Traffic Charges / Reckless Driving

Not all driving offenses are as simple as a fine. In Wisconsin your traffic offense will result in the accumulation of demerit points. These points can add up to license suspensions and revocations. If you have serious traffic citations, or enough small tickets, you need to defend your driver’s license. An experienced criminal defense attorney like myself can make a big difference in helping you keep your license.

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When you are pulled over for a traffic offense you probably are hoping to get off with a warning. Unfortunately it is not always this easy.

You may not have even realized that you were driving recklessly or that what you were doing was against the law. Perhaps your actions were misinterpreted by the police. Whatever the circumstances were, I want to help.

Most traffic offenses in Wisconsin are known as “forfeitures“. Forfeitures typically carry a fine and no jail time. Although a forfeiture will not give you a criminal record, it will affect your driving record and your ability to get affordable auto insurance.

Wisconsin Traffic Violation Facts


The fine you pay for your traffic violation could range from $25 to more than $500 depending on your violation.  There is a very wide range of traffic offenses in Wisconsin, each with its own specific fines and penalties.

Simple speeding tickets typically range from $30 to $300. Reckless driving, in most circumstances will carry a fine of $25 to $200.

Demerit Points

Points are assessed with every moving violation. The court sends notification of your charge to the Division of Motor Vehicles who tracks the driving records of all licensed Wisconsin residents.

If you accumulate more than 12 points in a year your license will be suspended for an absolute minimum of 2 months.

Some offenses mandate more than a 2 month suspension, OWI for example.

Offense Demerit Points
Attempting to elude an officer 6
Operating while revoked or suspended 3
Reckless driving or racing 6
Speeding 20 mph or more over limit 6
Failure to yield right of way 4
Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit 4
Driving wrong way on one way street 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

Ref: Wisconsin Statute 346

Reduction of Points

You can reduce 3 points off of your total by attending a traffic safety course. This can only be done once every three year period but may mean the difference between losing your license and maintaining your driving privileges.

Most traffic convictions stay on your driving record for 10 years.

Criminal Traffic Offenses

Some driving offenses, like driving on a suspended license, hit and run, and drunk driving are criminal charges themselves, and require special legal handling to protect your rights and try to keep you from ending up with a permanent criminal record.

Legal Consultation on Wisconsin Traffic Violations & Offenses

I handle major traffic offenses as well as criminal cases in Wisconsin. If you are facing charges that may cause the loss of your license or even an insurance rate increase, I can help. There is a chance that I can get your charges reduced but have no way of knowing until you call.

Call me to discuss the details of your case today.

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