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Missouri Traffic Tickets:  Our Process

Missouri Traffic Tickets: Our Process

MISSOURI TRAFFIC TICKETS:  OUR PROCESS

Traffic Ticket Center in St. Charles County, Missouri can assist you with your St. Peters speeding ticket or St. Peters traffic ticket.

We are highly experienced in helping clients with traffic violations in all areas of Missouri, including: Kansas City, St. Louis, Mid-Missouri, Northwest Missouri, Northeast Missouri, Southeast Missouri, Southwest Missouri and Missouri Highway Patrol.

HOW IT WORKS

GET A QUOTE

First, call our office to provide your contact information, your traffic ticket number, the violation, and the city or county where you received your ticket so we can provide you with a quote.

HIRE AN ATTORNEY

Once we know more specifics about your situation, we will provide you with your options.  You can hire us at our office or over the telephone.  Convenience and speed are major positives of hiring our firm to represent you.

WE CONTACT THE PROSECUTOR

When you give us your consent to proceed, we will begin by entering a “Not Guilty” plea on your behalf.  We will notify the prosecutor of all facts in your favor.  Are you a good driver?  Are  you a good citizen?  In the military?  Was the weather bad that day? Were you having a bad day?  Our job is to present you as a person rather than a name on a piece of paper.  We put your best foot forward which can often make a huge difference in the disposition of the case (how the case is resolved).

NEGOTIATING A RESOLUTION

Next, the attorney will negotiate with the Prosecutor  to amend the charges against you.  The goal is to avoid accumulation of points on your license which also avoids an increase in insurance rates.  Some cases are much harder to negotiate with than others.  For example, if you get a speeding ticket for driving 45 in a 30 mph zone that’s one thing.  However, 75 in a 30 mph zone is a different story.  Luckily, we know that there are alternative sentencing options out there.  For example, for high speed, prosecutors will often reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation (what you want) if you complete a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).

SUBMIT PLEA & PAYMENT TO THE COURT

Once we receive an amended charge from the Prosecution, we will call you and discuss the process moving forward.  Payment of fines can often be done via credit card or check.  You will have to pay your fine and enter your guilty plea to the amended charge.

CONCLUSION

I’ve practiced law in California and New Jersey and I can tell you that the process for traffic ticket attorney is much different in those states than here.  St. Louis is particularly unique even in Missouri.  Nevertheless this is the system we have.  But, most of that system works to your favor.  It’s much cheaper here to resolve tickets, you often don’t even need to meet with your lawyer and you will almost never need to go to court unless your charged with a serious matter like a DWI.

Traffic Ticket center can assist you with your traffic ticket as well as DWI’s, alcohol and drug offenses and general criminal defense.  Call us today at (636) 486-2669.

Motorcycle License Issues in Missouri…

Motorcycle License Issues in Missouri…

Motorcycle License Issues in Missouri

Being a traffic ticket lawyer near me means that I have to know about different types of license classes.

Motorcyle License Class in Missouri

In Missouri, a Class M motorcycle license or permit, or a driver license with the M endorsement are required if you operate a motorcycle or motortricycle on public roads.

You can apply for a temporary motorcycle instruction permit at 15 ½ years old.  This permit will only be issued if you have successfully completed an approved motorcycle rider training course (MRTC).  You must also have the written consent of your parent or legal guardian, as well as pass the Class F and Class M written, vision, and road sign test.  The cost for this permit is $3.75, of which, $2.75 is applied to the motorcycle rider training course. 

THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL MISSOURI MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMIT HOLDERS UNDER THE AGE OF 16:

  • No Passengers
  • Daylight driving only
  • 50 mile limit from the operator’s home address
  • Engine with a displacement of not greater than 250 cc

Applying For A Permit

You may apply for a temporary motorcycle instruction permit at 16 years old.  You must pass the Class M written test, but you are not required to take the motorcycle rider training course.  The cost of the permit is $1.  If you apply for a permit or license at a fee license office, then you must pay an additional $2.50 handling fee.  If you do not have a driver license, you can take the Class F and Class M written tests to receive a motorcycle permit (Class F permit with an M endorsement).

THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO ALL MISSOURI MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMIT HOLDERS THAT ARE AGE 16 OR OVER:

 

  • Daylight driving only
  • No passengers
  • When you are ready, you may take the motorcycle skills test (MSHP or MRTC) to be motorcycle qualified.  The cost of a Class M motorcycle license is $7.50 for a 3-year license and $15.00 for a 6-year license.  If you apply for a license or a permit at a fee license office, you must pay an additional $2.50 handling fee for a 3-year license and a $4.00 handling fee for a 6-year license.

 

Motorcycle License Testing

To earn your license, you must pass an on-cycle skill test and a knowledge test.  Knowledge test questions are based on practices, information, and ideas from the Missouri manual.  You are required to understand and know road rules and safe riding practices.  An on-cycle skill test will either be conducted in a controlled, off-street area or in an actual traffic environment. 

Your Driving Test

Basic vehicle control and crash avoidance skills are included in the on-cycle tests to determine your ability to handle hazardous and normal traffic situations.

You may be tested for your ability to:

  • Accelerate, brake and turn safely.
  • See, be seen and communicate with others.
  • Know your motorcycle and your riding limits.
  • Stop, turn and swerve quickly.
  • Make critical decisions and carry them out.
  • Adjust speed and position to traffic situation.

Examiners may score on factors related to:

  • Choosing the correct path and staying within boundaries.
  • Completing normal and quick turns or swerves. 
  • Completing normal and quick stops. 
  • Selecting safe speeds to perform maneuvers.
  • To receive a motorcycle license with full privileges, most states require that maneuvers be performed as designed.  

On-cycle skill tests are not designed for sidecars and three-wheel vehicles.  Those vehicles maneuver differently than a two-wheeled motorcycle.  Depending on the state, a driver examiner may follow you on a car test-route.  Restrictions (sidecar, three-wheeled vehicle) may be added until completion of a two-wheeled cycle test. 

Motorcycle Rider Courses

Motorcycles make sense and so does professional training.  Motorcycles are inexpensive to operate, easy to park and fun to ride.  Unfortunately, many riders never learn critical skills needed to ride safely. Professional training for beginners and experienced riders prepares them for real traffic situations.  Motorcycle Rider Courses teach and improve skills, such as:

  • Braking maneuvers
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Effective turning
  • Maintenance
  • Protective apparel selection
  • Traffic strategies

Motorcycle Traffic Tickets

While most law enforcement officers won’t admit it, the truth is that riding on a motorcycle will attract more attention from cops.  Drive a bike long enough and you’ll be more likely to get a speeding ticket O’Fallon Missouri or a careless imprudent ticket lawyer.  So be extra vigilant about driving safely and within the rules of the road.

*PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to take a Motorcycle Rider Training Course, either in addition to or in lieu of testing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, only Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program courses are acceptable for the purpose of obtaining a Missouri motorcycle permit/license.  To locate an approved course in your area, contact the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP) at (800) 801-3588, or online at www.mmsp.org

Traffic Ticket Center in St. Charles County Missouri can assist you with any traffic violation you get on your motorcycle.  Call us today at (636) 486-2669. 

 

Five Myths About Traffic Tickets…

Five Myths About Traffic Tickets…

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT TRAFFIC TICKETS

As a traffic ticket lawyer St. Peters, I work with clients to resolve their traffic tickets in the best way possible.  Over the years, as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have noticed several myths about traffic tickets.

Here are five:

  1. “IF THE COP WRITES THE DATE WRONG ON THE TICKET OR MISSPELLS MY NAME, THE TICKET IS INVALID.”

This is a common myth that the officer giving you the speeding ticket O’Fallon must write all the information perfectly or it’s not valid.  This is untrue.  Here is why:  no one is perfect and if there was ever a trial over the prosecutor can call the officer as a witness and have him clarify the incorrect information.  In other words, you don’t get a traffic ticket thrown out for ticky tack errors by the officer.

  1. “THE OFFICER SAID HE CAUGHT ME SPEEDING USING RADAR BUT HE REFUSED TO SHOW ME THE READ OUT SO THE TICKET IS INVALID.”

