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Original arrest warrants

  • A citation was not issued at the time of the incident.
  • The case was reviewed and later filed by the City Prosecutor's office.
  • The judge then issued an arrest warrant for the defendant.
  • The defendant will be sent a warrant notice.
  • The defendant must post bond to get a court date.

Failure to pay

By law Municipal Court does not issue warrants for failing to pay your ticket but does issue warrants for failing to appear in court on your scheduled court date.

If your case is payable (has a fine listed on the summons you get in the mail) you have the option to plead guilty and pay before the court date. If you choose not to pay by that date, you must appear on the scheduled court date or you will receive a failure to appear warrant. If you case is non-payable (no fine is listed on the summons), it requires a mandatory court date and if you do not attend court you will receive a failure to appear warrant.

Failure to appear warrants
  • If you fail to appear on your court date, the judge will issue a failure to appear warrant (bench warrant) for your arrest.
  • The court cannot give legal advice and cannot advise you which is best for your circumstance.
  • If you have an attorney, you should talk with your attorney to see which option for dealing with your warrant is best for you.   

 If your case is payable, your options are to either:

  1. Plead guilty and pay your fine; 
  2. Plead guilty and enter a payment plan and pay 25% of the total balance; 
  3. Post a bond to get a new court date; or 
  4. Schedule a virtual hearing to talk to a judge about recalling your warrant. Be aware that the judge may or may not order you to post bond instead. Walk-in docket unavailable due to COVID-19 concerns.

Warrants on payment plan case

If your case is non-payable, you may either:

  1. Post bond to receive a new court date; or 
  2. Schedule a virtual hearing talk to a judge about recalling your warrant. Be aware that the judge may or may not order you to post bond instead. Walk-in docket unavailable due to COVID-19 concerns

Municipal Court bonds

Failure to appear license suspensions and compliance letters
  • Receiving a failure to appear warrant in some moving violation traffic cases will trigger a notice to the Missouri Department of Revenue and could cause your driver license to be suspended.
  • You will need to request a compliance letter from the court and contact the Department of Revenue to get your license reinstated. 
  • Compliance letter procedure