Q: I got a speeding ticket for 27 miles over the posted limit.
I received a ticket for speeding 27 miles over the posted limit in Illinois . I have come to understand that is now considered a Class B Misdemeanor and am freaking out about it. The officer listed it as a minor traffic offense with no court appearance required marked on the ticket; he informed me that I would be able to get court supervision by attending a safe driving class. On the Court Supervision brochure, however, it clearly states that I cannot apply for supervision and that I must attend court if the violation was 26-34 miles over the limit. I received the ticket on 2/27 and the court date is 3/10. I am in the process of trying to contact an attorney but have very little to no time for this since my court date was scheduled for less than 2 weeks after the violation (8 working days). There is also no indication on the ticket how the speed was obtained and the fine is listed incorrectly. Will I be able to get this thrown out? Do I just show up to court?
A: No, this ticket will not be thrown out. If you are not able to find an attorney prior to the court date, you can appear in court and tell the Judge that you need more time to hire an attorney. The Judge will give you time to hire an attorney. You really should try to find an attorney prior to your court date. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better.
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