My license was suspended for a warrant that i had got for speeding i do not know what to do or how do i go about to get my license reinstated i took care of the warrant but now my license is suspended dued to me having the warrant what should i do to get it reinstated..i go to court in three days and need to know what to tell the judge and im a mother of two with one being on the way now so my money is very slim what can i do to get this taking care so i can continue to go to work and drop my daughter of at school???? please help
Contact my office to schedule an appointment, and we can pull your record, contact the DOR, figure out what is missing to reinstate your driving privilege, and formulate a strategy to get this taken care of in the most favorable way possible.
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If you fail to pay a speeding ticket fine, or if you fail to show up in court for a court date, then the court will issue a charge of "Failure to Appear" after the 1st missed court date, and usually will wait until the 2nd missed court date before it issues a warrant. Every court is slightly different in their policies regarding whether they issue active warrants immediately.
In your case, it sounds like the court reported the "Failure to Appear" charge and arrest warrant to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) and the DOR suspended your license. This type of suspension is called a "FACT (Failure to Appear in Court for Traffic Violation) Suspension. The only way to get your driving privileges reinstated after a FACT Suspension is to pay a $20 reinstatement fee and get a compliance letter (kind of like a receipt) from the court that issued the ticket to you. You won't get a compliance letter until you have paid the fine for the speeding ticket and any other fees, such as court costs, Failure to Appear fee, and Warrant Fee.
After you obtain a compliance letter from the court proving that you paid the fine and costs, you can take that compliance letter to any Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and pay the $20 reinstatement fee and your license will be reinstated.
If you have already gotten the warrant cancelled, and if you know that there are no warrants for your arrest anywhere else, then you can go to court on the court date and pay the fine and take the points on your driving record and ask the court clerk for a compliance letter. If you have warrants anywhere else and you show up on your court date, you are in danger of being hauled off to jail at the other court where you have a warrant.
Your other option is to hire a traffic law attorney to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor to have your ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction (some people call this "getting your ticket fixed" or "beating a speeding ticket"). You might want to choose this option if you already have a lot of points on your driving record and are in danger of losing your license because of having too many points. (If you accumulate too many points on your driving record, your license will be suspended. You can call the Missouri Department of Revenue to find out how many points are on your record. Their phone # is (573) 526-2407 ext. 2 to find out what's on your driving record.)
Your license will be revoked for 1 year if you accumulate 12 points within 12 months, 18 points within 24 months, or 24 points within 36 months. Your license will be suspended for 30 days if you accumulate 8 points within 18 months, if it's your first suspension. Your license will be suspended for 60 days if you accumulate 8 points within 18 months if it's your 2nd suspension, and 90 days if it's your 3rd suspension.
If you hire an attorney to get your speeding ticket "fixed" (reduced to a non-moving violation with no points on your driving record), you will have to pay a fine and court costs and the fine after the speeding ticket is reduced to a non-moving violation will be slightly higher than the original fine, but no points will be added to your driving record. The court usually gives you at least 30 days to pay the fines. If you choose to pay the fine and accept the points, then you must pay the fine and court costs by your next court date, which I believe you said is 3 days away.
It is possible that you could go to court and tell the judge that you have very little money, and ask if you can attend traffic school to keep the points off your driving record, or ask if you can perform a certain number of hours of community service to pay off the fines.
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