A couple of times a year we get people calling claiming they want the ticket thrown out because they were never shown the radar readout when they requested it at the time they were pulled over.  An officer does not have to show your speed on the radar device for the ticket to be valid.  Now, if there was a trial, the prosecutor will have to question the officer on the stand about calibration and training on the device.  However, that doesn’t usually result in a non-conviction for a speeding ticket in St. Peters.

  1. ”THE OFFICER FOLLOWED ME INTO ANOTHER TOWN RIGHT BEFORE I PULLED OVER…SINCE THEY DON’T HAVE JURISDICTION WHERE I WAS ACTUALLY PULLED OVER, THE SPEEDING TICKET SHOULD BE THROWN OUT.”

If only this were true.  Missouri, similar to most states, have statutes that allow officers to complete a traffic stop for an event that happened in one town, even if the actual place that the car was pulled over is in another town.   Now, that doesn’t mean a traffic ticket can be given by a St. Peters officer in say O’Fallon if the site of the violation was in O’Fallon.  Officers in one town don’t have original jurisdiction in towns other than the town for which they serve.

  1. “I GOT A SPEEDING TICKET IN ALABAMA ON MY WAY TO FLORIDA. I’M NOT GOING TO PAY IT SINCE I LIVE IN MISSOURI.”

Missouri participates in what is known as the Interstate Compact, which is an agreement between almost all of the states to share DMV information.  So if you get a ticket in Alabama but ignore it, you could up with a Missouri suspended license until you resolve the ticket in Alabama.  Worse, if you ignore it but the following year get pulled over in Alabama on your way to Florida, you’ll probably be arrested and forced to post bond.  Not a good way to start a vacation.

One other quick point on this issue:  I often get calls from people that live near out traffic ticket office in St. Peters who want me to resolve out of state tickets.  I can’t do it because I am not admitted to practice law in those states.  Best thing to do is contact an attorney in the county or city where you were pulled over and see if they can help.

  1. “I WASN’T SPEEDING AND WANT TO TAKE THE MATTER TO TRIAL.”

So it’s not a myth that you can contest a speeding ticket in O’Fallon MO and have a trial.  Practically speaking, however, there are two problems:  First, many lawyers will not take a speeding ticket case to trial.  Second, that’s because it’s generally not financially feasible for clients.  The fine for some tickets is under $150.00.  You can usually have an attorney get your speeding ticket near reduced to a no point violation (i.e. muffler violation, etc.) by a traffic lawyer for under $150.

Trials are expensive and even if you win, you’re going to spend probably double or triple the amount of the ticket.  Principle, as they say, is expensive.

CONCLUSION

Like death and taxes, traffic tickets are a part of life.  The municipal court system in and around St. Louis is unique in that citizens can get their tickets amended to no point violations and doing so is highly competitive for lawyers so it’s extremely affordable.

Traffic Ticket Center is located at 4215 S. Old Highway 94 in St. Charles, Missouri.  We are located next to the DMV in Harvester.  We assist clients with traffic tickets of all kinds, including speeding, careless driving, commercial driving violations, suspended licenses, marijuana charges and DWI / DUI.   Call us today for a free consultation.  (636) 486-2669.

Failure To Yield Violation

Failure To Yield Violation

FAILURE TO YIELD TRAFFIC VIOLATION

                    It is no secret that everyone makes mistakes while driving.  If we don’t know what we’re doing wrong, we can’t fix the problem.   Failure to yield is one of the most common Missouri moving violations and is a more complicated violation than most of our clients realize.  For example, it’s not always just a failure to properly yield into traffic after pulling through a yield traffic sign.  

