High speed tickets in Kansas...are they amendable?

Posted by Matt McLane | Feb 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Speeding tickets that are more than 20 mph over the limit will generally NOT be eligible for amendments to non-moving violations in Kansas and Missouri.  There are a few exceptions, but most prosecutors will decline to amend such tickets due to public policy against helping excessive speeding violators.  Some prosecutors will consider a driving history before deciding whether the person is worthy of an amendment.  Obviously, the cleaner the record the more consideration given to amend a ticket.  For younger drivers with high speed tickets, I will often look at their school performance, ie grades, before presenting an argument in favor of an amendment.  The better students will get some consideration where the alleged speed is pushing 25 mph or more over the limit.  Furthermore, attending a driver improvement course offered through a local agency or school (or JCCC, for instance) can give a driver some leverage in court.  Prosecutors may be impressed with such proactive measures as driving school or academic achievement.  When these steps fail to persuade the prosecutor to amend the ticket, then I will request an amendment of the speed to a lower speed for the sake of the client's profile with his or her auto insurance carrier.  For example, a reduced speed of 70 mph in a 45 zone looks better when assessing insurance premiums than a speed of 95 mph in a 45 zone.  The carrier would classify the higher speed case as a "higher risk" insured.  Therefore, if all else fails, we can at least soften the driver's profile by getting a simple reduction of the speed.    

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Matt McLane

Matt McLane was born in Topeka, Kansas, and moved to Pittsburg, Kansas in 1980 where he attended middle school, high school and college. Upon graduation from PSU in 1992, Matt moved back to Topeka where he attended Washburn University law school. Upon graduation, he moved to Overland Park and worked in a small firm handling DUI and traffic cases. He opened the McLane Law Firm in April 2011 and has built his firm on a strong referral base and solid reputation.


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