Your Rights in the Municipal Court

           

 

  • You have a right to be fully advised of the nature of the charges brought against you

  • You have a right to plead not guilty or guilty to the charges.

  • You have a right to be represented at all stages of these proceedings by an attorney

  • You have a right to have an attorney appointed to represent you if you are found to be indigent and facing jail time

  • You have a right to a trial which, at your election, may be a jury trial

  • You have a right confront and ask questions of any and all witness who appear to testify against you

  • You have a right to bring witnesses to testify on your behalf at trail

  • You have a right to have any witnesses you request be subpoenaed (ordered) to appear at trial to testify on your behalf

  • You have a right to testify or remain silent at your trial.  If you remain silent and do not testify that will not be held against you.

  • You are presumed innocent and the City has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt at the trial

  • If found guilty you have a right to appeal the Court’s decision and file a request for a new trial in St. Louis County Associate Circuit Court

  • Your appeal must be filed within 10 days from the date of the Court’s decision.

  • If you plead guilty or are found guilty you have a right to present evidence of your financial situation for the Court to consider in determining your ability to pay fines and/or court costs and/or to establish a payment plan.

  • If you have impairment, disability or any special needs, including the need for an interpreter, one will be provide to you at no cost upon request.

 

     The range of punishment in this court is a fine and court costs of up to $225.00 for minor traffic violations, or a fine of $1.00-$1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail for other violations.A plea of guilty could expose you to enhancement of criminal penalties in the event you face any similar charges in the future.  Such plea of guilty may expose you to administrative statutory requirements pertaining to your driving privilege as may be imposed by the Court or the Department of Revenue. A copy of these rights may be obtained, upon request, from the Traffic Violations Bureau.

CONTACT US

Court Contact Information and Location 

2449 Chambers Rd., St. Louis, MO 63136

Telephone Number: 314-868-2433

Fax Number: 314-868-7803

Court’s Email: courts@molineacres.org