Elgin, IL asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: How do I obtain documentation to contest a citation for driving while registration suspended for noninsurance?

my husband was pulled over and cited for "operating a vehicle with registration suspended for noninsurance" as he did not have his new insurance cards in the car, although we were covered by insurance with no lapse in coverage. He was then issued a court date and told to provide insurance documentation in court.

We called the S.O.S. numerous times prior to this date to confirm that neither his license nor registration were ever suspended at any point. We were told again that all we needed to do was provide proof of insurance at court. When he arrived at court, he showed insurance documentation as well as our current vehicle registration card and auto insurance cards. He was then told that this was insufficient and that he needed proof that his license/registration was not suspended on the date of his citation. I called the S.O.S. and again was told there is/was nothing on our record and thus they had no documentation to show. How do I remedy this before his next court date?

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

A: You can obtain a court purposes driving record from the Secretary of State, which will be clean, but the court should already have access to that information. As they say, it's hard to prove a negative. You may want to hire an attorney to straighten this out with the prosecutor in court.

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Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
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  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: He needs to go to the Illinois Secretary of State Office and pull a Court Purposes Driver's Abstract. This is his driving record. It will show everything on his record and if he was suspended on that date. These can be difficult to understand. He might want to hire an attorney to assist him with this matter to make sure there are no issues on the next court date.

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