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Missouri Speeding Ticket/Traffic Tickets/Moving Violations

How to Remove Points From Your Driving Record

To remove points from your driving record, you can hire a speeding ticket lawyer to get your ticket fixed, or you can attend traffic school.

Hire a Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Remove Points From Your Driving Record

When you get a speeding ticket or other traffic violation in Missouri, you can hire a traffic ticket lawyer to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction. Some people call this “getting a speeding ticket fixed.”

Or you can just plead guilty and pay the fine. However, when you plead guilty to a speeding ticket, points are added to your driving record and your insurance company may increase your car insurance rates.

Your Driver’s License Will be Suspended if You Have Too Many Points On Your Driving Record

Some drivers don’t hire a traffic ticket lawyer until after they have accumulated so many points on their driving record that their license is in danger of being suspended.

  • If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your Missouri driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days, if it’s your first suspension.
  • Your driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Speeding Ticket Lawyer to Get Your Ticket Reduced?

A speeding ticket lawyer’s price to fix your ticket depends on the following factors:

  • How fast were you driving?
  • How many other speeding convictions are on your driving record?
  • Which court is your case being prosecuted in? (The court name and address are listed on your ticket.)

Most speeding ticket lawyers charge a one-time flat-fee price to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction such as “Illegal Parking.”

An experienced traffic law attorney can give you a price quote over the phone, along with an estimate of the fine and court costs. The fine (after getting your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction) will be slightly higher than the original fine.

You won’t have to appear in court, and the court will give you at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.

A Speeding Ticket Lawyer Can Lift the Suspension of Your Driver’s License

If you have already pleaded guilty to a ticket that caused your license to be suspended or revoked, a traffic law attorney can withdraw your guilty plea and get your old ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. Removing the old ticket will reduce the number of points on your driving record, which will lift the suspension of your driver’s license.

You can call the Missouri Department of Revenue in Jefferson City, Missouri at (573) 751-4475 to ask if your license is suspended and find out how many points you have on your driving record.

How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea For an Old Speeding Ticket

If you have an old speeding ticket that you pleaded guilty to without consulting an attorney beforehand, you can hire an attorney to withdraw your guilty plea and get the ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation.

Withdrawing your plea and getting the ticket reduced will remove points from your driving record, which will lift the suspension of your driver’s license if you have accumulated too many points on your driving record.

PLEASE NOTE:  It is more difficult to withdraw a guilty plea if too much time has passed since you pleaded guilty, or if you were represented by an attorney when you pleaded guilty.

You Can Take the Missouri Driver Improvement Program To Remove Points From Your Driving Record

Another way to remove points from your driving record is to take the Missouri Driver Improvement Program (DIP) traffic school.

The Missouri DIP traffic school removes points from your driving record after you have pleaded guilty to a speeding ticket or other traffic violation.

Most people hire a traffic ticket lawyer before the court date to get their speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. But if that is not an option because your ticket was issued in a county that does not allow tickets to be reduced, or because you got a ticket for a very high speed (or other traffic violation) that the court refuses to reduce, the Missouri DIP class may be an option.

What You Need to Know Before Taking the Driver Improvement Program

Before taking the Missouri DIP class, you must get the judge’s permission. Some courts automatically grant permission, while other courts require the defendant to appear in person to ask the judge for permission to take the DIP class.

You must complete the DIP class within 60 days after pleading guilty to your speeding ticket.

After you complete the DIP class, fax proof of completion to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) in Jefferson City, Missouri and they will remove the points from your driving record. The DOR may not accept proof of completion of the DIP class if you don’t get the judge’s permission prior to taking the class.

Here are some other important tips you should know before taking the DIP class:

  • You are not eligible to take the DIP class if you have taken it within the past 3 years.
  • You are not eligible to take the DIP class if you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
  • You are not eligible to take the DIP class if the traffic violation was committed while driving a commercial motor vehicle.
  • Taking the DIP class removes points from your driving record but your insurance company will still be able to see the speeding ticket on your driving record, so they may use that as an excuse to increase your car insurance rates.

 

For more information about removing points from your Missouri driving record, read my previous blog post “How to Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation in Missouri.” 


