Speeding tickets seem to be unavoidable. Nearly everyone will eventually get a speeding ticket or other traffic citation. Many people choose to plead guilty to these tickets. Doing so, however, negatively affects their driving records and insurance rates. In Missouri, if you accumulate enough traffic tickets, you could even lose your license. In certain cases, such as a ticket for driving on a revoked license, you could lose your license for up to a year.
What people don’t realize is that Missouri, like many states, is cracking down on drivers that drive at an excessive speed (i.e. usually 20+ miles per hour over the speed limit), speed through construction zones, or get caught speeding in a school zone. In many instances, prosecutors and judges are asking for (and oftentimes receiving) jail time. Having a lawyer on your side can help. An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can work with prosecutors and judges to find creative solutions that may prevent you from going to jail, help you avoid points on your driving record, and negotiate your fine.
In some instances, our attorneys are able to work out a deal that merely involves an online drivers’ education class or, at very little cost, can have you placed on a short term of unsupervised probation (i.e. you don’t ever report to a probation officer or the court). The term of probation can be as short as six months. If this deal is available and you believe it is a good option for you (i.e. you don’t often get traffic tickets), as long as you don’t get any more traffic tickets during the probationary period, you will receive no points, you pay only court costs (oftentimes as low as $30), and you receive no conviction for any traffic offense.
With the help of a lawyer, most traffic tickets can be amended to non-moving violations (such as loud muffler or defective equipment) that will not affect your driving record or insurance. Having Hollingshead & Dudley represent you on a traffic ticket is both affordable and convenient. In most instances, you won’t even need to appear in court.