At the Piatchek Law Firm, we handle traffic tickets throughout the entire state of Missouri. We hear certain questions very frequently, so we have addressed some of those questions here on our FAQ page. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.
What happens if I just pay the ticket without consulting an attorney?
- This ticket will likely appear on your driving record.
- You will likely get points added to your license. Too many points could cause your license to be suspended, amongst other problems.
- Your insurance company will likely raise your car insurance rates a significant amount, typically for a period of three years.
What are the possible benefits of hiring an attorney?
- We may be able to keep your ticket and/or the points associated with the ticket off of your record.
- Your insurance costs may stay the same.
- If you can’t make it to court because you are employed, from out of town, or any other reason, we can appear for you.
What is the FCC?
The FCC is the Missouri “Fine Collections Center.” The FCC is usually involved when you receive a speeding ticket or traffic citation on a Missouri highway. The FCC works with Missouri counties to set hearings, collect payments, etc. If your traffic ticket says “FCC,” you likely recieved the ticket on a highway.
What are the possible outcomes if I hire an attorney?
While we cannot guarantee any specific outcome with your case, here are some common conclusions:
- No Points: The violation is downgraded to a “no-points violation,” which means no points will be added to your driving record.
- Reduced Points: We can reduce the amount of points that will appear on your driving record.
- SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence). You are essentially given a probationary period. If you receive no further violations during the probationary period, your ticket never “materializes,” and no sentence or punishment is imposed. Essentially, if you keep your nose clean, it is as if the violation never happened. It will never appear on your driving record. However, if you do get a ticket during the probationary period, you will have two tickets!
- SES (Suspended Execution of Sentence). This is very different from the SIS described immediately above. In this procedure, if you actually plead guilty to the charge, no sentence or punishment is imposed as long as you comply with the terms of your probation.
- Defective Equipment: This is a category that describes many different types of scenarios. Typically you will pay an enhanced fine, and the prosecutor or court will stipulate that there is some sort of defect in the equipment.
- Dismissal: Your case is dismissed outright.
Of course, other outcomes are possible as well, such as pleading no contest (essentially pleading guilty for sentencing purposes, without admitting guilt), an Alford plea (admitting the state probably has enough evidence to find you guilty, without actually pleading guilty or admitting guilt), or having a trial and asking a judge to render a judgment (recognizing that the judge may render a guilty verdict).
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We help clients keep their driving records clean and their insurance rates low. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your speeding ticket or moving citation with us, please call our offices any time at 417-882-5858.