Do I need to Hire an Attorney for Speeding Tickets?

Do I need to Hire an Attorney for Speeding Tickets?

Nobody wants a speeding ticket.  For good reason, if you’re convicted, a violation will affect your driving record, then there is the cost of the ticket and any court fees, plus could possibly result in suspension of your license.

In Missouri, a speeding tickets stays on your record for three years.  This is the same time frame for minor traffic violations.  Of course, the best option would be for no points to go on your record ever.  If you go for one year without any new points, the points on your license drop by one-third.  After two years without any new points, the points drop by one-half.

If you find yourself with a speeding ticket, it is certainly possible to fight it.  Fighting traffic tickets can take a lot of time and effort and may not be worth it in the long run – but if a ticket means thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums, it may be very worthwhile to fight.

You always have choices on how to handle your ticket.  These could include paying the ticket with no-contest or guilty plea.  (No contest means that you do not agree with what you were charged with, however, you will accept the fine or punishment associated with the charge.), completing a driver improvement course, (Traffic school will still cost you the traffic fine, admin court fees, and fee for traffic school, but it can clean your record of points leaving you room for mistakes, and lower insurance rates. 

If you go to court, honesty is always the best policy.  If you are a first-time offender or you’ve had multiple tickets, ALWAYS be honest with the judge.   Keep a cool head, explain in detail and mention the weather conditions (if applicable).

Let Tad do paperwork and court appearances to resolve your ticket.  You may not even have to appear in court yourself!  Know what to do, call Tad today.