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In wisconsin, you only lose your drivers license if you get

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In wisconsin, you only lose your driver's license if you get 12 points in one year. I have come close to 12 points many many years. I got a letter stating that I can still lose my license for being a frequent offender. I am unfamiliar with this law. I need an explanation of exactly what this entails. I currently have 7 points will be paying another 4 point ticket that will bring me up to 11 points. I need to know if this last ticket could cause me to lose my license as a "frequent offender".
Under WI law, I am afraid that accumulation of 12 points in 12 months is not the only way to have your license suspended. Under WI Statute Chapter 346 if you obtain 12 or more points in 12 months; or four or more major violations committed in or out of state within a five year period; or a combination of 12 major and minor violations and convictions within 5 years your license privilege to operate any motor vehicle in Wisconsin is revoked for five years automatically. Thus, WI looks not only at points in one year, but at number of convictions within a 5 year period to determine your habitual traffic offender status and if you have had 12 convictions within 5 years, then they can suspend your license for 5 years and you would have to wait at least 2 years before you could apply for an occupational or limited drivers license. Your only chance if this happens would be an appeal to the circuit court to argue why your license should not be suspended for being a habitual offender, but the court in your county of residence may only order reinstatement if they find there has been an error in the number of convictions within the 5 year period. See: WI Habitual Traffic Offender.

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