Some of the more common reasons drivers are pulled over for “failure to yield” violations can be found below:

 EXAMPLES OF FAILURE TO YIELD

  • To cars when turning left through an intersection: Drivers turning through an intersection must yield to a lot of different people – to drivers without yield or stop signs, to vehicles going straight through the intersection, and to cyclists, pedestrians, and cars already in the intersection.
  • To pedestrians in crosswalks: At intersections and crosswalks with flashing signals or stop signs, cars must yield to pedestrians. Missouri law states that cars must yield to pedestrians in the same half of the crosswalk, or if they are close enough to the driver’s half that they might be in danger.
  • When merging onto highways: It is important to remember that vehicles already on the highway have the right of way. There is no law stating that those vehicles must let you onto the highway. Make sure to also look for motorcycles when getting on the highway.
  • At a stop sign: Not coming to a complete stop is one of the most common tickets received regarding a stop sign. But did you also know that at four-way stops, drivers to your right have the right of way?
  • After a car has been at an intersection longer than them: At almost any time when there are vehicles already at the intersection or crossing, they should have the right of way.  This can be tricky when the driver with the right of way doesn’t move until after you do.  

These situations can be extremely dangerous and lead to accidents because usually one of the drivers is not expecting a car to be coming toward them (or is not paying attention). After being involved in a failure-to-yield type accident, it is a good idea to call a police officer so that your insurance company can use their written report later.  You’ll also want to hire a traffic lawyer near me to help you get the ticket amended to a non-moving violation.

Often times a failure to yield situation can be complex and hard to figure out. It is easy for one of the parties to be blamed, although the other party could also be liable for some damages. It’s important not to admit guilt for the accident or cave under the pressure of the other party’s insurance, especially when you aren’t sure.

Traffic Ticket Center can assist you with these kinds of situations, call our office for a FREE CONSULTATION at (636)-486-2669.  

Speeding Tickets in Missouri…

Speeding Tickets in Missouri…

SPEEDING TICKET IN MISSOURI

          A basic speeding ticket in Missouri is relatively easy for an experienced attorney to handle.   At Traffic Ticket Center, we keep our fees low because a basic speeding ticket in Missouri is a routine  procedure that we complete every day at our law office.

Unfortunately, too many people do not contact a traffic ticket attorney St. Peters to handle their ticket.  Instead, they pay the fine that is listed on the back of the ticket to be done with it.

However, this can be a costly decision.  

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T PLEAD GUILTY

We have several people call to inquire about Missouri speeding tickets each day and after we explain the process and state our fee  for our firm to resolve the ticket.  We explain that the court will also assess a fine to be paid, which is set by the prosecutor.

Once the potential client hears this, they may take another look at the back of the ticket where it states they can pay the $100 fine now.  At this point we try our best to relay the consequences of paying the $100 fine to court as opposed to hiring us.  

POINTS ON YOUR LICENSE

When you simply pay the fine listed on the back of your citation, the court accepts this as an admission of guilt or admission to the fact that you were speeding.  Once it is recorded that you plead guilty to the charge, the court will pass the information along to Jefferson City where the state will assess points to your permanent driving record.  Too many points and you can have your license suspended.  

The number of points assessed will vary depending on the severity of the ticket.  Here is a link to the various types of violations and the points they carry:  https://dor.mo.gov/forms/899.pdf

Missouri Speeding Ticket

INCREASED CAR INSURANCE COSTS

Points assessed on your driving record also leads to higher rates for car insurance.  The increase in insurance rates is because the insurance company will use the points assessed on your driving record as proof that you disregard traffic laws and are therefore a higher risk to end up in a car accident. 

Since the insurance company would have to pay out on your accident, they can use the points as an excuse to increase your rates to compensate for the added risk.  Also, insurance companies will search for any excuse to increase your rates.  It’s good business for them and tough luck for you.

It’s important to understand too that in recent years, you may have noticed that your insurance rates are increasing every year anyway, no matter how good of a driver you are.

Why is that?  Because of the increase in serious accidents involving texting and driving and distracted driving.  Therefore, it’s more important than ever to minimize already expensive insurance rates by avoiding taking points on your license.

DON’T LIKE GOING TO COURT?  YOU WON’T HAVE TO

A major advantage of hiring a traffic ticket lawyer St. Peters to handle your ticket is that in most cases, you’ll never need to attend court.  That saves you from having to take off work for a morning or afternoon court appearance, or having to waste an evening wasting for hours with everyone else.  If your time is valuable to you, hiring us will save you that valuable time.

