Answers to Frequently Asked Traffic Law Questions
What types of traffic violations do you handle?
We represent drivers who have been issued all types of traffic tickets and driving-related criminal charges. The types of clients we see most often are individuals who face DWI tickets, speeding tickets, stop light tickets, minor in possession tickets, and driving while suspended tickets. That said, no two cases are the same and we are prepared to handle any traffic or vehicle-related case in the St. Louis area.
Why hire a lawyer when I could just pay the fine and move on?
It is a common misconception that the easiest method to handle a traffic ticket is to pay the associated fee and accept the charge on your record, even if you are not guilty of the allegation. Many of our clients did not previously know that the penalty fine that accompanies a ticket is only a small portion of the actual cost that will be incurred. A driver's car insurance rates are likely to increase as a result of a moving violation, and points will be incurred against their driving record that can later jeopardize the privilege to drive. Hiring a traffic lawyer to work on your behalf can lessen or eliminate the immediate fees owed, as well as eliminate potentially damaging charges on your driving record by downgrading a moving violation to a less serious non-moving violation. Get points take off your driving record is one way we can save you money now and in the future. We see it as our responsibility to help our clients maintain clean driving records or recover the privilege to drive.
What can a lawyer do to save me money?
We work on behalf of each of our clients to conserve financial resources, limit court dates, and maintain drivers' access to a license. In the arena of achieving traffic ticket and fine amendment, our firm is unparalleled. In the case of most traffic charges, we are able to reduce or eliminate points and charges from our clients' records, resulting in car insurance savings and an uninterrupted access to driving.
What can you do to protect my driving privilege?
Being charged with a moving violation causes a driver to accumulate harmful points against their record. When too many points accumulate, drivers face suspension of revocation of their driver's license. We work to have tickets downgraded from point-incurring moving violations to non-moving violations that do not build harmful points or threaten a person's access to driving. By engaging an attorney to work on your behalf, you protect your access to a license in the long run.
Why is it necessary to hire a lawyer?
A certain percentage of people elect to challenge DWI and other traffic tickets themselves rather than hiring a lawyer. At times these efforts are successful, but in most instances, drivers who represent themselves do not get favorable results. Unfortunately, this may mean that the key period of time in which to challenge a traffic charge has already lapsed, and many individuals who have waited to hire a lawyer come to us only to learn the violation has already been recorded into their driving record and can no longer be challenged. As the leading DWI and traffic lawyers, our team in armed with the expertise and competence that allows us to produce the best outcomes for our clients. Hiring an attorney to represent your interests can save you valuable time and money, help keep your driving record free of points, and maintain low car insurance rates.
How does the Missouri points system work?
Preventing damaging points from accruing on our clients' records is one of the chief ways we help our clients. The following description is an overview of the point system in Missouri:
If you accumulate a total of 4 points in 12 months, the Department of Revenue will send you a point accumulation advisory letter. If you accumulate a total of 8 or more points in 18 months, the Department of Revenue will suspend your driving privilege.
1st suspension - 30 days
2nd suspension - 60 days
3rd or more suspensions - 90 days
The Department of Revenue will revoke your driving privilege for one year if you accumulate:
12 or more points in 12 months
18 or more points in 24 months
24 or more points in 36 months
When your driving privilege is reinstated following a Point Suspension or Revocation, the Department of Revenue reduces your total points to 4.
Every year you drive without getting new points on your record, the points will be reduced.
1 year — total remaining points reduced by one-third
2 years — remaining points reduced by one-half
3 years — points reduced to zero
Although your points may be reduced to zero, certain types of convictions must remain listed permanently on your Missouri driver record.
Is it expensive to hire a lawyer to work on traffic cases?
Our charges vary, taking into account a driver's unique circumstances. We assure prospective clients that hiring an attorney will be financially beneficially in the long run. It is our goal to reduce the amount you must pay as a result of your traffic charge both now and in the long run. By achieving ticket amendment, we save drivers money on fines owed immediately. By keeping points from accumulating on our clients' driving records, we insure that auto insurance premiums will not rise as a result of the charge. Contact our office for details on how much it will cost to engage our services for your case.
What sets your lawyers apart from other traffic ticket firms?
Where some traffic ticket and DWI lawyers boast about their streamlined online programs that allow for mass-processing tickets, we are proud to offer individualized attention to our clients. We know that each case is different, and we believe it is to the benefit of our clients to have the dedicated focus of a professional who knows your case intimately. For a lawyer who is truly working on your behalf of your best interest, contact us for a free consultation. We aim to limit the time, money and hassle required to resolve traffic charges and to protect and preserve the privilege to drive.