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Understanding California’s Negligent Operator Treatment System

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose CA traffic ticket attorneyMost states have some sort of points system in place to track drivers’ traffic tickets and violations. California’s points system is called the Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS), and it is a system that sends computer-generated warning letters and progressive disciplinary actions to drivers who are convicted of traffic violations. If you accumulate a certain number of points in a specific amount of time, you could be facing disciplinary action such as fines or a driver’s license suspension or revocation.

Assigning Points

Violations can range from zero to three points, and the amount of points received for a violation depends on how serious the violation is.

One Point Violations

Examples of one point violations can include:

  • Following too closely;
  • Illegal passing;
  • Speeding;
  • Driving too slow;
  • Having an open container or marijuana in the vehicle; and
  • Failing to dim headlights.

Two Point Violations

Example of two point violations can include:

  • Reckless driving;
  • Hit and run accidents;
  • Speeding over 100 MPH; and
  • Driving while your license is suspended or revoked.

NOTS Actions

There are four levels of actions that the system will take, depending on the number of points the driver has accumulated and the length of time the driver has accumulated them in.

  • Level I: Warning Letter - two points within 12 months, four points within 24 months or six points within 36 months.
  • Level II: Notice of Intent to Suspend - three points within 12 months, 5 points within 24 months or seven points within 36 months.
  • Level III: Probation/Suspension - four points within 12 months, six points within 24 months or eight points within 36 months.
  • Level IV: Violation of NOTS Probation - Your license will be suspended or you will be put on probation if you accumulate too many points. During that time, you could face further action if:
    • You commit a violation or get into an accident during your suspension;
    • You commit any violation or responsible collision during your probation; or
    • You fail to appear in traffic court during your probation.

A San Jose, CA Traffic Ticket Attorney Can Help

If you accumulate too many points, you may face driver’s license suspension. However, you will not have points assessed against you if you are not convicted of a violation. If you have received a traffic ticket, you should hire an experienced San Jose, CA traffic ticket lawyer to help defend you. The Jachimowicz Law Group can help keep you on the road. Contact our office today at 408-246-5500 to set up a consultation.

Sources:

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/driversafety/neg_operator#2_1

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/vioptct

 

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