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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: For a DUI misdemeanor in IL, should I answer yes to a criminal history disclosure that I've been convicted of a felony?
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answered on Jun 13, 2022

The correct answer to the question is “no“.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Do red light camera tickets In Chicagoland Illinois go on driving record and make you lose your license?

I'm having trouble deciphering the rules of the road in Chicagoland/Chicago Suburbs area. When you get sent a red light camera ticket for going through a red light or making an incorrect turn through those cameras and you pay, how many can you get before it goes on your record? I have gotten... Read more »

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answered on Jun 8, 2022

No. Like an expensive parking ticket. But pay them to avoid penalties if you must run them.

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Q: Can I request Supervision for a traffic ticket going 89 in a 70? The Court is Whiteside County Courthouse in Illinois.

The ticket does not provide a place to request supervision. Payment can be mailed in. Appearance is not mandatory.

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answered on May 24, 2022

Most likely, in order to request and receive supervision, you have to go to court. Not all counties have a supervision by mail option.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My 16yr old received a no insurance ticket in a vehicle that is not his. will he lose his license over this. Illinois

I presented my insurance card to the States Attorney office's and that is when i found out my insurance has lapsed. Now he is the one introuble. I have since then insured my vehicle thru a different company. What are we looking at

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answered on May 2, 2022

Go to court with him along with proof you have insurance now. They will give you court supervision (protecting the license), although they will require him to carry SR 22 for a period of time.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Bankruptcy for Illinois on
Q: Insurer filed Dec 21 a lawsuit for the damage I made in a car accident in Dec 2016. Can the debt be written off?

Untill this year I didn't know that the other driver filed a claim, the approximate damage looked around $1000 but it turned out that he filed a claim for more than $11.000.

I’m not sure if it’d suspend my driver license if I’m not capable of paying that amount. I can’t let... Read more »

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answered on Apr 13, 2022

You can enter into a payment plan with the insurance company if you can agree upon an amount. As long as you stick with the payment plan your license will not be suspended. Or you can write off the debt and bankruptcy. Or win the case in court.

Otherwise, if they take a judgment and file...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Energy, Oil and Gas for Illinois on
Q: I got two citation at the same time and need to show up at court on the date they specify.

On the citation papers, there is a sentence "Without admitting guilty, I promise to comply with the terms of this ticket and release." Why without admitting guilty? I am fully admitting that I was speeding and willing to comply (showing up in court) and willing to pay fine. So, ready to... Read more »

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answered on Mar 5, 2022

Signing the ticket avoids you’re having to post cash bond. Your signature is your promise to appear in court. They are explaining that by signing the ticket, you are not automatically admitting guilt. The time to admit guilt is when you are in front of the judge. You might consider asking for... Read more »

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Q: I am 17, I was given a speeding ticket for going 69 in 45. But I am unclear in my options or what I need to do.

I was given two pieces of paper, the actual ticket and then something on court supervision and traffic school. There's also an area with a bunch of different fines. I dont know what I need to pay or what I need to do and the officer that pulled me over wasn't helpful.

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answered on Mar 1, 2022

Take the traffic school option. Because of your age you must show up in court and must be with a parent or guardian.

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Q: Should I pay for the school or plead not guilty to avoid the speeding ticket conviction on my record?

Hello, I got a speeding ticket and was given three options of attending the school, plead not guilty, or pay the ticket. I got two tickets about two years ago and was told not to get another for two years to get the record clean. I got three months left to get out of the probation but I ended up... Read more »

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answered on Nov 25, 2021

If you are over 21 you can have two tickets in a 12 month period before your license as possible suspension. There might be insurance rate consequences of all that is not guaranteed check with your agent. If you are under 21 you can only have one conviction every two years so it would definitely be... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Help with lifetime cdl ban in Illinois.

I had a class A CDL in Illinois. In 2008 I was charged with dui. There was a 6 month statutory summary suspension and my CDL was disqualified for 1 year.

At some point over the next 2 years my license expired and when I went to renew I opted to step down to a regular class D license,... Read more »

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answered on Nov 22, 2021

I have seen where there is a mistake in paper work and it appears that one dui was two separate ones due to non matching arrest dates.

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Q: Am I at risk of losing my license?

