Alpharetta, GA asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: Will I be able to avoid getting my license suspended?

I am currently 18 y/o. In 2/2019 I got a speeding ticket for 21-25 over(80 in 55mph zone). I chose not to do court supervision for the ticket and just pay it off. Then, in 7/2020 I received another ticket for 21-25 over(77 in 55mph zone). At the time of the pullover, the officer told me I could either pay the ticket off, or I could do traffic school and I wouldn’t get my license suspended. So, I spent a week deciding, and just went ahead and used e-pay and paid it. Fast forward to today, I am about halfway down to FL (heading down to see my aunt) when my dad calls to let me know I got a letter in the mail stating that my license will be suspended for 3mo and I need to send it in by 11/18. At this point, I was confused why the officer didn’t tell me I’d face a suspension for the second offense at time of pullover and told me I could simply pay it off, and why the IL SOS office had not given me more of a warning that they were taking my license. Is there a way I can avoid suspension?

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Julian Watkins
Julian Watkins
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Cairo, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The best option for now would be to file a motion to vacate one of the traffic tickets and try to get court supervision or some other disposition.

This basically means that you would file for the court to reopen your case and allow you to negotiate a different plea.

For the best answer to your question, it would be best to consult with an attorney that serves the county where you got the ticket.

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

A: Secretary of State sends a warning letter to your last known address. In addition, that is all covered in driver's ed.

You can ask the court to vacate the conviction and give you supervision. It will probably require hiring a lawyer.

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

A: It is certainly possible. An attorney can likely file the necessary motion and handle the process on your behalf. Contact an attorney that practices in the area where you received either of the two tickets to discuss your options. Many of us offer free consultations.

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

A: Yes, you can avoid the suspension, but you will need to hire an attorney to assist you. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better. That attorney will prepare, file and serve a Motion to Vacate Judgment on your most recent ticket. That attorney will have a court date set to hear the Motion filed. On that court date, that attorney will address the Motion before a Judge. This all takes time, so the sooner you hire an attorney, the better.

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