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Traffic Offenses

Instructions for Attorneys Only

If you wish to handle your client’s traffic infraction without appearing in Court, please see the instructions below. Please be advised that if you do not resolve the case prior to the Court date listed on the ticket, your client will still have to appear in Court. You (or your client’s) failure to appear for the scheduled Court date may result in a warrant being issued for his or her arrest.

Note: Only certain offenses can be handled without your client’s appearance. The following traffic offenses Require appearances in Court:


Steps to Handle Ticket by Mail


  1. File an entry of appearance. We are unable to communicate with you about the matter absent your entry of appearance.
  2. After the entry is filed, email us a written request for a traffic plea recommendation to PATraffic@greenecountymo.gov. The written request must include your client’s case number and name AND an attached copy of your client’s driving record. (Information on how to obtain a driver’s record can be found at: https://dor.mo.gov/drivers/records.php)
  3. A General Crimes Unit prosecutor will then review the file and create a recommendation.
  4. In 1-3 days you should receive a recommendation via the Missouri efiling system with a proposed disposition and instructions for accepting the offer.
  5. Follow the instructions in the recommendation, mailing the payment of the fine AND court costs in the form of a money order, cashier’s check, or attorney trust account check to Circuit clerk’s office. (Note: All checks must be payable to the Circuit Clerk)
  6. If you do not resolve your client’s case before the Court date on the ticket or summons, or if your client does not wish to accept the recommendation, you (or your client) Must appear in Court or a warrant may be issued for your client’s arrest. If you are unable to appear in Court, please contact the division court clerk for a different appearance date.
  7. Verify that your client’s payment has been received and your case has been resolved by contacting the Circuit Clerk at (417) 868-4074

Your recommendation will include fines and costs. For current costs please contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Where to Mail Your Payment

The Circuit Clerk only accepts cashier’s checks, money orders and attorney trust fund checks. However, if you choose to pay via phone, credit/debit cards can be accepted so long as the cardholder is the name of the defendant. Please be advised that there may be an administrative fee for using credit/debit card. Please send your payment upon receipt of your e-mail to:

ATTN: Finance Department
Greene County Circuit Clerk’s Office
1010 N Boonville Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 868-4074

Pro se (Unrepresented) Defendants

Unfortunately, because of staff constraints we cannot negotiate tickets with unrepresented defendants by mail or phone. However, we can work with you to resolve your case on your court date in the Associate Circuit Court. Your failure to appear in court may result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Punishment for most traffic tickets can range anywhere from a small fine up to a fine and jail time. You always have the right to contact an attorney to find out what your legal options are. If you are not sure who to contact, referral information can be found through the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association at: https://www.springfieldbar.com/page/4 or you can contact the Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (573) 636-3635 or www.mobar.org. Additionally, if you have a question about a court date or the status of an outstanding warrant, you must contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office

Since we represent the State of Missouri, we cannot and will not give you legal advice or discuss the facts of your case. We also cannot recommend particular attorneys or provide referrals to attorneys.

Questions

If you have traffic questions please contact the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at (417) 868-4061 or the Circuit Clerk’s Office at (417) 868-4074 ext:2206. Please be advised that the Prosecutor’s Office cannot give legal advice.