Poplar Bluff, MO asked in Criminal Law for Missouri

Q: A letter was sent to my husband saying that the above referenced charges have been sent to State Prosecutors office for

Disposition. Accordingly you do not have to appear in municipal Court on such and such date. What do you gather out of that

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Andrea Rogers

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: It sounds like your husband received a summons from the court notifying him that the Prosecutor has charged him with committing an offense. It's most likely just a minor traffic violation or parking ticket, since it states that he doesn't have to appear in court.

To find out what he's been charged with, he should call the court clerk.

With minor offenses, the defendant has the option of pleading guilty and paying the fine without being required to appear in court. However, if it's a speeding ticket or other moving violation that would cause points to be added to his driving record (and an increase in his car insurance rates), his best option would be to hire an attorney to get the ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction, rather than pleading guilty.

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