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1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: How do I fight tickets in collections so that my licence can be reinstated from suspension?

I received 14 red light violations between 2014-2015; however I never received notice of the tickets via mail or phone. Last year (Feb 2017), I received a call from a collection agency stating that my license are suspended and that I would have to pay $2800 dollars to clear the debt. I called the... Read more »

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 23, 2018

First, call the cities that issued the citations and ask what they can do. Let them know you are sorry and want to see what you can do to waive some of the late fees. It's a stretch but worth asking. Next, try getting on a payment plan with the collection agency. MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THAT THE... Read more »

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Q: I’m 17 I got pulled over going 82/55, I have no previous tickets or warnings, I have a court date, what could happen?

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 23, 2018

Hello Asker,

First, you should anticipate having a parent or guardian present with you if you won't be 18 at the time of the court date. Even if you will be, it is usually advantageous to have one anyway.

Second, it is hard to say what can be expected because by definition, 100%...
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Q: If a ticket is not signed by the officer nor the violator, is the ticket valid? The police officers badge number was on.

It was a computer print out ticket and it was also missing information on where to send your response and the court information.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 22, 2018

To be frank, many clerical errors are permitted on traffic citations. Short of severe deficiencies in the ticket which call into question the officer's judgment or whether they had the right person cited, it is rare for a ticket to be so defective as to warrant dismissal. This is, in my opinion,... Read more »

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Q: I am 15. I have gotten a ticket for failure to have headlights when required. What will most likely happen at court?

I have a valid permit but no license yet.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 22, 2018

The odds are good that if you bring in proof that you repaired them, they will likely dismiss the case but it is not a guarantee.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: What happens if I don’t take the court supervision class?

I got two tickets and got supervision, then got another on supervision and got a letter of license suspension, I’m about done with my suspension and have my suspension driver class this Saturday, but I just got a subpoena for violating my court supervision for not taking the class for the... Read more »

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 22, 2018

Hello Asker,

Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine what you are asking but I will try. When you receive supervision, you are still required to do all the terms of that in order to prevent your supervision from being revoked. If you were to take driving class, you must do so. If...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on

Q: Had a minor fender bender on snowy Rd. Cop said he will not be in court - does that mean I will get off if I show up?

Road was unplowed. No damage to other car - minor damage to mine due to other driver's trailer hitch. The policeman said he would not go to court since he didn't witness the accident.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 22, 2018

Hello Asker,

Generally speaking, the case must be set for trial in order for that to happen. This is because if the case is set for trial and no one is there to testify against you, they cannot proceed without you being willing to self incriminate yourself. By pleading not guilty (what...
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Q: Got a ticket for rear ending someone. Have court on the 19th the guy said he wont show up at court bc my insurance is

Fixing his car so if i go will the 120 dollar ticket get dropped if he isnt there or do i just pay the fine and if i go do i plea guilty or not guilty. People have told me the ticket will get dropped if he said he wont go and that i should go before just paying it

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Jan 3, 2018

Hello Asker,

It would require you to plead not guilty. This only applies if the officer did not witness the accident. The reason they dismiss is because technically, the officer's testimony is hearsay. They only can repeat what other people said and that is generally not admissible....
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Q: My son is 16 he received a ticket for having more than one passenger in the car. Should I request supervision for him?

I want to avoid him having to wait until age 20 to have passengers.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Dec 5, 2017

Yes, you should definitely seek supervision but you may need to appear in court. You can call the circuit court clerk of the issuing county to verift whether court appearance is required to get supervision because some counties do not give supervision by mail if you are under 21. As Mr. Davis... Read more »

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Q: I have been in a minor collision (at fault) and given a citation. I have 2 speeding tickets in last 12 months.

What can be a possible outcome? i have taken one online course and one in-class 8 hour course!

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Dec 2, 2017

Hello Asker,

The possible outcome depends on whether you are on supervision still. If you are on supervision for one or both of the tickets, you can have your supervision revoked resulting in a conviction. Two convictions for moving violations in a 24 month period under the age of 21...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for California on

Q: I got a speeding ticket in state of Illinois with Ca. license. If I get a court supervision will it effect Ca record?

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Dec 2, 2017

Hello Asker,

In general, we work with the assumption that such violations are reported publicly even though they are supervision when it involves out of state licenses. This isn't necessarily a guarantee but I always counsel that they should assume the worst. Mr. Harvatin is right. You...
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Q: Got a 26 mph over ticket in cook county, il. Took my llicense as bond i thought they stopped this in 2014?

