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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Got ticket 103 mph speeding in Illinois. Posted limit was 70. How to solve it ? I am from California and Licence too.

Please give me best idea. I am not sure that I drove 103 mph it might be 83 or 93 mph but coups issued ticket of 103.I didn’t want argue with coups that time, whatever he said I did and sign the ticket. I also paid 250$ cash at the same time. What is best further step please advice me.

Thank you.

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Jun 27, 2020

This is a class A misdemeanor. You will need an attorney to represent you in this case. The court can sentence you up to 364 days in jail and/or $2,500 fine. Please feel free to reach out to me if you wish to discuss further.

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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Im 19 and first offense, I got a ticket for going 91 in a 50. What does, “Method of release: promise to comply.”, mean?

Also, is there any way to go about this without insurance finding out, and/or without it staying on my record? Finally, what would this be classified as? Again, first offense but I am young so they may slam me... thank you.

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Jun 15, 2020

You have been charged with a misdemeanor offense. The promise to appear is a bond. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to me.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Illinois on
Q: How do I know if I have a case for legal malpractice?

My son had a firm looking into a medical malpractice case for him. They had the case since August of 2018. Their nurses sent us a letter stating he has a case and just needed a specialist on board. Long story short, they drug their feet, very little contact with my son and just 2 days ago told him... Read more »

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Jun 14, 2020

You need to talk to an attorney with a larger medical malpractice firm. There are several issues that can effect when the statute of limitations runs. I may be able to assist you with a referral.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Fleeing and eluding when the cop only turned his siren on first and I didn't know he was a cop because it was dark?

Illinois. He followed me dangerously close for about 3 minutes claiming his siren was on the whole time but my music was up. It was dark. I pulled over as soon as he turned his lights on. I thought someone was trying to run me off the road so I was scared and going fast. Quit looking at my... Read more »

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Jun 4, 2020

These citations are misdemeanors. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. There is a potential for serious consequences in this situation.

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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got my first speeding ticket on the expressway in Tazewell county, going 26 over the limit can it be dismissed ?
John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on May 13, 2020

You will need to retain an attorney to assist you with this citation because of the speed. The ticket will require your appearance in court.

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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have traffic court date on 07/23/2020, this is the third time the date has moved due to covid 19, I'll be out of state

I have a dupage county traffic court date which is moved to 07/23/2020. I have to move out of state this month. I was hoping to attend in person for requesting second supervision as I got the second ticket while I was on 1st court supervision. I got the second ticket for using cell phone while... Read more »

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on May 9, 2020

There are options to handle speeding tickets without your appearance. But, you will need the assistance of an attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Is signing a I bond the same as booking Is there a difference in terms of record

What is the difference between signing a of bond speed ticket,and going to prison, taking fingerprints, and photographing? Are the two considered the same?

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on May 5, 2020

An I-Bond is a document in which you promise to appear in court. It is not a plea or conviction. You should contact an attorney to discuss your case in detail.

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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: When reducing an aggaravated speed violation to petty offense with supervision 4 month, is there a criminal record .....

When reducing an aggaravated speed violation to petty offense with supervision 4 month, is there a criminal record and does this violation affect the immigration status, knowing that I am waiting for an application for permanent residence

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on May 1, 2020

Typically, a reduction to a petty speeding offense does not result in a criminal disposition. However, consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

As for the consequences on your immigration status, you should consult with an attorney concentrating immigration.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Illinois on
Q: Does the address on the FOID card dictate what firearms can be purchased?

Certain firearms are restricted in Cook County. Can a FOID holder with a Cook address purchase a Cook restricted firearm in a IL county where the purchase

is allowed and store that firearm in a county other than Cook?

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 29, 2020

You should be able to purchase any legal firearm with your FOID card in the State of Illinois. However, there are restrictions of what type of firearms you can possess in certain municipalities.

4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I was attacked in my house by a relative, what options do I have ?
John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 28, 2020

You should contact the police and file a report. You can also contact an attorney to petition the court for an emergency order of protection if you feel your safety is in danger.

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4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Do i need representation for my husband who is held for criminal tresspass and possession of stolen property.

He is held on $50000 bond. Was at a place we had visisted many times in recent weeks and had no idea the item was stolen

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 29, 2020

The answer to your question is “YES.” Your husband has a presumption of innocence and several constitutional rights.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: So is there any way i can request an extension, or what do i need to say/do so i dont get these tickets on my record?
John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 28, 2020

If you have pending citations, your best bet is to consult with an attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: If a small woman (same household, not related) physically assaults a large man, can the police be called on the woman?

If the man does not fight back or defend himself (just leave the situation) will he get in trouble? Would she be able to be removed from the house/arrested/or charges pressed for the assault and verbal threats?

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 24, 2020

Yes. You can call the authorities to investigate the allegations. However, I would strongly suggest you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have been issued speeding ticket back in May 2019, can I get a supervision now after a year?
John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 23, 2020

Depending on your background, you may qualify for supervision.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: When you sign an i-bond for a traffic violation, are you considered under arrest and registered in the background?

And when making a deal with the Prosecutor to change the aggravated speed to obstrcut drive view, is the second violation considered a misdemeanor or a normal offense?

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 16, 2020

If you signed a bond slip, you were placed under arrest. As for a reduction from an aggravated speeding to a petty offense charge, your record should reflect the that information.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: What should I do I rent an apartment and when I was walking down stairs the stair broke to where my foot went through.

Hurting my back and foot is swollen and bruised. Where should I go from here.

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 13, 2020

You should contact an attorney as soon as possible and discuss your options.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Am I allowed to pullover on the interstate for any reason like making a phone call, picking up something on side of road

Am I allowed to pullover on the interstate for any reason such as making a phone call or picking up something on the side of the road?

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 10, 2020

You are allowed to pullover on the expressway for an emergency. You are not allowed to pullover for purposes of using your cellphone for a non-emergency.

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Civil Rights on
Q: Can i get detained/arrested for refusing a breathalyzer test?

N/A

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 8, 2020

If you were requested to submit to a chemical test, you have already been arrested if this a DUI case. Typically, you have a right to refuse chemical testing for a DUI unless there has been a serious injury or death.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: I live in Illinois, I am a felon with violent charges. I’m curious if I can conceal carry an air gun. It it able to

Fire the following projectiles. Rubber balls, paintballs, and pepper balls. It shoots below 400 FPS via a normal .12 co2 cartridge. It is modeled after the Walther PPQ and is an exact replica. It cannot be modified. The distributor is Umarex and the manufacturer is T4E. The pepper balls do not... Read more »

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Apr 8, 2020

I would not advise that.

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