. 2, 2017:

  • When the violation results in no harm or bodily harm, Right-of-Way course must be completed within 6 months or your operating privilege will be suspended up to 5 years.
  • When the violation results in great bodily harm, suspension will be for 3 months.
  • When the violation results in death to another person, suspension will be for 9 months.

How Long Are Points on Your License in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, points can remain on your record for a period of 5 years. It’s important to note that the state looks at the date of the violation when determining the number of points accrued in a year as opposed to when the conviction was made. Additionally, it is possible for certain traffic violations to be removed from a record after 5 years from when the individual was found guilty.

Wisconsin also offers individuals the ability to attend specific traffic safety courses to receive a reduction in their points every 3 years.

What Happens if You Get Caught Driving Without a License?

In Wisconsin, drivers are required to have a valid license when operating a vehicle. If an officer pulls a driver over without a license they could potentially face varying penalties depending on the charge. For example, if an individual is found to be an unlicensed driver operating a vehicle, they could receive a fine and even jail time depending on how many past offenses they have.

If an individual has a valid license, but it’s just not on their person when pulled over, they could receive a fine of $200. However, the charge and fine could be removed upon the driver bringing their license in to the police department. 

Contact a Milwaukee traffic laywer from Bayer Law Offices today.

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John Bayer grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After graduating with his B.A in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, John earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2009. He continued to go on and passed the California State Bar Exam.

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