I’m 18, got my license when I was 16, and recently received two speeding tickets within the span of 2-3 weeks. One was for going 83 in a 55 and the other was for going 42 in a 30. I payed the minor violation ticket so that is currently on my record. I’m set to appear in court this week for the... Read more »

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answered on Oct 15, 2021

You have options. Ask for supervisor on the major one. File a motion to vacate the conviction on the minor one and convert to supervision. Supervision on both is best.

Best move is hire a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If aggravated speeding was reduced to a petty offense and supervison 4 month

If aggravated speeding fine was reduced to a petty crime and I fingerprinted for a job, would the background check show that I had been arrested?

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answered on Oct 13, 2021

It depends upon how deep the background check is. Anybody looking up your name online would be able to see the original charge was a Class A or B misdemeanor (depending on your speed), both of which are criminal offenses.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: what is a 11-602 citation

girl ran a stop sign hit me and cited for 11-602A

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answered on Oct 8, 2021

That isn’t a violation. Probably 11-601. Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident most likely. Part of the speeding section. It’s a minor violation.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I didnt complete all the terms of court supervision for a DUI. Would it be fruitful to get an attorney?

I completed the 3 DUI classes, paid some of my fine and I'm 5 hours short on my community service hours. The cut off date was 5 days ago. I have been in a treatment center twice during this time trying to get my life straightened out. It was difficult to find somewhere to complete service... Read more »

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answered on Oct 2, 2021

I think it’s worth it. It’s painful to lose your license and deal with the Secretary of State. A lawyer who has a lot of experience with the court system in your county will have a lot better chance of saving your supervision than you would on your own.

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Q: I did go to the emergency room that night but the letter of suspension said I refused to take the test
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answered on Sep 23, 2021

It appears the cop asked you to submit to a blood or breath test. If you refused his direct request to you, that is a refusal for which your license can be suspended. The ER blood draw does not cure the refusal.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I just got a letter for suspension of drivers license do to refusing to take the blood work for a DUI. But when I went

To court they continued my case till they get my blood work test results. How are they waiting for my results if I refused to take the blood test

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answered on Sep 23, 2021

If the cop asked you to take a blood or breath test and you refused that is a refusal if they got a warrant and you gave blood or even if you were admitted to the ER and the doctor took blood.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 2 ticket, 2 counties, can i get court supervision for both?

Hi, I received a ticket for crossing the center line early in july. in early august, I was in a very minor accident and got a improper merge ticket....am I able to get court supervision for the 2nd one? I have missed my court date for the 2nd ticket as I read the date wrong on the ticket.... Read more »

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answered on Sep 7, 2021

By law, judge can grant you supervision twice within a 12 month. However, supervision is not automatic.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got pulled over for being on phone while driving. My license had also been expired for 3 years.

I didn't get arrested, I was able to drive away from it. I was issued a citation to appear in court in a month. My only other ticket on record is a speeding ticket (10mph over) from 5 years ago. Can I renew my license before my court date? And is there any chance I could get court supervision?

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answered on Sep 7, 2021

Yes and yes to both questions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got my first speeding ticket in Pekin, IL for going 77 / 45. I’d go early to pay, but I don’t know how much it cost.

Around nighttime still evening, I was At a stoplight and the light turned green. As I noticed I stepped on the gas and went up to 40 and a cop siren was flashed. Me nervous and scared, the cop asked me for ID and drivers license. He asked me was i in a hurry, I said no. He said you know you went up... Read more »

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answered on Sep 7, 2021

You will be pleading guilty to a misdemeanor, a criminal offense. You should have a lawyer, who can also arrange a payment plan. This is not a do it yourself project.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 2 tickets under 18

My daughter is turning 18 in less than a month. She received one moving violation, and has taken the online drivers improvement course. She just now received another ticket for getting up to speed right before the speed limit sign. How can we keep her from getting suspended?

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answered on Aug 12, 2021

Same as the first one. Even if she is convicted she won’t be suspended.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: State of Illinois sends letter to get breathalyzer and work exempt do I do it or let lawyer handle it

For dui case state says I have 14 days to respond to get a blow machine and get a work permit I don’t have court for 2 more weeks or ignore the letters and let my lawyer take care of it just don’t want to hurt myself

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answered on Aug 2, 2021

You have a lawyer. Ask him or her. It’s possible they’re expecting the suspension to get dropped. If it isn’t, and you don’t send in the paperwork pretty soon, you’re going to be without a permit for a while

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