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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I would like to ask if using rear bicycle rack on car (or called trunk mount rack) is legal in Illinois.

I only saw that I cannot cover the registration plate with plastic cover or glass, but I haven't seen anything about axillary stuff like a bicycle rack that could potentially cover the plate.

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Jan 16, 2020

If it covers or obstructs the license plate, you can expect to be stopped and/or ticketed.

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Q: What do I do when I forgot to pay my traffic ticket? And it’s passed the due date

Forgot to pay traffic ticket

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Brandon K. Davis answered on Jan 13, 2020

Contact the clerks office at the courthouse and you can pay your fines - they will explain your payment options. However, if you want to remove the conviction from your record, a motion would need to be filed, which would be the recommended course of action. An attorney can assist with that process.

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Q: Is there any way to avoid a required court appearance for a ticket if I am from out of state?

I got a ticket for going 22mph over in a work zone(though it was at the end of the zone and I thought I could speed up,) and the ticket says appearance required in Southern Illinois. I was driving from Michigan, where I live, to Louisiana, where I go to college, and it would be quite difficult to... Read more »

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Brandon K. Davis answered on Jan 9, 2020

Yes, an attorney can typically appear on your behalf and avoid the need for you to personally attend court.

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Q: I missed a court date for a traffic ticket and the court sent me a letter of continuance. Does this hurt my chances

Of getting a plea bargain or supervision?

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Brandon K. Davis answered on Jan 8, 2020

Not necessarily - depending on your driving record and your reason for missing your court appearance, court supervision mays still be possible.

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Q: Will my license be suspended under 18 if I plead guilty to one traffic ticket and ask for supervision on another?

I am two months away from turning 18 I got my first moving violation about 3 months ago when a woman stomped on her brakes and I couldn’t stop in time. I got a ticket for failure to reduce speed. Just the other night I got a speeding ticket 55 in a 40. Can I plead guilty to the failure to reduce... Read more »

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Brandon K. Davis answered on Jan 8, 2020

The ticket you received for the accident should be set for trial in hopes that the other party does not show up in court. You may qualify for a deferred prosecution/dismissal or court supervision on one or both as well. An attorney can certainly assist.

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Q: I just received a 26-34mph over speeding ticket. no prior moving violations within 6 years. Will my license be suspended
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Jan 5, 2020

Speeding 26-34 over is a Class B misdemeanor and, therefore, a criminal offense - often referred to as aggravated speeding. However, you are fortunately not facing a license suspension based on this single offense. Of course, the goal is still to keep this off of your public record and minimize the... Read more »

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Q: How do I get traffic school without appearing for court on 2nd ticket this year?

Received traffic ticket 5 months ago, did online traffic school. Supervision is cleared. Received another traffic ticket last week. Was going to pay it next week, but it says that I cannot do traffic school again via paying it by mail. I would have to appear, but I will be out of town on... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 30, 2019

It sounds like a court appearance would be required. Your best bet is to hire an attorney to appear on your behalf while you are traveling.

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4 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: my bf was driving my car (I had drank) the transmission broke he went to get help I refused to blow got dui can I win ?
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 29, 2019

It's possible. The law is complex and only requires actual physical control of the vehicle. Your attorney will need to review the evidence to determine the likelihood of success.

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Q: Is there any possible way I can lower the amount of my ticket that was being sent to the wrong address?

I was informed that I had a ticket being sent to my old address a few days ago that’s now tripled in its amount because it was never paid & I was hoping if there was any possible way I can get the amount lowered. If I would’ve known I had a ticket a few months ago I would’ve paid it right... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 26, 2019

It may be possible to file a motion at the courthouse and attempt to reduce the fines. Success depends on a variety of factors including the amount of time past due and whether the citation was sent to the other address in error. You may wish to contact the clerk at that specific courthouse to... Read more »

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Q: Will license get suspended?

My 16 year old son just received his second speeding ticket in less than 6 months in IL. On the first ticket, we went to court, plead guilty and requested driving school/supervision. He completed the 4 hour class. Will he be allowed to request traffic school again or will his license be suspended?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 26, 2019

It is ultimately up to the judge. Technically, he can receive supervision twice within 12 months (with a requirement that he complete traffic school). Two convictions within 2 years would cause a license suspension.

