While a single speeding ticket initially may seem like no big deal, there are significant consequences that may arise from a ticket, many of which are financial in nature. There are various reasons that you might want to fight back against a speeding ticket in the state of Missouri. In many cases, it may be advantageous to you to hire an attorney to fight back against your speeding ticket.
One of the most important reasons to avoid a speeding ticket is the points that will be added to your driver’s license if you simply plead guilty to a ticket and pay the fine. Points on your license inevitably will lead to an increase in your motor vehicle insurance rates, often for an extended period of time. Furthermore, the accrual of a certain number of points within a certain time period can result in the suspension of your driver’s license. If you accrue eight points within 18 months, then your license will be suspended for 30 days; if you accrue 12 points within 12 months, then your license will be suspended for one year. The suspension periods may be longer if this is not your first license suspension. One reason to hire an attorney is to avoid points and a possible suspension. Another reason is to avoid an increase in insurance premiums and expensive SR-22 car insurance.
Generally, a speeding ticket will result in two or three points being assessed on your license, depending on whether it is a municipal, county, or state violation. Other traffic offenses can result in even more points on your license. If the current number of points on your license is nearing a point at which your license could be suspended, then you may need to fight your next speeding ticket rather than simply paying it. If you don’t, you risk losing your license, which also can affect your ability to work and support yourself and your family.Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center provides strong legal representation on a regular basis for individuals who are charged with traffic, DWI crimes, and other criminal offenses. It is our priority is to represent your interests and protect your rights. Call us at (816) 322-8008 and schedule an appointment to meet with us about your case today.