Traffic Lawyer in Wisconsin

Traffic Violations in Wisconsin

A traffic violation can seem like a pretty small matter at first, however, some moving violations can result in fines, court costs, the loss of driver’s license, higher insurance costs and even jail time. Your ability to find and keep employment may also be at risk.

Wisconsin’s Point System

Wisconsin’s traffic law works on a demerit points system. For each moving violation you receive, you can be given demerit points that begin on the date of the violation. When 12 or more demerit points are accumulated in one year, a suspension of your driver privileges is required for a minimum of two months. If you hold a probationary license, demerit points are doubled for the second and all subsequent points received. Convictions typically remain on your record for five (5) years from the date of the conviction. However, alcohol related and some commercial violations can remain on your record from anywhere between 10 years up to life.

Regular convictions Points
Attempting to elude an officer 6
Failure to perform duty after accident 6
Operating while revoked or suspended 6
Operating under the influence of intoxicant or drugs 6
Reckless driving or racing 6
Speeding 20 mph or more over limit 6
Violation of occupational license 6
Deviating from traffic lane 4
Driving on wrong side of highway or street 4
Failure to yield right of way 4
Failure to yield to emergency vehicle 4
Imprudent driving, too fast for conditions, failure to have vehicle under control 4
Inattentive driving 4
Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing 4
Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit 4
Unnecessary acceleration 4
Arterial or traffic control violation 3
Driving wrong way on one way street 3
Failure to dim lights 3
Failure to give proper signal 3
Following too closely 3
Illegal passing 3
Improper brakes or lights 3
Operating with expired license or without any license 3
Operating with multiple licenses 3
Prohibited or illegal turn 3
Speeding 1 through 10 mph over limit 3
Violation of restriction 3
Obstructing traffic 3
Parking on highway in traffic lane, defective speedometer 3
License not in person's immediate possession 0
No registration plate light 0
Commercial motor vehicle convictions Points
Operating while disqualified 6
Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 causing injury 6
Commercial speeding in excess (20 or more mph over limit) 6
Commercial speeding intermediate (15 through 19 mph over limit) 4
Possession of intoxicating beverage while operating or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle 3
Unlawful commercial motor vehicle license or endorsement 3
Operating a commercial motor vehicle or being on duty time with respect to a commercial motor vehicle while having any measured alcohol concentration above 0.0 but less than 0.04 or within 4 hours of having consumed or having been under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, regardless of alcohol content 0
Operating with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more but less than 0.08 and not causing injury 0
Motorcycle convictions Points
Headlights not lit (daylight hours 0 points) 3
No cycle license 3
Defective or repaired handlebars 2
More than 2 riders (operator) 2
No eye protection (operator) 2
No protective headgear 0

Reducing Points

Your point total may be reduced by three points for attending an approved traffic safety course. However, only one reduction is allowed in a three-year period for drivers with A, B, C and D license classifications. One reduction of three points is also allowed during a three-year period for points given to motorcyclists (M classification).

Choose an Attorney Who Will Aggressively Fight for Your Rights!

For a consultation with one of our traffic attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow, call 877-362-7529 toll free or contact us online. Located in New Richmond, we serve clients throughout western Wisconsin.