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Every states has adopted a Graduated Driver's License (GDL) system, which restricts all new drivers with different requirements and different punishments for violating these restrictions. The punishments are determined by state law, and they may surprise you.
If you were born before 1970, this nomenclature in the driver's license process may be new to you. There are usually three phases, where a person graduates from a learner's permit up to a full driver's license:
During the intermediate phase, all licenses are restricted, with rules varying from state to state, but generally include:
If a driver gets a ticket during this intermediate phase, the consequences are usually more dire than that of the underlying moving violation. Additional consequences include:
These restrictions are in place to make driving safer for everyone. However, errors in judgment occur, and teens may receive a traffic ticket. If so, these restrictions can cause hardships for some families and exceptions are made. If you or your child needs help with a traffic ticket, contact a local traffic ticket attorney, who can listen to your predicament and discuss your options.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.