CONCLUSION

When you hire an experienced attorney to handle the ticket, they will work with the local prosecuting attorney to get the ticket reduced from a moving violation to a non-moving violation.  A non-moving violation does not result in points on your record and therefor will not lead to an increase in insurance rates.  

Traffic Ticket Center has resolved hundreds of tickets for clients over the years and our goal is to keep your record clean and your insurance rates down.

Call us at (636) 486-2669 to learn more.  

 

Reinstating Your Driver’s License in Missouri…

REINSTATING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IN MISSOURI

There are specific steps you must take in order to reinstate your driver’s license in Missouri after it has been revoked, denied or suspended. 

STEP ONE

The first step is to determine the reason(s) why your driver’s license was 

taken away. This information can be found on your current Missouri driving 

record under “Department Actions” or on the letter sent to you from the 

Driver License Bureau at the time your driving privilege was taken.

STEP TWO

The second step is to determine the forms required and the fees you will need to pay.  If there are multiple reasons listed for why your driving privilege was taken away, you must file all the appropriate forms for each reason and pay the fee associated with each. The required forms and fees can be found using the chart found on the Missouri Department of Revenue website (http://dor.mo.goc/drivers/reinstatement.php#chart).

OTHER POSSIBLE STEPS

You may also be required to take specific action in order to reinstate your driving privilege, such as taking a Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP), retaking the driving skills and knowledge test, or installing an ignition interlock device. Information about these requirements can be found on the DMV website (http://dmv.org/mo-missouri/suspended-license.php).  If your record indicates that you have not met the required time frame of your suspension, there may still be options available to you. 

If your driving privilege was taken away for a year or more because of multiple alcohol offenses (DWI), you might be able to petition to have your driving privilege reinstated early.  A partial reinstatement may be granted in some special cases to allow driving for specific purposes, such as school or work.  The decision for early reinstatement is based on your prior offenses, current conviction and good behavior.  

After filing a petition in the county where the conviction was received, the court 

will review the case.  

CONCLUSION

Having an experienced traffic ticket lawyer near me on your side can dramatically 

increase your chances of success by helping to prove that you are displaying good 

behavior and have a high need to have your driving privilege reinstated.  

Traffic Ticket Center in St. Charles, Missouri can assist you with reinstating your driving privilege.  Call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION at (636) 486-2669



 

AVOID POINTS BY HIRING A TRAFFIC LAWYER

              The last time you got a speeding ticket, a friend probably said avoid points and hire a traffic lawyer St. Peters.  If you didn’t, you may have noticed a few months later that your insurance rates went up.

Why would that happen?

Well, points affect drivers in two ways.  First, moving violations such as speeding and careless driving St. Peters carry points if you plead guilty.  Acquire too many points and your license can be suspended.  But second, acquiring appoints also affects your insurance rates, because insurance companies have access to your driving records.  Someone who has plead guilty to speeding is (arguably) a riskier driver to insure.  When that driver’s rates are eventually re-calculated, they’ll go up if there is a points conviction.

Take a look at just how much your insurance can be raised for certain violations, according to insurance.com :

  • reckless driving — 73 percent
  • speeding — 20 percent
  • illegal turn — 20 percent
  • DUI — 79 percent
  • failure to stop — 19 percent
  • at-fault bodily injury accident — 32 percent
  • at-fault property damage accident — 29 percent

Imagine your insurance is $1,200 per year.  That’s $120 per month.  But an increase of 73% means your insurance would cost $2,076 per year, or $173 per month.  Ouch!

So what’s the solution?  Hire a traffic lawyer St. Peters.  A traffic lawyer can usually get the violations carrying points amended to violations that do not carry points.  You’ll still have to pay a fine, but you won’t take the points and therefore you won’t have your insurance rates skyrocket.

The other benefit is that in most cases, you won’t even have to appear in court.  That will save time and remember, often municipal court dockets are at night.  Who wants to go to court at night?

Often we get calls from clients who have been received a speeding ticket St. Peters in which they were 30 miles per hour or higher over the speed limit.  Depending on which court has that ticket, our office can usually work with prosecutors to save points.  Often a driver will have to complete a Driver Improvement Program (DIP) in addition to paying a fine.  Missouri’s DIP is an online course that assists driver’s to improve their defensive driving skills while reviewing traffic laws.

