Traffic tickets for some may seem insignificant but the points add up quickly, and when they do -- that means driver's license suspension. Some traffic violations are also criminal offenses, and if convicted -- that means a criminal record along with possible jail time and fines, among other penalties.
Fighting a traffic ticket is important and with a knowledgeable traffic ticket lawyer representing you, you stand a good chance of fighting the ticket. Each case is different though, so it is always beneficial to contact a traffic ticket defense attorney in Raymore, Missouri, to discuss your situation and find out about your options and their most likely outcomes.
At The Joshua Wilson Law Firm, you can expect honest advice and aggressive representation. Below is information on traffic ticket violations and expectations of the same. If you still have questions or want to fight the traffic ticket, contact Joshua Wilson today.
What is Missouri's point system for traffic or moving violations?
When you accumulate enough points on your driving record, you can lose your driving privileges in Missouri. That's a big deal since we all depend on our vehicles to get us to work, school, the grocery store, and many other places for our day-to-day living requirements.
Here's how the point system works in Missouri according to the Department of Revenue.
- Four points within 12 months will result in a point accumulation advisory letter.
- Eight points or more in 18 months will result in the following license suspension ranges:
- First suspension for 30 days
- Second suspension for 60 days
- Third or more suspensions for 90 days.
- Twelve points in 12 months result in revocation of your driver's license for one year.
- Eighteen points in 24 months result in revocation of your driver's license for one year.
- Third or more suspensions result in revocation of your driver's license for one year.
After your driver privileges are reinstated, your points will be reduced to four, and each year you succeed at not receiving another ticket the points will continue to be reduced until there are zero points on your driving record.
Is there a way you can still drive after your driving privileges are suspended or revoked in Missouri?
Yes, you can apply for Limited Driving Privilege. If you qualify and are accepted, then you will be able to drive but your driving privileges will be restricted.
What are common traffic or moving violations in Cass County, Missouri?
There are a number of Cass County specific violations that are heard on a regular basis at the County Court located at 2501 West Wall Street, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.
- No Seat Belt
- No child safety restraint
- No helmet
- Failed to drive in the right lane or single lane
- Failed to drive on the right half of road
- Improper passing
- Following too closely
- Failed to signal/Improper signal
- Failed to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Failed to yield
- Failed to stop for a school bus
- Expired drivers license
- Failed to register the vehicle
- Failed to display plates
- Not title issued
- No insurance
What are the more serious moving violations in Cass County, Missouri?
- Excessive Speeding
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), first offense, second offense, subsequent offenses
- Driving while under the influence of drugs, first offense, second offense, subsequent offenses
- DWI Assault - Felony
- DWI Fatality - Felony
- Felony involving Motor Vehicle
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Vehicular Homicide
- Vehicular Manslaughter
If you are a holder of a commercial driver license (CDL) and you are convicted of most of the above violations, then your CDL will likely be disqualified regardless if you had been operating a commercial vehicle or not at the time of the violation and arrest.
How do you defend against traffic violations in Cass County, Missouri?
Because traffic and moving violations are all quite different and require different elements to be proven in order for a guilty plea or verdict, there is not just one defense. There are some strategies, however, that may be applicable.
- The police officer's conclusion can be challenged if his or her conclusion was a subjective one.
- The police officer's observations can also be challenged because it comes down to whose version of the facts is most accurate.
- In some cases, it may be possible to prove your conduct was necessary to avoid harm, which is a “necessity” defense.
- In some cases, it may be possible to prove your conduct was legally justified given the unique circumstances.
- In some cases, you may have been improperly stopped or improperly searched, which are constitutional violations that can be challenged via a Motion to Suppress evidence stemming from those violations.
- In some cases, there may not have been probable cause for your arrest, which is another constitutional violation that can be challenged with a Motion to Suppress evidence stemming from it.
Contact a Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney in Raymore, Missouri Today
If you have received a traffic or moving violation, it is serious. Contact The Joshua Wilson Law Firm today for a free initial consultation.