Driving While Suspended
Our law office helps drivers with any sort of traffic ticket ranging from speeding tickets to DUI/DWI to commercial license violations. If you have recently received a traffic ticket or violation and need some legal help, contact our office as soon as possible. If you wait too long to contact our office about your traffic violation, time may have run out and your options may have expired.Traffic Violations
The States of Missouri and Oklahoma have a point system to regulate and control an individual's driver's license. Most traffic tickets and violations, if found or pled guilty, assess points to a driver's license in order to punish the driver. The more points you have on your license, the more severe the punishment. For example, in Missouri, a city speeding ticket can assess 2 points on your license, but a DUI/DWI can assess 8 points on your license.
In Missouri, a person's driver's license may be suspended if a driver accumulates 8 points in any 18 month period. In Missouri, a person's driver's license may be revoked if a driver accumulates 12 points in a 12 month period, 18 points in a 24 month period, or 24 points in a 36 month period.
In Oklahoma, a person's driver's license may be suspended if a driver accumulates 10 points in any 60 month period.
The State of Kansas does not use a point system. Instead, certain traffic violations, when found guilty or pled guilty, automatically revoke the driver's license. Also, if a driver is found guilty of three or more traffic moving violations within a 12 month period, then the driver's license will be suspended.DUI / DWI
The States of Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma treat DUIs and DWIs very differently.
In the State of Missouri when a person is charged with a DUI or a DWI, the person is charged with two violations. The first violation is a criminal violation which results in points being assessed on the driver's license and possible suspension or revocation of the license. The second violation is an administrative alcohol violation which results in an automatic suspension/revocation (unless appealed and won through the Administrative Hearing or Trial DeNovo process), even if the ticket is disposed of in court or reduced to a lesser charge.
In the State of Kansas when a person is charged with a DUI or a DWI, the person is charged with a criminal offense. A Kansas DUI conviction can carry such penalties as fines up to $2,500, jail time of up to one year, suspended license for up to one year, and mandatory alcohol and drug treatment programs at the driver's own expense. Also, the driver will be responsible for the court costs, supervision fees and other expenses will be the driver's responsibility as well as increased insurance rates.
In the State of Oklahoma, a person's first offense can be a misdemeanor with 10 days in jail and a $1,000 or less fine. A person's second offense can be a felony with one year in jail and a $2,500 or less fine.
If you are arrested for DUI while driving a commercial vehicle, not only will you face the same penalties as a person in a passenger car, but you may also automatically lose your CDL (and the main part of your livelihood) for one year.
In Missouri, if you are younger than 21 with a BAC of .02% or higher, you'll face an automatic 30-day driver's license suspension, followed by 330 days of restricted driving privileges. In Oklahoma, if you are younger than 21 with a BAC of .01% or higher, you can have your driver's license revoked.License Reinstatements
The States of Missouri and Kansas can suspend or revoke a driver's license for a variety of reasons.
However, you may be able to get reinstated and have your driving privileges returned to you. Our law office can assist you with the process of getting reinstated in order to get you legally driving again.
Sometimes a driver is not able to get reinstated for one reason or another, but our office still may get you driving again. Depending on the situation, you may qualify for a limited driving privilege that allows you to drive only to certain destinations, such as work, school, or the grocery store.
In order to get reinstated or to receive a limited driving privilege, contact our office as soon as possible.