The negative impacts a speeding ticket or other moving violation can have on your life should not be underestimated. Whether you just received your first speeding ticket or you have multiple moving violations on your record, it’s important to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney to help you keep points off your driving record, reduce fine amounts and avoid increased insurance rates.
At Henderson Legal Defense, LLC Attorneys at Law, we take traffic violations as seriously as our high-level felony cases. Traffic tickets may lead to increased insurance premiums and result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Many insurance carriers provide safe driver discounts that provide significant costs savings to individuals — and often one moving violation is enough to take away those discounts. Before paying your traffic ticket, please contact an attorney who can advise you of all of your options.
Take Traffic Violations Seriously
Every court has different policies on how they resolve traffic tickets. For example, it’s a misconception that all construction or school zone ticket cannot be amended or diverted. Some courts allow for diversions or amendments of these types of tickets. It is important to contact attorneys experienced in these matters who know what options are available to you.
If you have been pulled over and issued a citation, call our office and talk to one of our experienced traffic lawyers. A brief phone call with our experienced attorneys may be the difference between paying higher insurance rates, or even in some cases, losing your license.
We can help you with moving violations such as:
- Reckless and careless driving
- Driving after revocation/suspension
- Failure to yield
- Driving without insurance
- Commercial driver’s license violations
- Repeat moving violations
Commercial Driver’s License Violations
Traffic tickets are especially problematic for people who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL): rigid court dates can be hard to attend; staggering fines can impact your bottom line; and a conviction that results in a negative driving record can result in lost wages. If you hold a CDL and your career and livelihood are on the line, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you avoid serious harm.
Excessive Moving Violations in Kansas
- Restatement Fee: If your license is suspended, you may be required to pay a restatement fee, typically around $100, to reinstate your driving privileges.
- SR-22 Filing: Following a license suspension, you might need to maintain an SR-22 filing with the Driver Control Bureau for 12 months. An SR-22 is a certificate of insurance that proves you have the required coverage.
- Fines: Depending on the circumstances, you may be fined for driving offenses that lead to a license suspension. For a first offense, fines can range from $300 to $1,000.
- Subsequent Offense Penalties: If you commit another traffic offense within a specified period (often three years), the fines for subsequent offenses can be significantly higher, ranging from $800 to $2,500.
- Social and Professional Restrictions: Losing your license can impact your daily life, restricting your ability to commute, impacting social activities, and potentially affecting your professional life if your job requires driving.
Consequences for Repeat Offenders in Kansas
- Three-Year License Revocation: A habitual driving offender may face a three-year license revocation. During this period, the individual may lose their driving privileges, and there may be no provision for a hardship license.
- Impact on Employment: Losing driving privileges can have a significant impact on employment, as individuals may face challenges commuting to work or fulfilling job requirements that involve driving.
- No Hardship License: Unlike some states that offer hardship or restricted licenses for certain purposes during a suspension, Kansas may not provide a hardship license during a three-year revocation for habitual driving offenders.
- Legal Consequences: In addition to the administrative penalties, habitual driving offenders may face legal consequences for criminal charges related to their driving offenses. This could include fines, probation, or other legal sanctions.