Traffic Violations 101

What's your driving record like? Are you worried that you may be close to having too many points on your record or that your insurance premiums may go up due to your poor driving history? Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you some key information on Missouri traffic violations. If you are ever in doubt when it comes to your traffic offense case, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. We can go over your options and try and answer any legal questions you may have.


Traffic Violations 101



There are many different kinds of traffic violations that happen in the state of Missouri. From driving while drunk to failing to stop at a stop sign, we've seen many cases. The punishments vary from offense to offense. Here are a few examples of some of the common actions people take that can worsen their punishment when it comes to a traffic offense.
  • Not taking a breathalyzer od drug test when asked by an officer
  • Not filing an accident report
  • Running away from the scene of a car accident
  • Not having car insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Points on Your Driving Record


Points can be added to your driving record when you get traffic tickets. According DMV.org, your license can be suspended if you get so many points.

Source: https://www.dmv.org/mo-missouri/traffic-tickets.php

If you accumulate 8 or more points within a time frame of 18 months, your:
  • 1st suspension will be for 30 days.
  • 2nd suspension will be for 60 days.
  • 3rd suspension (and subsequent suspensions) will be for 90 days.
The Missouri DOR can revoke your driving privileges for 1 year, if you accumulate:
  • 12 or more points within 12 months.
  • 18 or more points within 24 months.
  • 24 or more points within 36 months.

Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks


Whether you are facing criminal charges or a criminal investigation, at times it can feel like the legal system is unfairly punishing you. From criminal investigation, to arrest and trial, you should know that you have rights that are GUARANTEED by the Constitution. That includes the right to have a criminal defense lawyer advocate on your behalf. If you have been accused of anyone of the following things:

  • Traffic offenses, including speeding, careless and imprudent driving, and failure to yield
  • DUI/DWI, drunk driving
  • Driving while license is suspended or revoked

Give our Camden County lawyers a call today at 573-346-231 today.

Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C.
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