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Q: Hello, I was pulled over and cited for not have my kids in proper safety seats. I had 3Kids. 3, 5, and 10 years

I had to urgently pick them up from my sisters and had them in seat belts. But I got 3 tickets for not having them in car seats

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 26, 2019

The Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act (625 ILCS 25/1) provides the requirements for proper child restraints in vehicles. It would be a good idea to speak to an attorney that practices in the courthouse where your tickets are assigned regarding the three violations. Taking photos of the... Read more »

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Q: If I get a ticket for speeding in construction zone, will I have to go to court? What if I am out-of-town on date set?
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 19, 2019

It would be a required court appearance. An attorney may be able to represent you in your absence and ensure the ticket is resolved favorably. You may file a motion at the Clerk’s Office to change the court date as well if you prefer.

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Q: can I get Court supervision on a driving on suspended lic. If i had a previous DOSL ticket 13 years ago

My license was suspended 3 months for a no insurance ticket. I just got caught driving on suspended license for that ticket. I'm wondering if I can get Court supervision on this driving on suspended ticket. I've had another driving on suspended license but it's been 13 years since that happened.

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 14, 2019

It may be possible to get court supervision due to the basis of your suspension (insurance). Of course, there's no guarantee. A conviction would go on your public record and extend the existing suspension. Speak to a local attorney who practices in the courthouse where your case in pending.

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Q: My daughter turned 16 and got her drivers license less than a month ago. A car in front slammed on the brakes at a gree

Green light and hit the older couples car. No damage but she was issued the citation plus one for having two friends with her. We have a court date. What can the outcome be (has insurance under her dad and car in her dads name) Thank you

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 14, 2019

If the other party is not present in court, it may be possible to get the ticket(s) dismissed. If they do appear in court, it is still possible to avoid a conviction on her record through negotiation with the prosecutor. She would like be required to complete a traffic safety school course. An... Read more »

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Q: Hello i just got traffic ticket for going 29 over in Illinois, how likely is Jail Time if i plead guilty?

I had an accident when i was 18 but that didn't go on my record and a warning before for speeding when I was 20 so my record is clean, what are my chances is if i decide to show up to court with no attorney Present? I know its a class B misdemeanor but how likely is Jail if i decide to admit guilt... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 13, 2019

Jail time is unlikely under the circumstances, but there are other considerations, such as avoiding a criminal conviction and minimizing the other possible penalties such as high fines and community service.

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Q: What if you have a trip that is already booked that is out of the country and it conflicts with the court date?

The trip was booked, then you received the ticket appear in court.

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 12, 2019

An attorney may be able to represent you in your absence depending on a few factors. Contact an attorney that practices in the courthouse/county where you case is assigned. You can also try to file a motion at the courthouse.

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Q: Are using cell while driving tickets considered a moving violation in Illinois? If I get one, do I have to go to court?

Or can you pay the fine for the ticket and plead guilty?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 12, 2019

Cell phone violations are moving violations in illinois. As far as appearing in court, every ticket is different, read the options carefully. Usually, paying the ticket will result in a conviction on your record. Appearing in court or having an attorney handle this on your behalf is typically the... Read more »

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Q: In court can they check the status of your insurance even if you present them with proof of Insurnace documents ?
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Dec 7, 2019

If the prosecutor suspects the proof of insurance is fraudulent or invalid, they can call to verify that it is legitimate.

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Q: got speeding ticket for going 63 in a 40. Should I go to court (not mandatory on ticket) or just apply for supervision

One prior speeding ticket 3 years ago in Iowa. Current speeding ticket is in Illinois. Can I just apply for supervision online/pay the ticket or would it be more beneficial to go to court in front of a judge?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Nov 23, 2019

If you have the option of receiving court supervision pre-court you may do so. Simply paying the ticket typically results in a conviction. Appearing in court may also have the added benefit of a dismissal if the officer is not present (and the option to request supervision).

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Q: Liscense expired forgot to renew got pulled over 12days later im on first offenders probation have insurance and liscens
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Brandon K. Davis answered on Nov 21, 2019

Renew your license prior to court. There is a good chance they will dismiss the charge if you bring in a valid license.

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