How Much is Your Speeding Ticket Fine?
If you want to pay your speeding ticket fine and you don’t know the amount of the fine, call the court clerk’s office and ask how much your fine is. The payment for your fine is due on the court date, which is listed on your speeding ticket.
Sometimes the police officer who issues the ticket will hand you a piece of paper along with the ticket listing the amount of the fine, or the fine amount might be printed on the back of the speeding ticket. Some courts list the fines for traffic tickets on the court’s website.
Points Are Added to Your Driving Record for Every Speeding Ticket
By paying your speeding ticket fine, you are pleading guilty. A conviction for speeding will be reported to the Missouri Department of Revenue and points will be added to your Missouri driving record.
Two points are added for most speeding tickets that are issued by city or county police officers. Three points are added for speeding tickets issued by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers. Points are also added for other traffic violations. For example, if you are convicted of driving without insurance, 4 points will be added to your Missouri driving record.
Your Missouri Driver’s License Will Be Suspended or Revoked if You Have Too Many Points on Your Driving Record
Your Missouri driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points on your driving record within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months.
If you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, your driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days, if it’s your first suspension. If it’s your second suspension, your license will be suspended for 60 days. Your license will be suspended for 90 days for a third suspension.
Link to List of Missouri Fines, Points, and Other Penalties for Traffic Violations
Click here for a list of Missouri traffic ticket fines, points, and penalties. This link is to the Missouri “Traffic Bench Guide,” which is used by Missouri judges, prosecutors, and attorneys. You can look up any Missouri traffic violation by its charge code or description, and you can see whether or not a conviction for a particular violation (speeding ticket, traffic violation, failure to register vehicle, no proof of insurance, seat belt violation, DWI, MIP, etc.) will be reported on your Missouri driving record and how many points will be added to your driving record. You can also see if a violation is an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony, and the penalties for each.
This guide will help you determine whether to pay the fine for your ticket or hire an attorney to get the ticket “fixed” (negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor) to keep the points off your driving record.
How to Get a Speeding Ticket Fixed and Keep Points Off Your Driving Record
If you decide to hire an attorney to represent you in traffic court — some people call this “beating a speeding ticket” or “getting a ticket fixed”– then your attorney will negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney to have your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving infraction, such as “Illegal Parking,” which will not cause points to be added to your driving record.
What’s the Price of the Fine After Your Speeding Ticket is Fixed?
In exchange for reducing your speeding ticket to a non-moving, no-point offense, the court will increase the amount of your fine. The amount of the fines and court costs are different in each court. You will also have to pay court costs for each ticket, which can range from $25 to $85, depending on the court.
Your lawyer can give you an estimate of the amount of the fine and court costs that you will have to pay after your ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation. A good way to estimate the cost yourself is to take the amount of the original fine and double it; your fine and court costs after the ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation will be almost double the amount of the original fine. This does not hold true in every case, but it’s a good way to get a rough estimate of the cost.
Most Missouri courts will usually give you at least 30 days to pay your amended speeding ticket fine and court costs.
Fines in an ARC Zone or Travel Safe Zone Are Only Slightly Higher After Being Reduced to a Non-Moving Violation
The one exception to my rule-of-thumb cost estimate for speeding ticket fines is when a ticket is issued in the ARC Zone. Your fine after getting an ARC Zone ticket fixed will be only slightly higher than the original fine.
The ARC Zone (Accident Reduction Corridor or Travel Safe Zone) is an area in north St. Louis County that encompasses a 7-mile stretch of I-70 across 8 municipalities.
For more information about ARC Zone speeding tickets and an estimate of fines, see my blog post about ARC Zone speeding tickets in St. Louis.
What is an ARC Zone Speeding Ticket?
The ARC Zone or Travel Safe Zone consists of 8 municipalities in north St. Louis County: St. Ann, Berkeley, Cool Valley, Edmundson, Normandy, Northwoods, Woodson Terrace, and Pine Lawn. These municipalities established a special ARC Zone (Accident Reduction Corridor or Travel Safe Zone) in a high-traffic area where lots of accidents had occurred.
If you receive an ARC Zone speeding ticket in one of these cities, your fine will be much higher than in a regular speed zone. However, if you hire an attorney to “fix” your speeding ticket, your fine and court costs after the ticket is reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction will be only slightly higher than the original speeding ticket fine.
How Much is the Fine After Your Attorney Gets Your ARC Zone Speeding Ticket Fixed?
For example, if you receive an ARC Zone speeding ticket in St. Ann, Missouri for driving 71 in a 60 mph ARC zone and you plead guilty, your fine will be $200. You would have paid only $71 if you had received the ticket in a regular speed zone.
If you hire an attorney to get that same St. Ann ARC zone speeding ticket (71 in a 60 mph ARC zone) reduced to a non-moving violation, your total fine and court costs will be $260, and no points will be added to your Missouri driving record.
Call St. Louis traffic lawyer Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 for an estimate of your speeding ticket fine and court costs, or you can click on the email icon at the top of this page, or fill out the email form on the Home page.