Most people simply roll over and pay fines related to traffic offenses. However, you might not realize the negative effects of admitting to a traffic offense that you did not commit. Fines, penalties, and points on your license often increase as the number of offenses increases.

Traffic Violations

The old adage- “driving is a privilege, not a right” is something we were made aware of when we received our first drivers’ license, but what does it really mean? Your license can be suspended or revoked for accumulating points on your license or if you are caught driving while suspended, without insurance or while under the influence. Missouri utilizes a point system where various traffic infractions result in the assessment of a predetermined amount of points against your license. The number of points correlates to the severity of the offense- a minor speeding ticket may result in 3 points being assessed, whereas the commission of a felony with a vehicle may result in 12 points. 

A driver who accumulates 8 or more points in 18 months will have their driving privileges suspended by the Department of Revenue. 

1st suspension – 30 days 

2nd suspension – 60 days 

3rd or more suspensions – 90 days

A driver who accumulates 12 or more points in 12 months, 18 or more points in 24 months or 24 or more points in 36 months will have their driving privileges revoked for one year.

If you are at risk of an action being taken against your license, contact The Law Offices of Benjamin Arnold by phone at (913) 777-HELP or contact us here.

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