Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I got a ticket in Kansas but I have an out of state license...Now what?

People call me this question everyday.  You were driving in the state of Kansas on I70 on your way to St. Louis, or Chicago or XYZ city for a wedding or funeral, or vacation and you got pulled over.  But now what?  You can't come all the way from California or Texas to fight a traffic ticket and you don't want your insurance premiums to go through the roof, but you have some questions...

1. Will my home state find out about my ticket in Kansas ?
Yes, if you pay the ticket in Kansas the court will enter in a conviction on the charge and it will get reported to the Kansas Department of Revenue.  The KDR will then report it to your home state.

2. If I send in the money what will happen?
If you send in the money then you are claiming guilt.  If you plea guilty to a moving violation, the court will enter in a conviction on the charge and it will get reported to the Kansas Department of Revenue.  The KDR will them report it to your home state.

3. Will my home state take points off my license?
Probably yes, once your home state has notice of your ticket in Kansas they will access whatever ramifications are warranted by your state's law.

4. Can I just take a defensive driving class and be done with it?
No, some states allow you to take a defensive driving class and send in a certificate and pay a fine for the ticket to go off your record.  For the overwhelming majority of jurisdictions in Kansas this won't work.

5. I know someone in Kansas, can they go to court for me?
Unless they are an attorney NO.  Only an attorney or your self can go to court for you.

6. But I don't think I was speeding what can I do?
About the only thing you can do, aside from travel back to Kansas, is hire an speeding ticket attorney to help you.  The speeding ticket attorney can either set your case for trial and convince a judge you were not speeding, or get something worked out with the prosecutor to assure that the ticket is taken care of.

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