Can You Dispute Missouri Traffic Tickets? — Yes, Here's How!

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Can You Dispute Missouri Traffic Tickets?

There are different types of Missouri traffic tickets; you can get a ticket for speeding, running a red light, driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended etc. If you refer to the official Missouri website, you're only going to get information about paying your ticket, with or without a court appearance. Keep in mind that it's also possible to contest your traffic ticket. If you plan to do this, you might think that hiring a lawyer and going to court is your only option. Of course, it's possible for you to defend yourself but it might be awkward and intimidating because it's not possible for a layperson to know exactly how things are run in the courtroom.

Fortunately, there is a third option—you can contest your ticket without a lawyer. You can use DoNotPay to contest your DoNotPay is extremely easy to use and barely takes a couple of minutes of your time. You'll just need to upload a copy of your citation and enter some information about why you think it was erroneous. DoNotPay will come up with a letter with vehicle codes to help you fight your case and can even send this to the authorities on your behalf.

How to Pay Your Missouri Traffic Ticket

You can either plead guilty without going to court and pay your fine online or you can pay it after going to court.

Plead Guilty Without Going to Court

If you prefer not to go to court at all, you can plead guilty and pay your fine.

  1. Go to Plead and Pay. You will be asked to enter the county and court number as well as your case number. This will give you the information you need about how much you owe.
  2. Provide your payment details accordingly.
  3. Make sure you finish the entire process and get confirmation.

If you can't afford the payment or you want to plead not guilty, you will have to go to court.

Pay After Going to Court

If you go to court, you have the option to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty or if you are found guilty by the court, you have the option of going online to pay your fine.

  1. Go to Pay by Web. There is a convenience fee if you pay by credit/debit card and a 50 cent fee if you pay by electronic check.
  2. Select the county/court number and enter your case number.
  3. Make your payment within 30 days from your court date or else you'll have to pay an extra fine.
  4. Make sure that you finish the entire process and get confirmation.

If you are on a payment plan, then follow the dates agreed upon in court. Not paying in time could lead to your case being handed over to debt collection and a certain part of your tax refund may be withheld.

If you want to contest your traffic ticket, keep the following things in mind:

Guilt Admission:When you are issued the ticket, take it from the issuing officer but do not indicate that you knew you were doing something wrong or else this can be used against you in court.
Payment:Do not pay your ticket because this is also an admission of guilt. After paying your ticket, you can't take it back and decide to plead not guilty.
Continuance:It's a good idea to try and request a continuance. Try to delay your court appearance as much as you can. This decreases the likelihood of your issuing officer showing up in court.
Witness:If you have an eyewitness, such as someone who was with you in the car and can testify that you were not breaking any laws, then ask them to testify in your defense.
Radar/Lidar:If the issuing officer claims that you were speeding but you don't believe you were, you can ask to see the maintenance records of their radar/lidar equipment.
Videos/Photos:You can also ask to see the video/photos from any traffic cameras in the vicinity to prove that you didn't break any laws.

Use DoNotPay to Contest Your Missouri Traffic Ticket

Keep in mind that you don't necessarily have to go to court to contest your Missouri traffic ticket. You can also use DoNotPay which has helped overturn over 200,000 tickets. Using DoNotPay is incredibly simple and you can do it in two minutes from your phone.

All you have to do is upload your citation and answer a few questions about the circumstances under which you received it. DoNotPay will do the rest of the work.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Log in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the correct product based on your traffic ticket.

  2. Upload a photo of your citation.

  3. Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.

  4. Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf!
  5. That’s it! You’ll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.

It's really that simple. Look out for your traffic ticket issuer's response to discover whether you won.

Where Else Can You Appeal Your Traffic Tickets With DoNotPay?

If you've managed to successfully appeal your Missouri traffic tickets but you still have tickets from another state, you can use DoNotPay to appeal those as well. Or you can recommend DoNotPay to friends or relatives in other states.

DoNotPay Offers Other Legal Solutions

Aside from making traffic ticket appeals easier and more convenient, DoNotPay covers a wide array of pocket-friendly services.

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Given that court appearances often seem intimidating, not to mention expensive, it makes more sense to use DoNotPay prior to taking any legal action. for reliable legal assistance no matter what time of the day.

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