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753 State Avenue Suite 388
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

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If you have received a speeding ticket or other lesser traffic violation, you may be planning on just paying the ticket. Most people understand if they have multiple traffic tickets their driving privileges can be suspended.  Did you know that a no insurance ticket causes automatic suspension of your driving privileges in Kansas? Even just one speeding ticket may raise your insurance rates. A phone call to Michael J. McVay can save you money and possible suspension of your driving privileges. After the call, you will better know the consequences and alternatives to paying your ticket.

Many traffic violations can be kept off of your driving record. This is often done by amending the charge to a lesser violation or a process called diversion. In most cases, the attorney fees and fines for these matters are relatively inexpensive and can be paid in installments. And if you feel that you have been wrongly accused, you have the right to a trial.    

Given the right circumstances, tickets that have already been paid can even be removed from your driving record. This can clear your driving record, reduce points, cancel a suspension or even help obtain a job.


If you are charged with a DUI you will be facing criminal charges in a city or county court. In most cases you will be facing a separate action to suspend your driving privilege privileges. In DUI cases it is especially important to seek legal representation quickly. In most cases you have a limited window of time to file paperwork to receive a hearing to determine if your license should be suspended. Failure to timely file a request a hearing will usually result in automatic suspension of your driving privileges regardless of what happens on the criminal charges. You are urged to contact Michael J. McVay now if you are charged with a DUI or similar offense. We will explain what you are facing and what should be done.

The specific criminal and administrative driving penalties regarding DUI cases vary by state and your criminal or driving history. Some links that may be helpful are found below.  

DUI Links

Missouri DUI Information

Kansas License Suspension

Kansas Criminal DUI Penalties

License Suspension

The law office of Michael J. McVay has extensive experience helping people with suspended driving privileges.  If you are facing charges for driving while suspended or if you are or have been suspended, you should contact us.  It may be possible to avoid an impending suspension or even remove a suspension after it has started. Call now if you are facing problems regarding your driving privileges.

Driving while suspended charges are serious offenses and can result in further suspension of your driving privileges and jail time. Be careful not to plead guilty to a driver’s license charge without exploring your options with a knowledgeable attorney such as Michael J. McVay.  


If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor, you may fear the worst. You may wonder if you will go to jail, lose your license to drive, or lose your job. A skilled attorney such as Michael J. McVay can intervene to explain your options, ease your fears and start to build a strong defense.  

Misdemeanors are criminal acts which are generally punished less severely than felonies but more so than infractions. Depending on the jurisdiction, examples of misdemeanors may include petty theft, prostitution, simple assault, trespass, vandalism  and the like. In general, misdemeanors are crimes with a maximum punishment of one year or less of imprisonment.

Drug Charges

Every state has laws against the possession, manufacture, distribution and abuse of controlled substances such as narcotics, marijuana and other illegal drugs, and laws against the abuse of prescription drugs. We can help with these charges. Please contact our office for a free consultation.


Felonies are any of several grave crimes for with a punishment greater than that of a misdemeanor. Such a crime may carry extensive jail time and fines. Felony cases are not handled in a municipal court, but rather are dealt with in the state district or circuit court. Please contact our office if you are or may be facing any felony charges.

Driving While Intoxicated ("DWI") is considered a serious crime in every state. DWI and Driving Under the Influence ("DUI") refer to essentially the same crime. Drinking alcohol or taking drugs may affect your ability to operate cars, boats or industrial equipment in a safe manner. It is against the law in every state to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Provided by the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Provided by Kansas Traffic Safety Resources.

Provided by the Kansas Dept. of Transportation.

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