In June 2014 my dog ran away and the city animal control impounded him to the shelter. He was not chipped at that point. I found him at the shelter and registered him with my info as owner. Apparently I got a citation from the city for impounding him and it was sent by mail to an old address. They must have gotten my name from the shelter after I registered him, however I gave the shelter my new current address. I got pulled over for speeding and come to find out I had a warrant out for my arrest for failure to appear in court due to that citation that I never received. I now have a new court date. If I pay the fines and plead guilty, will that cause me to have a conviction on my record for the charges which where "animal running at large"? What would it be? Misdemeanor? Felony?
Charges in Independence Municipal Court are called infractions. A guilty plea on the dog case will stay on your record but it is just a dog case. A guilty pleas on the speeding ticket will give you two points against your license. It could also effect your insurance rates. An attorney can get the charges reduced to a non moving violation. The fine should be around $200. Call a traffic law attorney to keep the points off your record. Mitch the prosecutor may work a deal on both tickets to save you some money.
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