Traffic Violations

One thing to understand about traffic violations is that many of these offenses are considered to be of "strict liability," which means you don't have to have had criminal intent to be issued a ticket. However, you can't be quick to write off traffic violations, especially since they amount to more than just the occasional speeding ticket.

Strict Liability Offenses vs. Serious Traffic Offenses

You're probably familiar with these examples of strict liability traffic offenses:

  • Speeding. These come in two variations; you can get a ticket for going above the speed limit, but you can also get one for following the speed limit in inclement weather.
  • Driving with broken headlights. This is a common safety hazard that you may not have had an opportunity to repair.
  • Failure to yield. This is considered to reckless driving, and therefore unsafe.

Serious traffic offenses include:

  • Driving without a license or insurance. Under Kansas and Missouri law, this is considered to be an intentional hazard to others.
  • DUI/DWI/OUI. Driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, and operating while under the influence can all have serious consequences, but you aren’t required to submit to a breathalyzer test in Kansas or Missouri.
  • Hit and run. If you leave the scene of an accident, you are also subject to serious consequences and need a likewise serious defense.

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Consequences of Traffic Violations

If you've been given a speeding or traffic ticket, the consequences may be more dire than you think. Your insurance carrier will discover these offenses and either increase your premiums or possibly cancel your policy altogether. Yet these issues can go beyond money and damage your driving record, which can affect a job search you may be conducting or worse; your license could get suspended. These consequences may be mitigated or eliminated with a good legal defense.

Experienced, Ethical, and Formidable Traffic Defense

At the Erker Law Firm in Overland Park, Kansas, we are well suited and well practiced in defending you against traffic citations, having served clients throughout Kansas City for nearly 30 years. We also represent out-of-town clients who may have received a violation. In many cases, you may never have to appear before the court.

We help you understand the potential short- and long-term consequences you face, options that you have and how we can best protect your rights. We provide guidance and support every step of the way through the complicated legal process of defending yourself against a serious moving violation.

Handling Traffic Violations Across the KC Metro Area

Traffic violations range from serious to not-so-serious, but whatever the case may be, you need the expert defense of the attorneys at Erker Law Firm, P.A. to mitigate or eliminate the repercussions you may have to face. Whether you’re dealing with a speeding ticket, a DUI, or charges for having hit and run, don’t delay contacting us to take care of the situation. Schedule your consultation today.