THE MISSOURI POINT SYSTEM AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU
Driving is a privilege, not a right. You can lose your driving privilege if you disobey the traffic laws. When you are convicted of a traffic violation, while your vehicle was in motion, the department receives notice and adds points to your driving record. This isn’t like a football or basketball game — you don’t want these points. You can lose your driving privilege when you accumulate too many points.
The number of points you receive depends on the conviction. For example, you may receive 2 or 3 points if you are convicted of speeding (depending on if the court was municipal, county, or state level). By contrast, you may receive 12 points and the revocation of your driving privilege if you are convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
RACKING UP POINTS: THE CONSEQUENCES
If you accumulate a total of 4 points in 12 months, the department will send you a point accumulation advisory.
If you accumulate a total of 8 or more points in 18 months, your driving privilege will be suspended. Below are the consequences for accumulating 8 points in 18 months:
• 1st suspension — 30 days
• 2nd suspension — 60 days
• 3rd (or subsequent) suspension — 90 days
Your driving privilege will be revoked for one year if you accumulate:
• 12 or more points in 12 months
• 18 or more points in 24 months
• 24 or more points in 36 months
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When an individual is stopped/arrested upon probable cause that they were driving a vehicle while their blood alcohol level was over the legal limit, two separate sections of Missouri law govern the arrest and suspension/revocation of the driving privilege:
Criminal Alcohol Law
- This law deals with the ticket that was issued. If an individual is convicted of an alcohol offense, the court sends a copy of the conviction to the department, and the proper points are assessed to the individual’s driving record. Subsequently, an individual’s driving privilege may be suspended or revoked for accumulation of points.
Administrative Alcohol Law
- This law initiates a suspension or revocation of the driving privilege if an individual’s blood alcohol content level is over the legal limit. This is an automatic suspension/revocation (unless appealed and won through the Administrative Hearing or Trial DeNovo process)
even if the ticket was disposed of in court or reduced to a lesser charge.
The average working American spends 396 hours per year driving. With groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and hundreds of other special interests groups lobbying our politicians to make DWI laws in Missouri more strict you may have become the victim of circumstance.
No matter how it came about, you have possibly been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and most likely other charges as well. These charges are extremely serious and can affect you and your loved one for the rest of your life. You are facing criminal charges, loss of driving privileges, permanent marks on your record, damage to your character and a multitude of fines.
Don’t face this rough time alone. JCS Law will aggressively take on your case. Our staff includes a former police officer certified in Field Sobriety Testing and we have access to experts on BAC Machines. What if you could keep your license? What if you weren’t really over the legal limit? What if the police had no reasonable suspicion to pull you over? We are here help you fight for the best outcome possible.
Remember, DWI in Missouri has two sides. (1) Criminal Charges- DWI, Other Traffic Charges (2) Administrative- Missouri Department of Revenue and your drivers license privileges. Let us use our knowledge and exhaust all efforts to battle on your behalf.
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