Speeding Ticket Help
Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers today at (314) 724-5059.
Speeding tickets are moving violations that can lead to a suspension or revocation of your driver's license. Convictions for moving violations are reported to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR), which assigns points to each conviction and adds those points to your driving record. Too many points on your driving record will cause a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license and possibly an increase in your car insurance rates.
How Many Points for a Speeding Ticket?
If you receive a speeding ticket issued by a city police officer, it's considered a municipal violation and 2 points will be added to your driving record. If you receive a speeding ticket issued by a state trooper, it's considered a state violation and 3 points will be added to your driving record.
If you accumulate 8 points 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, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months.
No Increase in Points for Construction Zone or ARC Zone Tickets
Tickets received in a construction zone or ARC zone (sometimes called an "Accident Reduction Corridor Zone" or "Travel Safe Zone") are either 2-point or 3-point tickets, depending on whether it was a municipal or state violation. The only difference between these types of tickets and tickets issued in regular speed zones is that the fines will be higher in construction zones and ARC zones.
How to Keep Points Off Your Driving Record
You can keep points off your driving record if you hire an attorney to negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, such as "Illegal Parking." If your ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation, the ticket will not be reported to the DOR, and no points will be added to your driving record, because only moving violations are reported on your driving record.
After your speeding ticket is reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction, you will have to pay a fine (which will be slightly higher than the original fine) plus court costs, but no points will be added to your Missouri driving record. A traffic law attorney can usually give you an estimate of the amount of the fine and court costs.
In most cases, you won't have to appear in court or go to a lawyer’s office—you can take care of your ticket by email, fax, regular mail, or telephone.
How Long Do Points Stay on Your Driving Record?
- Points for standard speeding tickets stay on your Missouri driving record for 3 years.
- Points count toward a suspension or revocation of your license for only 18 months.
- Speeding tickets that cause your license to be suspended or revoked will remain on your driving record for 5 years.
- Some traffic-related convictions, such as DWI, Driving While Suspended, or No Proof of Insurance remain permanently on your driving record.
See my blog post regarding traffic tickets that stay on your driving record forever.
Remove Old Speeding Tickets From Your Driving Record
Once a year, the DOR removes old speeding tickets from its files, but this does not always catch every ticket that is eligible for removal. You can call the DOR at (573) 751-4475 and request that they remove any tickets on your driving record that are 3 years old or older. There are no forms to fill out, and the DOR will immediately remove all old tickets at your request.
The requirements for removing an old speeding ticket from your Missouri driving record are as follows:
- the ticket was issued for a minor offense
- the ticket is 3 years old or older, and
- the ticket did not cause your license to be suspended or revoked
Out-of-State Drivers With Missouri Speeding Tickets
Tickets that you receive in other states will be reported to your home state. If Missouri is your home state and you receive a ticket in another state, that other state will report the ticket to Missouri. Then, Missouri will treat the ticket as if you received it in Missouri and will add points to your driving record. See my blog post about why out-of-state speeding tickets show up on your Missouri driving record.
Out-of-state drivers who receive a Missouri speeding ticket can hire a Missouri-licensed attorney to get their ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction, so nothing will be reported on their driving record in their home state.
How to Withdraw Your Guilty Plea
If you have already appeared in court and pleaded guilty or paid the fine for a speeding ticket, it is possible that an attorney can withdraw your guilty plea and negotiate a plea bargain with the court to have your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation.
Please note that withdrawing a guilty plea is much more difficult if you were represented by an attorney when you pleaded guilty, or if too much time has passed since the conviction date.
St. Louis traffic attorney Andrea Storey Rogers has helped many drivers in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri with speeding tickets and other traffic violations. Contact Andrea at (314) 724-5059 or fill out the email form on the Home page to send Andrea an email if you need help with any of the following: