The following procedure applies to traffic tickets not filed with a criminal case number.
The following offenses will be filed with a criminal case number, are not subject to this policy, and should be
handled in the same manner as other criminal charges:
– Driving while suspended/revoked
– Driving without a valid license (NVOL)
– Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under the Influence
– Careless and Imprudent Driving
1. Verify that the ticket has been submitted to the court by our office by checking the ticket number in
Casenet. Any correspondence or documentation received prior to submission of the case to the
court will be returned to you.
2. File an entry of appearance in Casenet. A letter to our office without an entry of appearance filed in
Casenet will not suffice and will be returned to you.
3. Submit a request for a recommendation and a copy of your client’s driving record to our office. Include
the ticket number and your client’s name. If your client is charged with a no insurance violation,
provide proof of insurance at the time of the offense or current insurance with your letter.
4. Our office will file a plea recommendation via Casenet in the form of a proposed, unsigned guilty plea
form indicating any offered amendments, fines, and/or classes to be completed prior to a plea of guilty
(e.g. DIP or LIFE). This will be the recommendation from our office.
5. Plea offers will expire 90 days from the date we file the proposed plea form with the court.
6. If your client wishes to accept the plea recommendation, print the proposed plea form from Casenet,
complete any relevant portions, and send the form with payment of fines and court costs to the Circuit
Clerk’s Office. If the completion of classes (e.g. DIP and LIFE) is part of the plea recommendation, you
must include proof of completion with the plea form and payment. An attorney from our office will sign
the plea form after it is received by the Clerk’s Office.
Associate Circuit Court, Division 3
1 North Washington Street
Farmington, Missouri 63640
7. Direct any questions regarding the status of your plea, court costs and payment to the Circuit Clerk’s
If your client does not wish to accept the recommendation or does not accept the recommendation within 90
days of our filing of the proposed plea form in Casenet, your client will either need to plead open to the court or
set the case for bench trial.