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So You've Gotten a Speeding Ticket

Apr 20 2015

You've been pulled over by law enforcement and now you're facing, at best, a hefty fine because you were travelling too fast. It might certainly seem a little unfair because nearly everyone, including the officer who issued your citation, has sped while driving. Whether it was innocent carelessness or you were late for work with the pedal to the floor, there are several options available after you receive a speeding ticket.

Speeding Ticket

After you've received a citation for speeding, it may seem like the best option is to pay the fine and the ticket will go away. The court desperately wants you to pay the fine- this would mean more revenue for the court and less time spent over this individual ticket. While it is true the ticket will go away, it will remain on your record for three years (in most Missouri cases) and can have a large impact on your car insurance rates. A significant speeding ticket can also put points on your license, and enough points can lead to a suspension or even a revocation of your license.

If you don't pay the speeding ticket, what are your other options? You can hire an experienced traffic law attorney and take the matter to court to try and reduce or remove the charge. Generally, it is easiest to have the speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving traffic violation (such as a parking ticket) that will not add points to your license or cause a significant increase in your car insurance rates. A skilled traffic law attorney will be able to get your speeding violation reduced in a quick, professional manner.

When you are pulled over by police for speeding, remember that you have options other than paying your fine and accepting the points on your driving record. At the law firm of Flanagan & Peel, PC, we handle speeding tickets as well as other traffic violations with efficiency. Contact us today if you have been issued a traffic citation for speeding and want to explore your options.

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Terry Flanagan

Terry J. Flanagan graduated from St Louis University School of Law in 1970, obtaining his Juris Doctorate. He obtained his undergraduate degree from St Louis University in 1967. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and licensed to practice before the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, as well as the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri.

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