St. Louis County Traffic Ticket Lawyer
A traffic violation can be significant and have a lasting impact on your ability to get to work, to take care of your family, or to handle day-to-day activities, and more serious violations or habitual offender charges can eventually carry serious penalties.
Although many traffic offenses may not carry the same stigma and penalties as other, more serious crimes, even the lower-level offenses can result in significant fines, loss of driving privileges, and increased insurance rates. And the more serious offenses, or even some less serious violations if they are part of a series of violations by the same offender, can result in imprisonment.
Tyson Mutrux of the Mutrux Law Firm charges a flat fee of $45 per traffic ticket. You can conveniently upload your ticket and pay online so that we can begin on your case immediately. Time is of the essence.
The Point System Violation Description Table published by the Missouri Department of Revenue can be found here.
Most Asked Questions — Top 3
Below are the three most asked questions we receive at our office. If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
1. What should I do once I receive a traffic ticket?
When the law enforcement officer issues you a citation, you should receive an instruction sheet that will tell you how to pay or challenge your ticket. Always check with an attorney before deciding to plead guilty on a traffic ticket. The consequences of pleading guilty can cost you a job or any other opportunity that requires a background check.
Most traffic tickets in Missouri are handled by the state circuit courts, while some municipalities have their own traffic courts. Although more serious infractions often require a mandatory court appearance, most speeding tickets or other minor offenses can be disposed without having to appear in court.
Whatever you choose to do, one of the worst things you can do is refuse to pay the ticket without appearing in court. Most courts will issue a warrant for your arrest, which will cost you much more than the original ticket would have.
If you choose to pay the ticket yourself, most Missouri counties offer an online fine payment system through the Fine Collection Center. This service collects fines for some traffic violations without requiring a court appearance.
2. Can I have my traffic violation removed from my driving Record?
Tyson Mutrux of the Mutrux Law Firm is experienced in defending against traffic tickets and can typically prevent a ticket from going onto your record. However, some people choose not to hire an attorney after receiving a traffic citation and end up with it on their driving record.
Traffic violations usually add points to your driving record and consequently raise your auto insurance rates. Not surprisingly, many Missouri drivers are eager to have their past traffic tickets removed from their driving records. Administrative Rule 12 CSR 10-24.050 (set out below) governs whether you may have a particular traffic ticket removed from your driving record. Generally, you will be allowed the removal of convictions that are more than three years old, don’t involve a driver with a CDL, and did not result in a license suspension.
12 CSR 10-24.050 Deletion of Traffic Convictions and Suspension or Revocation Data From Missouri Driver Records
PURPOSE: This rule clarifies procedures to be followed for expungement from a Missouri driver record of previously recorded traffic violations or suspensions or revocations of a driving privilege.
(1) The Department of Revenue, when otherwise not prohibited by law, may delete from a Missouri driver record a previously recorded traffic conviction, suspension or revocation of a driving privilege if all of the following conditions are met:
(A) The conviction in question occurred more than three (3) years previously, did not involve a commercial driver license (CDL) holder or a commercial motor vehicle, and did not cause a suspension or revocation of the individual’s driving privilege;
(B) The conviction is not for a state violation of “no driver license,” a state violation of “no motorcycle qualified,” a state, county or municipal violation of “driving while suspended/revoked,” a state violation of “leaving the scene of an accident,” or a state “felony”;
(C) The conviction in question involved a CDL holder or a commercial motor vehicle and the following conditions exist:
- Serious traffic violations, as described in 49 CFR 383.5 and 49 CFR 383.51 occurred more than four (4) years ago and did not cause a suspension, revocation, or disqualification of a driving privilege;
- Railroad-highway grade crossing violations, as described in 49 CFR 384.223 and 49 CFR 383.51 occurred more than four (4) years ago and did not cause a suspension, revocation, or disqualification of a driving privilege;
- Driving while out-of-service traffic violations, as described in 49 CFR 384.222 and 49 CFR 383.51 occurred more than fifteen (15) years ago;
- Major traffic violations, as described in 49 CFR 383.51 occurred more than fiftyfive (55) years ago;
- All other traffic violations occurred more than three (3) years ago and did not cause a suspension, revocation, or disqualification of a driving privilege;
(D) The conviction did not involve an alcohol- or drug-related driving offense or enforcement contact;
(E) The suspension or revocation on the driver record was reinstated more than five (5) years previously, did not involve the failure to maintain financial responsibility as provided in section 303.041, RSMo, and did not involve a CDL holder or a commercial motor vehicle violation;
(F) The suspension or revocation on the driver record did not involve an alcoholrelated offense or enforcement contact; except when the offense was committed by a person under the age of twenty-one (21), who had a blood alcohol content of .02 or more and an expungement of the records is provided for in section 302.545, RSMo;
(G) The suspension on the driver record did not involve the theft of motor fuel as provided in section 302.286, RSMo;
(H) The suspension on the driver record was not imposed as a result of a person’s failure to stop before reaching a school bus that was receiving or discharging school children;
(I) The failure to appear suspension involving a CDL holder or commercial motor vehicle was reinstated and no longer supported by any of the violations described in (1)(C)1. through (1)(C)5;
(J) The disqualification on the driver record was reinstated and/or restored and no longer supported by any of the violations described in (1)(C)1. through (1)(C)5;
(K) The driver record does not contain information regarding the mental or physical competence of the individual to retain a drivers license; and
(L) The driver record is not currently under investigation.
(2) Items deleted from a driver record pursuant to this rule shall be available to courts, administrative agencies and law enforcement agencies for purposes of prosecution, litigation, sentencing and determination of driving privileges. However, nothing contained in this rule shall be construed to prevent the obtaining of information as specified in section 302.120, RSMo.
3. Where can I get more information about the traffic violation charged against me?
Finding information about your traffic violation can be a daunting task. To save you time and frustration, one of the best things you can do is hire an experienced attorney.
However, if you believe you are not guilty of the offense for which your ticket was issued, and don’t want to hire an attorney, you may choose to appear in court to explain your actions. If this is the route you choose to take, it may be beneficial to refer to Missouri’s Vehicle Code, which could give you information that applies to your case. The actual citation number should appear on your traffic ticket.
Please call Tyson Mutrux with the Mutrux Law Firm at (314) 270-2273 or 573-268-7316 today to get more information about taking care of your traffic ticket.