When we get a call from someone who received a traffic ticket in St. Charles County, one of the first questions we ask is when and where their court date is.
That’s because it makes a difference in what we charge clients and the procedures to handle the ticket for the clients.
St. Charles County has three layers of courts. First, each town has a municipal court. If you get a ticket in O’Fallon, written by a police officer from the O’Fallon Police Department your court date will be at O’Fallon Municipal Court. Makes sense, right?
What most people don’t know is that St. Charles County has their own court for traffic tickets and that is called the St. Charles County Municipal Court. If you get pulled over for a traffic ticket by a St. Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy, your court date will be at St. Charles County Municipal Court. That court is located, by the way, just north of Highway 70 off Highway 79. Certain unincorporated areas of St. Charles County is where the sheriff’s department has jurisdiction. A good example would be the Defiance, Missouri area off Highway DD.
The other court in St. Charles County is the St. Charles County Circuit Court, located on Second Street in downtown St. Charles (one block west of Main Street). This court generally handles violations of state law, but for traffic tickets the cases that are heard here are tickets issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A common example would be a speeding ticket received while driving in St. Charles County on Highway 70 or Highway 64. Incidentally, this court also handles more serious charges like felonies and serious misdemeanor cases.
From the standpoint of speeding tickets, however, the cases are treated pretty much the same in terms of how of our office would resolve them. For relatively minor offenses like speeding, we can usually get very good results and the same outcome for our clients whether we are in St. Charles City Municipal Court, St. Charles County Municipal Court or St. Charles County Circuit Court.
Things get trickier for St. Charles County Circuit court for more serious charges like DWIs, Stealing and Drug Possession. We can still help clients but the fees are higher because the cases take longer to resolve and involve much more investigation.