Municipal Court/Traffic Violation Bureau:
7010 North Holmes
Gladstone, MO 64118
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
A. If a fine amount is listed on the front of your citation, and you wish to plead guilty, you can avoid a court appearance by prepaying through the Traffic Violation Bureau. You must fill in the information requested on your ticket and return it, with your fine, by mail or in person to 7010 North Holmes, Gladstone, MO, 64118. Please make your check and all money orders payable to “City of Gladstone.” The Traffic Violation Bureau must receive your payment by the date on the front of the ticket to avoid any additional penalties. Please refer to the back of your ticket and follow the directions for your specific circumstance.
2) What is the difference between the Traffic Violation Bureau and Municipal Court?
A. The Traffic Violation Bureau is a department set up for the convenience of ticket payers, allowing them to pay certain tickets without appearing in court. Municipal Court directly handles all court cases in violation of the Gladstone Municipal Code. Both departments are connected to the same personnel, but serve different purposes.
3) How do I contest my traffic ticket?
A. If your plea is “not guilty” and you would like to request a court date, please call the Traffic Violation Bureau prior to your ticket payment due date, at 816-423-4119.
4) How can I tell where my charges are filed?
A. You may refer to the citation for this information. If you are still unsure, you may call the Gladstone’s Municipal Court Clerk’s Office at 816-423-4119.
5) Is there a drop box for payments?
A. Yes, the Night Depository is located outside of City Hall, to the right of the main doors. City Hall is located at 7010 North Holmes, Gladstone, MO, 64118.
6) How can I keep the points from going on my license?
A. Contact an attorney for representation. We do not have an option that allows you to pay a higher amount to get points removed.
7) How many points will go on my license?
A. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicle to receive that information.
8) If my violation involved an accident, am I required to appear at court?
A. Yes, any violation involving an accident requires a court appearance.
9) If my ticket is for “NO INSURANCE,” and I have insurance, do I have to go to court?
A. No, you can call the Traffic Violation Bureau and set up an appointment with the court, but you will still be expected to pay a $55 fine. Please call at least two weeks prior to your court date to make this appointment. If you don’t have insurance or didn’t have any insurance registered at the time you were issued the ticket, then a court appearance is required. For more information, please contact the Traffic Violation Bureau at 816-423-4119.
10) What is the late fee for payments past due date?
A. Take your total fine amount and subtract $26.50 (court fines), and then take half of that remaining amount, and that will be the late fee added on to your original ticket amount. A letter will be sent out to you with an assigned court date. You will have the option to pay the new late fee amount before the court date or you will be expected to show up at court, on that date. If neither action takes place, a suspension of your driver’s license and driving privileges may result. A warrant for you arrest may also be issued.
A. If you need to change the court date, contact the office of the Municipal Court at 816-423-4119. It is within the Court’s discretion to grant one continuance from the Court date. If the case is set for trial, then a court appearance is required.
12) I disagree with the municipal judge’s finding in my case. Can I have another judge and/or a jury hear the case?
A. Convictions of most, but not all, violations charged in the Gladstone Municipal Court may be appealed to the Clay County Circuit Court. A new judge will hear the case without reference to any previous findings. Request for a jury may be made where authorized by statute. The Municipal Judge must first set an appeal bond. Because appeals must be filed within 10 days of sentencing in the Municipal Court, you will need to obtain the appropriate form, post the required bond, and pay a $48.00 appeal filing fee for each charge. An appointment will be set up at court to post appeal bond and filing fee.
13) Can I contact the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney?
A. Please do not contact the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. They do not represent individuals in Municipal Court cases.
14) What if I want to have charges I caused to be brought against another party dismissed?
A. Both parties must appear in court for charges to be dismissed.
15) Do I have the right to be represented by an attorney?
A. Yes, you have the right to hire an attorney and have him/her speak for you in Court. If jail is the possible punishment, you may request a court appointed attorney. If you are financially eligible, an attorney may be appointed to represent you at the discretion of the judge.
16) How can I report a crime or have charges filed?
A. The first step is to file a report with the Gladstone Police Department. Following any necessary investigation, the police and prosecutor will determine what charges, if any, should be filed and take the appropriate action regarding your complaint.
A. All violations of the Gladstone Municipal Code are prosecuted. These include traffic offenses, ordinances violations, City code violations, and animal code violations.
18) What are the minimum age requirements for prosecution in Gladstone’s Municipal Court?
A. For all traffic violations, it is fifteen and a half years old. For all civil cases (e.g. assault, stealing), it is seventeen years old. At the age of seventeen, you are considered an adult.
19) What is a subpoena?
A. A subpoena is a court order that requires you to appear in court on a specified date and time, usually because you are a victim or witness in a case. Failure to comply with the subpoena may result in the judge holding you in contempt and issuing a warrant for your arrest.
20) Does the Judge perform marriage ceremonies?
A. Yes, the Municipal Judge does marriages, based upon appointments, only before or after scheduled court times on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Both parties must be residents of Gladstone, and bring all documents, including their marriage license, with them to the courthouse. To set up an appointment, or for further information, please call 816-423-4119.
21) Where can I get a copy of my Missouri driving record?
A. Any State license office can provide copies of your driving record. The fees are: $5.88 for the driving record document and $2.00 office fee. Only the requester is allowed to receive his\her driving record with proper identification.