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What Is an Amended Ticket Why Amend a Ticket
You should think twice and hire an attorney from Miller & Hine before you pay your ticket. We will amend your ticket to a lesser offense, you won’t receive any points on your license, and your insurance rates will not increase. Additionally, in the majority of cases, you will never have to step foot in a courtroom.
Here is an example:
Jane was issued a speeding ticket going 11 mph over the speed limit in Ballwin Municipal Court. A speeding charge is a moving violation. This means that if Jane were to pay the speeding ticket fine, she would be pleading guilty and taking a conviction. This conviction would result in Jane receiving 2 points on her license.
Instead of pleading guilty and taking the conviction, Jane hired the attorneys at Miller & Hine to amend her ticket. We were able to amend her ticket to a non-moving, non-point violation of illegal parking. Because Jane hired us, she will receive 0 points on her license and her insurance rates will not increase.
Why Amend a Ticket
In Missouri, traffic tickets are moving violations that carry points upon conviction. Having points on your driving record can affect your insurance rates, your employment, and driving privileges.
The attorneys at Miller & Hine can amend (or reduce) most tickets to a lesser offense such as “illegal parking” or “defective equipment.” Once your ticket is amended to a non-moving violation, no points will be added to your driving record and your ticket will not be reported to the Department of Revenue. For most tickets, we will go to court for you!
Four Steps to No Points & No Increased Insurance Rates
Step 1: Contact us by telephone, email, or in person. We will quickly respond with what we can do to help, as well as our costs.
Step 2: We will file a Request for Recommendation. This a legal document that an attorney files with the court for your ticket to be amended to a lesser offense.
Step 3: Once amended, you will receive a new charge and pay a higher fine than your original violation. However, this will keep points off your driving record and prevent your insurance rates from increasing.
Step 4: We will send you a letter in the mail with instructions on how to resolve your case through making payment to the court. Normally, all of this is resolved within 3-4 weeks after your court date.
Answers You Need
Q: Why do I have to pay more for my amended ticket
A: The court fine increases in exchange for keeping a conviction and points off your driving record.
Q: How much does the amended ticket cost
A: Unfortunately, there is no one answer. The court gives fines on a case-by-case basis. The new fine is based upon factors such as previous driving record, age, and the type of ticket issued.
Q: Am I required to go to court
A: In almost all cases, the answer is no!