Why and how to amend a speeding or minor traffic ticket in MIssouri.
This article addresses why drivers in Missouri should hire an attorney to assist with various types of traffic tickets so that such violations do not negatively impact their driving record.
Why you should amend a speeding ticket:Speeding tickets are considered a moving violation or points violation in Missouri. These can typically be kept off of your driving record if you hire an attorney to negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, such as "Illegal parking," "Defective Equipment," or another similar charge. If your ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation, the ticket will not be reported to the Department of Revenue, and no points or moving violations will be added to your driving record.
Why to hire a traffic attorney:peeding tickets and traffic tickets can seriously affect your insurance rates, your employment, and potentially even your privilege to drive. We recognize that your time is valuable, and do our best to handle your case in a cost effective and expedient manner. For most speeding tickets, we can represent you without you ever needing to appear in court. For more serious speeding tickets, such as those involving charges of an excessive speed, careless & imprudent driving, school zones, construction zones, or other aggravating circumstances, you may need to appear in court along with your traffic ticket lawyer.
Traffic Amendment Basics:The majority of prosecutors throughout the Kansas City area are willing to negotiate a plea agreement, diversion agreement, or other type of amendment for many types of speeding tickets and other traffic violations. This helps you avoid the common issues involved with speeding and traffic tickets, including: Points or Moving Violations Increased Insurance Premiums Job or Employment Implications Driver's License Suspension or Revocation Possible Jail Time Missouri. In most Missouri courts, we can work with the prosecutor to reach an agreement to amend your charge from speeding to a nonmoving violation such as a "defective equipment," "illegal parking," or another type charge that does not result in points against your driving record or have the other serious negative consequences associated with a speeding conviction. As part of a typical plea agreement, there is typically an increase to the original fine amount listed on the ticket (some have fee schedules, while others use the general rule of thumb of "doubling" the fine listed on the ticket). The amount of the increased fine depends on the specific jurisdiction, the speed you were going, your driving record, and other factors.