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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: No fee on citation but court date for speeding in school zone, what to expect?

I got pulled over for going 44 in a school zone, before this I’ve only gotten pulled over with a warning for a broken tail light. I’m 18 by the way. The citation given has a court date on it but no fine. What should I expect on that date, as far as possible consequences. What are the typical... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jun 4, 2019

You will pay money for fines and costs. This is not an automatic suspension item but you cannot receive supervision unless the stat would agree to amend the charge to simple speeding. If you are convicted the Sec of State will mail you are warning letter than you must go conviction free for the... Read more »

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Q: I am 16 years old and I was speeding 25 over. can I do supervision or will my license get suspended? what will happen?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 29, 2019

You can request it. A parent or guardian must be present in court and you must take a safe driving course, all provided the judge gives it to you.

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Q: I was denied court supervision for a texting while driving ticket because I received court supervision for a first

Ticket in september 2018. I received a letter telling me supervision has been denied on this second ticket and a conviction has been entered. I am over 21.

What does this mean? Do I have to pay more? Go to jail? Show up in court? Lose my license?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 28, 2019

Your question is hard to follow. Did they revoke supervision on the first ticket because of a new one? Or did they deny supervision on a second ticket because you already had it once?

Another fact to know: under 21?

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Q: If I got a speeding ticket and immediately came home and I paid it and realized I want court supervision, can I still?

I was in Illinois and I’m 19 and have no records of a speeding ticket before. I got one for going over 20 mph but not exceeding 25 mph. I was so nervous and didn’t want to forget paying my ticket so as soon as I got home I immediately paid it. But as I was reading I realized I didn’t click on... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 26, 2019

You won’t lose your license but this conviction puts you half way there. You can undo what you did and request supervision requesting the conviction be vacated.

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Q: Im currently under C. S. for a speeding ticket and just received a ticket for no proof of insurance. Will this effect it

i have insurance but it wasn’t with me in the car.

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 12, 2019

No. Go to court with proof of insurance. Ticket will be dropped.

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Q: I’m 16 and have a clean driving record. I was cited in Illinois for doing 26mph above posted speed.

I was given a court date. Online it says this is punishable by 1500 fine and class b misdemeanor. How likely is it I would get that full punishment?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 5, 2019

Try to get it reduced to 25 over. Try for supervision. Have your parents hire a lawyer.

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Q: I’m only 16 y/o and I only have my permit and i got crash with another car and my ticket is improper lane usage

what’s going to happen to my permit and If i said to the court that i’m guilty? what will happen?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 21, 2019

Your GDL restrictions will be extended. Go to court and ask for supervision. In order to do that you have to have a parent or guardian present and you will have to take a safe driving course. If the other driver does not show up in court asked that the ticket be dismissed. You might want to have... Read more »

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Q: I got a traffics ticket for failure to yield/avoid an accident. The cop put an X in the box indicating No Court

Appearance required. The ticket was issued due to an accident. No one was injured or taken to hospital the cop gave me the yellow forms for Driving School to keep the ticket off my record. Now the Circuit Clerks office is staring the cop incorrectly filled out my ticket and I’m required to appear... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 1, 2019

The cop was mistaken. The clerk is correct. This will probably benefit you because when you show up in court and the other side does not show up, and they rarely do, the case will be dismissed with no fine no traffic school

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Q: got a ticket for speeding last year and had court supervision and traffic school in Illinois. If I just got a ticket

got a ticket for speeding last year and had court supervision and traffic school in Illinois. If I just got a ticket recently for not fully stopping at a stop sign, will the judge let me do court supervision again? Or will it go on my record for my insurance to see

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 25, 2019

The circumstances you have described would not disqualify you from requesting supervision. It’s always up to the judge but it is not an automatic denial

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: Is there a way to avoid having to complete a SATOP course?

I received a DUI the state of Missouri, Summer of 2016. It resulted in my license being suspended and having to complete a SATOP program. I’m now a Illinois resident and am looking to getting my license here.

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 21, 2019

When you apply, Illinois will check the national registry. Most likely you will be listed as “not eligible“ in Missouri due to not completing the required courses. If that happens, Illinois will not license you.

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Q: My daughter got her first ticket. She is 20 years old.

She was going 42 in a 35 speed limit area. Can I (her mother) go to court for her and ask for the ticket to be thrown out since it is her first offense or can she only get court supervision? But either way does she have to go to court and pay the ticket?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 17, 2019

In order to receive supervision both you and your daughter must appear. And she must take a safe driving course as part of her supervision.

They don’t usually throw out a ticket just because it’s the first one.

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Q: Illinois had a DUI plead guilty for supervision... do I have to go back because of a red light ticket.

They said as long as I did not get arrested again i wouldn't have to. I did not but I got only 1 ticket for a red light from a camera and the letter from the court house says as long as I had no citations.... so do I have to show up in april??

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 5, 2019

Those are like expensive parking tickets. Not a moving violation and I doubt the prosecutor in your supervision case will even be aware of it and or care. If they do, they have to file papers and notify you.

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Q: I got a ticket for going 83 in a 55 zone. The officer said and marked no court appearance required. Now I have to go?

I have already paid the ticket fine and the additional fee for traffic school. Is there anything I can do legally about this situation?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 28, 2019

Yes. Appear in court

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Q: Hello, I looked up my two unpaid traffic tickets and the status says closed...do I still have to pay the fines?

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 28, 2019

File closed. Civil judgment sent to a collection agency. Most likely. Your license is or probably will be suspended

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Q: Willl my license get suspended? Will it go on a criminal record ? What is a individual bond.

I’m only 18 and I got a ticket for disobeying a stop sign dec 28 2018. I got another way a couple days ago For the same reason. I paid the first one off. Than I got a ticket for speeding 26 Mph -34 mph. The officer did not arrest me but made me sign some papers . I think it’s a individual bond.... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 16, 2019

That’s just the bond. You are in danger of losing your license. This charge is a crime not a ticket. Find a lawyer

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: I had two DUI's the last was 8 years ago. What do I need to do to get my license back in Illinois

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 3, 2019

You will need a hearing with the Secretary of State after obtaining the necessary documentation, including a drug/alcohol evaluation and any recommendations for follow up. This is an oversimplification of a complicated process.

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Q: I got a 2 tickets for driving on expired plates and speeding 15-20 over posted speed limit.

The method of release on my tickets is mentioned as paying 2000 and 120 dollars respectively. My court appearance is scheduled for this coming Monday . I'm a student and couldn't pay those fines. How can i proceed further in the court without taking any attorney.

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 2, 2019

That does not represent the fine. Bring in proof your plates are current and ask for supervision on the speeding ticket.

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Q: I have two pending cases but the clerk of courts sent a guilty verdict to the State of Ill

The State has revoked my driving privileges because of this I'm being punished for something that is still pending.can I get my charges dismissed because of this.

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 29, 2019

No But you can get the convictions removed for now by notifying the clerk of the error.

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Q: I got a ticket for operating uninsured vehicle. My effective start date of my insurance is on the same day.

I don't have any proof of insurance when pulled over.I got a court date on my ticket. Will the circuit court accepts my insurance paper work with the same start date as my ticket date and dismiss my ticket.

ThankYou

Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 24, 2019

If you can prove it was in effect before rather than after the arrest

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