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October 12, 2012

What If I Have Multiple Warrants From Overdue St. Louis Traffic Tickets?

If you have multiple St. Louis arrest warrants that are still outstanding, it is in your absolute best interest to have the warrants taken care of immediately. An experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorney can help you with this. But the sooner you take action, the better you going to be.

When you are pulled over and issued a St. Louis speeding ticket, the officer will provide you with a citation that describes what the infraction is, when you court date and time will be, and how to handle the ticket if you decide to simply pay the associated fine. But if you miss your court date (for whatever reason), then the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

If there is an active arrest warrant, you are essentially wanted by the law. This means that if you are subsequently pulled over for another St. Louis traffic ticket, then the police officer (after running your license) will likely place you under arrest. And if there are multiple warrants for several different tickets, then the arresting officer will transport you to the next municipality that has an outstanding warrant (and so on down the line).

But it does not have to be like this. You have options under the law to prevent this kind of outcome. An experienced St. Louis speeding ticket lawyer can take over your case, request an appearance in front of the judge that issued the warrant in the first place, get the warrant recalled (i.e. removed), and make sure that there is no more cause for the police to arrest you.

In addition, your St. Louis traffic ticket lawyer can begin to work very closely with the prosecutor to get the underlying traffic violation reduced to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not come with any points that would normally go on your permanent driving record. "Points" are like little red flags that clog up your record, and make it look as if you are a bad driver. This in turn will allow your automobile insurance carrier to raise your monthly premiums (because if there are any excuses that the insurance industry can use to raise your rates, they will take full advantage of them).

So as you can see, it is far better to engage an expert attorney to help you navigate through the world of St. Louis arrest warrants. At Brinkman & Alter, LLC, our goal is to make sure you do not have to worry about any courtroom appearances, or having to deal with a grouchy prosecutor. In most cases, we are able to handle everything for you without your direct involvement at all.

We have two locations: in the Central West End, at 1 North Taylor, St. Louis 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), Jefferson County 63019. The consultation to discuss your legal matters is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!

September 10, 2012

What If I Have Multiple Warrants For Unpaid Traffic Tickets?

If you have more than one active warrant for your arrest, and you are pulled over (or taken into custody by the police), you will almost certainly be arrested on the spot. And once you have served the necessary time (and/or paid the associated fine), you will most likely be transported to the next municipality that has an active warrant out for you. This will continue until you have made the rounds to each place from which a warrant has been issued.

But there is a far better way of handling multiple warrants. The experienced St. Louis speeding ticket attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC can get the warrants recalled by appearing in front of the judge and pleading you case. But once the arrest warrant is recalled, there is still the matter of the underlying St. Louis traffic ticket. Our legal team will then begin negotiations with the local prosecutor to get the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation.

A non-moving violation does not come with any points. "Points" are like little red flags that make it look like you are bad driver. As you accumulate points, your automobile insurance carrier will increase your monthly premiums. In addition, if you receive a large number of points over a short period of time, you could lose your driver's license. For instance, if you get eighteen (18) points within an eighteen month period of time, the state of Missouri will suspend your license for one year.

Driving in fear of getting pulled over because there are active warrants for your arrest is not much fun. You are constantly under the threat of jail time. But you still have to get to work, school, and the grocery store. Trying to live with multiple warrants is a big gamble, and an unnecessary risk.

We have two locations: in the Central West End, at 1 North Taylor, St. Louis, MO 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), Jefferson County 63019. The consultation to discuss your legal affairs is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!

February 15, 2012

If I Have A Warrant For Not Paying A Speeding Ticket, Can I Go To Jail?

Yes, there is a very good chance that you would go to jail if there is a warrant for your arrest that is still active. If a police officer was to pull you over, or question you, or in some way come into contact with you, and he/she ran your information through the station, they would be made aware of the warrant. And in all likelihood, the officer will arrest you on the spot.

When you are pulled over for speeding in excess of the posted limits, you most frequently will receive a citation for speeding. The small, rectangular document provides you with all the pertinent information you need to know about the infraction, court dates, and the amount of the fine. One option available to you is to simply sign the back of the ticket and pay the associated fine. But if you fail to do so (because you forget, or you shove in the back of your glove compartment, or you think it is was given to you erroneously and you just do not want to deal with it), and the court date for the ticket comes and goes without you making an appearance, then the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

At this point, it becomes a game of risk. Because every time you operate a motor vehicle thereafter, you are risking a subsequent stop by the police (at which time you will likely be arrested). But there is a way to prevent that from happening. An experienced attorney can get the warrant lifted (by entering as your lawyer on the case, and convincing the judge to release his or her warrant for your arrest), and then negotiate with the prosecutor to get the underlying ticket amended (or reduced) to a non-moving violation. By getting the ticket reduced, no points will be assessed against your driving record. The more points you receive, the worse things become. This is because your automobile insurance can rise dramatically as a result, and with of lot of points over a short period of time, you could possibly lose your license to drive. Avoiding this outcome should be the highest priority for you, because this can have a tremendous impact on your ability to get to work, to school, or the grocery store.

