Chicago, IL asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: How can I get this to disappear off my record

1st speeding ticket I was 16. I got court supervision, fines and traffic class.

I am now 21, work on an ambulance and need this to go away. I just bought a 2017 Ford Fusion this week and damn, totally not used to it. It felt like I was going 60 but I guess I was going 99 in a 65 on the highway. I swear I was barely hitting the gas. (No excuse I know). On the ticket it says it's 150.00 and I have to go to court. What's the easiest way I can make this go away? Ask for it to be reduced? Ask for supervision? Pay the $150 that day? Pay it before? I have no criminal record except the speeding ticket when I was 16 which resulted in $300 fine, court supervision and traffic class. What can I do? What are my options? How much in fines?

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Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Northfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Speeding 26-34 mph over the posted limit is a Class B misdemeanor (criminal offense) in Illinois. It is not a standard traffic ticket, which is why you have the required court appearance. Class B misdemeanors are technically punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine plus any mandatory court costs. The $150 is just a bond amount, not your fine. Although the maximum penalties are unlikely, the goal is to avoid a criminal conviction and minimize the consequences. Because of your job, keeping a clean record is important. You are strongly encouraged to speak directly with an attorney. More information on aggravated speeding can be found here: https://www.illinoisdriverslicensereinstatementlawyer.com/aggravated-speeding.html

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Timothy J. Fiscella
Timothy J. Fiscella
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Hinsdale, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You have a serious case here which can impact your driving privileges. It is also technically a misdemeanor offeense as charged. You need to consult with a lawyer. The goal ultimately would be to try and get it reduced to a petty offense but that will not be easy given the speed.

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Nrupa Patel
Nrupa Patel
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Decatur, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It's not a $150 ticket but you do have to go to court. If you plead guilty then you'd have a conviction on your record. Get an attorney and see if you can amend the charge down to a petty offense and ask for supervision.

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Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You will want to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Since you were on the highway, and assuming you have never gotten court supervision on a speeding ticket where you were alleged to be doing 26 or more over the posted speed limit, you should be eligible for court supervision on this ticket but it is not guaranteed. Also, you should know that you are only allowed one court supervision in your lifetime for a speeding ticket where it is alleged that you were doing 26 or more over the posted speed limit, so if there is a way to have the ticket amended to a petty offense, you will want to do everything in your power to have that done.

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