No, it is not always necessary. This is especially the case if you have an attorney handle the ticket for you. An experienced St. Louis speeding ticket lawyer can handle your ticket from start to finish, and almost always ensure that you do not need to make an appearance in court.
When you are pulled over and cited with a St. Louis traffic ticket, you will notice that one way to take care of the ticket is to simply sign the back of the document, and mail in the associated fine. This gets rid of the ticket itself in the eyes of the court, but there are other consequences that come with handling matters in this way.
To begin with, signing the back of the ticket may be the quickest way to do things, but by doing so, you will have admitted guilt to the charges laid out in the citation. This in turn allows the state of Missouri to assess a certain number of points to you permanent driving record. “Points” are like little red flags that make you look like a bad driver. As you accumulate points on your record, your automobile insurance carrier will increase your monthly rates (because according to the state, you have suddenly turned into a risk to the road). In addition, if you receive enough points, the state will suspend your driver’s license (for example, if you get eighteen (18) points within eighteen months, you will lose your license for a full year).
But things do not have to go in this direction at all. The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been assisting people with their Missouri speeding tickets for over ten (10) years. Our goal is to make sure you are able to continue driving, that no points are assessed by the state, that your record remains clean, and that your insurance rates stay the same. In addition, it is usually the case that our clients do not have to make any appearance in court (this saves a great deal of time standing in line on a week night). And we do all of this at a very affordable price: the fees for a standard ticket starts at $40.
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 initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!