The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been helping people with their traffic problems for years. Our team of experienced, knowledgeable lawyers at prepared to guide you through the process from start to finish with as little hassle to you as possible. This means no court room appearances, no dealing with a judge or prosecutor, and keeping you record clean and clear. The initial consultation is free of charge, and most of the information we require can be retrieved over the phone. So call today!

February 8, 2012

How Do I Avoid Being Arrested If I Have Outstanding Traffic Tickets?

The short answer is that you need to hire an experienced lawyer in order to take care of your situation so that it does not get any worse. Because one potential outcome (particularly if the ticket has not been paid) is that a warrant will be issued for your arrest. But this is not the course of events that have to take place.

When you are pulled over for having violated a traffic law, the police officer will almost certainly cite you with a ticket. The ticket will indicate the precise infraction for which you have been pulled over, the court date and time, and the amount of the fine. One option is to simply sign the ticket and pay the fine, but of course doing so will result in 'points' being applied to your driving record (these are negative marks indicating bad driving). This in turn will cause your automobile insurance to rise (because your carrier will deem you more of a risk). But your attorney can get the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. Such violations do not negatively affect your insurance, because these kinds of infractions do not go on your permanent driving record.

But if in fact you received a speeding ticket in Missouri, and for whatever reason you did not take care of it (by either calling a lawyer or paying the associated fine), and your court date comes and goes without you making an appearance, the judge will undoubtedly issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This means that if you are subsequently pulled over while driving (or if you for some reason are questioned by the police), the officer will see that the warrants are active and will be duty bound to arrest you. This will land you in jail, and you almost certainly will not be released unless or until the underlying tickets are paid for.

So if it has reached the point at which you have an outstanding warrant, it is essential that you seek the aid of a lawyer. The attorney can get the warrant 'lifted,' which involves going to the judge and requesting that his or her ruling be taken away. Once this is successfully accomplished, your attorney can then negotiate a plea with the prosecuting attorney to get the underlying ticket amended to a something lower (like a non-moving violation).

The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC want to make sure that you are able to drive without the worry of being arrested. Our goal is to keep your record as clean as possible, so that your insurance premiums are kept at a reasonable amount. And we also work to make sure that you do not have to go to court at all and deal with the prosecutor. The initial consultation is free of charge, and most of the information we need can be taken over the phone. So call today!

February 3, 2012

Is It Cheaper To Simply Pay The Fine For My Traffic Ticket, Or To Get An Attorney To Handle It For Me?

While it may seem as if it is cheaper to simply pay the fine for your traffic ticket once you receive it, it is actually cheaper in the long run if you have an experienced attorney take care of it for you. Let me explain why.

Let's say you are pulled over for speeding (I use this as my example because it is probably the most frequent thing for which people are stopped). The citation itself will provide you with an opportunity to take care of the ticket by signing the back of it, and mailing in the appropriate dollar fine. This will ensure that the ticket will no longer be outstanding (and therefore no risk of a warrant for your arrest being issued). But by signing the ticket and paying the associated fine, you are pleading guilty to the infraction, and a number of other negative things occur as a result (that you are not made aware of).

When you simply pay the associated fine for the speeding ticket, it will then go on your driving record by way of a 'points' system. A certain number of points (which should really be thought of as 'strikes' against you) are put on your record based on the type of infraction. Speeding typically will get you two (2) points, unless you are pulled over by a highway patrolman, in which case three (3) points are assessed. As these points begin to accumulate, your automobile insurance will consistently raise your insurance premium (because if there is one thing that an insurance company is good at, its raising your rates; and they are always looking for an excuse to do just that). In addition, it is also possible (depending on how frequently you get pulled over) that you could have your license suspended or revoked for several months up to a year. Reinstating your license thereafter is very time consuming and costly.

However, it is also possible to simply hire a professional to have the ticket taken care of another way. The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been making sure that our client's records stay clean and clear for years. Our goal is to ensure that you stay in your car driving (so that you make it to work or school on time), and not have to worry about the hassle of court appearances, prosecutors, or excessive fines. The process for handling things in this manner is very straightforward. All it takes is a call. The consultation is free of charge, and most of the information we need can be retrieved over the phone.

