'FCC' Speeding and Traffic Tickets in Missouri
If you are pulled over by a Highway Patrol Officer (in other words, a policeman that works for the state as opposed to a local municipality), then any St. Louis traffic ticket he or she writes out will be described as an “FCC Ticket”. FCC stands for Fine Collection Center. This center is located in Jefferson City, Missouri (which is the state capital). Such a St. Louis traffic ticket is very similar to a regular ticket issued by a local officer of the law, but it is handled a bit differently. But this is why it is so important that you hire an experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorney to proceed with your St. Louis speeding tickets.
The major difference between an FCC ticket and a regular St. Louis speeding ticket is that a court date will not be listed on it. When a local officer issues a St. Louis traffic ticket, it will provide you with a date, time, and address of the court to which the violation is attached. But because the highway patrol officer who wrote the ticket works for the state (whose office is located in Jefferson City), there will be no court to attend. The ticket will simply read, “Due in 30 Days”.
This may sound like an advantage at first glance, but in actuality, it means that you are essentially limited to one of two choices: 1) sign the back of the ticket, and mail in the associated fine; or 2) hire a good St. Louis traffic ticket attorney to have the ticket taken care of. If you go with the first option and pay the fine, you will be accepting the charges as alleged and pleading guilty to them. The ticket will go away, and you be done with it, but there are other ramifications for going this route. When you plead guilty to a speeding or traffic ticket by signing it and paying the fine, points will be assessed against your permanent driving record. The more points you get, the higher your automobile insurance will go up. The more points you get during a certain period of time, the more likely it will be that you will either lose your driver’s license or have it suspended.
The second option allows you to breathe a lot easier, because now you will have the peace of mind knowing that an expert is handling your case for you. The affordable St. Louis traffic and speeding ticket defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been fixing people’s traffic tickets for years with very favorable results. Our goal is to provide the state with all the documentation it needs, have it assigned to a local prosecutor near the St. Louis area, negotiate a deal so that the ticket gets reduced to a non-moving violation, and make sure that your record stays clean of any points.
Our staff is prepared to answer any questions you may have, and most of the information we require can be taken over the phone (or you can fill out our online form). Contact us today to learn more!