Thanks for the link to this forum...I feel silly that I missed it in the main page
I received a summons last week for being in violation of '27-32' for commiting the offense of 'Driving a rental vehicle - No operator's license'.
Now, I was driving a rental vehicle, but my name was added to the list of additional drivers in the rental agreement.
And I did have that license you get when you complete just the written and road signs test and had a licensed driver sitting by my side.
The Officer said that normally this would be correct, but since this was a rental vehicle, a driver without a full license cannot drive the vehicle unless the fully licensed driver sitting next to him was the same person who rented the vehicle and this was not so in my case.
I had no idea about such a law and was not informed by the rental agency and it is not covered in the Missouri Driver's guide.
I called up the rental agency and they state that they do not have a problem with an intermediate license driver driving the vehicle as long as the traffic regulations are met.
I checked the missouri driver's guide and the only restrictions it has are that all occupants must be wearing seatbelts and there must be a licensed driver sitting by the side.
Thanks to one of our University sergant's, I was able to find out that this ciolation is an infraction and not a crime and that I most probably would just need to pay the fine and not goto jail or anything *phew*.
My questions are:
a) My court date is set for the 18th of January, 2004. Is it better to go to court and try to explain to the judge what the exact circumstance was or do I just pay the fine in advance?
b) Do I need to hire a lawyer to help me with this since this is my first offense and I don't really know much about the laws and systems over here.
c) That violation 27-32 simply states:
Sec. 27-32. Operator's or chauffeur's license required of person operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle.
No person shall operate or be in control of a motor vehicle within the City of Rolla without having first been issued a valid operator's or chauffeur's license as provided in Chapter 302 RSMo, and no person shall operate or be in control of a motorcycle within the city without first having been issued a valid operator's or chauffeur's license which shows that he has successfully passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle as prescribed by Section 302.020 RSMo. (Ord. 2191, §1.)
How do I get more information on this special rule that applies to rental vehicles alone? This violation makes me look like a criminal...is there a way to have them enter the actual circumstance under which this occured when it is put on my record so that it doesn't look like I just woke up and decided to drive a car with no regard to the laws etc.
d) Finally, do you know how many points are added for this violation?
Thanks again for your help so far.
Hope you are having a fun christmas with yoru family.
Bye and have a great weekend!