police officer writing traffic ticketSpeeding tickets and moving violations may significantly impact your life. Depending on the specific ticket or violation, your penalties may include a suspended license, fines, or even jail time.

Types of Missouri Tickets and Moving Violations

Missouri law makes some speeding tickets and moving violations crimes, including:

  • Driving 5-20 mph over the speed limit
  • Excessive speeding, or driving more than 25 mph over the speed limit
  • Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle such as a police vehicle, fire truck, or ambulance
  • Failure to have adequate motor vehicle insurance
  • Careless and imprudent driving, such as following too closely or failing to stay in your lane
  • Texting and driving, if you are under the age of 21
  • Running a red light
  • Driving with a revoked license
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Your potential penalties depend on:

  • The ticket you receive
  • Whether you have past violations
  • Whether you contest the ticket or plead guilty by paying the fine

The potential penalties may include:

  • Fines
  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Points on your license
  • License suspension if you receive 12 points in 12 months, 18 points in 24 months, or 24 points in 36 months
  • Jail time

Talk to a Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Legal Options

Typically, you have three options. You can:

  1. Pay the ticket
  2. Pay the ticket and participate in the Driver Improvement Program to reduce the points on your license
  3. Plead not guilty and contest the ticket

You have thirty days to respond to the ticket in one of these ways. If you do not respond, you may face additional legal penalties.

A speeding ticket or traffic ticket defense lawyer can advise you of all of your legal options, save you time and aggravation, and allow you to continue living your life while your legal needs are being addressed. Accordingly, we encourage you to contact our experienced Perryville and Cape Girardeau defense attorneys to talk about your case as soon as possible.