An FCC ticket stands for Fine Collection Center. This is the department in Jefferson City, MO, that handles traffic tickets that have been issued by State Highway Patrol Officers. This kind of ticket does not come with a court date (as you can expect to see on a typical citation from a local police officer). Rather, it will simply tell you that the fine is ‘Due in 30 days.’
Of course, one option that you have at this point is to simply mail in the amount of money to the collection center in order to pay off the fine. This will certainly take care of the ticket, but it will not prevent ‘points’ being assessed against your driving record. For each traffic violation, a certain number of points are put on your record (it is probably better to think of them as ‘strikes’ as opposed to ‘points,’ because that kind of gives the impression that you have scored something!). As these points accumulate over time, it is probable that your automobile insurance premiums will go up, and it is also possible that you could lose your license to drive. For instance, if you are pulled over by a HYPO for speeding, three (3) points are assessed for such an infraction in Missouri.
There is, however, a better way to deal with these traffic tickets. An experienced lawyer can get the moving violation (i.e. driving in excess of the posted speed limit) reduced to a non-moving violation (like excessive noise or illegal parking). This has the double effect of preventing any points from attaching to your driving record (because no points are assessed for a non-moving violations), and your insurance rates will not be adversely affected.
The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been making sure our clients are put in the best position possible. Our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to get the ticket taken care of, make sure that your record stays clean, and to reduce your worries about having to deal with any court dates, judges, or prosecutors. The initial consultation is free of charge, and we can often handle the ticket over the phone. Call today to learn more!!