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Q: I got a 2 tickets: the court time is wrong and my name is spelled wrong. Can I get them dismissed?

Ticket 1: Not stopping for an Emergency vehicle. They spelled my first name wrong, and wrote the time for court date at 9pm when our local court closes at 4pm. He also scratched out the first court date he put and fixed it to the correct day.

Ticket 2: Driving without a License. I have my permit but didn't have a licensed adult with me. They also put 9pm on this ticket for court time. Shouldn't I be charged for driving without an adult? Not the no license?

I am 17 male in Missouri.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Eureka, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Misspelling of your name and other minor errors on the ticket are not sufficient to get a ticket dismissed. Any errors can be corrected by the police officer or Prosecutor at any time.

The ticket serves as notice that you have an upcoming court date. The Prosecutor probably meant to write "9 a.m." for the court time. If it says 9 p.m. on a ticket, call the court or check on Casenet online (Missouri court case website) to confirm the time designated for the court appearance.

The police officer issues the tickets, but then the Prosecuting Attorney approves the filing of the charges. The Prosecutor can correct any errors on the tickets and can also change what the charges are. So, the Prosecutor could decide to charge you for something other than what the police officer stated on the ticket. This happens sometimes when a police officer doesn't know exactly what to call something when they write the ticket.

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