Withdrawing a Guilty Plea to a Traffic or Speeding Ticket in St. Louis
If you received a St. Louis traffic or speeding ticket in the past, and the way in which you resolved your ticket was by simply signing the back of it and paying the fine, you were in effect admitting guilt to the charge. This in turn would have resulted in the state assessing points against your permanent driving record. Although handling the ticket in this manner took care of things, the accumulation of these points over time can cause your automobile insurance to jump, and increases the risk of losing your driver’s license.
In addition, the state of Missouri will require that you go to “Driving School” if a certain number of points collect over a short span of time. This is especially the case if you have already lost your driving privileges due to an excessive number of points on your record.
As you can see, it is far better to avoid points if possible. But what are you supposed to do if you have already pled guilty to the driving infraction, and there are currently points on your record because of it? If you hire an experienced St. Louis speeding ticket attorney, that person can file what is called a Motion to Withdraw with the court in which you made your plea. Such a motion has the effect of getting rid of your prior guilty plea, and allows your St. Louis traffic ticket lawyer to negotiate some sort of deal with the prosecutor in which the charge is lowered to a non-moving violation. By getting the infraction reduced in this way, the points assessed to your record will be removed, and your insurance will be kept in check (or if the number of points had led to a suspension, then the motion will allow you to get your license back).
This possibility may not be an option for you depending on how long ago it was when you originally plead guilty to the traffic violations, or if you in fact had a St. Louis speeding ticket lawyer the first time around (because if you did, it is possible that the judge will not grant the Motion to Withdraw). But that is why it is so important to find out what your rights are, and learn them as soon as possible. The affordable St. Louis traffic and speeding ticket defense lawyers at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been taking care of people’s tickets for years. Our goal is to take over your case quickly and efficiently, so that you do not have to concern yourself with any courtroom time or intimidating prosecutor. Our initial consultation is free of charge, and most of the information we need from you can be filled out on our online form. Contact us today to learn more!!