Serall Chezem can help you with all your traffic law problems. Most common traffic tickets we handle are:
- Speeding Tickets
- Reckless Driving tickets
- Driving While License Suspended
- Driving Without Insurance Ticket
- Hit And Run
- Seat Belt Ticket
- DWI ( Driving while Intoxicated )
The goal of our speeding ticket lawyer is to help our clients avoid an insurance rate increase and points or other record of conviction that may lead to suspension or revocation of their licenses. Keeping speeding tickets off of records is usually done through plea bargaining with a prosecutor or state’s attorney, and will involve an amendment of the ticket, probation, or diversion.
Reckless Driving tickets
A person charged with Reckless Driving or Careless and Imprudent Driving will face costly fines, an assessment of points on his/her driving record, license suspension, jail time and/or an insurance rate increase.
Before surrendering and paying the ticket, contact the Serall Chezem Law Firm to review your legal rights.
Here are reasons why a reckless driving ticket or careless and imprudent driving ticket may be issued:
- Excessive speeding (25 mph or more above the posted speed limit)
- Racing another vehicle
- Attempting to elude a police officer
- Passing another driver when visibility of oncoming traffic is limited
- Distracted driving
- Cell phone use while driving
- Texting while driving
- Weaving or crossing the center line
- Sudden and unnecessary use of the brakes
- Squealing tires
Driving While License Suspended
A conviction for driving while suspended or revoked has the potential to seriously impact a person’s driving record and could result in jail time, high fines and further periods of suspension or revocation.
Because it is in the interest of the state that drivers are properly licensed and insured, prosecutors will often show leniency to a driver charged with driving while revoked or suspended. This could be the case if the driver has had his or her license reinstated, has obtained insurance, or has made restitution to an injured party. Ultimately, when the client complies with the prosecutor’s requirements, it is possible that there may be a disposition that avoids a conviction or jail time. Such a disposition will most likely require a period of probation to insure that the driver maintains his or her insurance and avoids further run-ins with law enforcement.
If you are driving with a suspended license in Missouri, contact the law office of Serall Chezem. Don’t risk jail time, fines or further periods of suspension or revocation. Serall Chezem can work with you to get your driver’s license reinstated or to defend you in court if you have been charged with DWLS or DWLR.
Driving Without Insurance Ticket
This charge is usually written in accident cases or as a companion to an underlying charge such as a speeding ticket.
If you had insurance at the time of the stop but were unable to locate the insurance card, we can typically obtain a dismissal with payment of court costs with proof of the insurance.
If you had no insurance at the time of the ticket but obtained it after the fact, we can demonstrate proof to the prosecutor and we can fight to obtain an amendment or suspended sentence.
Of course, in accident cases, proof of payment for damages will be required before we can successfully resolve your case.
Hit And Run
A hit and run charge is a serious offense that can be classified as a felony depending on the damage. If the damage is under $1,000, a hit and run offense is usually a misdemeanor. If another party is injured, the damage exceeds $1,000, or if you have a previous hit and run charge, the offense will usually be charged as a felony.
Reasons penalties vary:
- The damage was insignificant
- The driver was unaware that he/she struck another vehicle or person
- Someone other than the owner was driving the vehicle
- The driver has a clean driving record
Seat Belt Ticket
The Missouri seat belt laws state that the driver and all front seat passengers must use a seat belt when traveling in a vehicle. In addition, the driver is responsible for ensuring that all children under the age of 16 are wearing seat belts no matter where they are in the vehicle. There are also laws pertaining to children under a specific age, weight, and height requirements.
Missouri seat belt laws for children:
- Children less than 4 years old are required to be secured in a child safety seat, regardless of weight
- Children weighing less than 40 pounds are required to be secured in a child safety, regardless of age
- Children at least 4 years old but less than 8 years old, children weighing at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds, and children less than 4 feet 9 inches tall are required to be secured in a child booster seat
- Children at least 8 years old, children weighting at least 80 pounds, and children more than 4 feet 9 inches tall are required to wear a seat belt
Refusing to pay your seat belt tick can result in a collection agency coming after you, more fines, and even arrest. If you have any question regarding your seat belt ticket in St. Louis, contact Serall Chezem Law Firm.
