Yes, in some circumstances you can. By doing so, you will save quite a bit of future hassle, time, and money, as you will avoid things like increases of your automobile insurance and revocation of your driving license. Hiring an experienced attorney can help in this endeavor tremendously.
When you get pulled over for a traffic violation (like speeding, lane change violation, driving without proof of insurance, etc.) you will almost certainly be issued a citation. This citation (i.e. ticket) can be handled by your simply signing the back of the document and paying the associated fine to the proper court. Doing so will take care of the ticket itself and avoid you having to go to court (or deal with a warrant for not paying the fine). But the problem with this option is that for every time you plead guilty to a speeding ticket in Missouri, a certain number of ‘points’ are assessed against your driving record.
Points are like strikes against your record that can have a negative impact on your license. If enough points accumulate over a period of time, you can actually have your driver’s license suspended or revoked. So if your license was suspended or revoked because of too many points on driving record, a knowledgeable lawyer can file a motion with the court to have the original plea of guilty withdrawn. Once the plea is successfully withdrawn, your attorney can then negotiate with the prosecutor to have the speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. This in turn would allow the attorney to have the points removed from your record, and get the suspension lifted.
Of course, this sounds pretty straightforward and easy. But as the saying goes, ‘Not all attorneys are created equal.’ Meaning, you would be well-suited to hire a firm that deals with and thoroughly understands how the area of traffic tickets in St. Louis works. Not every lawyer is as adept at handling these matters, so it makes a big difference in who you choose.
The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been making sure our client’s records are clean for years. We want to see to it that you are able to keep driving without fear so that you can continue to get to work, school, or wherever. The initial consultation is free of charge. And most of the information we would need from you can be taken over the phone. So call today to learn more about how to beat back the tickets that have been plaguing you!!