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Nov 29, 2017

Hello Asker,

While it is true that they changed the bond rules in 2014, it only changed them to make this requirement an option. There is no requirement that an officer take your license but it is still an option if they feel it would sufficiently help ensure the ticketed driver attends...
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Q: Would it benefit me at all to hire an attorney for a speeding ticket in a school zone I received today?

I’ve never had any violations or tickets before and would like to try to do anything I can to keep a clean record. I thought the sign said when children were present and I did not see any children. Regardless, if there is any chance of keeping a clean record, I’d take the advice. The ticket was... Read more »

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Nov 28, 2017

Hello asker,

As Mr. Ooink pointed out, the offense as it is currently charged is not supervision eligible. If you were to attend court on your own, if found guilty, the best you could hope for would be a conviction. This would likely cause your insurance rates to go up and it could affect...
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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: Court supervision

10 months ago I got 3 months court supervision for 2 moving violations which was satisfied.

Last week I received another moving violation.

Will the supervision tickets go toward the DL mandatory suspension?

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Nov 1, 2017

Hello Asker,

If you received supervision on two violations that were issued on the same day, you would still be eligible for court supervision though it is recommended that you attend court to have a good chance of supervision or have an attorney appear in court to help you get supervision....
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Q: I am 17 and got my first ticket, going 30 over in county of dupage , are the consequences serious ?

It says bail amount $1500 total bond/bail posted, and Notice to spear in release section what does that mean exactly.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 10, 2017

As the other attorneys as mentioned, this is considered a serious moving violation because it exceeds 25 miles per hour over the limit. Also as mentioned by Mr. Harvatin and Mr. Davis the $1,500 amount only applies as a punishment should you fail to appear in court. So long as you appear, there's... Read more »

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Q: Got pulled over without valid license (expired). Have court date but we live 2 states away, whats the best option?

License was suspended in 2016. Was reinstated in 2017. Didn't know we original license was expired and would have to go get new one. Live in Ohio, pulled over in Illinios.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 9, 2017

Hello Asker,

Honestly, the best advice is probably just to mail in a guilty plea and $120. You should consult an attorney in your local jurisdiction to see what they think the impact is for a license offense but here in Illinois, they are typically not recorded to the record so there is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: I have received the 11-602a violation ticket and and in next two days i got another 11-602b violation ticket. How bad

How bad is my situation? these are my first two tickets in 7 years of driving history. Can you request court for supervision and how much is period of supervision.

My Bad its 11-601a and 11-601b. both tickets are not from same county. and both tickets state no court appearing needed.... Read more »

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 9, 2017

Hello Asker,

I don't think you meant to say 11-602 but rather 11-601. 11-602 is more of a regulatory provision for 11-601. With that said, 11-601(a) is usually an accident ticket. These are not seen as serious violations so long as there aren't any major financial obligations and no one...
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Q: I received three red light camera tickets in 12 month. Will it result in a moving violations and take my driver license?

In Illinois

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 9, 2017

Hello Asker,

Fortunately no. Because they cannot verify that you were driving the vehicle, red light cameras NEVER count as moving violations. Therefore, the rule related to receiving 3 convictions in 12 months does not apply because it requires they be point offenses (offenses governing...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: speeding ticket court date was on October 4. I paid ticket and receive court supervision. Will this ticket show?

During employees driving record check

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 9, 2017

Hello Asker,

The best answer is it depends. It depends on the following factors: whether you actually got supervision, what type of license you have, what type of employer you are asking about, and whether you are an Illinois driver. I'll just go one by one.

Supervision by mail...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on

Q: I got a ticket for failing to yeild. I've only had my Liscense for a month, will i get my liscense taken? I am from IL.

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 9, 2017

Hello Asker,

As usual, Mr. Harvatin is very thorough and correct in this matter. I would only add that if the ticket was the result of an accident, you should consider speaking to an attorney to see how to best go about getting the ticket dismissed. It probably won't require an attorney...
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Q: I tried to renew my license and found out I have a hold on my license from a 2000 No Insurance ticket in Will County.

On the ticket, it shows my license was used as bond. I have had my license as far back as I can remember. It's been renewed, had my address changed, and I have used it as a legal form of valid ID to obtain an FOID, Conceal/Carry, FCC for my job, as well as multiple IL Dept of Agriculture agent... Read more »

Jason A. Wilkins answered on Oct 5, 2017

Hello Asker,

I know one thing...your license was not returned to you. This is simply not possible as you wouldn't possess one with a different address if you changed it since the ticket. A more likely result was that you went reapply for a new license PRIOR to the failure to pay hold...
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