If you have a Missouri speeding ticket that you want to get reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, call Missouri traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a price quote and an estimate of your fine and court costs. Or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com

 

Get Your St. Louis Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation

A traffic ticket lawyer can get your St. Louis speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation to avoid points being added to your driving record and an increase in your car insurance rates.

Don’t Plead Guilty to Speeding in St. Louis

If you plead guilty to speeding in St. Louis, points will be added to your driving record, and your car insurance rates may increase.

Instead of pleading guilty, you can hire a traffic law attorney to represent you. Your attorney will negotiate a plea bargain deal with the Prosecutor to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation such as “Illegal Parking.” The Prosecutor will require you to pay fine that is slightly higher than the original fine, plus court costs. You won’t have to appear in court, and the court will give you at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.

As soon as the court receives your payment, your ticket will be reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. This means no points will be added to your driving record, and your insurance company will never know you got the ticket.

Too Many Points on Your Driving Record Will Cause Your License to be Suspended

When you receive a speeding ticket, it is tempting to just pay the fine and forget about it. However, if you pay the fine, that means you are pleading guilty to speeding. That guilty plea will cause points to be added to your driving record and may also cause your car insurance rates to increase.

For a typical speeding ticket issued by a Missouri State Trooper, 3 points are added to your driving record. For “Driving Without Insurance,” 4 points are added. Standard traffic violations such as running a stop sign or improperly changing lanes are typically 2-point violations.

If you accumulate 8 points on your Missouri driving record within 18 months, your driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension). Your license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months.

You Can Change Your Mind After Pleading Guilty to a St. Louis Speeding Ticket

Many people plead guilty and pay the fine for a speeding ticket and later wish they could change their mind. An experienced traffic law attorney can help you by withdrawing your guilty plea and getting your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or car insurance rates.

It is much easier to withdraw your guilty plea if you 1) did not have an attorney representing you when you pleaded guilty, and 2) not much time has passed since your guilty plea.

If you have pleaded guilty and want to withdraw your plea, consult an experienced attorney to get a price quote for legal representation and an estimate of the fines and court costs you will pay.

How to Remove Points From Your Driving Record After Pleading Guilty to a Speeding Ticket

If your ticket was issued in a county where the Prosecutor won’t reduce your ticket to a non-moving, no-point violation, you may be able to take the Missouri Driver Improvement Program (DIP) to remove the points from your driving record.

You are eligible to take the DIP class if you have not taken it within the past 3 years. You are not eligible to take the DIP class if you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or if the traffic violation was committed while driving a commercial motor vehicle. You must obtain the judge’s permission to take the DIP class, and you must complete the DIP class within 60 days after pleading guilty.

Read my previous blog post “Missouri Driving School Removes Points From Record” for more information about the Missouri DIP class.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you complete the DIP class, points will be removed from your Missouri driving record, but the speeding conviction will still show up on your driving record, and your insurance company may increase your rates.

For more information, read my previous blog post “How to Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation in Missouri.”


To get your St. Louis speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or insurance rates, call traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a price quote and estimate of your fine and court costs. Or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com

 

Missouri Driving School Removes Points From Record

If you complete the Missouri Driver Improvement Program traffic school within 60 days of pleading guilty to a speeding ticket, the points associated with that ticket will be removed from your driving record.

What is the Missouri Driver Improvement Program (DIP)?

The Missouri Driver Improvement Program (DIP) is traffic school that you can take to remove points from your driving record. Here are a few important facts about the Missouri DIP class:

  • You must take the Missouri DIP class within 60 days after you plead guilty to a speeding ticket.
  • If you have taken the Missouri DIP class within the past 3 years, you are not eligible.
  • You must get the court’s approval before taking the DIP class.
  • You must fax proof of completion of the DIP class to the Missouri Dept. of Revenue.

Many courts automatically give defendants their approval to take the DIP driving school, but some courts require you to go to court and ask the judge for permission. If you don’t want to go to court yourself, you can hire an attorney to go to court for you and ask for permission to take the DIP class.

If you don’t have the court’s approval to take the Missouri DIP class, the Missouri Dept. of Revenue will not accept your proof of completion of the class.

