Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Fines Increase in St. LouisPosted on
St. Louis courts are now charging higher fines for construction zone speeding tickets. When you get caught speeding in a construction zone in Missouri, an experienced traffic law attorney can get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that wont cause points to be added to your driving record or an increase in your car insurance rates.
A Traffic Law Attorney Can Get Your Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Fixed
Hiring an attorney to get your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation is sometimes called getting a ticket fixed. It is perfectly legal, but it does cost the driver more because courts charge higher fines when they agree to amend speeding tickets to non-moving violations.
How Much is the Fine for a Missouri Construction Zone Speeding Ticket?
Courts charge higher fines than usual when the ticket is issued in a construction zone. If workers are present in the construction zone, it may be more difficult to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, and the fine may be higher than if no workers were present.
For example, if you are caught speeding 10-15 miles over the speed limit in a construction zone (no workers present) in the City of St. Louis, a traffic ticket lawyer can get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. In exchange for getting this ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, you would normally have to pay a fine of $150 plus $50.50 court costs. As of May 2016, the fine for speeding 10-15 miles over the speed limit in a construction zone in St. Louis City is now $300 plus $50.50 court costs.
Why Should You Get Your Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation?
Pleading guilty to a speeding ticket will cause points to be added to your driving record and it may also cause your car insurance rates to increase.
If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your Missouri driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension). If you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, your driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year.
Speeding Tickets Follow You Home
If you are an out-of-state driver and you plead guilty to a Missouri speeding ticket, Missouri will report the speeding conviction to your home state. Then your home state will add the speeding conviction (or other traffic ticket conviction) to your driving record.
Getting an out-of-state speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation will prevent any negative effects on your home state driving record.
How Much Does It Cost To Get a Missouri Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation?
To get your Missouri speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, you will pay a fee to a traffic law attorney to represent you. You will not have to appear in court, and the court will probably give you at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.
The fine after your ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation will be slightly higher than the original fine you would have paid if you had chosen to plead guilty and accept the points on your driving record (and possible increase in your car insurance rates).
What if There Are No Signs Warning You About the Construction Zone?
In many areas, there may be orange cones along the highway as you approach a construction zone but no actual signs specifically warning you of an upcoming construction zone. You can receive a construction zone speeding ticket in these construction/work zones even if there are no warning signs and no construction workers present.
If you see orange cones on the highway, slow down! Workers have been killed by drivers in construction work zones in Missouri, so courts take them very seriously.
To get your Missouri construction zone speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that wont affect your driving record or insurance rates, call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or email her at [email protected] for a price quote and estimate of your fine.
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