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Violations Explained

St. Louis, Missouri Traffic Law Attorneys

Often, people take traffic tickets lightly and don’t pay them or fail to show up for a scheduled court appearance. But all your traffic violations go on your Missouri driving record, and if they are not taken care of, you may well be arrested the next time you’re pulled over for even a small infraction. Attorney David M. Hocking of the St. Louis, Missouri, law firm The Traffic Stop STL has extensive experience with hundreds of traffic cases and he can help you, too. Whether you receive a traffic ticket, are arrested for a DWI/DUI or have had your license suspended, don’t wait. Contact us today for a free consultation at 314-423-4529 .

Traffic Violations – An Overview

Although many traffic offenses may not carry the same stigma and penalties as other, more serious crimes, even the lower-level offenses can result in significant fines, loss of driving privileges, and increased insurance rates. And the more serious offenses, or even some less serious violations if they are part of a series of violations by the same offender, can result in imprisonment. Thus, traffic charges should not be taken lightly. An attorney at The Traffic Stop STL, Missouri can explain the possible consequences of the various violations and represent those charged with traffic offenses throughout the resolution of the matter, taking some of the mystery out of the process and increasing the chances of the least serious outcome.

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Speeding Laws

Ordinarily speeding tickets are offenses or infractions rather than crimes, but it is not uncommon for speeding tickets to be treated as misdemeanors. If you received a speeding ticket, contact our firm to schedule a meeting with an attorney who can explain how the speed laws operate in our state.

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Misdemeanor and Felony Traffic Offenses

Some traffic offenses are more serious than others and can result in penalties as serious as imprisonment. While a traffic infraction might be a minor matter if no one is hurt, the same incident can be a misdemeanor or felony if someone is hurt or killed or if there is serious property damage. Some specific traffic offenses, however, are considered serious violations on their own, such as drunk driving or operating a vehicle without a license. A person charged with a traffic-related crime should treat his or her situation seriously and contact an attorney who can help to protect his or her legal rights.

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Point System

Many states utilize a point system to monitor the driving records of their citizens. Under a point system, traffic violations are assigned point values and the driving privileges of individuals who accumulate a certain number of points in a specified time period will be suspended or revoked. Points also can lead to increased auto insurance rates. Contact The Traffic Stop STL in St. Louis to speak with an attorney experienced in handling Missouri traffic violations. He or she can explain the point values of specific traffic violations and what impact they may have on your driving future.

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License Revocation or Suspension

Depending on the state, the particular traffic offense on which the suspension or revocation will be based or both, the decision to suspend or revoke a driver’s license may be required or within the discretion of the person or entity authorized to suspend or revoke the license. In all states, driver’s license revocation or suspension can have a serious impact on one’s life and should not be taken lightly. Contact our firm to schedule an appointment with an attorney who can explain the laws and regulations governing license revocation or suspension in our state.

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Traffic Violations Resource Links


Summary of State Speed Laws (.pdf)
This publication is distributed by the US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and includes a Summary Table on Aggressive Driving Laws, a Summary Table of State Speed Laws, a Summary Table of Special Sanctions for Exceeding the Speed Limit in Either a Construction or School Zone, a State by State Analysis of statutes (or regulations) concerning speed limit or speed related violations, and an Appendix summarizing the Uniform Vehicle Code’s (UVC) provisions related to speed.

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA): Information for the Public
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) serves as an information clearinghouse and develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement, and highway safety. The AAMVA’s Information for the Public Web site contains links to information identified by its staff as relevant to the general public.

State Transportation Web Sites (DOTs and DMVs)
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s mission is to identify problems, foster research that seeks solutions, and disseminate information and educational materials that promote good traffic safety practices.

State Statutes on Motor Vehicles
This Web page provides links to state statutes on motor vehicles. The Web page is provided by Wex, a product of the Legal Information Institute (LII) at the Cornell Law School.

What Happens if I’m Stopped by an Officer of the Law?
This Web page is provided by the US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and includes information intended to help drivers who are stopped by police officers.

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St. Louis, MO 63121-4545
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St.Louis, MO 63145

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