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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.

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Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Springfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If you don’t show up they will issue an arrest warrant and set bond at $1500. Due to your speed it’s fairly serious. Contact an attorney such as Jason Wilkens.

Juan Ooink and Jason A. Wilkins agree with this answer

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 speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. In other words, it is a criminal offense rather than a petty offense. The maximum penalty is 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine. Although the maximum penalty is extremely unlikely, the top priority is to avoid a criminal conviction and minimize the consequences. Often, your attorney would attempt to negotiate a reduction of the offense to a regular (petty) speeding offense and a period of court supervision, which would prevent the ticket from appearing on your public record. Consequences such a traffic school and/or community service are very common under these circumstances. Contact an attorney directly to discuss the specifics.

Jason A. Wilkins and Juan Ooink agree with this answer

Jason A. Wilkins
Jason A. Wilkins
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Naperville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: 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 no need to worry about that amount. The purpose of this section is to provide incentive for you to comply with the court order. This is just one of many methods they use. For example, if they took your driver's license, they could suspend it if you failed to show up. In this case, they gave you an individual bond which basically means you didn't have to post any money in exchange for the promise to come into court or else they will issue that judgment for that amount of money. With that being said, Mr Davis is correct in stating that one of the more common strategies is to reduce the speed so as to avoid a criminal conviction or criminal record. It is best to advise that you do speak to an attorney and have them review your specific case because factors such as whether the ticket was in a low or high speed zone can impact the success rate for a negotiation. In addition, you should make preparations to have a parent or Guardian present with you if you will not be 18 years old by the day of Court. This is because they cannot resolve these cases without a parent or Guardian present.

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