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Tips for Recovering from a Tarnished Driving Record

If you have had enough of going to court, paying fines, and suffering other legal consequences because of your bad driving, however, you may wonder what you can do to earn a fresh start with your local DMV. By heeding these key pieces of advice, you can look forward to a better future on the road and become a model motorist.

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Reduce the Points on Your License

Many states have a points system through which people incur penalties for each infraction they garner while driving. The courts can give you points for speeding, parking illegally, failing to yield at stop signs, and countless other wrongdoings that you may engage in while steering a car. Even if you have a lot of points attached to your record, however, you can have these infractions reversed by simply avoiding these illegal behaviors

As time passes, your penalties will fall off your record, which in turn improves your standing with the DMV. As long as you resist the urge to fall back into these bad habits, you can reduce the number of points until your license is clean.

Another consideration is the employment of legal counsel. If hired before your court appearance, an experienced attorney “may be able to get your charges reduced or have your case dismissed”, says Katz & Phillips, P.A., Florida DUI firm.

Do Not Drink and Drive

This tip seems painfully obvious to many people; however, if you have struggled in the past with staying sober prior to getting in a car, you may think that this tip is somewhat of a challenge. Your state, like many others, probably has little tolerance for repeat DUI offenders. If you truly want a fresh start with your state’s motor vehicle department, it is imperative that you avoid this charge at all costs.

You can still go out and enjoy the occasional party. However, you should at all times avoid getting behind the wheel of a car and driving yourself home after you have had a few drinks. Stay at the party host’s house or let a friend drive you home. As long as you avoid this charge, you can get the new and improved motorist record you want.

Get Legal Counsel to Expedite an Expungement

Most states let people request to have their driving records expunged of all traffic and DUI infractions. You most definitely have this option available to you; however, you may need to hire an attorney to do it for you. Having a legal record expunged can be a lengthy and complicated process. In all likelihood, you probably do not know the paperwork or departments in the state to communicate with to make this request happen.

Your attorney can file a formal request on your behalf and present your question to the court. If the court agrees, the charges can be taken off your record, giving you a clean motor vehicle background in the state where you live.

When you have grown weary of the expense, hassle, and risk that come with incurring charges like DUI and speeding, you may decide to turn a new leaf and drive better and safer. You can embrace this new start by having your record expunged and avoiding the urge to join in your former dangerous habits.

Freelance writer and auto enthusiast Molly Pearce knows the difference good standing at the DMV can make in a variety of ways- cheaper insurance, more job options, less profiling from law enforcement and she hopes this post can offer motorists some fresh ideas on moving towards a cleaner driving record. Attorney firms, such as Florida’s Katz & Phillips, P.A., can be a one answer to your driving record woes. The majority of Molly’s legal research for this post came from this firm’s website.
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How Did The Federal Shutdown Affect State DMVs?

The Government shut-down became effective on October 1st  and the consequences of it were felt by just about anyone, such as federal workers, who weren’t able to receive their pay-checks in time, veterans and people with disabilities didn’t receive their benefits, as well as small business owners, who didn’t have access to financing provided by the Government. Various national museums and national parks were closed, and passport and gun permit applications were delayed. State DMVs were also affected by the shut-down, which closed for a certain period of time, or operated with delays, at the very least.

Each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles is a state-level government agency, and they are mainly funded by taxes, such as road, gas, and income taxes, and fees, including license plate, registration, and title transfer fees. Due to the fact that DMVs are operated at a state level, instead of a federal level, the Government shutdown shouldn’t affect their funding and operating hours, but there will be some exceptions. For example, the District of Columbia DMV is run by the city, and it closed on October 1st, which coincidently, was a Tuesday, the busiest day of the week for the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

This means that all services this DMV provides weren’t available, so you couldn’t be able to apply for a driver’s license, or renew your current one, register your vehicle, request a driving record, or apply for a title transfer. When the shutdown finally ended, the DMV were in a bit of a chaos situation, since all the people who couldn’t get their service during the shutdown, overwhelmed local offices when they opened. This resulted in incredibly long lines at all DMVs and people had to wait for hours to receive their license plates or get their driver’s licenses renewed.

However, the federal shutdown also had a few effects that people were probably happy about. For one thing, law enforcement were impacted, and drivers didn’t get as much tickets as they used to. Parking enforcement officers were not going to work, so no matter if you were double-parked, or parked in a restricted place, you couldn’t be cited for it. But, this had a negative effect in the long run, as the city gets a large portion of its funding through fines and fees, so it had less resources for further investments in the infrastructure and it might not be able to meet certain budget obligations.

Unlike the District of Columbia DMV, other DMVs across the country were open, and people were able to go to their local DMV office and do whatever it is you need to do there. They operated as usual, which was certainly a huge relief for every car owner. Fortunately, the shutdown lasted until 17th October, so both the public and the government sector were not hugely affected, and consequently, the general public, as well.