When you hire counsel, understand that DUI cases in Missouri require attorneys to both fight the criminal charges, and separately represent you with the Dept of Revenue, regarding the often inevitable suspension of your license. Make certain you hire someone knowledgable in this area.
In many of the local jurisdictions, getting a speeding ticket amended to a non-moving violation is a very straightforward thing. Call one of us- the attorneys who handle such matters here on Avvo, and we can help you out. It will be a small fee to the attorney, and then a fine with the court, and the size depends on the court, the prior history, and sometimes the mood of the prosecutor that day. It is a rather easy process, but normally absolutely requires you hire an attorney.
The docket is just referring to the queue in which all the cases in a particular court sit until ready for trial. It also refers to the particular case's activity, so case number so-and-so is on the docket for trial 12/12/2013. Its docket entries include all activity on that case.
Agreed, at the same time, if you're a generally law abiding sort, you should feel comfortable carrying cash. I always have a bunch, and don't hold much by those (many cops included) who view people like me as suspicious because we like cash. In some other states, cash alone has led to civil forfeiture of said cash and the courts have sadly often upheld what is surely a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment, but I have not heard of such here in Missouri.
Of coarse there have been! Look up the McMasters, or make McMartin case. One of the most egregious cases of improper and illegal prosecution of the totally innocent based upon fantasies of children urged on them by pseudo psychologists.
With an SIS you should not have served over a year, and you were not convicted of the felony. You completed (it sounds like anyway) your SIS probation and then there was no conviction, so you should be ok to purchase. As Mr. Caldwell states, you should buy through FFL dealer, and they will have you fill out ATF form 4473. The form in question 11 b and c will be answered as "no" because you are neither under indictment nor convicted of a felony. (I am a local MO attorney and also a federally...
It sounds like you went to trial on the rent & possession, in which the court may decide that, regardless of the failures of your landlord, you still owe rent. This is a very real possibility. Keep in mind that from the DATE of the judgment from the judge, you have 10 days to file what is called a "trial de novo", or new trial. In essence, it is the first level of appeal of the case. You will likely have to post a bond of the amount of the judgment in order to do this. You should in any case...
Mr. Dean is correct that the Lease is not void. You will still, regardless, have to go through the eviction process. What you have here is an a unlawful Detainer, whether or not rent is being paid. (See my primer on tenant landlord law on my website.)
Any of the tenant/landlord attorneys here in Avvo can assist you with this.