MISSOURI TRAFFIC TICKETS: OUR PROCESS
We are highly experienced in helping clients with traffic violations in all areas of Missouri, including: Kansas City, St. Louis, Mid-Missouri, Northwest Missouri, Northeast Missouri, Southeast Missouri, Southwest Missouri and Missouri Highway Patrol.
HOW IT WORKS
GET A QUOTE
First, call our office to provide your contact information, your traffic ticket number, the violation, and the city or county where you received your ticket so we can provide you with a quote.
HIRE AN ATTORNEY
Once we know more specifics about your situation, we will provide you with your options. You can hire us at our office or over the telephone. Convenience and speed are major positives of hiring our firm to represent you.
WE CONTACT THE PROSECUTOR
When you give us your consent to proceed, we will begin by entering a “Not Guilty” plea on your behalf. We will notify the prosecutor of all facts in your favor. Are you a good driver? Are you a good citizen? In the military? Was the weather bad that day? Were you having a bad day? Our job is to present you as a person rather than a name on a piece of paper. We put your best foot forward which can often make a huge difference in the disposition of the case (how the case is resolved).
NEGOTIATING A RESOLUTION
Next, the attorney will negotiate with the Prosecutor to amend the charges against you. The goal is to avoid accumulation of points on your license which also avoids an increase in insurance rates. Some cases are much harder to negotiate with than others. For example, if you get a speeding ticket for driving 45 in a 30 mph zone that’s one thing. However, 75 in a 30 mph zone is a different story. Luckily, we know that there are alternative sentencing options out there. For example, for high speed, prosecutors will often reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation (what you want) if you complete a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
SUBMIT PLEA & PAYMENT TO THE COURT
Once we receive an amended charge from the Prosecution, we will call you and discuss the process moving forward. Payment of fines can often be done via credit card or check. You will have to pay your fine and enter your guilty plea to the amended charge.
I’ve practiced law in California and New Jersey and I can tell you that the process for traffic ticket attorney is much different in those states than here. St. Louis is particularly unique even in Missouri. Nevertheless this is the system we have. But, most of that system works to your favor. It’s much cheaper here to resolve tickets, you often don’t even need to meet with your lawyer and you will almost never need to go to court unless your charged with a serious matter like a DWI.
Traffic Ticket center can assist you with your traffic ticket as well as DWI’s, alcohol and drug offenses and general criminal defense. Call us today at (636) 486-2669.