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Penalties for Careless & Imprudent Driving in Missouri

Careless & Imprudent Driving (C&I or Reckless Driving) is a Class A misdemeanor in Missouri, punishable by up to 1 year in jail if an accident was involved. If there was no accident, a C&I charge is considered a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail.

A C&I Ticket Stays on Your Driving Record For 3-5 Years

If you are convicted of Careless & Imprudent Driving, C&I, or Reckless Driving, that ticket will stay on your Missouri driving record for 3 years.

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), a C&I ticket will remain on your driving record for 4 years.

A C&I ticket will stay on your driving record for 5 years if the ticket caused your license to be suspended because of excessive points.

A C&I Ticket Can Stay on Your Driving Record Permanently

A Careless & Imprudent Driving ticket will remain permanently on your Missouri driving record if, during the same traffic stop, you receive a C&I ticket along with another traffic violation that is required to remain on your driving record permanently, such as DUI, Driving While Suspended, No Insurance, etc.

Click here to read my recent blog post about tickets that stay on your driving record forever.

Hire an Attorney to Get Your C&I Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation

In most cases, an experienced traffic law attorney can get your Careless & Imprudent Driving ticket dismissed or reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or insurance rates.

If you would like to get your C&I ticket or Reckless Driving ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a free consultation and a price quote for legal representation. Or email Andrea at or at

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Andrea Rogers

With over 15 years of concentrated experience in Missouri traffic law and misdemeanors, Andrea Rogers of The Rogers Law Firm provides personalized, flat-fee legal services backed by a case outcome guarantee for every client she takes on across the state.