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What Happens If I Drive While My License Is Suspended?

If you are pulled over by a police officer, that officer is going to “run your driver’s license” to see if you have any outstanding warrants or pending criminal and/or traffic matters. If you have already lost your driving privileges (as a result of a DUI, or too many points on your record, or for having missed a court hearing in the past), then there is a very good chance that the cop will cite you with “Driving While Suspended”.

MOST ST LOUIS DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED TICKETS CAN BE HANDLED FOR $185

A St. Louis driving while suspended ticket is a big deal. It is a twelve (12) point ticket. “Points” are like little red flags that go onto your record that have the effect of making you look like a bad driver. And if you receive those 12 points as a result of this kind of ticket, the state of Missouri will very likely suspend your driving privileges for another additional year. So as you can see, this is a traffic infraction that you do not want to take lightly (indeed, there are some jurisdictions that treat a DWS as a criminal matter).

But when you hire an experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorney, he or she will look into why it is that your license was suspended in the first place, determine what steps are necessary in order to get your license reinstated, and then work closely with the court in order to provide you with enough time to get the necessary documentation to Jefferson City, MO so that you start driving again.

PLEADING GUILTY TO DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED IN ST LOUIS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY RESULT IN ANOTHER YEAR OF YOUR LICENSE BEING SUSPENDED!!

One of the most common documents that will be needed to get your driver’s license reinstated is a “Letter of Compliance”. This is an official letter from the municipality in which you have traffic tickets to the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles. It basically states that you are trying to comply with the law (by getting your Driving While Suspended ticket, and any other tickets in the St. Louis area), and that you should be allowed to start the process of reinstatement.

However, it should be pointed out that sometimes you have to wait for the period of suspension to run its course before getting reinstated. For instance, if your license was suspended due to a DUI, then you will have to first allow that statutorily imposed period of time (usually a year) to pass before the reinstatement process can begin. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a St. Louis traffic ticket lawyer!! Your lawyer can act as a go-between with the court so that you do not get hit with the additional 12 points from the DWS ticket. So it’s always good to have an attorney handle the matter for you, even if you cannot get reinstated for a bit longer.

The lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been assisting people with their St. Louis traffic tickets for years. Our goal is to make sure you stay driving, that your record stays clean, and your insurance rates are unaffected. And we want to do this at a very affordable price. For a typical ticket, we charge $35. Call today to learn more!!