According to statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 124,483 speeding citations and traffic tickets were issued statewide in 2016. In the state of Missouri, common traffic violations include speeding, careless driving, DUI/DWI, running red lights, parking too far from the curb or near a fire hydrant. Committing any of these traffic violations may result in speeding tickets, demerit points, fines, or other penalties.
If you have received a ticket for a traffic violation, hiring a skilled Missouri traffic violations attorney immediately is crucial to protect your rights. Attorney Michael J. Englert is committed to providing experienced legal guidance and strong representation to clients in their traffic violation cases. As your legal counsel, he will evaluate and investigate every detail of your case and determine the best way to fight your Missouri traffic issues. Michael will fight to protect your rights, defend your driving privileges, and attempt to keep your driving record as clean as possible.
Michael J Englert, Attorney at Law, is proud to serve clients in Independence, Missouri, and the surrounding areas of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit.
Traffic violations occur when a motorist violates laws regulating motor vehicle operation on highways and streets. In Missouri, traffic violations are categorized into moving or non-moving violations.
A moving violation occurs when a motorist breaks a traffic law while the vehicle is moving. Common examples of moving violations include:
Running red lights
Failing to yield the right of way
Failing to maintain a single lane
Driving while under the influence (DWI)
Driving with an expired or suspended driver's license
Hit and run accidents
Driving without car insurance
Making improper lane changes
A non-moving violation is a traffic infraction that involves a motor vehicle that is stationary. Common types of non-moving violations include:
Parking in a no-parking zone
Parking too close to a fire hydrant
Parking at an expired parking meter
Parking in front of a driveway
Having expired motor vehicle plates
Not having the required documents or legal paperwork
Having a broken headlight or taillight
Failing to display a fuel license/permit
Having broken or missing mirrors
Having no license plate
Moving violations put pedestrians, road users, and other motorists at risk, so these kinds of traffic violations are often punished severely.
A driver who violates a traffic law in Missouri may receive a traffic ticket, fine, or other penalties. The penalties for various traffic violations are determined by the Missouri point system.
Speeding ticket issued by a county or municipal police officer — 2 points
Speeding ticket issued by a state police officer — 3 points
Failure to maintain a single lane — 2 points
Running a red light — 2 points
Careless and imprudent driving — 2 points
Failure to yield right-of-way — 2 points
Not carrying adequate car insurance — 2 points
Following too closely — 2 points
No driver's license — 2 points
Driving with a suspended license — 12 points
If you accumulate four points in 12 months, the Missouri Department of Revenue will send you a point accumulation advisory letter.
The Department of Revenue’s License Bureau will suspend your driving privilege for accumulating eight or more points in 18 months.
1st suspension — 30 days
2nd suspension — 60 days
3rd or more suspensions — 90 days
The Department of Revenue’s License Bureau will revoke your driving privilege for one year if you accumulate:
12 or more points in 12 months
18 or more points in 24 months
24 or more points in 36 months
Fighting traffic violations is important to get the judge to reduce fines, avoid additional punishment, or eventually beat the ticket. An attorney can help fight a traffic violation by:
Disputing the officer's account of what really happened
Disputing the evidence against you
Showing that it was a mistake of fact
Establishing that your actions were lawfully justified
Establishing that your conduct was required to avoid harm
Fighting your speeding tickets, fines, or other traffic violations by yourself could expose you to the possibility of receiving the maximum penalties. With demerit point values on your driving record, a traffic violation conviction could make you lose your driving privileges, face massive fines, possible prison sentences, have increased auto insurance rates, and other life-altering consequences. Retaining an experienced traffic violations attorney is paramount to protect your legal rights and driving privileges.
Attorney Michael J. Englert has the experience and resources to represent and help clients deal with their traffic violations. He will review all the surrounding facts of your case, help you understand your possible legal options, and outline a strong defense for your situation. As your legal counsel, he will fight to refute the allegations against you with substantial evidence. Using his extensive knowledge and legal understanding of Missouri traffic laws, he will represent you diligently in traffic court and help you pursue a favorable outcome in your traffic violation case.
If you received a traffic ticket that you intend to fight, contact Michael J Englert, Attorney at Law, to schedule a case assessment. He can offer you the experienced legal guidance and comprehensive representation that you need in your case. Michael Englert proudly represents clients in Independence, Blue Springs, and Lee's Summit, Missouri. Reach out today to discuss your case.