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My son got a ticket for speeding, 26 over the limit, and before his court date, he was incarcerated in DOC. I tried to pay the ticket after explaining the circumstances and they told me I could not. He had to see the judge. He tried to writ the case while he was in custody and they denied the writ. Once he was released, because they put a failure to appear warrant against him, we had to pay a $500 bail. He has gone before the judge and the judge told him to get a lawyer because if he pled guilty he was going back to jail. We cant afford an attorney. What do we do

Lawyer's Assistant: Because traffic laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Missouri

Lawyer's Assistant: Do you need to appear in court?

Yes

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Traffic Law
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Traffic Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 8 months ago
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Traffic Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 8 months ago

Under the facts you gave, it sounds like your son needs to file an application for a court appointed attorney. If the court insists on him having a lawyer and he can't afford to hire one then the only possibility is to ask for one to be court appointed.

He would need to contact the clerk of the court and ask them about the process to go through to ask for a lawyer. They usually have a form and affidavit that needs to be filled out.

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work. Of course, please feel free to ask any follow-up questions in this thread. I want to be sure all of your questions are answered.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
What are the laws in reference to time served since he tried to writ the court appearance while he was in custody and they denied it. The max penalty for this violation, which happened before he was incarcerated, is a $500 fine or 6 months in jail
Traffic Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 8 months ago

It depends on the exact facts. Normally if he sent in a request for setting and asked the court for a bench warrant to bring him there and told the judge he was ready and available then the time would count as time served. It depends on the exact wording of the request he sent to the court.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok thank you.
Traffic Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 8 months ago

You're very welcome. I wish your son the best on this.

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work. Of course, please feel free to ask any follow-up questions in this thread. I want to be sure all of your questions are answered.

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