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ONLY $35 FOR MOST ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS

The way in which St Louis speeding tickets are reduced is by an attorney working out a deal with the local prosecutor. This deal (which is commonly referred to as a “recommendation”) is the best bet to eliminate any points from becoming a part of your permanent driving record. Below is a brief description of how this process works:

Let’s say you have a speeding ticket somewhere in the St Louis area. If you were to plead guilty to the ticket (by simply paying the associated fine listed on the back), then the state of Missouri will assess a certain number of points (at least 2) to your driving record. If you have points on your record, then your automobile insurance provider will raise your monthly rates through the roof (by as much as 30%). And if you get too many points (especially within a short period of time), then you could actually lose your driving privileges altogether.

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ONLY $35 FOR MOST ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS

Yep, absolutely true. Why? Because a guilty plea on a St Louis speeding ticket will result in points being assessed to your permanent driving record. And when your automobile insurance provider sees this, your monthly rates will go through the roof.

A recent study conducted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that pleading guilty to a traffic ticket will raise your monthly premiums on average of 22%. And if you plead guilty to a subsequent ticket after that, your car insurance will jump up by an average of 53%. That’s a substantial increase in your monthly bills!!

And not only will your insurance costs go up, you also run the risk of losing your driving privileges (especially if you have received too many points within a short period of time). This suspension could last for up to a year.

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ONLY $35 FOR MOST ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS

Since the summer of 2014 (when Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, MO), the country has received a civic lesson in how municipalities within St Louis County (like Ferguson) much money off the back of their citizens from issuing St Louis speeding tickets. There have been many arguments and roundtable meetings about the subject since the incident, but not much has changed. Below is a description of how it all works:

Most municipalities within St Louis County are very small (some of these places have populations of well under one thousand (1,000) residents. But nevertheless, they each have their own courthouse, judge, prosecutor, and police force.

However, because of their small size, the judge and prosecutor are people that have been hired to do the job part time. And very often, these judges and prosecutors hold the same positions in other municipalities. Or you can even have a situation in which a judge in one muni is a prosecutor in a different muni (sometimes just a few miles away).

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ONLY $35 FOR ST LOUIS SPEEDING AND TRAFFIC TICKETS

Yes, there will be a fine that the municipality (or county) will assess if the prosecutor gives a recommendation to the court on your ticket. A “recommendation” is basically the prosecutor’s way of saying that he/she believes that the ticket should be reduced to a lesser infraction (like a non-moving violation). But the way that the municipality makes any money is by requiring that you pay a fine.

How much is will the fine be? Usually it is in the $100 to $200 range.

Would it be cheaper to just pay the fine that is listed on the ticket (instead of hiring an attorney to get the ticket fixed)? Not in the long run. Because if you simply pay the fine listed on the St Louis speeding ticket, then you are pleading guilty to the charge. If you plead guilty, then the state of Missouri will assess a certain number of points to your permanent record.

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ONLY $35 FOR ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS

You certainly can plead guilty to the St Louis traffic ticket that you’ve received (and that will take care of the ticket forever). But if you choose this path, then you will end up paying for that same ticket many times over in the future!! Why? A brief description follows:

When you plead guilty to a speeding ticket in the St Louis area, then the state of Missouri will assess “points” to your permanent driving record. Points are like little red flags that make it appear as if you are a bad driver.

If there are points on your record, then your automobile insurance provider will use that as an excuse to jack up your monthly rates. This could easily result in an increase of up to 35% higher monthly premiums. And if you get too many points (especially over a short period of time), then the state can actually suspend your driving privileges up to a full year.

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ONLY $35 FOR MOST ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS

This can happen quite often. The most frequent kind of ticket that an officer will write if there is an accident is “Following Too Closely”. In other words, had you not been traveling behind the car in front of you (or beside you) so closely, the accident you were in would not have resulted. That is of course debatable, but that seems to be the most frequent kind of St Louis traffic ticket when an accident occurs.

But just because this kind of ticket is issued, it doesn’t mean an attorney can’t fix it!! This is still the type of ticket that can result in points going on your permanent driving record (if you plead guilty to it). “Points” are like little red flags that make it appear as if you are a bad driver. And it is the existence of points on your record that will result in your automobile insurance skyrocketing.

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ONLY $35 TO HANDLE MOST ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS

The single best way to ensure that you do not get any points on your record is to have a good St Louis traffic ticket lawyer handle it for you. This type of lawyer specializes in getting speeding tickets reduced so that no points are assessed. A brief explanation of how that works is given below:

When you receive a speeding or traffic ticket, a court date will be assigned to you. It is usually about thirty (30) days in the future. Before the court date arrives, you have a couple different options.

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ONLY $35 TO HANDLE MOST ST LOUIS SPEEDING TICKETS!!

Yes, they will. Why? Because that is how municipalities in the St Louis area make their money. Instead of raising taxes or charging higher fees for services, the police hand out a great many St Louis traffic tickets. Once these tickets are finalized (either by you pleading guilty to it, or having an attorney handle it for you), the muni will end up assessing a fine of somewhere between $100-$300.

I could probably end this blog with the above paragraph (because that describes in a nutshell how things work), but it is also worth mentioning how the whole process works. When you receive a St Louis speeding ticket, you will be given an opportunity to simply sign the back of the ticket and mail in the associated fine. But if you go that route, you are in essence pleading guilty to the ticket. If you plead guilty to the ticket, the state of Missouri will assess a number of points (usually two (2)) to your permanent driving record.

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ONLY $35 FOR MOST ST LOUIS TRAFFIC TICKETS

It is not unusual for a police officer to issue several tickets on one stop. The officer may have pulled you over initially for speeding. But other tickets could be written as well (for example, you are not able to show proof of valid car insurance, or your seatbelt was not secured). Even though multiple tickets are issued, we can still help you out!!

To begin with, if you were to simply sign the back of the ticket and pay the fine, that is the same thing as pleading guilty to the charge. When this happens, the state of Missouri will assess points to your permanent driving record. “Points” are like little red flags that make it look as if you are a bad driver. This in turn will cause your automobile insurance provider to jack up your monthly rates.

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ONLY $150 FOR ARREST WARRANTS

If you have active arrest warrants (whether it is one, or many), then it is best that you get them taken care of immediately. Why? Because if you are pulled over with active warrants (or if for some reason a cop runs a background check on you), then chances are you will be cuffed on the spot (and transported to the municipal jail from which the warrant originated). But instead of dealing with that, there is a much better way of handling it!!

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