Many drivers enjoy the thrill of driving very fast. Others fail to notice the posted speed limit signs or are running late for an important meeting. Regardless of the situation, driving above the posted speed limit may expose you to the risks of a traffic citation. According to statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, more than 124,000 speeding citations were issued statewide in 2016. If you have received a speeding ticket in Missouri and you intend to contest it, hiring an experienced Missouri speeding ticket attorney is crucial for detailed guidance.
Michael J Englert, Attorney at Law, has the experience and resources to guide and represent clients in their traffic violation cases. As your legal counsel, he will review and investigate all of the facts of your case and outline an effective strategy to fight your Missouri speeding ticket. Using his extensive legal understanding, Attorney Englert will fight vigorously to protect your legal rights, defend your driving privileges, and dispute the accusations against you with overwhelming evidence.
Michael J Englert, Attorney at Law, is proud to serve clients throughout Independence, Missouri, and the surrounding areas of Lee's Summit and Blue Springs.
Missouri's basic speeding law requires all motorists to drive "at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person." Essentially, the speeding law requires all Missouri motorists to drive at a reasonably safe speed. However, a safe speed will depend on the surrounding circumstances. For instance, a speed that is safe on a sunny afternoon may not be safe on a rainy day.
Missouri's absolute speed limits include:
60 miles per hour on interstate highways, freeways, and express in urban areas
65 miles per hour on rural expressways
70 miles per hour on rural interstates and freeways
Absolute speed limits will generally be posted along the roadside. If you drive faster than the absolute speed limit, you have violated the law.
Missouri uses a point system to determine the suspension or revocation of drivers’ licenses. Here are some examples of point values for speeding tickets in Missouri:
Speeding ticket issued by a county or municipal police officer — 2 points
Speeding ticket issued by a state police officer — 3 points
Depending on how fast you were driving, a speeding violation can add demerit points to your driving record. Accumulating too many points within a short period can lead to license suspension or revocation, higher fines and penalties, and increased auto insurance rates. This is why it is always important to hire an attorney to help fight your speeding ticket or traffic violations.
The penalties for speeding tickets in Missouri will depend on the speeding law that was violated. Possible penalties include:
Violating Missouri's Basic Speeding Law: This is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Violating an Absolute Speed Limit: This is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to 15 days in county jail and a maximum fine of $700. Exceeding an absolute speed limit by five miles per hour or less is a traffic infraction.
Fighting your speeding tickets without proper guidance or experienced representation could increase your risks of getting the maximum penalties. If convicted, you may be facing possible jail time, huge fines, license suspension, increased auto insurance rates, and other negative consequences. Therefore, if you have received a speeding ticket, hiring a knowledgeable traffic violations attorney is imperative to protect your rights and driving privileges.
Attorney Englert is committed to providing experienced legal services and helping clients deal with their speeding tickets. As a former Assistant Municipal Prosecutor in Kansas City, as well as an Independence Municipal Judge, he knows the ropes and can guide you through the complexities involved in the legal proceedings. Using his in-depth legal understanding of Missouri traffic laws, Attorney Englert will fight vigorously for your legal rights, represent you zealously in traffic court, and attempt to keep your driving record as clean as possible.
If you received a speeding ticket and you intend to contest it, contact Michael J Englert, Attorney at Law, today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Attorney Englert can offer you the detailed legal guidance and strong representation you need to fight your speeding ticket. The firm is proud to represent clients throughout Independence, Blue Springs, and Lee's Summit, Missouri.