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How a Missouri Attorney Can Help with Your Traffic Ticket and Traffic Offense
At first glance, a traffic offense might not seem like a big deal. However, a moving violation can add points to your license and cause your car insurance rates to increase. You can even end up with a suspended or revoked license in some cases. Find out how a Missouri attorney can help you if you are fighting a traffic violation.
Ways a Missouri attorney can help with a traffic offense
Missouri uses a point system for traffic offenses. Excessive speeding, careless and imprudent driving, and failing to stop at a stop sign are two points each. Driving without insurance is four points, and leaving the scene of an accident is six points. Drivers receive 12 points for driving on a suspended or revoked license or a DWI. People use Missouri traffic attorneys to help avoid getting points on their licenses.
Gather evidence to support the defense
An attorney generally begins by gathering evidence for the case. Evidence might include GPS data and dashcam videos. Also, if a speed limit sign was obscured, the attorney can take photographs to prove the point. Researching the officer’s equipment is also part of the process. The attorney will check for possible issues with the equipment that could have led to a false reading.
Many people choose to accept the punishment for a traffic offense without fighting it because they do not have time to attend hearings. A Missouri traffic attorney can attend hearings on the client’s behalf, saving the client time while providing legal representation. The attorney then briefs the client on the hearing.
Negotiate to reduce the charges
If the evidence shows that the client committed the traffic offense, the attorney can negotiate with prosecutors for a better deal. The prosecution might agree to reduce the charges based on the defendant’s driving record and additional circumstances. For instance, the weather conditions could play a role in reducing the charges. Reducing the charges can help clients avoid points and suspensions.
Remove points from the license
A traffic attorney can also help clients who have already pled guilty to a traffic offense. It is possible to withdraw the guilty plea in some cases. Then, the attorney can represent the client in an effort to prevent the points from going on the license. If it is too late to remove the guilty plea, the attorney can help the client take other steps to remove the points. This might include providing the state with an SR-22 form and paying fines.
Restore driving privileges
An attorney can help the client receive limited driving privileges in case of suspension. A suspension occurs when drivers accumulate eight points within 18 months. People must apply to the Department of Revenue and file a petition with the circuit court to receive limited driving privileges. Mistakes on the applications can derail the process, so many people turn to an attorney.
Consult with a Missouri traffic attorney
Even though a traffic offense seems minor, it can have major consequences. Consult with a Missouri traffic attorney to discover the steps you can take. Your attorney can help you avoid points on your license and the repercussions that come with it. That way, you will not have to pay higher insurance premiums.
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