Questions Answered by Brandon K. Davis

Q: What would be the best way & proper way for a minor to ask for court supervision on a misdemeanor speeding ticket?

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 17, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
The goal may not just be to simply request supervision from the Judge, but to negotiate a reduction of the offense from a misdemeanor to a petty offense with the prosecutor, if possible. Your parent or legal guardian must be present in court as well.

Q: My son is 14y/o . Took my car without permission. Got tickets Driving without license, curfew and illegal turn. What ca

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
As my colleagues have pointed out, there are a variety of possibilities. The goal is to avoid a conviction on any of the offenses and minimize the consequences. There are options. For example, it may be possible to resolve the matter favorably by having your son complete community service hours. You should seek legal representation to ensure the best possible result.

Q: Will I need the money for a traffic ticket (speeding) when I go to court, or can I pay it afterwards?

5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
The Judge will almost always allow time for payment of any fines or court costs. Be sure to request time from the Judge when you appear in front of him or her.

Q: For a required court appearance, if the officer does not show up can the case be dismissed?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Sometimes. It depends on a few factors including the courthouse, judge and prosecutor. Also, the type of offense (petty vs. misdemeanor). Certain prosecutors in certain courthouses will routinely agree to dismiss petty offenses if the officer is not present. But that is not true everywhere.

Q: What are the chances a 17 year old would receive a suspended license for his first citation (of 27 over)? in IL

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
For those under the age of 21, two convictions for moving violations within 24 months will result in a license suspension. So, while a license suspension is not a concern for a 1st offense, speeding 26-34 mph over the limit is a Class B misdemeanor (criminal offense). Technically, you are facing up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine, but this is the MAXIMUM penalty and extremely unlikely. The goal is to avoid a criminal conviction, keep your record clean and reduce the penalties, which can...

Q: What types of steps are police officers allowed to take to confirm someone has been driving under the influence?

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Please be more specific so we can try to provide the information you need. Of course, police will take a variety of steps to gather evidence of DUI including field sobriety tests and a breath test.

Q: Under what situations could a traffic ticket potentially get dismissed?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
As my colleagues have pointed out, there are a wide range of possibilities. Your specific situation can be best analyzed through a consultation with an attorney that practices in the courthouse where your ticket is assigned. Best of luck.

Q: My court date for a suspended license is on December 14. 1500 fee. Do I have to pay this fee before December 14?

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
As my colleagues have pointed out, the $1500 amount is the bond. You likely did not need to post a cash bond but, instead, you received a signature bond (aka I-Bond, personal recognizance bond) that allowed for your release.

Q: What's the worst possible penalty for a first time DUI in IL?

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 1, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Most first time DUI offenses are charged as a Class A misdemeanor - maximum 12 months in jail and a $2500 fine (but may be upgraded to a felony offense if one of a number of aggravating factors are present). All sentences can require an alcohol/drug evaluation, treatment, attendance at a victim impact panel and court costs. Additional penalties such as community service may be imposed depending on certain factors as well.

A 6 or 12 month license suspension will be imposed depending on...

Q: I just received a ticket that said I was going 90 in a 65. I know I was going 75. I don't plan to dispute that I was

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 1, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
You always have the right to a trial. Success depends on a large number of factors including the ability of the police officer to testify credibly at trial. It may also be possible to negotiate an amendment to a lesser speed with the prosecutor. You may be best served by consulting directly with an attorney that practices in the courthouse where your case is pending.

Q: I went to court plead guilty for a ticket have to pay 306 can I request a continuance if I do not have the money to pay?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 18, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Typically, that is not an issue. If you are able to make a partial payment as a showing of good faith that may be beneficial.

Q: Second Aggravated Speeding Ticket while on an Aggravated Speeding ticket at 19 in Illinois. Jail?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 17, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Jail can often be avoided, but he should seek legal representation on both. Traffic school and community service are very common penalties as well. He needs to avoid a conviction on two offenses in order to avoid a license suspension (2 convictions within 24 months under the age of 21).

Q: How do I know when my court supervision is expired? Do I get a notice?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 17, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Depending on the county/courthouse, you can contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court by phone or try to look up the case online (if they provide access).

Q: My son is 17 and has 2 speeding tickets, and has to go to court. If he doesn't appear what will happen to him.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 27, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
At a minimum, he will have his driver's license suspended.

Q: I got a speeding ticket in MN in July 2017 and paid it. It showed up on a background check. Why? I thought it would not

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 26, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
Paying a ticket typically results in the entry of a conviction on your public driving record with limited exceptions. For example, in Illinois, court supervision will prevent a conviction from appearing on your public record even though you are pleading guilty and paying a fine. You may want to contact an attorney in MN to see whether anything can be done at this point to remove the offense from your record.

Q: I am a CDL drivers license holder in Il. Got a speeding ticket in Florida 17 over interstate 75

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 26, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
My colleagues are correct, a reduction to a non-moving violation would prevent the consequences to your Illinois record. Because your CDL is your livelihood, be sure to find competent representation in FL. Best of luck.

Q: Speeding 35+ mph I-294 (Illinois) Lake County, what are my options?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 26, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
The goal is typically a reduction of the offense with court supervision to keep your record clean. You would be encouraged to contact an attorney directly to discuss the specifics of the situation, your prior record and most appropriate strategy to ensure the best possible result.

Q: I'm 16 and i got 2 citations in 2 months in Illinois. They both say i must appear in court what should i do.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 12, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
You will need a parent in court with you and, ideally, an attorney to assist. The Judge may agree grant supervision on one or both. Two convictions within 2 years will cause a license suspension when under 21 years old.

Q: I'm 16 and i got 2 citations in 2 months in Illinois. They both say i must appear in court what should i do.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Aug 12, 2018
Brandon K. Davis' answer
You will need a parent in court with you and, ideally, an attorney to assist. The Judge may agree grant supervision on one or both. Two convictions within 2 years will cause a license suspension when under 21 years old.

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