Get your Missouri speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation if you want to avoid points being added to your driving record.
An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can get your Missouri ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or car insurance rates. Some people call this getting a ticket “fixed.”
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation?
Traffic law attorneys charge a one-time flat fee to represent you for your speeding ticket or other traffic violation. Most traffic ticket lawyers charge reasonable rates. You can call around to compare prices.
After you hire an attorney to represent you and get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation such as “Illegal Parking,” you will have to pay a fine and court costs to the court. The fine after getting your ticket fixed will be slightly higher than what the original fine would have been if you had decided to plead guilty to the original charge.
You Won’t Have to Appear in Court For Your Speeding Ticket If You Hire a Lawyer
In most cases, you won’t have to appear in court if you hire an attorney to represent you for your speeding ticket. This is true even for more serious traffic violations such as “Leaving the Scene of an Accident,” “Careless & Imprudent Driving,” or “Driving While Suspended.”
The court usually gives defendants at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.
In most traffic ticket cases, everything can be taken care of by email, mail, or fax.
Get Your Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation to Avoid Points Being Added to Your Driving Record
Pleading guilty to a speeding ticket or other traffic violation will cause points to be added to your Missouri driving record, and your insurance company may use the conviction as an excuse to increase your car insurance rates.
If you hire an attorney to get your traffic ticket amended to a non-moving violation, no points will be added to your driving record. Your insurance company will never know about the ticket, so they will have no reason to increase your car insurance rates.
How Many Points Can You Get Before Your License is Suspended?
Certain types of tickets cause points to be added to your Missouri driving record. For example:
- Speeding ticket (city violation) = 2 points
- Speeding ticket (state violation) = 3 points
- Driving Without a License = 2 points (for first offense)
- Driving While Suspended = 12 points
- Driving With No Insurance = 4 points
- Driving While Intoxicated = 8 points (for first offense)
- Careless & Imprudent Driving = 2 to 4 points
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident = 6 to 12 points (12 points if state violation; 6 points if county or municipal violation)
If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, Missouri will suspend your driver’s license for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension).
Your license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months.
How to Find Out How Many Points Are Added to Your Driving Record For All Traffic Violations
Click here for a full list of Missouri traffic violation points.
How to Find Out How Many Points Are On Your Missouri Driving Record
To find out how many points you have on your driving record, call the Missouri Department of Revenue (Driver’s License Bureau) in Jefferson City, Missouri at (573) 526-2407.
You Can Change Your Mind Even If You Have Already Pleaded Guilty to a Speeding Ticket
In many cases, you can change your mind after pleading guilty to a speeding ticket or other traffic violation. It depends on how much time has passed since you pleaded guilty, but your attorney may be able to get the judge to withdraw your guilty plea and get your ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation.
For more information about changing your plea, see my previous blog post about How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea.
Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or email Andrea at [email protected] to get a price quote to have your Missouri speeding ticket or other traffic violation amended to a non-moving, no-point violation.