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I received a speeding ticket 3 months ago and forgot to pay

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I received a speeding ticket 3 months ago and forgot to pay the fine.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  NewYorkLaw101 replied 7 years ago.
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What is your legal question?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I received a speeding ticket on 3/16/2010. I was driving over 90 MPH in 60 MPH Zone.
I was on Business trip in St.Louise MO and was driving a rental car.
I have just received a letter from "Town & Country Municipal Court, MO" stating
Failure to Pay Violation and court date of 01/01/2010.
I have already written a letter to the judge stating that I live outside the state
and it will be difficult for me to attend the court and I plead guilty to traffice violation
and I am willing to pay any applicable fines and cost in full.
My question is:

1) should I attend the court in person (this will be very difficult, because
I work in New York City and I just started a new job and will be difficult
to get time-off)
or
2) Should I hire local lawyer to represent me
or
3) the letter will be sufficent
Expert:  NewYorkLaw101 replied 7 years ago.
Okay - you should contact the court and advise that you would pay the fine in full - some jurisdictions allow you to do it over the phone or even on-line - you should do that as they will suspend your license in MO and now, several state DMV are on line to each other and it may cause an issue to the valid license that I assume you now hold - if you are pleading guilty then you should not have to go to court - you don't need a lawyer to just pay the fine - if you cant pay the fine and penalty on line then send a letter - last thing is I am assuming that you have a typo as to the date -since you rcd the ticket in March 2010 and the letter is dated January 2010,
Hope this helps
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The correct court date is 07/01/2010
Expert:  NewYorkLaw101 replied 7 years ago.
Okay, I thought that it was a typo -
http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=2034
check out this link as you may be able to pay your ticket well before the court date
Have a great day
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The letter does not give "fine & cost due: but just gives a court date & time, so,
I don't know what the "fine & cost due" is. This is what worries me and that's why
I was asking the 3 questions.
Expert:  NewYorkLaw101 replied 7 years ago.
What I suggest that you do is call the Court and they will tell you what the fine is and at the same time you can inquire if you can pay it on line -
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have called them and talked with court clerk, and asked her what the " fine & cost due" was, and she told me that she doesnot know what the "fine & cost due" is,
because the judge will decide it during the my court date of 07/01/2010.
That is why I was asking the questions.
Is your advice still :

you should contact the court and advise that you would pay the fine in full - some jurisdictions allow you to do it over the phone or even on-line - you should do that as they will suspend your license in MO and now, several state DMV are on line to each other and it may cause an issue to the valid license that I assume you now hold - if you are pleading guilty then you should not have to go to court - you don't need a lawyer to just pay the fine - if you cant pay the fine and penalty on line then send a letter
Expert:  NewYorkLaw101 replied 7 years ago.
Okay, did you advise them that you would be unable to attend and what happen if you do not attend - did you explain to her that you resided in another jurisdiction and for you to come to MO to appear in court would be a hardship and if they would allow you to plead guilty by letter?