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MVD Points and Driver Improvement Schools

In Arizona, your driving record and any citations may affect your ability to maintain a license and drive without restriction. Moving violations in a car have associated points depending on the severity of the offense. Any DUI related conviction carries eight points and if you accumulate thirteen or more points within a twelve month period of time, your license will be suspended. Other offenses, such as speeding, carry two or three points and you may be eligible for Defensive Driving School to clear your record.

There is often confusion about the two "schools" that are associated with the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Defensive Driving School (DDS) is a voluntary program to remove the points from your record and it is allowable once every two years. DDS is a four hour class that can be completed online or at a MVD facility. Traffic Survival School (TSS) is typically triggered once you receive 8 or more points and is mandatory to complete. Failure to do so could result in further license suspension. Completing TSS will not remove the points and is targeted at individuals who have committed numerous smaller violations or one major violation, such as a DUI and need corrective action in their driving behavior and attitude.

It is important to understand how MVD works in the context of a DUI case and the collateral consequences to being convicted of a DUI and any other associated moving offenses. At the Rosenstein Law Group, every attorney looks to educate each client about their rights and keep them updated in every aspect of their case in order to give them perspective on both the criminal and administrative consequences they may face.

If you or someone you know is in need of representation for a DUI or drug charge please call 480-248-7666 today to set up a free consultation. We understand that everyone makes mistakes; we just try to make sure that one bad night does not ruin the rest of your life.

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