February 2, 2012

How Does An Attorney Get A Traffic Ticket Reduced To A Non-Moving Violation?

The attorney does this by working out a negotiated settlement (i.e. plea bargain) with the local prosecutor. But that only happens after your attorney has done the necessary work to make this possible. Depending on the circumstances and the type of ticket you received, this can be done relatively quick.

If you are pulled over for having committed a traffic violation (speeding, failure to use turn signal, lane change violation, etc.), you have a right to fight the ticket in court. The prosecutor will have to prove that you in fact violated the laws of the state, and convince the judge of this contention. You of course have the ability to offer counter-arguments in your defense. But this course of action can take a lot of time, and still end with you being held guilty of the infraction. Another option would be to simply sign the back of the ticket, which allows you to plead guilty, and simply pay the fine. This certainly takes care of the ticket, but there are consequences for doing this as well. If you do nothing but pay the fine, the state will assess 'points' against your driving record. These points should really be thought of as 'strikes,' because they have a negative effect.

If several points accumulate over time, a couple of bad things can happen. First, your automobile insurance will certainly rise, as you will end up paying a higher monthly premium. This is because your insurance carrier will label you as a 'risky' driver, and the cost of insuring you against things like accidents will be pushed up. Secondly, there is a chance that you could have your driver's license suspended or revoked. The state does this in order to send a signal to those people who get a bunch of tickets over a short period of time. And the process to have your license reinstated can be costly and timely.

But there is a better way to go about it. An experienced traffic lawyer can get the ticket amended to a non-moving violation. This will have the positive effect of keeping points off your record, making sure your insurance rates stay low, and allowing you to keep your license to drive safe. The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been helping our clients with their traffic and arrest warrant issues for years. Our goal is to keep your record clean, and keep you driving safely, so that you can make it to work, school, or the grocery store. The initial consultation is free of charge, and most of the time it is not even necessary for you to make an appointment to come in, as a great deal of the information can be received over the phone.

January 26, 2012

What Happens If I Receive Multiple Traffic Tickets In A Short Period Of Time?

If you receive multiple traffic tickets over a condensed time frame, then it two negative things could happen: 1) your insurance premiums could go up substantially; and 2) you could be labeled by the state as a 'Repeat Offender'. Repeat offenders can have their driver's license suspended, or worse, could face jail time. But this is why it is so important to retain the services of a law firm that understands how to properly handle these matters.

When you are pulled over by a police officer for a moving-violation (let's say your garden variety Missouri speeding ticket), the infraction will carry a certain number of 'points' against your record. These are not the good kind of points that you score in a game. Rather, 'points' should be viewed as 'strikes' against your driving record. The more points/strikes you accumulate over time, the higher your automobile insurance will rise as a result. This means steeper and steeper monthly premiums. But if you receive several of these citations for speeding in excess of the posted limit, the state will assume that you are not getting the message (that driving above the speed limit is prohibited). In general, if you have more than one or two such violations in a twelve (12) to eighteen (18) month period of time, you can be labeled a Repeat Offender. This can have serious consequences for your ability to keep your license, you risk jail time if there are any other future offenses, and could even have an impact on your job (especially one of the primary tasks in your employment is the operation of heavy equipment or driving).

But again, this need not be the outcome for you. The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC can make sure that the tickets you receive do not turn into the headaches described above. Our team of lawyers will work hard to reduce the moving-violation you have been charged with to a non-moving violation. This will ensure that you will not be assessed any points against your driving record, thus keeping your insurance rates in check and your record clean of infractions. This is done by working closely with the local prosecutor and/or judge to reach an agreement so that the ticket is handled in an efficient, quick, and relatively painless fashion.

Our initial consultations are free of charge, and very often, this can be done over the phone (we have a very quick system in place that allows us to track the whereabouts of your ticket, whether or not any warrants have been issued, and what sort of timeframe you can expect). Please call today to learn more!

December 30, 2011

If I Have Outstanding Arrest Warrants, Can I Just Go To The Police Station Or Courthouse To Pay For The Ticket?

You can, but the chances are very good that you will be arrested instead. The arrest warrant that was issued by the judge is a court order that requires a police officer to arrest you on the spot. So even if you are being a good citizen and taking care of your debts to society, you will still be taken under custody.

When you receive a traffic citation from a police officer, the ticket will indicate a fair amount of information. Included on this document will be your court date. If you pay your fine before this date, or hire an attorney to take care of it for you, or you simply make an appearance in front of the judge in order to argue against it, you will be okay. But if you do not make an appearance on the court date, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

Once this happens, you are at risk of getting thrown in jail wherever you go. So if you get pulled over again, they officer will run your license, see that there is a warrant for you, and then arrest you. Or if you decided to simply go take care of the ticket by showing up on some later date, you will get arrested. This is not really a risk you want to take.

