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Q: I was going 20mph the limit. In St Louis. What does that usually cost? Best and worse case scenario?
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Apr 1, 2019

The cost of the fine depends on which court it's in and how bad your driving record is. If you want to plead guilty and pay the fine, you have to go to court and plead guilty to the judge, who will assess the amount of the fine, and points will be added to your driving record (and your car... Read more »

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Q: I received a TRUCK VIOLATE SECTION 304.015=driving in left lane where Trucks over24Tons are Prohibited(Fight it/payit?)

Should i hire an attorney or are there no points going to cdl license?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 14, 2019

I don't know the answer but you can contact the Department of Revenue. https://dor.mo.gov/motorv/ They are generally quite helpful.

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Q: Is driving without a front license plate considerered a "non-moving" violation?

I am not wanting to hike my insurance rates and would like to know if I need to get it lowered to a non-moving offense.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 26, 2019

Contact MO DOR. https://dor.mo.gov/motorv/

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Q: a warrant just pooped up for fireworks that happened july 5th I was supposed to go to court on august 28th but got put

on house arrest the same day and couldn't make it to the court date so today is January 3rd 2019 and I'm at the transition center downtown st louis and I been here for 3 months so why the warrant just now popping up?

Joseph Harvath
Joseph Harvath answered on Jan 14, 2019

Police have to send their request for the ticket, summons, or criminal charge to the Prosecutor for review. The prosecutor then determines whether the charges will be filed. For misdemeanor cases, they have up to 1 year to file the charges

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Q: I did not yield to an ambulance in Missouri. Can this ticket result in jail time?

I did not yield to an ambulance in Missouri's outer road. It was snowing and I was afraid of sliding and hitting the ambulance so I did not stop. I am sure I will get a ticket in the mail (St. Charles county court said $180 fine) but I want to know if jail time or license revoking is standard with... Read more »

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Jan 12, 2019

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... Read more »

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Q: Coasting down a hill and got to 27 over the limit. Didnt hit brake or gas. What's the worst and best case scenario?

I'm not an adult (junior in highschool) had liscence, insurance and have never had any type of infraction on my record. Completely clean. I'm just a bit worried as to what could happen because I got a court date rather than just a fine.

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Jan 1, 2019

At age 17, you are an adult for court purposes.

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...
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Q: Can I be issued a speeding ticket in the mail?

I was pulled over going 5-10mph over in a 60mph zone. The Highway Patrol officer didn’t issue a ticket and just gave me advice, but he has my home address. Can my ticket be sent in the mail even though he never said he was giving me one?

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Dec 29, 2018

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.

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Q: I got a "fix it ticket." What does that mean? Can I get out of it being on my record somehow?
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Dec 18, 2018

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... Read more »

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Q: Trying to find out the cost of a uniform citation. in violation of code 304.050 in Lincoln county missouri

Need to know if I should appear in court or if I may pay the fine via mail or online.

I'm accused of passing a school bus that was stopped and discharging children.

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Dec 2, 2018

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... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over going 40 in a 25 (15 over) but I received a court date instead of just a fine. Why? What am I looknat
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Nov 6, 2018

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...
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Q: I am looking for Missouri State laws or documents that state jurisdiction of officers for counties.

I was followed by an officer from another county and just before the county line I was pulled over and given a ticket just want to know the legality and what I can show the court that the officer was in the wrong.

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Oct 31, 2018

This is going to be very fact and location dependent. You will want to talk with local counsel who knows the local laws and rules to best understand the situation you experienced.

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Q: In the state of Missouri, what are all the skateboarding laws? Where can I view them?

I recently got into skateboarding for a fun past time. I would never consider doing tricks on my board anywhere else other than skate parks but have given thought to riding a longboard for a method of transportation. Is it legal to ride a long board on sidewalks? Where can I ride it legally? I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 18, 2018

If you are not able to find laws in your ordinary searches under civil, traffic, recreational, and other laws, you could check with your elected officials on the city council, assembly, and other local, city, and state government bodies. One of the problems with skateboarding is that many places... Read more »

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Q: Can a ticket get thrown out due to contradictions with the charge?

I received a speeding ticket (my first in 10+ years). The ticket says it's for "SPEEDING 36-40 MPH OVER" but below that it says driving 90, posted speed limit 60.... which is 30... not 36-40. Ninety in a sixty is consistent with what the officer stated/alleged.

Even if that doesn't... Read more »

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Sep 25, 2018

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...
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Q: I went 21 over the limit and he said I have to go to court should i plead guilty and say I want to apply for sis
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Sep 20, 2018

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... Read more »

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Q: Can my citation be dismissed if the officer put a badge number that’s not their real badge number?

Today, I got a speeding citation in Jefferson county, Arnold, the officer put down a completely random badge # not theirs on the ticket and I have a video of them stating their name and badge number and it doesn’t match the citation in any way. Is this grounds to get it dismissed?

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Sep 18, 2018

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.

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Q: Is a ticket for 1 - 5 mph over the limit a moving violation or a non-moving violation (it has no points assessed)?

Ticket issued in Jefferson County, MO by Missouri Highway Patrol officer. It was for 70 mph(1 - 5 mph over) in a 65 mph posted zone. Will this show on my driving record as a moving or non-moving violation? If it shows as a moving violation, should I hire an attorney to have it reduced to a... Read more »

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Sep 18, 2018

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...
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Q: I was given a ticket for not having a front license plate, will I have a warrant for not paying it on time?

There was also no option for a court date.

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Sep 14, 2018

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... Read more »

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Q: I missed a court date to pay a ticket and now I don't know what to do
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Sep 8, 2018

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.

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Q: I was caught going 95 in a 70 in Callaway County, MO. What are my best options? I would like to avoid the conviction.

25 over, mostly want to avoid getting a point on my record. I live in Illinois.

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Aug 29, 2018

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.

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Q: What is the best course of action for a ticket for 31 mph over a 60 mph limit? It requires a court appearance.

I do not live in Missouri. I was passing through when I was pulled over in St Charles, MO. I will not be able to come back to take care of the ticket.

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Aug 16, 2018

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... Read more »

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