Generally points remain on your record for 2 years from the date of conviction
In most cases your license will be suspended at 12 points
Most common tickets stay on your record for 7 years
For many, but not all violations, a 0 point violation can remain for at least 7 years
Yes, in many cases tickets can be lowered to 0 point infractions that do not appear on your driving record. This however, depends on many factors that an experienced traffic attorney can explain to you.
Even with a poor driving record, an attorney experienced in traffic law can, in many cases, but not all, negotiate an agreement which may lower the offense and/or points
Since this is a one time only offer, a permanent record of this offense will be kept somewhere. How private that record stays remains to be seen and only time will tell. Furthermore, the ticket is still placed on your record for the courts to see. One of the best and key factors, for successfully fighting your ticket is to start with a good or clean record. Having a ticket visible on your driving record can reduce your chances of keeping your next citation off that record. You still have to pay court fees or fines, and you still have to pass the training course! One further note: a probationary driver can still be sanctioned for the ticket, even if they pass the course!