Maryland Heights Missouri Speeding and Traffic Tickets

Maryland Heights Municipal Court Info

Hours: 9AM – 4:30PM, Monday – Friday
Court Phone: (314) 291-6036
Court Administrator: Gerry Durfee
Municipal Judge: Kevin R. Kelly

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Let’s start with the basics:  Most people handle their Maryland Heights Missouri traffic tickets by doing nothing more than paying the fine listed on the back of the ticket. Its about $100, so they think its worth it to put the matter to rest. Why not just get it over with?

But this is a big mistake. Why? Because when you pay the fine on your Maryland Heights MO traffic ticket, you are also pleading guilty to the charge listed on the ticket. And that admission of guilt will then allow the state of Missouri (specifically the MO Department of Revenue) to assess points to your permanent driving record.

Most people are not aware of this. In fact, most folks don’t even realize there is another alternative available to them. (So if you weren’t aware, don’t worry. You’re in good company!) Which means the vast majority of people end up doing the same thing. They receive an Maryland Heights Missouri traffic ticket, and they quickly pay the fine. But again, paying that fine is an admission of guilt, and you don’t want to do that because points will become a part of your driving record if you do. 


So what’s the big deal about points on your driving record? It is the existence of points on your driving record that will lead directly to much higher car insurance. This is because your automobile insurance provider will look at those points the same way someone would regard an “F” letter grade on your final exam. It tends to indicate that you are a bad driver who does not want to follow the rules of the road (or obey traffic laws and regulations).

From the point of view of the car insurance industry, this presents a problem of coverage. If you don’t obey basic traffic laws, then there is a statistically higher likelihood that you will end up in a traffic accident. In order to cover this increased risk, your car insurance company will raise your monthly rates through the roof

Even one or two points on your driving record is going to bump your rates by about 35% above your current rates. So let’s assume your current monthly rate is $150 (which is about the national average for monthly car insurance). An increase of 35% would equal $52.50. That may not seem like a lot, but just image paying that extra cost, month after month, for the next three (3) years. Because that’s at least how long the increase will last. At the end of that three years period, you will have paid to your insurance company an additional $1,890. Just think of all the things you could have used that money for!


If the increased cost of insurance doesn’t strike you as a big deal, then maybe a suspension of your driving privileges will. This can happen when you accumulate too many points on your driving record over a short period of time. For example, if you were to receive eight (8) points within eighteen (18) months, then the state of Missouri will suspend your driving privileges for thirty (30) days. And if the same set of points and timeframe happens again, the suspension will last for sixty (60) days, and if it happens a third time ninety (90) days. Just imagine having to catch rides from friends and family (or the extra expense of an Uber) for that long! 

So what can we do for you instead? How does our firm make sure that the above-mentioned negativity is avoided? At The People’s Counsel, our primary objective will be to get your Maryland Heights Missouri traffic ticket reduced from a moving violation (such as a ticket for speeding, because the infraction occurred while the car was in motion) down to a non-moving violation (like Illegal Parking, because this kind of ticket is issued when the car is not in motion).

Why is it so important to get the ticket knocked down to a non-moving violation? Because non-moving violations do not carry any points. And if there are no points to worry about, then all the craziness described above will not be in play.

All you have to do is give us a call. We will retrieve all the information we need from you. And we get to work on the ticket immediately. We look forward to hearing from you!!