Have you recently received a traffic ticket or another form of moving violation? Whatever you do, don’t put the ticket in your glove box and forget about it. The worst thing you can do is to do nothing! Ignoring a ticket could result in extra fines, court costs, warrants being issued for your arrest, or even jail time.
At the Piatchek Law Firm, our attorneys regularly handle traffic matters and fix traffic tickets. We will attempt to keep your moving violation off your record or (at a minimum) attempt to reduce or eliminate the points added to your driving record. We can also attempt to reduce the impact the violation will have on your insurance rates. Generally, there are two types of traffic tickets for attorneys to handle:
- Traffic tickets that require an appearance in court
- Traffic tickets that do not require a court appearance
We are happy to handle either type of ticket. Many simple speeding tickets do not require attorneys to actually appear in court. Of course, we love it when we don’t have to go to court and can handle the case by phone, fax, or email.
Keep in mind that most people who try to deal with traffic matters themselves (often in an effort to save money) usually do have to appear in court and often must miss work or otherwise inconvenience themselves to do so. However, sometimes there are special rules that allow attorneys to not have to appear in court at all. We may be able to schedule a traffic ticket for a “law day” as well (a day in which only attorneys appear), and we can go without you having to go. Save yourself the time and effort. Hire an attorney to fix your traffic ticket. Please call our offices if you have any questions about your traffic ticket, preferably before you simply pay it and move on.
Types of Traffic Tickets, Citations, and Moving Violations We Handle
We handle many different types of traffic tickets and moving violations, such as the following:
- Speeding tickets
- Reckless and imprudent driving
- DWI or DUI
- Illegal lane change
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop at a red light
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Driving without a license
- Driving without insurance
- Distracted driving (texting or talking on a cell phone while driving)
- Leaving the scene of an accident
What to Do When You Get a Traffic Ticket
- MAKE SURE YOU DO SOMETHING! Don’t ever just ignore a traffic ticket. It can lead to further costs, court appearances, fines, warrants for arrest, and even time in jail.
- THINK BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO JUST PAY THE TICKET. Paying a traffic ticket will almost always cause your insurance rate to go up and stay up for a period of three years. Plus, you will be out the money for the fine.
- CONTACT AN ATTORNEY. Often an attorney can have a ticket dismissed or suspended, and they may be able to plead your ticket down to a lesser infraction that will not cause any “points” to be assessed against your driving record.
- MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. An attorney can review your specific situation and give you an idea of what can be done and how much it will cost. In our experience, it usually costs less to hire an attorney than to simply pay a ticket and have your car insurance rate go up.
For more information on Missouri traffic tickets, speeding tickets, and moving violations, please visit our page Frequently Asked Questions About Traffic Tickets.
Our Traffic Ticket Defense
We have a very good record of keeping our clients’ records clean. However, no two cases are exactly the same. The more squeaky clean your record, the more likely it is that we can achieve a positive outcome. Likewise, the more problems you have had in the past, the more challenging your case may be. In any event, if you have any questions or would like to discuss your ticket, call our offices at 417-882-5858 to schedule a consultation.
List of Missouri Counties We Serve
Cape Girardeau County
New Madrid County
St. Charles County
St. Clair County
St. Francois County
St. Louis City
St. Louis County
Ste. Genevieve County