It should be pointed out that the St. Louis Metropolitan Area is very unique in terms of allowing drivers to plead to amended charges for things like speeding, in exchange for a fine.  In more rural parts of the state it can much more difficult to achieve an amended traffic ticket without points.  Again, always call a traffic lawyer to see how they can help.

 

Traffic Ticket Center is located at 4215 S. Old Highway 94 in St. Charles, Missouri.  We are right next to the DMV in Harvester.  We assist clients with traffic tickets of all kinds, including speeding, careless driving, commercial driving violations, suspended licenses, marijuana charges and DWI / DUI.   Call us today for a free consultation.  (636) 486-2669.

 

 

 

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT TRAFFIC TICKETS

As a traffic ticket lawyer St. Peters, I work with clients to resolve their traffic tickets in the best way possible.  Over the years, as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have noticed several myths about traffic tickets.

Here are five:

  1. “IF THE COP WRITES THE DATE WRONG ON THE TICKET OR MISSPELLS MY NAME, THE TICKET IS INVALID.”

This is a common myth that the officer giving you the speeding ticket O’Fallon must write all the information perfectly or it’s not valid.  This is untrue.  Here is why:  no one is perfect and if there was ever a trial over the prosecutor can call the officer as a witness and have him clarify the incorrect information.  In other words, you don’t get a traffic ticket thrown out for ticky tack errors by the officer.

  1. “THE OFFICER SAID HE CAUGHT ME SPEEDING USING RADAR BUT HE REFUSED TO SHOW ME THE READ OUT SO THE TICKET IS INVALID.”

A couple of times a year we get people calling claiming they want the ticket thrown out because they were never shown the radar readout when they requested it at the time they were pulled over.  An officer does not have to show your speed on the radar device for the ticket to be valid.

Now, if there was a trial, the prosecutor will have to question the officer on the stand about calibration and training on the device.  However, that doesn’t usually result in a non-conviction for a traffic ticket St. Peters.

  1. ”THE OFFICER FOLLOWED ME INTO ANOTHER TOWN RIGHT BEFORE I PULLED OVER…SINCE THEY DON’T HAVE JURISDICTION WHERE I WAS ACTUALLY PULLED OVER, THE SPEEDING TICKET SHOULD BE THROWN OUT.”

If only this were true.  Missouri, similar to most states, have statutes that allow officers to complete a traffic stop for an event that happened in one town, even if the actual place that the car was pulled over is in another town.

Now, that doesn’t mean a traffic ticket can be given by a St. Peters officer in say O’Fallon if the site of the violation was in O’Fallon.  Officers in one town don’t have original jurisdiction in towns other than the town for which they serve.

  1. “I GOT A SPEEDING TICKET IN ALABAMA ON MY WAY TO FLORIDA. I’M NOT GOING TO PAY IT SINCE I LIVE IN MISSOURI.”

Missouri participates in what is known as the Interstate Compact, which is an agreement between almost all of the states to share DMV information.  So if you get a ticket in Alabama but ignore it, you could up with a Missouri suspended license until you resolve the ticket in Alabama.

Worse, if you ignore it but the following year get pulled over in Alabama on your way to Florida, you’ll probably be arrested and forced to post bond.  Not a good way to start a vacation.

One other quick point on this issue:  I often get calls from people that live near out traffic ticket office in St. Peters who want me to resolve out of state tickets.  I can’t do it because I am not admitted to practice law in those states.  Best thing to do is contact an attorney in the county or city where you were pulled over and see if they can help.

  1. “I WASN’T SPEEDING AND WANT TO TAKE THE MATTER TO TRIAL.”

So it’s not a myth that you can contest a speeding ticket O’Fallon and have a trial.  Practically speaking, however, there are two problems:  First, many lawyers will not take a speeding ticket case to trial.  Second, that’s because it’s generally not financially feasible for clients.  The fine for some tickets is under $150.00.  You can usually have an attorney get your speeding ticket near reduced to a no point violation (i.e. muffler violation, etc.) by a traffic lawyer St. Peters for under $150.