So what do you do? Well, the best advice would be to seek the help of an experienced attorney. A good lawyer can get the warrant pulled, negotiate a deal with the prosecutor, and get the underlying ticket reduced to some lesser charge. This last piece of the puzzle is significant, because if you were originally pulled over for speeding, such an infraction can cause your automobile insurance to rise by having points put against your record. But if the attorney can get the ticket reduced (or even possibly dismissed), then you would not have to worry about that either.

The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been taking care of people's driving records for years. Our goal is to make sure that your record is clear, and that your ability to get to work, school, or church is unhampered by some arrest warrant.

December 27, 2011

What Does It Mean If There Is A Bench Warrant For Me?

A bench warrant is an order by a judge for your arrest if you don't show up to your court appearance. In essence, it is the judge (sitting on his/her bench) deciding that you have shown such contempt for the court that you should be arrested for it. But even if this happens, there are still things you can do to avoid further trouble.

Bench warrants are useful devices for the court because they give the person against whom the warrant was issued an incentive to do what the court wants. So let's say you have been cited with reckless driving, and you are supposed to appear in court roughly thirty (30) days later. But instead of showing up at the predetermined time, you forget to go, or you have to go to work. Since you did not appear (or have an attorney appear on your behalf), the judge will issue the warrant for your arrest. Once the warrant is out there, you could be arrested at any time. The police may come to your residence, your place of work, or of course if you are pulled over for something entirely unrelated (like a speed limit infraction) the officer will undoubtedly run your driver's license and see that there is a warrant for your arrest. At this point, you will be booked and jailed. The fines necessary to get you out are going to be very high, and then there is the matter of handling the underlying citation (reckless driving), which will be another fine on top of that.

If that does not sound like the best way to handle this kind of situation, then I would have to agree. A far better course of action would have been to hire an attorney right after you received the citation for reckless driving. An experienced attorney could have negotiated with the prosecutor to get the ticket reduced (or thrown out altogether, depending on the circumstances). Or if for whatever reason you failed to make an appearance at your court date, and a bench warrant was issued for your arrest, an criminal defense lawyer could have worked out a deal with the court to have the warrant pulled, get the underlying charge lessened, and got you on your way.

The St. Louis traffic ticket lawyers at Brinkman & Alter, LLC specialize in making sure that your rights are protected, while getting you the best deal possible. Our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable about how the laws of Missouri work, what your range of options are, and how to do things in a timely and professional manner.

December 20, 2011

What Happens If I Do Not Pay My Speeding Ticket?

Then chances are very good that a warrant will be issued for your arrest. But there are things that can be done about that, so long as you hire the right attorney. Let me explain how it works:

When you are pulled over for speeding (or any kind of moving violation, like improper lane change or failing to signal), the police officer will in most cases give you a citation (i.e. a speeding ticket). This document will provide you with all the pertinent information you will need to know. For instance, it will state the time and date of the event, what exactly you are being cited for, the officer's name and badge number, how to pay for the ticket, and when your court date is set for. Most tickets encourage you to simply pay the driving infraction in lieu of attending court. But if you wish to contest the ticket, you may of course appear in front of the judge (usually set in the evening on a weekday) and make an argument as to why you should not have been pulled over in the first place. This is your right, and you may exercise it if you want.

But if no action is taken by you (like you don't hire an attorney after getting the ticket so that the attorney can get the citation reduced to a lesser charge, or contest the ticket in front of the judge), and you do not pay the fine or appear in court, then the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. This means that a document is sent out to all available municipalities making them aware of the fact that a debt to state has not been paid, and that you should be arrested. So if you are subsequently pulled over for some other moving violation, the officer will run your driver's license, see that you have an outstanding warrant, and instead of issuing a new ticket, he/she will simply arrest you on the spot.

There is, however, an alternative to getting arrested (or not driving at all for fear of being arrested, as many of my clients have done). You can hire an attorney to take care of the warrant for you. The attorney would negotiate on your behalf with the judge and/or prosecutor to get the warrant 'pulled' so that you no longer have that hanging over your head. In addition, it may also be possible for the lawyer to get the underlying speeding ticket reduced to some lesser charge (so that it won't negatively affect your automobile insurance).

The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been helping people get out of these kinds of jams for years. Our goal is to make sure that your driving record is as clean and clear as possible, so that you can safely get to work each day without fear. All phone conversations and office consultations are free of charge.