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The state gives out points any time you are found guilty of a moving violation. A moving violation is roughly described as an infraction committed while you are operating a vehicle. The state uses a point system so that it can keep a record of how good of a driver you are.

“Points” are like little red flags that put a blemish on your permanent driving record. They have a tendency to make it look like you are a bad driver. You receive a different number of points for the different types of traffic infractions out there. For example, a St. Louis speeding ticket will typically get you two (2) points. And as points accumulate, there are varying consequences. For instance, if you receive eighteen (18) points in an eighteen month period, the state will automatically suspend your driver’s license for one (1) year. The accumulation of points can also have a detrimental effect upon the amount you pay for automobile insurance. Each time you receive points to your record, your insurance carrier will likely increase your monthly premiums (because they will now look at your as a higher risk to insure).

But an experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorney can help make sure that you do not receive any points at all. In fact, our goal is to ensure that your driving record stays clean of all negative treatments. We do this by beginning immediate negotiations with the local prosecutor to get the St. Louis speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not come with any points, which means that your record will be clear, and your car insurance will stay the same.

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If you don’t do anything about a St. Louis traffic ticket, it will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. But it doesn’t have to go that way. An experienced St. Louis speeding ticket lawyer can help get your traffic citation reduced to a non-moving violation.


When you receive a ticket from a police officer, the citation will list the court date. This is the date on which you must appear to plead your case (either in front of the judge or prosecutor). But you do not show up, the judge will fire off a bench warrant. Once a warrant is in effect, you can be hauled off to jail the next time you run into a cop.

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Yes, a good St. Louis traffic ticket attorney can handle such an ARC Zone ticket in much the same manner as any other traffic citation. The only difference is that the fine will be higher.

The St. Louis ARC Zone is a stretch of highway on Interstate I-70 passing through northern St. Louis. It runs from about St. Ann, MO, to just past the airport. Getting a ticket in this zone comes with a higher fine than you would normally receive elsewhere. The reason is because the state has determined that more traffic fatalities occur in this stretch of highway per capita than anywhere else. The idea is that is the police hand out tickets that cost more, there will be a greater incentive for people to drive more slowly.

Whether or not the philosophy is true, this portion of I-70 is very closely monitored by the police. And if you receive one, you could just simply pay the fine and be done with it. But this would result in the state of Missouri adding points to your permanent driving record. “Points” are like little red flags that make you look like a bad driver. The more these points add up, the more likely it is that the state will suspend your driver’s license. For instance, if you receive eighteen (18) points in an eighteen month period of time, the state will automatically suspend your license for one year.

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Because traffic tickets allow the State of Missouri to assess “points” to your permanent driving record. Points are like little red flags that give the impression that you are a bad driver. This in turn gives your automobile insurance carrier the ability to increase your premiums. And if that weren’t enough, getting too many points over a short period of time can result in your driver’s license being suspended.

So instead of dealing with all of that, what should you do? The easiest thing to do is hire an experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorney to take care of the citation for you. A good lawyer can negotiate a deal with the local prosecutor in which the traffic infraction is reduced (amended) to a non-moving violation. A good example of a non-moving violation would be “excessive noise”. So instead of getting pleading guilty to a moving violation (like speeding), the court allows you to plead guilty to the lesser charge of blaring your radio too loudly. This in turn keeps points from going on your record. It’s just as simple as that.

Now at this point you may be saying, “But I didn’t blare my radio loudly! Why in the world should I plead guilty to something I didn’t do??” And the answer to that is pretty easy: welcome to the world of criminal justice It’s the system we have, and it seems to work fairly well. Just imagine how much work would be created if a local judge and prosecutor would have to do if every single traffic case went to court and/or trial. It would clog the system up beyond repair. We even have “Traffic Courts” do deal exclusively with St. Louis speeding and traffic tickets, but the sheer volume of infractions is unimaginably high.

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The best (and easiest) way to keep points off your permanent driving record is to hire an experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorney. He or she can make sure that no points are placed on your record, which in turn will ensure that the rest of your life stays clear as well.


The most common way in which people take care of a St. Louis speeding ticket is to simply sign the back of the ticket itself, and mail in the associated fine. Taking care of the ticket in this manner will certainly dispose of the citation itself (and no warrant will be issued for your arrest). But this will allow the state of Missouri to assess a certain number of points to your record. “Points” are like little red flags that indicate a bad driving history. As a result, your automobile insurance carrier will raise your monthly rates (because they will undoubtedly label you as a “risky driver”).

