If you receive a speeding ticket, or any other moving violation ticket in the Kansas City Metro area you should strongly consider allowing us to handle it for you. A Kansas City speeding ticket lawyer should be able to assist you in amending your ticket from a moving violation to a non-moving violation. By simply paying the ticket you could be causing unforeseen consequences. You could see your insurance rates rise, your insurance company dropping you, your license being suspended, or even costing yourself opportunities to advance your career. In some areas of Missouri, you could even be facing potential jail time for excessively speeding over the posted limit.
Kansas Ticket Consequences
Kansas does not use the “point” system that many other states use when drivers receive a traffic conviction. Instead they base their action on the number of “moving violations” that are received within a twelve (12) month period. If you receive three (3) moving violations in a twelve (12) month period, the Kansas Department of Revenue has the discretion to suspend your license for up to one (1) year. If you are convicted of three (3) “serious moving violation” within a five (5) year period, the Kansas Department of Revenue will automatically suspend your license for three (3) years and classify you as a Habitual Violator. Examples of “serious moving violations” would be DUI, Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer.
Missouri Ticket Consequences
Missouri uses a “point system” to keep track of convictions for moving violations. The number of points depends on the type of charge you received. For example, a Speeding ticket conviction in a municipal court would put two (2) points on your record, while a conviction for DWI, Driving While Suspended, or another serious charge would be twelve (12) on your record.
Accumulation of Points Consequences
- Point Accumulation Advisory Letter
- 4 points in 12 months: If you accumulate 4 points in 12 months, the Missouri Department of Revenue will send you a point accumulation advisory.
- 8 points in 18 months: If you accumulate 8 or more points in 18 months, the Missouri Department of Revenue will suspend your driving privileges.
- The first suspension will be for thirty (30) days, The second suspension will be for sixty (60) days, and the third or subsequent suspension will be for ninety (90) days.
- Revocation (any of the below situations will result in a revocation of twelve (12) months):
- Will occur with 12 or more points in 12 months
- Will occur with 18 or more points in 24 months
- Will occur with 24 or more points in 36 months
The best course of action with speeding tickets, moving violations, or other potentially serious traffic charges is to educate yourself about your options. An experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable attorney can save you the hassle, cost, and inconvenience of getting your license suspended or of facing other unforeseen consequences of a guilty plea. We are not afraid to look at all your options in and advise you the best course of action, whether that be a negotiated outcome or trial.
We are experienced in municipal and state courts throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. It is of the utmost importance that you retain an attorney that knows the Prosecutors, Judges, and procedures in your local court.