A simple, stress-free process:
The Coulter Law Firm, LLC’s attorneys have strived to take the stress out of a getting a ticket. You bring in your ticket and we take it from there. We will talk to the prosecutor or state’s attorney to try to resolve your case before your court date.
In many situations there is no need for you to appear before the Court. Most cases can be plea bargained – a slight increase in fine in exchange for a guilty plea to a non-moving violation (such as illegal parking). We then write you to let you know the results of your case. After your fine and court costs are paid, the traffic violation does not appear on your record, nor will you receive points on your license. No more worrying about insurance rate increases – CASE CLOSED.
In situations where a plea bargain is not available or acceptable, our experienced traffic law lawyers will put their years of education, experience, and knowledge to work. They are constantly striving to offer our clients the best defense for their situation. Frequently Asked Questions:
How does Missouri’s Point Accumulation System Work?
- In Missouri, any moving violation can result in points against your license. Depending on the violations, the assessment could be anywhere between 1 and 12 points. The entire spectrum of points can be found in RSMo§302.302.
If you accumulate a total of 4 points in 12 months, the Department of Revenue will send you a point accumulation advisory letter.
- If you accumulate a total of 8 or more points in 18 months, the Department of Revenue will suspend your driving privilege. 1st suspension - 30 days; 2nd suspension - 60 days; 3rd or more suspensions - 90 days.
- The Department of Revenue 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, or 24 or more points in 36 months
Is there anything I can do to avoid getting too many points on my license?
- Yes – avoid points and let old points go away.
- Avoiding Points: As stated above, points are assessed against your license for certain violations. Avoid these points by not having these violations on your record. Do this by either not violating the law or if you make a mistake and get a moving violation call one of our knowledgeable traffic law lawyers to try to advocate on your behalf to reduce the ticket or have it removed completely.
- Reducing existing points: Every year you drive without getting new points on your record, the points will be reduced: 1 year — total remaining points reduced by one-third; 2 years — remaining points reduced by one-half; 3 years — points reduced to zero.
If my points are reduced to zero, do I still have a conviction on my record?
How can I check my driver record?
- It depends on the type of conviction. Certain convictions must remain listed permanently on your Missouri driver record.
- Avoid the hassle and worry of having convictions on your record by talking to an attorney before you are found guilty.
What can I do if my driving privileges have been suspended and I need to get to work or school?
- Call (573) 526-2407 to find out about non-personal information such as traffic tickets and suspension/revocation-related information
What would be considered a moving violation?
- In certain situations, you may be eligible for special Limited Driving Privileges. There is an application process that we will guide our clients through. If granted, Limited Driving Privileges allow you to drive for employment or other important matters.
More information about this topic can be found on the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website and within the Revised Missouri Statutes or by calling and consulting one of our skilled traffic law attorneys. Call today to schedule an initial consultation with a skilled traffic law lawyer.
- Moving violations can be issued for violating state, federal, county, or municipal laws including, but not limited to: Clinging to Vehicle, Cutting through Private property, Driving on Closed Road, Driving Through Funeral Procession, Driving on Unpaved Property, Excessive Acceleration, Electrical Signal Violation, Failure to Cover Load, Following Too Close, Failure to Yield, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, Failure to Signal Turn, Improper Backing, Impeding Traffic, Improper Lane Use, Improper Passing, Improper Turn, Improper U-Turn, Obstructing Traffic, Speeding, Stop Sign Violation, Weaving, Wrong Way, Wrong Way in a Construction Zone. A more complete list is available on the Missouri Court’s website. That site also mentions the traffic statute and typical fees and court costs assessed.