Andrea Rogers' answer It just depends on the details of the case, your criminal history, your driving record, whether anyone was injured, whether your vehicle was insured, which court your case is being prosecuted in, etc. If you want to get this traffic ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction, you will have to have an attorney represent you, and you will end up paying a slightly higher fine plus court costs, but you probably won't have to appear in court.
The outcome of your case depends a lot on which court your case is being prosecuted in. Some prosecutors and judges are more lenient than others. You (or your parents) will need to hire an experienced criminal defense/traffic law attorney to represent you if you want to avoid a conviction and points on your driving record, and an increase in your car insurance rates.
In some courts, a ticket for 27 miles over the speed limit can...
Andrea Rogers' answer The Prosecutor has up to 1 year from the date of the incident to file charges against you. So yes, it is possible that you could receive a ticket in the mail later. However, it sounds like the officer just gave you a warning and let you go.
Andrea Rogers' answer Usually that means you can get the problem fixed (repair the broken tail-light, for example) and bring proof to court and show the judge, who might dismiss the ticket or reduce the fine. "Fix-it" tickets are usually for non-moving, no-point violations like "Failure to Register Vehicle" or "Equipment Violation" (broken tail-light) which is not going to show up on your driving record anyway.
Andrea Rogers' answer You can call the court clerk in Lincoln County and ask if a court appearance is required or can you just plead guilty and pay the fine. I expect that you will have to appear in court for this type of ticket. If so, the judge will sentence you and determine the amount of the fine. If you plead guilty, points will be added to your driving record and your car insurance rates may increase. The judge might require you to do community service, attend driving school, etc.
Andrea Rogers' answer Courts can require a mandatory court appearance for some tickets. If you want to get the ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction that won't affect your driving record of car insurance rates, you will have to hire a traffic law attorney to represent you.
You will not have to appear in court if you hire an attorney to represent you. Your attorney can give you an estimate of the amount of the fine & court costs you will have to pay.
Andrea Rogers' answer Yes, it's possible that if you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you, that attorney could negotiate a plea bargain deal to get your "Trespassing" charge dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense, such as "Littering."
Andrea Rogers' answer Any error on the ticket can be corrected at any time. This does not sound like an error. This appears to be a situation in which the police officer wants the Prosecutor to know you were speeding 36-40 miles over but the cop gave you a break by issuing the ticket for only 30 miles over.
You can go to court and plead guilty on your own without an attorney, but I don't recommend that option. If you plead guilty, the judge will sentence you and jail time is definitely a possibility for...
Andrea Rogers' answer For that high a speed, a court appearance is required. If you hire an attorney to represent you, you won't have to appear in court. Your attorney can get your speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving no-point infraction like "Illegal Parking," so you won't have any points on your driving record and your car insurance rates won't increase.
Or you can go to court and ask the judge for an SIS (suspended imposition of sentence) with probation, but the judge does not have to offer that deal...
Andrea Rogers' answer Almost any error on a speeding ticket can be corrected at any time by either the police officer or the Prosecuting Attorney. If the description of where the traffic stop occurred was completely wrong, that might be grounds to get the ticket dismissed, but other simple errors are not.
Andrea Rogers' answer 1-5 miles over the speed limit will show up on your driving record as a no-point speeding conviction, so it's a moving violation but it won't cause any points to show up on your driving record.
Since it will show up on your driving record, your insurance company will be able to see it and may use it to increase your rates. You can call your insurance agent to see if they will increase your rates because of this ticket. If so, it might be worth it to hire an attorney to get the ticket...
Andrea Rogers' answer If you received a ticket and you failed to pay the fine, the court can issue a warrant for your arrest. Some courts are more lenient than others and will continue the court date out 30 days to give you another chance to pay before they issue the warrant. Some courts will send you a letter reminding you to pay. You can call the court clerk and ask if they have issued a warrant, and you may be able to pay the fine over the phone or online.
Andrea Rogers' answer You can call the court clerk to ask if they issued a warrant for your arrest. If it's your first missed court date, the court may have continued your court date another 30 days instead of issuing a warrant.
Andrea Rogers' answer The Callaway County Prosecutor will not amend a ticket for that high a speed. You could hire a local Callaway County traffic law attorney to go to court with you and try to get a Suspended Imposition of Sentence with probation.
Andrea Rogers' answer The outcome depends a lot on which court your case is being prosecuted in. For that high a speed, I assume it's in St. Charles County Circuit Court, and the judge in the traffic division in that court is not going to agree to probation (and the prosecutor will not amend your ticket to a non-moving violation), so your only option is to hire an attorney to convince the judge to let you plead guilty with no jail time and no court appearance required.
Andrea Rogers' answer If you pay the speeding ticket fine, points will be added to your driving record and your car insurance rates may increase. You can hire a traffic law attorney to get your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation such as "Illegal Parking" so that you won't have points added to your record and your insurance company will never know you got the ticket. You will have to pay a fine and court costs, but you won't have to appear in court, and the court will give you at least 30 days to pay.
Andrea Rogers' answer Even though your insurance was only expired for a few days, that is technically still a violation and it's a 4-point ticket if you plead guilty.
You can call the court clerk and ask if they will allow you to go to court and show proof of insurance to the judge. However, if your insurance was not valid on the day you were pulled over, they might not dismiss your ticket. The court clerk can tell you whether you will need to hire an attorney to take care of this for you.
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