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Does the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) assess demerit points for accidents?

No.  Demerit points are not assessed by the Virginia DMV simply for being involved in an accident.  The Virginia DMV assesses demerit points after receiving notice of a conviction for a moving violation.  The amount of demerit points assessed for any particular moving violation depends on the severity of the violation. 

Moving violations in Virginia are divided into 3 point offenses, 4 point offenses and 6 point offenses.  Virginia does not have 1 point, 2 point or 5 point offenses.  If you are involved in an accident but not cited for any violation, demerit points will not be assessed by the Virginia DMV.  However, if as a result of the accident you are accused, and eventually convicted of a moving violation such as Reckless Driving, Following Too Closely, Failure to Yield, etc., the Virginia DMV will assess demerit points for the specific moving violation.

If you have been issued a summons, or were arrested and taken into custody, and are accused of a DUI / DWI, Criminal or Traffic violation and would like to speak with a Virginia DUI / DWI, Criminal & Traffic Defense Lawyer, call The Wilson Law Firm at 703-361-6100 and we'll be happy to discuss your situation with you in more detail.    


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