Trials are expensive and even if you win, you’re going to spend probably double or triple the amount of the ticket.

CONCLUSION

Like death and taxes, traffic tickets are a part of life.  The municipal court system in and around St. Louis is unique in that citizens can get their tickets amended to no point violations and doing so is highly competitive for lawyers so it’s extremely affordable.

 

Traffic Ticket Center is located at 4215 S. Old Highway 94 in St. Charles, Missouri.  We are right next to the DMV in Harvester.  We assist clients with traffic tickets of all kinds, including speeding, careless driving, commercial driving violations, suspended licenses, marijuana charges and DWI / DUI.   Call us today for a free consultation.  (636) 486-2669.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FCC Speeding Tickets in Missouri…

FCC Speeding Tickets in Missouri…

FCC Speeding Tickets in Missouri

If you receive a speeding ticket in Missouri from a Missouri Highway patrol officer, the ticket will state that it is an FCC ticket.  FCC means “Fine Collection” Center, and it is located in Jefferson City.  On an FCC ticket, instead of a court date to resolve the speeding ticket, the ticket will state “due in 30 days”.

Even though there is no court date listed, you can still resolve the ticket with a St. Charles traffic lawyer in the circuit court of the county where the ticket was received.  The process works much the same as any speeding ticket received in a Missouri municipal court.  You can hire our firm to represent you and seek a no-points amendment to avoid paying higher insurance premiums and getting points on your license.

As with regular speeding tickets, pleading guilty will result in having those points on your license.  If you receive too many points, your license can be suspended.  And when you plead guilty, your insurance premiums are likely to go up because the insurance company will see the guilty plea and decide you are more expensive to insure.

Keep in mind that not all county prosecutors will amend FCC tickets to non-moving violations (no point tickets).  In St. Charles County and surrounding counties, prosecutors will amend these tickets.   However, in some rural counties, they will not.  You can call our office and we can advise you on your particular ticket at no charge.

If you hire Traffic Ticket Center, we can work with the prosecutor to amend your FCC speeding ticket so you can avoid paying more for insurance and risk losing your ability to drive.

Call us today at (636) 486-2669 for assistance.  We can quote you the cost for the ticket and give you more information on how we can help you.

Traffic Tickets 101:  Municipal Court versus Circuit Court…

Traffic Tickets 101: Municipal Court versus Circuit Court…

TRAFFIC TICKETS 101:  MUNICIPAL COURT V. CIRCUIT COURT

                If you are pulled over in Missouri for a traffic ticket, your case could be heard either in a Missouri municipal court or a Missouri circuit court.

What’s the difference?  A municipal court is the court where a town or city enforces their own municipal ordinances.  A circuit court is where the state of Missouri enforces its own statutes.

At the bottom of every ticket where the officer can state select whether the violation is of a local ordinance or state law.

When a person speeds say in O’Fallon, Missouri, that speeding ticket is both a violation of a local O’Fallon ordinance prohibiting speeding and of Missouri state law.  However, revenue from fines and court costs goes to O’Fallon if it is charged as an ordinance violation and to the state of Missouri if charged as a state law violation.

If you are caught speeding on the highway by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer or in an unincorporated part of a county by a sheriff’s deputy, both of those tickets are codes as state law violations to be heard at the circuit court in the county where the violation occurred.

If you have a prior offense like a DWI, it likely will be heard in circuit court because of the level of seriousness.  That is another factor in determining which court will hear your case.

Generally speaking, it is better to be in municipal court than state circuit court.  Municipal prosecutors are much more likely to amend a ticket in exchange for a fine.  That can happen at the circuit court too, but often prosecutors are much more reluctant to amend charges or to not attach some period of probation if the charge is serious enough.

Traffic Ticket Center is your traffic ticket lawyer for violations in St. Peters, O’Fallon, Wentzville, Cottleville and St. Charles.  We can help you understand how your particular circumstances might differ if you are charged in state circuit court versus a local municipal court.

Remember, you should always hire a traffic ticket lawyer to help you avoid rising insurance premiums and points on your license.  Pleading guilty to moving violations can lead to both and affect your ability to drive and to drive affordably.