Yes, you can get back behind the wheel of a car and drive again if you have received a St. Louis traffic ticket for “Driving While Suspended”. But you will have to hire an experienced law firm to help you reach that goal.
A citation for driving a motor vehicle while your license is currently suspended is issued for just that reason: i.e. you drove a car at a time when you did not have an appropriate license to do so. But getting such a ticket does not mean you will never drive again. It just means that that ticket (along with any underlying traffic infractions) will have to be dealt with first.
A St. Louis traffic ticket lawyer can assist you with this type of issue. The first thing that will need to be done is to get your driver’s license back. This is done by filling out the necessary paperwork that the state of Missouri requires for reinstatement. But the state is not going to reinstate your license until all of your traffic tickets are taken care of. This is where the work of an attorney becomes so vital.
Your traffic attorney can request from the judge an order that states that your underlying tickets (such a driving while suspended) be set aside until you can get your license back, and give you a new court date. This buys you the time you will need in order to fill out the paperwork, and show to the state that you are in good standing with the court.
But the judge’s order to set aside the tickets will not last forever. All of the underlying tickets (again, including the driving while suspended) will have to be handled before your next court date. If they are not handled or taken care of by your next court date, the judge will almost certainly issue a warrant for your arrest.
An experienced lawyer can get the tickets reduced to non-moving violations. This is accomplished by working closely with the local prosecutor, and working out a plea. The plea is a bargain by which you agree to accept guilt for a lesser infraction (like illegal parking) instead of the larger infraction (driving while suspended). The additional benefit of pleading to the lesser infraction is that a non-moving violation does not come with any points. “Points” are like little red flags that go onto your permanent driving record. As you accumulate points, your automobile insurance will rise (because getting points makes you look like a bad driver).
The affordable St. Louis speeding ticket attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been assisting people with their traffic tickets for over ten (10) years. Our goal is to make sure your record stays clean, your car insurance remains the same, and that you do not have to make any courtroom appearances. And we will do all of this at a very reasonable price. The fees for a standard traffic violation start at $40.
We have two locations: in the Central West End, at 1 North Taylor, St. Louis 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 affairs is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!