Take the DIP Traffic School if You Can’t Get Your Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation

The courts in most Missouri counties allow speeding tickets to be reduced to non-moving, no-point violations in exchange for paying a higher fine plus court costs. In those counties, drivers can hire a traffic ticket lawyer to get their speeding ticket amended to “Illegal Parking” or some other non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect their driving record or insurance rates.

Unfortunately, some courts in Missouri refuse to reduce speeding tickets to non-moving violations. In that case, the driver’s only option is to either hire a traffic law attorney to negotiate a plea bargain deal that includes probation, or just plead guilty on your own without an attorney representing you.

If you decide to plead guilty to a Missouri speeding ticket, points will be added to your driving record and your car insurance rates may increase. The DIP program allows drivers to get the points removed from their driving record after pleading guilty.

The Missouri DIP Driver Improvement Program Will Not Keep the Ticket Off Your Driving Record

PLEASE NOTE:  If you take the Missouri DIP driving school class, points will be removed from your driving record. However, taking the DIP class does not prevent the ticket from showing up on your driving record and possibly causing your car insurance rates to increase.

Therefore, if at all possible, I strongly recommend hiring a traffic ticket lawyer to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or car insurance rates.

Speeding Tickets Cause Points to be Added to Your Driving Record

In Missouri (and many other states), points are added to your driving record when you plead guilty or are convicted of a traffic violation, such as speeding, driving without insurance, driving without a license, driving while suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, careless & imprudent driving, running a stop sign, etc.

Most standard speeding tickets issued by Missouri municipal police officers are 2-point tickets, and most speeding tickets issued by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers are 3-point tickets.

If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your Missouri driver’s license will be suspended. Your license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months.

Speeding Tickets Can Cause Your Car Insurance Rates to Increase

It is common knowledge that a speeding ticket conviction on your driving record can cause your car insurance rates to increase.

If you are having a hard time deciding whether to hire a traffic law attorney to represent you or just plead guilty, you can call your insurance agent and ask how much your car insurance rates will increase if you plead guilty to the speeding ticket. Then you can compare that amount with the price of hiring a traffic ticket lawyer to get your ticket “fixed” (reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation).

How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea

In many cases, you can change your mind after pleading guilty to a traffic ticket or other criminal offense.

If you did not have an attorney representing you, and not much time has passed since you pleaded guilty, you may be able to withdraw your plea and get the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, or get the criminal charge reduced to a lesser offense.

Consult an attorney to get an estimate of the probable outcome of your case.

For more information about the Missouri Driver Improvement Program, read my previous blog post “DIP Class Won’t Keep Tickets Off Driving Record.”


To get your Missouri speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or insurance rates, call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for a price quote and estimate of your fine and court costs. Or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com

 

How To Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced To a Non-Moving Violation In Missouri

Get your Missouri speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation if you want to avoid points being added to your driving record.

An experienced traffic ticket lawyer can get your Missouri ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or car insurance rates. Some people call this getting a ticket “fixed.”

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation?

Traffic law attorneys charge a one-time flat fee to represent you for your speeding ticket or other traffic violation. Most traffic ticket lawyers charge reasonable rates. You can call around to compare prices.

After you hire an attorney to represent you and get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation such as “Illegal Parking,” you will have to pay a fine and court costs to the court. The fine after getting your ticket fixed will be slightly higher than what the original fine would have been if you had decided to plead guilty to the original charge.

You Won’t Have to Appear in Court For Your Speeding Ticket If You Hire a Lawyer

In most cases, you won’t have to appear in court if you hire an attorney to represent you for your speeding ticket. This is true even for more serious traffic violations such as “Leaving the Scene of an Accident,” “Careless & Imprudent Driving,” or “Driving While Suspended.”

The court usually gives defendants at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.

In most traffic ticket cases, everything can be taken care of by email, mail, or fax.  

Get Your Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation to Avoid Points Being Added to Your Driving Record

Pleading guilty to a speeding ticket or other traffic violation will cause points to be added to your Missouri driving record, and your insurance company may use the conviction as an excuse to increase your car insurance rates.

If you hire an attorney to get your traffic ticket amended to a non-moving violation, no points will be added to your driving record. Your insurance company will never know about the ticket, so they will have no reason to increase your car insurance rates.

