There are three main things you can do when you a police officer issues you a St. Louis traffic ticket. Each of these options has its own pros and cons, and the decision you make boils down to which option makes the most sense for your particular set of circumstances.
One option would be to simply sign the back of the ticket, pay the associated fine, and be done with it. This option would eliminate the ticket itself, and you would be done with it in a short period of time. But you should know that taking this route means that the state of Missouri will be able to assess “points” against your permanent driving record. Points are like tiny red flags that make it appear as if you are bad driver. This in turn allows your automobile insurance carrier to raise your monthly rates. In addition, if you incur a lot of points in a short period of time, then you run the risk of your license being suspended (for instance, if you receive eighteen (18) points within a eighteen month period, the state will automatically suspend your driver’s license).
The second option would involve a situation in which you feel as if the St. Louis speeding ticket you received was in error. For instance, if you believe that you were not traveling at a rate of speed that was in excess of the posted limits, then you certainly have an opportunity to appear in court on the designated time and day and make an argument in front of the judge. If you exercise this option, you should know that the judge will expect you to present facts (and perhaps even legal justification) for your argument. This is because if you stand in front of the court, the judge will be treating you the same as if you were an attorney. You will have to present your case, and take the necessary time and effort to make it happen.
The third option would be to simply hire an experienced attorney to handle the ticket for you. The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been helping people get out of their Missouri speeding tickets for years. Our goal is to work closely with the local prosecutor to get the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, keep any points from going on your record, make sure your car insurance stays the same, and prevent you from having to make any courtroom appearance.
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) 63019. The fee for a standard St. Louis speeding ticket is $40. The consultation to discuss your legal affairs is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!