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Can I Go To Jail For Unpaid St. Louis Traffic Ticket?

Yes, you can. The reason why is because an unpaid traffic ticket (or at least a ticket for which you did not make arrangements with the court) will result in a bench warrant for your arrest.

When you are pulled over for a traffic infraction (like a St. Louis speeding ticket), the officer will give you a small, rectangular document (that is typically yellow or pink in color). This citation will give you all the information you need to know about your court case, and what you can do to take care of the ticket (like signing the back of the ticket, and mailing in the associated fine). The kind of information you will find on the citation is: 1) your court date and time; 2) the court location; 3) what you have been charged with; 4) and the fine that you need to pay in order to dispose of the ticket.

But let’s assume that for whatever reason, you fail to appear in court on the designated time and place. If that happens, the judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. When an active warrant is out for your arrest, there are only two ways to handle it: 1) you are either arrested by the authorities; or 2) you hire an attorney to get the warrant pulled.

An experienced St. Louis traffic ticket lawyer can request an appearance in front of the judge (or court) that initially issued the warrant, and request that the warrant be recalled. If the judge grants the request, then the attorney can begin to work on getting the underlying ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not come with any points. “Points” are the flags that the state of Missouri places on your permanent driving record that indicate a poor driving history. The more points you receive, the higher your automobile insurance will go up. In addition, if you receive a large number of points in a short period of time, you can lose your license all-together.

But the affordable St. Louis speeding ticket attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have a much different plan in mind. We want to make sure that you stay in your car driving to work, school, or the grocery store. We want to make sure that your record stays clean, and your car insurance remains the same. And we want to make sure that you do not have to make any more appearances in court.

All of these services are done at a very competitive price. The fees for a standard St. Louis traffic ticket start at $40. We have been taking care of our clients for over ten (10) years, and we intend to continue that tradition for the people of Missouri. The initial consultation is free of charge to discuss your legal affairs. So contact us today to learn more!!