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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Q: I was recently contacted by a police officer who stated that there was a accident at a store in my town and said that

Witnesses told him that it was me they seen leaving the accident, but I was not in the accident. I was actually signing my kids in school late that morning. At the time they say the accident occurred. They gave me three citations failure to register my motor vehicle failure to maintain insurance,... View More

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Apr 10, 2024

You can hire a traffic law attorney to represent you for your 3 tickets. You will need to provide proof of insurance, and proof that the damages have been paid for. Depending on which court this is being prosecuted in, how bad your driving record is, and much the damage to the victim's vehicle... View More

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Q: Brendlin vs California

In the context that I am reading regarding police detainment for a traffic stop. Does that context apply to a commerical vehicle in which someone in a passenger seat or bunk of a commerical vehicle is detained when the basis of the stop wasn't because of an observed violation but merely a... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

In Brendlin v. California, the Supreme Court held that passengers in a vehicle are seized just like drivers during a traffic stop, meaning they are entitled to challenge the legality of the stop. This principle applies regardless of the vehicle's nature, be it personal or commercial. So, if... View More

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Q: I was pulled over on 03/04/2022 in Missouri and received 3 ordinance violations. How long can they pursue these?
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Feb 25, 2024

The prosecutor has up to 1 year from the date when the tickets were issued to file the charges against you. In some courts in Missouri, tickets were not filed until the day before the 1-year statute of limitations expired. And then it can take several months for the court clerk to file the tickets... View More

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Q: Hi, today an officer stopped me and handed over me a ticket for speeding. But I couldn't see it in case.net .

What should I do now

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Feb 24, 2024

It may take a few weeks for your ticket to be filed on Casenet. You can hire a traffic ticket lawyer to get your ticket amended (reduced) to a non-moving, no-point infraction such as Illegal Parking. You won't have to appear in court. Most traffic ticket lawyers offer a free consultation and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Q: When you haver court and you fail 3 times to appeal because you have financial problems to travel to another state

I’m going to jail ?

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

If you fail to appear in court for a traffic or DUI/DWI case in Missouri because you are unable to afford travel to another state, this can lead to serious consequences, including the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. However, going to jail is not automatic upon failing to appeal or appear; it... View More

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Q: speeding citation

I was pulled over while slowing down from a 45 mph zone to a 40 mph zone. As I was progressively slowing a cop picked up my speed on radar. Upon reviewing my ticket, my name is spelled wrong and my vehicle information is incorrect. On top of that the officer was extremely rude and didn’t even... View More

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you've received a speeding citation in Missouri and there are errors in your name and vehicle information on the ticket, you may have grounds to contest the citation. Minor errors such as misspelled names or incorrect vehicle details can sometimes lead to the dismissal of the ticket.... View More

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Q: speeding citation

I was pulled over while slowing down from a 45 mph zone to a 40 mph zone. As I was progressively slowing a cop picked up my speed on radar. Upon reviewing my ticket, my name is spelled wrong and my vehicle information is incorrect. On top of that the officer was extremely rude and didn’t even... View More

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Jan 18, 2024

Any error on the face of the ticket can be corrected by the police officer or the prosecutor at any time, up to and including the trial date.

If absolutely everything on the ticket is wrong, that might be grounds for challenging the ticket, but I don't believe what you describe would...
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Q: Do I have to go to court for a minor traffic ticket?

So I got two tickets one for no plates and failure to register vehicle. I was able to pay one ticket on casenet but the other ticket isn’t allowing that option for the no plates. Does that mean I have to show up to the court date ?

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Oct 19, 2023

If the ticket is for a non-moving, no-point infraction (such as Failure to Register a Vehicle), you can go to Missouri Casenet online and pay the fine, and you won't have any points added to your driving record, and it won't affect your insurance rates.

For the 2nd ticket, you can...
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Q: I got a ticket in May 2022 in Jefferson County, MO but nothing shows up

I got a speeding ticket in May 2022 in Jefferson County, nothing has ever showed up on casenet Is there a statue of limitations since they never seemed to have filed the ticket and it's been over a year??

