Speeding Tickets in Missouri
There are three types of speed limits in Missouri, absolute speed limits, presumed speed limits, and basic speed limits. An absolute speed limit is the most common one and is where a number is given and you are not allowed to drive faster than that number under the law. A presumed speed limit is also known as careless and imprudent driving and means that a driver was going too fast to be safe, regardless of the posted speed limit. A basic speed limit means that the driver was driving below the minimum required speed for the road.
Most Speeding Tickets are for violating the absolute speed limit, also known as violating the posted speed limit. These are the tickets individuals receive when they are running late for work or an appointment, just not paying attention, or “going with the flow of traffic.” Contrary to popular belief these are hard lines. Driving 36 in a 35 is grounds for a speeding ticket!!! Presumed speed limits are much less common and are when there is inclement weather such as rain or snow. These are the tickets an individual can receive for driving below the posted speed limit, but in the subjective view of the officer, too fast for the conditions. This means that regardless of your speed, if the officer feels you were being unsafe, you can get a ticket whether it is in rain or snow, or going around a bend on a clear sunny day. The most common basic speed limit violations in Missouri are for driving below 45 on the major highways.
Regardless of what ticket you have received, you have rights. There are numerous defenses to tickets involving the method of determining the speed, such as radar or pacing; necessity for safety, such as having a woman in labor in the vehicle; finding a technicality, such as broken speedometer; and simple mistake of which vehicle was violating the speed limits, such as multiple black sedans in a small area; just to name a few. Any of these can be a defense to the ticket, and many times an attorney can help you navigate through your options so as to avoid having points on your license to avoid possible suspension and increased insurance costs. Regardless of your defense, you must either hire an attorney to defend you, or show up on the court date yourself.