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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Speeding ticket for 77 in a 45 and must appear in court. No violations in last 10 yrs. Is court supervision possible?

Seeking advice as to how to plead and whether I can request supervision given my previous record.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Nov 16, 2019

This is what is called aggravated speeding. In your case it is a class B misdemeanor, or in other words, a criminal offense. If you have not had supervision or been convicted of an aggravated speeder in the past, you can request supervision but you will be pleading guilty to a crime. Consider... Read more »

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Q: Can I get court supervision twice in one year?

I got a ticket for Scott’s law in June and was put on court supervision. I recently got another ticket for speeding and the officer said I don’t have to go to court and I could just pay the fine and request court supervision. I’m not sure if he could see I was already on court supervision for... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Nov 13, 2019

I don't see how you could receive supervision without appearing but maybe the ticket is in one of the few jurisdictions that lets you do it by mail. Or maybe the cop is wrong.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Well I’m a truck driver. And I came to a complete stop. Another driver hit me on the right side

Because she was speeding. But the police didn’t hear my side of the story and gave both of us a ticket. I don’t think it was fair if she hit me . Her vehicle is damaged in the front.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 31, 2019

I imagine she told a different story. Cop is not the ultimate decision-maker and he did not witness the crash. You need to plead not guilty and show up in court.

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Q: I recieved a letter in mail stating I owe 800 for red light camera tickets, from 2015,16. I just got the notice 10/24/19

I want to view on-line she said they can send a photo copy thats it. I need to see if I violated the law. Im not gonna just give 800. I need to see the video. She said I have 45 days till suspension. I want to fight this

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 24, 2019

That ship sailed a long time ago.

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Q: I was driving my car and it didn’t have insurance at the time I had house fire and needed to move it off the street.

As I was driving to drop the car off A man hit the back off my car as I sat at the red light waiting the office gave me A ticket for no insurance I have insurance now on the car but I have court an dont no what to do or plea im trying to prevent suspension off my license. Its my first offense I... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 22, 2019

Bring proof to court. They will offer supervision. You will pay a fine and carry SR22 for three years but won’t be suspended.

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Q: Should I get a lawyer for speeding in school zone?

Im 19 clean driving record and got pulled over in a school zone, 38 in a 20 what should I expect with or without a lawyer. I had a discussion with the officer on the side of the road that there was cars near me and he said that didn't matter. I was unaware I was still in the school zone and the... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 11, 2019

Without a lawyer: you plead guilty pay a fine and get a conviction. Or you go to trial don’t know what you are doing and probably lose.

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Q: I’m 20 I just got my first ticket for doing a 55 in a 30. I have to go to court. I’m scared and I don’t know what to do

What should I be looking forward too?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 9, 2019

Ask for court supervision. At 25 over it's just a traffic ticket.

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Q: Was pulled over and given a court date for not having an up to date insurance but it was up to date?

Could only find the expired insurance card when the police officer first approached. Then pulled up the current one on the mobile app and showed him once he returned from his vehicle. Officer said “I don’t have time for this” and gave me the court date information. Is this legal?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 11, 2019

Yes.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have a hearing to get my license back and I'm on supervision do I admit to supervision or can I say no I have not been
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 10, 2019

One of the questions on the application asks whether or not you have received a ticket or court supervision in the past 6 months. And anyway, they will run your current driving record and the supervision will show up.

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Q: I am driving in Chicago as a student on my Country’s license . I have been issued a ticket for invalid license .

Is it a valid ticket and will I be charged in the court for invalid license. Rule book says otherwise .

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 9, 2019

Go to the DMV and see if you can get a temporary visitor's driver's license. If you can that may help you in court.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got pulled over for going 81 in a 50. Instead of arresting me and towing my car, the cop gave me a ticket and court,

I’m required to go. What should I expect? First time offense. First time being pulled over. License Suspension? It says “Method of Release $1500” on my ticket.

Thank you

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 6, 2019

The $1500 thing is not relevant.

No license suspension.

However, at your speed, it is no longer just a speeding ticket; it's a crime. I recommend a lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Promise to comply? (Lake County, IL)

I'm having trouble interpreting my ticket. Got pulled over for speeding, going 20 miles over on highway. Not a new driver, but first offence. Ticket has no dollar amount listed on it, and box ticked that I "promise to comply". What does this entail? The paperwork with the ticket mentions... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 1, 2019

Promise to comply means no cash bond was posted. To promise to pay or appear.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Do I have to pay court fines before a "hold" is lifted off my license? So I can apply for one in a new state?

I got a DUI in Illinois in 2013. I got court supervision but left the state for good before I could complete it. I can't apply for one in Virginia until the "hold" is lifted in Illinois but the fines total almost $6000 dollars in Illinois. I don't have anywhere near that amount and I don't plan on... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 28, 2019

You are not going to get very far with a failure to pay suspension. Even if they accepted the packet and even if you succeeded, they will not clear you until it’s all been paid or you manage a payment plan or some other agreement with the county where the fines are unpaid. The secretary state... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If a traffic is pending against me, does that mean that since I didn't pay it that it is still pending?

Got a DUI in 2013. Moved away before my court supervision was done and my license was revoked. I am trying to do this out of state packet for reinstatement and having a hard time understanding "Do you currently have any traffic tickets pending against you in Illinois or any other state?" I didn't... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 27, 2019

If you answer yes they will kick the packet back to you and tell you to resolve the ticket. As long as there is not a failure to appear suspension on your record or a warrant, you are not considered pending. Sounds like you got supervision, did not complete the terms, they filed a petition to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If I got pulled over on a suspended license, but fixed it before court do I plead guilty still or not guilty?

The pull over was in Peoria, I knew they had been suspended before but they were still suspended due to financial reasons out of my control and since I’m in college and was not working at the time so I had to depend on my parents to pay things for me.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 22, 2019

Listen to the offer the prosecutor gives you, If it sounds OK, accept and the judge and prosecutor will walk you through it from there. (you will be admitting guilt). If you don't like the offer tell the judge you want a trial or a continuance to get a lawyer. That in effect is a not guilty plea.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: In Illinois, do all summary of suspension get sent to the secretary of state automatically or is it up to the

Prosecutor? Mine happened on private property and my attorney is reluctant to file the petition to rescind SSS because he says the don't all get sent. I dont agree nor believe that. I'm going to fire him and I just hired him.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 22, 2019

It’s the police officer’s job. If the SSS has not been sent in there is nothing to rescind. Let him do his job.

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Q: I am on court supervision for 90 days and am 6 days away from 90 and got a speeding ticket what now

I got a speeding ticket going 73 in a 55 what are the penalties I could face will they just count the court supervision because it is 6 days from ending as I have a rather clean driving record.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 14, 2019

I doubt it they are going to file a petition to revoke the first supervision, based upon the new ticket, within six days. Ask for supervision again

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Q: currently on 2 supervisions , just received another speeding ticket. Could i get enough court extensions to pass them?

under 21 and i have 2 supervisions (both for speeding ) . Could i possibly keep extending the court date of the new ticket so that I can clear my Supervisions ?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 13, 2019

If the state intends to revoke, hide in the weeds probably won’t work.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I am 21 and received three speeding tickets within 1 month. These happened in three different counties in Illinois.

May I ask for court supervision on any of these tickets? And if so which one? It seems if I ask for it on the 1st ticket, it could be revoked due to the 2nd and 3rd ticket.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 12, 2019

You can have two in a year. It's not necessarily true they would revoke the first one. The second and third offenses would have occurred before the supervision was granted.

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