How Many Points Can You Get Before Your License is Suspended?

Certain types of tickets cause points to be added to your Missouri driving record. For example:

  • Speeding ticket (city violation) = 2 points
  • Speeding ticket (state violation) = 3 points
  • Driving Without a License = 2 points (for first offense)
  • Driving While Suspended = 12 points
  • Driving With No Insurance = 4 points
  • Driving While Intoxicated = 8 points (for first offense)
  • Careless & Imprudent Driving = 2 to 4 points
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident = 6 to 12 points (12 points if state violation; 6 points if county or municipal violation)

If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, Missouri will suspend your driver’s license for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension).

Your license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months.

How to Find Out How Many Points Are Added to Your Driving Record For All Traffic Violations

Click here for a full list of Missouri traffic violation points.

How to Find Out How Many Points Are On Your Missouri Driving Record

To find out how many points you have on your driving record, call the Missouri Department of Revenue (Driver’s License Bureau) in Jefferson City, Missouri at (573) 526-2407.

You Can Change Your Mind Even If You Have Already Pleaded Guilty to a Speeding Ticket

In many cases, you can change your mind after pleading guilty to a speeding ticket or other traffic violation. It depends on how much time has passed since you pleaded guilty, but your attorney may be able to get the judge to withdraw your guilty plea and get your ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation.

For more information about changing your plea, see my previous blog post about How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea.


Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or email Andrea at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com to get a price quote to have your Missouri speeding ticket or other traffic violation amended to a non-moving, no-point violation.

Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Fines Increase in St. Louis

St. Louis courts are now charging higher fines for construction zone speeding tickets. When you get caught speeding in a construction zone in Missouri, an experienced traffic law attorney can get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t cause points to be added to your driving record or an increase in your car insurance rates.

A Traffic Law Attorney Can Get Your Construction Zone Speeding Ticket “Fixed”

Hiring an attorney to get your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation is sometimes called getting a ticket “fixed.” It is perfectly legal, but it does cost the driver more because courts charge higher fines when they agree to amend speeding tickets to non-moving violations.

How Much is the Fine for a Missouri Construction Zone Speeding Ticket?

Courts charge higher fines than usual when the ticket is issued in a construction zone. If workers are present in the construction zone, it may be more difficult to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, and the fine may be higher than if no workers were present.

For example, if you are caught speeding 10-15 miles over the speed limit in a construction zone (no workers present) in the City of St. Louis, a traffic ticket lawyer can get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. In exchange for getting this ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, you would normally have to pay a fine of $150 plus $50.50 court costs. As of May 2016, the fine for speeding 10-15 miles over the speed limit in a construction zone in St. Louis City is now $300 plus $50.50 court costs.

Why Should You Get Your Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation?

Pleading guilty to a speeding ticket will cause points to be added to your driving record and it may also cause your car insurance rates to increase.

If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your Missouri driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days (if it’s your first suspension). If you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, your driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year.

Speeding Tickets Follow You Home

If you are an out-of-state driver and you plead guilty to a Missouri speeding ticket, Missouri will report the speeding conviction to your home state. Then your home state will add the speeding conviction (or other traffic ticket conviction) to your driving record.

Getting an out-of-state speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation will prevent any negative effects on your home state driving record.

How Much Does It Cost To Get a Missouri Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation?

To get your Missouri speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation, you will pay a fee to a traffic law attorney to represent you. You will not have to appear in court, and the court will probably give you at least 30 days to pay the fine and court costs.

The fine after your ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation will be slightly higher than the original fine you would have paid if you had chosen to plead guilty and accept the points on your driving record (and possible increase in your car insurance rates).

What if There Are No Signs Warning You About the Construction Zone?

In many areas, there may be orange cones along the highway as you approach a construction zone but no actual signs specifically warning you of an upcoming construction zone. You can receive a construction zone speeding ticket in these construction/work zones even if there are no warning signs and no construction workers present.

If you see orange cones on the highway, slow down! Workers have been killed by drivers in construction work zones in Missouri, so courts take them very seriously.


To get your Missouri construction zone speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation that won’t affect your driving record or insurance rates, call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or email her at andrea@leadfootspeedingticket.com for a price quote and estimate of your fine.