The legal status and validity of tickets issued by red light cameras has been in question for some time in Missouri. Under the terms of a proposed settlement of a class action settlement, nearly 900,000 people who received the tickets may be eligible for a partial refund of any fines that were paid.
The lawsuit was filed by the plaintiffs against American Traffic Solutions, LLC (ATS) and various Missouri municipalities that contracted with ATS to have the cameras installed and operated. Under the terms of the settlement, individuals who paid a fine between 2005 and 2014 can receive a refund of 20 percent of the amount paid. In order to receive payment, eligible individuals must submit a valid claim form stating that he or she paid a fine pursuant to a municipality’s red light ordinance. People who wish to learn more about the class action lawsuit as well as the process through which they can obtain a refund.
Traffic tickets can be a serious issue
Many people are under the mistaken impression that a traffic ticket is a minor issue that is best handled by simply admitting guilt and paying the associated fine. In reality, this is not the case, and traffic tickets can easily become a serious legal issue, especially when a driver is issued multiple tickets in a relatively short period of time. In addition, the legal issues associated with a traffic ticket can easily compound, especially if a person misses a required court date or a court-ordered payment. When this occurs, a bench warrant may be issued, meaning that you may be arrested the next time you are stopped or if a law enforcement officer randomly chooses to check on the status of your plates or has another reason to run your name through their official system. Among the potential penalties associated with traffic tickets include:
- The loss of your driver’s license
- Increased car insurance premiums
- Issues with your employer, depending on your line of work
Contact a St. Louis traffic ticket attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Anyone who is facing a traffic ticket in Missouri should retain an experienced traffic ticket lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with St. Louis traffic ticket attorney Kenneth P. Carp, call our office today at (314) 254-9866.