Q: I received a C&I ticket with no fine amount. Does anyone know the fine? It has been almost 3 weeks and it’s not filed.
The ticket has still not been filed with the courts. I have been checking Missouri Case net and called but no one has seen it. Does anyone know what the average fine is for a C&I? I live a decent distance away and want to get it paid so I don’t have to come back for court.
A: For a Careless & Imprudent Driving ticket, it's usually a mandatory court appearance. That's why there is no fine amount listed on the ticket. If you want to plead guilty as charged, you have to go to court on your court date and the judge will determine the amount of the fine.
In some courts like St. Louis County Circuit Court and St. Charles County Circuit Court, it can take 2 to 4 months for the ticket to get filed and a court date to be set.
FYI - If you plead guilty to C&I, points will be added to your driving record, and your insurance company may increase the price of your car insurance because of the C&I conviction.
You can hire an attorney to appear in court for you and get your C&I ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point violation. You will have to pay a fine and court costs (and you might also be required to attend driving school), but you will most likely not be required to appear in court. The fine is usually a little higher than the original fine when you get a ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation. An experienced traffic law attorney can give you an estimate of the fine and court costs that you will have to pay, along with a flat fee price quote for how much they will charge to represent you.
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