Park Forest, IL asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: Last weekend, I received my first ever traffic tickets.

One ticket was Driving Over Statutory Limit 21-25, 95 over 70. The other was Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Trooper told me to bring proof of insurance to court, and that one may get dismissed. I have several documents showing active insurance, including the CORRECT insurance card. (I unknowingly had the wrong card in in the car)

I've talked to several attorneys about the speeding ticket. As this is my offense of any type (I've never even been arrested), they have told me it's reasonable to ask for court supervision and one even suggested against hiring an attorney for this. I'm also extremely nervous that there's a good chance the judge (or whoever) will deny court supervision and this goes on my record. I'm just curious how often would you say that happens? I apologize if this is a stupid question, I've never dealt with the law at all. But this is certainly going to be my only offense.

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

A: I would not worry about it. 25 over, and considering it was on the interstate, is still only a petty offense.

As far as being nervous, the judge will almost certainly follow the prosecutor's recommendation. If the prosecutor does not recommend supervision, tell the judge you want a continuance to hire a lawyer. He or she will give it to you.

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

A: If you are this concerned, you may want to consider hiring an attorney to assist you. That attorney will be able to resolve this matter without you having to appear in court.

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