BARO LAW FIRM

1605 N HWY 67

FLORISSANT, MO 63031

TEL: (314) 896-1999

FAX: (314) 942-7195

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TRAFFIC

          Traffic attorneys do three main things:  

  1. Amend traffic tickets to non-moving violations 

  2. Lift warrants

  3. Lift suspensions and help reinstate licenses 

AMENDING TICKETS

          The most common thing that most people hire a traffic attorney for is amending traffic tickets, otherwise known as fixing tickets.  What we do is work with the prosecuting attorney to amend moving-violation traffic tickets to non-moving violation tickets, the equivalent of parking tickets.  Ideally you want to amend every moving violation ticket that you ever receive to a non-moving violation ticket, so that you 1) avoid the points on your license, and 2) equally important, avoid the charge on your driving record!

POINTS ON YOUR LICENSE

HOW POINTS WORK

          All moving violation traffic tickets have a set number of "points" associated with them. Different tickets may have different numbers of points associated with them.  In fact, tickets for the same charge but issued by different police may have different points associated with them. Every time you plead guilty to, or simply pay, a moving violation traffic ticket, the points associated with that ticket go on your license and on your driving record.  You do not want the points!

          THE IDEA OF POINTS ON YOUR LICENSE IS THAT IF YOU ACCUMULATE TOO MANY POINTS TOO QUICKLY YOUR LICENSE WILL BE SUSPENDED.  Here are some of the rules:

  • Point accumulation and license suspensions:

    • Accumulating 8 points on your license in 18 months results in an automatic 30 day suspension, the first time.  Second time it's 60 days, third time it happens it's 90 days.

    • Accumulating 12 points in 12 months results in an automatic one year suspension.

    • Accumulating 18 points in 24 months results in an automatic one year suspension.

    • Accumulating 24 points in 36 months results in an automatic one year suspension.

  • How points are removed from your license:

    • If you go one year without accumulating any new points​, one-third of the total points on your license are removed.

    • If you go a second year in a row without accumulating any new points, one-half of the total points remaining on your license are removed.

    • And finally, if you go a third consecutive year without accumulating any new points, the points still remaining on your license are then fully removed.

      • While a person's license is suspended or revoked, or while driving on a hardship driving privilege, points are not removed or reduced, and the time periods listed above for removing their points are tolled and will not start until the date of reinstatement. ​

IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD

DRIVING RECORDS ARE PERMANENT

          The most important thing to keep in mind is that your driving record is permanent.  Every moving violation traffic ticket you plead guilty to, or simply pay, goes on your driving record.  The date of the ticket, the charge on the ticket, and the points that were put on your license corresponding with the ticket will be visible on your record indefinitely, for anyone to see.  The points on your license are temporary, but the tickets and charges on your record are permanent.  

YOUR DRIVING RECORD AND INSURANCE RATES

          The reason why you want to maintain a spotless driving record is so that you will always qualify for the lowest possible insurance rates.  Insurance companies check your driving record every time you renew your coverage or obtain new coverage, and some check more often than that. If you have charges on your record this will impact your future insurance rates, regardless of whether the points have been removed, and your own insurance company may even adjust your rates if new tickets go on your driving record.

          There IS currently a process of asking the Missouri Department of Revenue to remove certain old tickets from your record.  The following is direct from dor.mo.gov:

  • How can I request an old ticket to be removed from my record?

    • You may submit a request (including your full name and Missouri driver license number or social security number) to have old tickets purged from your record using one of the following methods:

    • Send an e-mail request to dlbmail@dor.mo.gov.

    • Call (573) 526-2407 during normal business hours to request the purge.

    • Send a written request to our central office:

                                Missouri Department of Revenue
                                West High Street - Room 470
                                PO Box 200 
                                Jefferson City, MO, 65105-0200

          This is always great option to try, especially for removing old speeding tickets, stop sign tickets, and simple tickets like that.  However, some tickets are known to be non-removable, including:  including Driving while suspended, No insurance, Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, Excessive blood alcohol content, any felony ticket, Leaving the scene of an accident*, No operator's license* (*Issued by Missouri State Highway Patrol).

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