DWI ( Driving while Intoxicated )
If you have been stopped and arrested upon probable cause that you were driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08, you will face two main problems (at least):
Problem #1: You will face criminal alcohol law charges in either municipal or state court. If there is a conviction in court, the court clerk will send a copy of the conviction to the Missouri Department of Revenue Driver’s License Bureau. The driver will receive points and the individual’s driving privilege will either be suspended or revoked depending on the number of points that accumulate as a result of the conviction.
Problem #2: There is an “administrative procedure” that involves an automatic license suspension or revocation (unless an appeal is filed and won through an Administrative Hearing or Trial De Novo process). So, even if you are able to solve problem #1 and obtain an acquittal, reduction of the charge, or even probation, you must deal with the administrative suspension action against yourself, or you will be automatically suspended and a mark will appear on his driving record, possibly for life.
The time limitations for taking action in the administrative appeal process are relatively short (15 days to request an administrative hearing), so it is imperative if you or someone you know has been arrested, contact Serall Chezem as soon as possible.
Breath Test Refusal Cases.
If you have allegedly refused to submit to a chemical test when you were arrested and charged with a DWI, you once again will have two problems: (1) the criminal charges; and (2) driver’s license action that can result in a revocation of your driving privilege.
If you have been convicted with criminal charges, the court will notify the Driver’s License Bureau, points will be assessed and there will be a suspension or revocation of your license depending on your driving record.
Further, there is an automatic Breath Test Refusal penalty, to which, if you are convicted, there will be an automatic one-year revocation of your driver’s license.
While it may seem like this type of “your word against mine,” conviction is impossible to fight, you have many rights, some of which may have been violated during your arrest.
You have the right to file a Petition for Review in the Circuit Court of the county of the arrest and obtain a hearing before your license can be revoked. In the interim, you may be able to obtain a Stay Order from the Court that will allow you to drive to and from work during the pendency of the review of his case. It is important that the proper paperwork be filed by your counsel immediately after the arrest or the Driver’s License Bureau will move forward with action to revoke the driver’s driving privilege. In these cases, time is of the essence.
Once a Petition for Review has been filed, your attorney may be able to resolve the entire case (both the criminal charges of DWI and the Breath Test Refusal) through a negotiated plea with the Prosecuting Attorney. If there is to be a plea bargain of any sort, there will also be required Alcohol and Drug Education classes, probation, high fines and other severe sanctions, even for first-time offenders.
The Prosecutor’s motivation is not only to punish drunk driver, but also to make sure the behavior is not repeated through education, counseling, and when necessary, monitor the driver through probation and alcohol ignition interlock devices.
How We Can Help
At Serall Chezem Law Firm our attorney wants to help our clients through this difficult time. If you have been wronged by an arresting officer, we are highly prepared in terms of experience and legal expertise to set the record straight. If, alternatively, you acknowledge that you have made a mistake and simply wish to get through the process in the most efficient and economical manner, we understand that goal as well. Our job is not only to get our clients out of trouble, but to help them stay that way.
DWI Law St. Louis & Missouri Cases
- DWI (Driving While Intoxicated in Missouri)
- Transportation of open liquor
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Ignition interlock devices
- All other DWI and DUI related charges
Our first goal in all DWI cases is to evaluate the case and attempt to win an acquittal in both the criminal and administrative hearings (.08 Administrative Suspension). If upon review of the case we find that the state or municipality has the upper-hand, we are always honest with our clients and will make sure that we advise them through the process in the most economical way possible.
Not only do we want to help our clients get out of trouble, but we also want to help them stay out of trouble. In almost all DWI cases, the courts utilize various tools and programs such as probation, SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program), ignition interlock devices, and community service programs. If a client fails to follow the orders of the court with respect to the attendance of these programs, the client may lose the result of any negotiated plea or may delay the reinstatement of his or her license. Because we have handled literally thousands of DWI cases, our staff is quite familiar with all of these programs and can give our clients quick answers to any of their questions about the aftermath of a case.
If you need a St. Louis DWI lawyer please call Serall Chezem Law Firm at 314.374.6715
For more DWI information in Missouri, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website here. (http://dor.mo.gov/drivers/dwiinfo.php)