Speeding Ticket ? We Have Been Defending Speeding Tickets in Kansas City Missouri and Kansas Statewide Since 1993
A traffic stop by a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) for a traffic violation will generally result in a ticket for a 'moving' violation. Common moving violations in Kansas and Missouri include speeding, improper lane use, careless or reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), running a stop sign or stop light, making an improper turn, etc. The State of Missouri uses a points system to identify and suspend or revoke drivers who accumulate too many traffic tickets over a certain period of time. The state of Kansas does not use a points-based system, but counts traffic infractions as either 'moving' or 'non-moving' violations. If you are an out-of-state driver, a record of any traffic or speeding ticket conviction in Missouri or Kansas will be sent to your home state via the Nonresident Violator Compact
What Happens if I Plead Guilty to a Speeding Ticket in Missouri?
If you are convicted of or plead guilty to a speeding ticket or traffic violation in Missouri you are then assessed the corresponding points against your Missouri Driver Record. If you are an out-of-state Driver a record of the conviction is sent to your home state. For example, a speeding ticket in Missouri will usually result in two points being added to your Missouri Driver Record if it is issued by a municipal police officer. However the same speeding ticket racks up three points on your Missouri Driver Record if it is issued by a state agency such as a County Sheriff or the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A ticket for 'Failure to Produce Insurance' can be worth four points and can trigger an immediate suspension. A first-time DUI or Excessive Blood Alcohol Content conviction is generally worth eight points in Missouri, a second or subsequent alcohol-related driving offense is worth twelve points. For more specific point values for different traffic violations look at Form 899 (/forms/899.pdf) published by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
What is the Fine Collection Center in Missouri (F.C.C.) ?
If you received a speeding ticket from a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper you may have an FCC ticket. The Missouri Fine Collection Center (FCC) in Missouri is a centralized office located in Jefferson City, Missouri that many courts in Missouri now use to collect fines and guilty pleas for traffic, conservation, and watercraft violation citations. The contact information for the FCC is:
Missouri Fine Collection Center
PO Box 104540
Jefferson City, MO 65110
877-866-3926 (toll free) Fax 573-522-8504
Hearing impaired use MO Relay, 800-735-2966
Please be advised that paying your ticket with the FCC constitutes a plea of guilty to the violation. If you want to contest the citation you will want to enter a plea of 'Not Guilty' via the FCC's website or contact our office at 816.361.0964 or 913.383.3311 to discuss your options.
How Many Tickets Does it Take to Suspend a Drivers License in Missouri?
When you accumulate up to four points in a twelve-month period you will receive a point accumulation notice or 'warning letter' from the Department of Revenue; a few speeding tickets will do it. No action is taken at this point by MDOR. If you accumulate a total of eight or more points the DOR will suspend you for 30 days on a first suspension, 60 days on a second suspension, and 90 days on a third or subsequent suspension. The Department of Revenue will revoke your Missouri Driver License for one year if 12 points are totaled in a 12 month period, 18 points are accumulated in 24 months, or if you rack up 24 points in a 36 month period. When your driving privileges are reinstated after a Point Suspension or Point Revocation, the Department reduces your point total to 4 points, which is something like being on 'Traffic Probation'. After a year of violation-free driving your points will be reduced by one-third; after two years of 'safe driving' that total is reduced again by one-half. After three years of having no violations your point total will be reduced to zero.
Will I Need to File a SR-22 Insurance Verification Form or pay Reinstatement Fees?
After your period of suspension or revocation has been completed it may be necessary to pay reinstatement fees to the Missouri Department of Revenue and have your insurance company file an SR-22 form (Proof of Insurance) with the the DOR. The SR-22 is filed by your insurance company, so if they didn't know previously about your driver history they may now find out.
You can get a handle on your Missouri point total by requesting a copy of your Missouri Driver Record , also you can now contact the Missouri Department of Revenue via their automated system 24 hours a day at 573.526.2407 or email the DOR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are Speeding Tickets Treated in Kansas?
The State of Kansas does not use a points-based system but instead classifies traffic offenses as either 'moving' or 'non-moving' infractions. The general rule in Kansas is that an accumulation of three moving violations within one year results in a suspension of your right to drive in Kansas. Unlike its neighbor Missouri, Kansas currently has no Hardship Drivers License provision and does not grant Hardship Driving Privileges.
Can I Keep a Kansas or Missouri Speeding Ticket Off of My Driving Record?
You have the right to legal representation in all traffic matters, whether speeding tickets or a DUI charge. We can often negotiate with the Prosecutor's Office to reduce your charges to a non-moving, no-points infraction that will not count against your Driver Record and allow you to keep your license. Already pled guilty and paid a speeding ticket? In some cases we can file a Petition with the Court, asking the Judge to consider setting that plea aside and to remove that ticket and the points from your record, canceling the suspension.
Do you have questions regarding a speeding ticket you received in Missouri or Kansas? Contact us today at 816.361.0964 or 913.383.3311 or submit a contact form on our website (scroll down) to discuss your options.
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Kansas City, MO 64106
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