At an arraignment, several things will happen in court. The judge advises the defendant of the charges - including exactly what is alleged, what the maximum possible penalty is within the law and then the judge will enter the defendant's initial plea of not guilty. Then the judge will order...Read more »
Both of the DUIs occurred over 20 years ago and I completed all required treatment. I don’t drink and I would like to get my license back now that I have children and a new job that I need to be able to drive for. Does the fact that it was over 20 years ago have any impact.
Hello. The process you need to get reinstated depends on several key factors: Where you live; If you've had recent infractions for driving on revoked; What level of treatment you completed, etc. Most attorneys that practice in this area offer a free consultation. A good attorney can really...Read more »
In Illinois there a numerous ways a DUI can be charged. Typically, there's a DUI charge for generally diving under the influence & another more specific DUI charge for having a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit (.08bac). Remember, doctrine of merger says: one act / one crime -...Read more »
My girlfriend was advised by her jailhouse lawyer brother to somehow get or stage a domestic charge against me so that I couldn't be called as a witness in her now closed burglary case or come forward and she did a good job and I'm afraid the courts won't face the embarrassment of... Read more »
I've practiced criminal law here for over 30 years and in my experience people rarely get jail time for first offense misdemeanors in Lake County, but it is possible. You should discuss this with your attorney who will know the facts and circumstances of your case and your record and thus, be...Read more »
June 2020 I got a ticket for operating an electronic device while moving, I didn't understand what supervision was, so I just sent the guilty and waiver portion back. April 2021 I got a speeding ticket, now I'm understanding I want supervision, but the legal speak says "I have not... Read more »
Good question. Yes, for now you are NOT eligible for supervision by mail. However, you may be able to do a 'Motion To Vacate Judgement' on your first ticket and ask for supervision on that one. Either have an attorney do it or talk directly to the clerk of court asap. Good luck. Al
I am a WI resident, and got a ticket for going 15 over in IL. The cop even said my record is pristine. I don’t want to just pay the fine, or go to traffic school. If I show up to my court date - could the judge just dismiss it since it’s a first time offense? I don’t want points added to my... Read more »
I've practiced in Lake County Illinois (Just South of Wisconsin) for over 30 years and our judges do not just dismiss tickets for people with good records. Sorry. On the other hand, a good driving record is a factor in mitigation that judges will take into consideration in sentencing. So,...Read more »
Supervision is a disposition of guilt that is not a conviction. The Secretary of State keeps track of supervision internally, therefore your insurance company should not find out about it. Good luck. Al
Last summer I was in an accident where I got a ticket for “driving too fast for conditions.” In hindsight I should’ve fought it because I fell asleep at the wheel so my speed had nothing to do with it, but whatever. Since then, I’ve gotten two speeding tickets. I’m aware that three... Read more »
It depends on the disposition of each ticket, your age and the offense dates. If you want to pull your ‘court purposes driving record’ from the Secretary of State, I’ll read it for you at no charge. In the meantime, a good rule of thumb is to always try for court supervision to avoid...Read more »
On July 4 2019 I was charged with an Aggravated to a police officer in the most surveillanced part of Chicago (Navy pier). First, I ordered a copy of my FOIA police report, and it stated the detective showed up to get the videos. The person who was in charge of handling the videos said he was able... Read more »
I recommend reviewing this issue with your attorney to determine the best answer. If you don't have a good local Chicago-area criminal defense attorney, then you should get one for this case. Good luck.
It's always a smart move to seek good counsel when you have any court cases, especially for Misdemeanor & Felony cases. In the meantime, get your SR-22 certificate on file and then renew your license so by the time you get to court you'll have a valid license - that will mitigate the...Read more »
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