This is actually a fairly common occurrence. When you are pulled over by a police officer, he or she has the opportunity to issue a citation for any traffic violation he or she thought you committed.
So for instance, if you are speeding (i.e. driving in excess of the posted speed limit), but while you are speeding, you changed lanes without properly signaling your intent to do so (i.e. you did not use your blinker), the officer can cite you with two tickets: 1) a St. Louis speeding ticket; and 2) illegal lane change ticket.
Or there may be other variations on this theme. If for example you are pulled over for running a stoplight, and you are unable to show proof of automobile insurance coverage for the car you are driving, you can potentially receive tickets for both.
Yet another example would be where you are pulled over for speeding, but because your license was suspended for some reason, you cannot show a valid driver’s license, you will most likely be ticketed for speeding and driving while revoked.
There are any number of scenarios, and a great many different tickets you can be cited with. But the key question involves what you are going to do with the tickets themselves. One option would be to simply sign the back of the ticket, and pay the associated fine. This will resolve things, but it will also allow the state to assess “points” to your permanent driving record. Points are like little red flags that stand out on your record (that tend to make you look like a bad driver). As you accumulate points, your automobile insurance will rise as a result (because with more points, your carrier will be able to label you a “risky driver”). And if enough points are assessed over a compressed period of time, you could lose your driving privileges altogether (for instance, if you receive eighteen (18) points over an eighteen (18) month period of time, you will have your license suspended for a year).
But if you give your tickets to a St. Louis traffic ticket attorney, he or she can negotiate with the local prosecutor a deal in which the citations are reduced to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not come with any points, will not affect your automobile insurance, will not go on your permanent record, and usually means you do not have to make any court appearances.
The affordable St. Louis speeding and traffic ticket attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been helping deal with their traffic-related issues for over ten (10) years. Our goal is to make sure you have the cleanest driving record possible, at the lowest possible price. The fee for a standard St. Louis traffic ticket is $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 (on Highway 61/67). Our consultations to discuss the matter are free of charge. So call today to learn more!