If you have been pulled over for a St. Louis traffic ticket and were issued a citation, most likely the ticket has a court date on it. This is the date you have to appear in front of the Judge and either plead guilty to the charge or declare your intention to fight it. Some people choose to ignore the issue and decide not to attend that hearing; other people have conflicts and legitimately cannot make it. Regardless of the reason, the court appearance is not optional, and the Judge will not be interested in your excuse.
If you fail to appear in traffic court, the Judge will issue a warrant for your arrest. This means that if you get pulled over again, you will likely be going to jail. If you get arrested, you will get booked, fingerprinted, put in a cell, and asked to post bond.
So what can you do if you have missed a court date and have a warrant? If you find yourself in this situation, you should contact a St. Louis speeding ticket lawyer for help. A St. Louis traffic attorney can have the warrant withdrawn, get a new court date, and ask the court to issue a recommendation to amend the charge. A recommendation will typically amend the charge to a lesser offense that doesn’t include points. For example, if you were issued a citation for speeding, you can have three points added to your Missouri driver’s license. However, a St. Louis traffic lawyer can get that charged amended to something like littering, which is a non-moving violation. This means you won’t have points on your license. Receiving too many points is a certain period of time can result in the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges.
Getting a ticket is something everyone dreads, but the St. Louis traffic attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken can navigate you through the process, and help you achieve the best possible outcome. The fees for a standard speeding or traffic ticket start 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, MO 63019. The consultation to discuss your legal affairs is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!