John C. Boyer
John C. Boyer
answered on Aug 17, 2023

A statute of limitation limits the time a case can be filed against a person. The time period begins to run on the day after the incident (i.e. the day a person receives a citation). The statute of limitations for infractions is six months. Section 556.036.2(3), RSMo. Misdemeanors have a one year... View More

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Q: Will an arrest from a parking ticket bench warrant show up on my record w/ potential employers & other background checks

If I receive a parking ticket in Missouri and forget to pay. A bench warrant is issued and I’m arrested. I can’t pay my bond and I spend the weekend in jail. I see the judge on Monday. The bond is paid after. Will this arrest for the bench warrant show up on my record for potential employers... View More

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Aug 4, 2023

Arrests do show up on criminal background checks. However, it depends on what type of employer is running the background check. If it's an "entitled entity" type of employer (police, schools, hospitals, daycare, nursing home, insurance company, etc.), they are entitled to see... View More

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Q: I got a ticket in March of 2023 in Saint Louis County. I have looked everyday since and nothing pops up.

I have had two cops tell me it should have been in the system after 10 days and the cop probably decided to not file it. I don’t want a warrant. I just want to pay and move on.

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Aug 1, 2023

There is nothing you can do until the ticket is filed on Casenet.

After the ticket is issued, it goes to the Prosecutor for approval, then it goes to the court clerk to be filed on Casenet. It is possible that a ticket might get lost or the Prosecutor might decide not to file it, but that...
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Q: No court date received.

I received a ticket for VERY a minor accident in February 20th 2023 from Highway patrol. At the scene I had admitted fault, and everything. It is now August 1st 2023 and I have not received the court date and St. Louis County courts said they don’t even see a ticket in the system under that... View More

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Aug 1, 2023

Any ticket involving an accident takes longer to get filed. Even regular speeding tickets issued by Missouri state troopers can take several months to get filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court. There is nothing you can do until your case is filed and it shows up on Casenet. You can hire an... View More

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Q: jefferson county , mo. is law enforcement officer required at first appeance traffic court or can case be dissmissed ?
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Apr 17, 2023

The police officer is not required to appear for a regular court date for a speeding ticket. If Defendant pleads not guilty and requests a trial, the prosecutor will have the police officer come to court to testify. If the officer doesn't show up for the first court appearance, the judge will... View More

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Q: i have a driving on suspended and improper registration... can i get these dropped to a non moving violation by chance?
Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Oct 24, 2022

Yes, you can hire an attorney to get your Driving While Suspended ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point infraction. You will have to get your license reinstated and provide your attorney with proof of reinstatement. You will have to pay all fines and court costs before the Prosecutor will amend... View More

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Q: I got u turn ticket in Hurculanum at the first court date I was asked to pled I pled not guilty , second court date

Was trail I read the ordinance it clearly stated in part b. Unless it was made in safety .I claimed I felt it was ..with there being no accident or any other violations. Then the state attorney looks up the ordinance and said his office wrote the wrong number on my ticket and commits to changing... View More

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Dec 30, 2023

Yes, the Prosecutor can correct any errors on the face of the ticket, such as correcting the charge code/ordinance number at any time, up to and including the date of trial.

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Q: So I received a speeding ticket, but the officer did not have me sign it. Can I fight that or what happens? (MO)
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answered on Jul 26, 2023

In Missouri, whether or not the officer had you sign the ticket does not affect the validity of the ticket itself. The lack of a signature on the ticket does not automatically invalidate it or provide grounds to have the ticket dismissed.

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Q: How far back can a judge go when he's looking into your driving record to charge me with a felony driving while suspend?
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answered on Jul 19, 2023

Now, when it comes to examining your driving record for charges like felony driving while suspended, the judge will typically have access to your complete driving history. In Missouri, there is no specific time limit on how far back a judge can look into your driving record when considering such... View More

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Q: If someone gets pulled over with a fraudulent temporary tag, what would the police charge them with?
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answered on Jun 12, 2023

Depends on the officer as there are a range of options from felony forgery to failure to register a motor vehicle or failure to display license plates.

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Q: Speeding ticket of 33mph, carelessly driving, no insurance, no license but had someone with license. Will I be suspended

Will my driving privileges be suspended?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jun 9, 2023

Possibly. Depends why you didn't have a license. Was it suspended? Never issued? This case arises under traffic ticket law. You need to discuss with an attorney in your jurisdiction that specializes in this kind of law. Thank you for using Justia, Ask a Lawyer.

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Q: If you was in a carchase with police does the landowner have to tell them to tow it?

My boyfriend was in a car chase with local authorities on his harly Davidson. And I was wondering if the land owner had to tell them to tow it because it ended on private property and a foot chase but it was on one of our friends property

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 24, 2023

It isn't possible to give you an exact answer because it depends on the circumstances and the charged offence whether the police can impound the HD. If there was a car chase and the HD drove onto private property, that does not put it into a safe haven and the police may be able to impound... View More

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