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A St. Louis traffic ticket for no insurance (either because you could not provide adequate proof of valid insurance at the time of the pullover, or if you simply did not have any insurance at all) is in fact a moving violation. In other words, the traffic citation is for an infraction that is the equivalent of a St. Louis speeding ticket: you committed the foul while driving.

But the good news is that such a ticket can still be fixed. So long as you hire an experienced lawyer for the job, the moving violation can be lowered to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation is an infraction that does not come with any points. “Points” are like little red flags that are put onto your permanent driving record. They make you look as if you are a bad driver. Having points on your record will also allow your automobile insurance company to increase your monthly premiums. And if you receive a large number of points in a compressed period of time, you can lose your driver’s license (for instance, if you get eighteen (18) points in an eighteen month period, the state of Missouri will suspend your license for one year).

The affordable St. Louis speeding ticket attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been helping fix their traffic tickets for over ten (10) years. Our goal is to make sure that you stay on the road driving, that your insurance rates remain the same, that your driving record is kept clean, and you do not have to appear in court. And we want to do all of this at a very affordable price: the fees for a standard St. Louis traffic ticket is $40.

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It depends on how many St. Louis traffic tickets you have. But even one speeding ticket in St. Louis can have an impact on your auto insurance rates.

When you receive a traffic citation from a police officer (whether it is speeding, lane change violation, driving while revoked, careless and imprudent driving, etc.), one way to satisfy the charges against you is to simply sign the back of the ticket itself, and pay the associated fine. This will of course take of the ticket for good, but the result of going this route can have a very negative impact on your car insurance.

When you plead guilty to the charges from a St. Louis speeding ticket, the state will assess what are called “points” to your permanent driving record. When points are added to your record, your auto insurance carrier will increase your rates accordingly. Why? Because the more points you have, the more the insurance company can rightfully describe you as a risky driver. Once you are labeled as a risky driver, the insurance company can up your rates (because as a “risky” driver, you are more of a risk on the road to other drivers and pedestrians; this in turn is used by the insurance company as a justification to increase the monthly premiums).

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Yes, in some circumstances you can. By doing so, you will save quite a bit of future hassle, time, and money, as you will avoid things like increases of your automobile insurance and revocation of your driving license. Hiring an experienced attorney can help in this endeavor tremendously.

When you get pulled over for a traffic violation (like speeding, lane change violation, driving without proof of insurance, etc.) you will almost certainly be issued a citation. This citation (i.e. ticket) can be handled by your simply signing the back of the document and paying the associated fine to the proper court. Doing so will take care of the ticket itself and avoid you having to go to court (or deal with a warrant for not paying the fine). But the problem with this option is that for every time you plead guilty to a speeding ticket in Missouri, a certain number of ‘points’ are assessed against your driving record.

Points are like strikes against your record that can have a negative impact on your license. If enough points accumulate over a period of time, you can actually have your driver’s license suspended or revoked. So if your license was suspended or revoked because of too many points on driving record, a knowledgeable lawyer can file a motion with the court to have the original plea of guilty withdrawn. Once the plea is successfully withdrawn, your attorney can then negotiate with the prosecutor to have the speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. This in turn would allow the attorney to have the points removed from your record, and get the suspension lifted.

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Yes, there is. When you are pulled over by an official (either a local police officer or a highway patrolman) for driving above the speed limit, you are given a citation (i.e. a ticket). This citation will give you pertinent information about what you have done wrong. The typical language is something like ‘Driving in Excess of Posted Speed Limitations,’ or something equally fancy-sounding. It will also give you the officer’s name and badge number, the location of the unlawful activity, time of the pull-over, and your information (such as name and address). The ticket will also give you a court date, which is usually thirty (30) days into the future.

Most tickets will direct you to the back of the document, which lists ways in which you can avoid having to appear in court by simply paying a fine (indeed, the ticket will suggest any number of ways for you to accomplish this task, whether it is online, in person, sending something in by mail, or even over the phone with a credit card. Because the last thing the court actually wants you to do is show up and make an argument as to why you should not have been pulled over.

If you simply pay the fine, that will make the ticket go away. But the fact of the matter is that the ticket will also become a part of your record, and can have a substantial impact on the extent to which you pay your motor vehicle insurance (which is determined in large part by how good of a driving record that you have). However, if you were to hire an experienced attorney to handle your ticket, you don’t have to worry about such things. An attorney can get the speeding ticket reduced to a lesser charge, one that will not have an impact on you or your insurance rates.