Q: Received a minor out-of-state traffic violation while under supervision for another ticket from my home state.
In December, I got pulled over for speeding in my home state (Illinois) and received court supervision for 180 days along with paying the ticket. I had to attend traffic school, to which I completed, and after 180 days the citation would be lifted from my record. In March, I moved to Minnesota and I’m in the beginning process of getting new plates / license. Yesterday, I got pulled over getting off the highway for going 9mph over the speed limit. The officer gave me a speeding ticket to which I now have to pay and potentially plea guilty.
I’m worried that because I’m still within the 180 day threshold of my ticket in Illinois, I’ll now have 2 tickets on my license in under a year because I failed the supervision.
Any advice would be super helpful. Is it possible to request a second court supervision for the Minnesota ticket? I have 50 days until my supervision has been completed and I already did traffic school after receiving my first ticket.
A: I would suggest asking about this in an Illinois forum. The judge in Minnesota doesn't have any authority to decide how this will effect things in Illinois. An attorney in Illinois can best answer what your best approach to handling the MN ticket will be.
A: Check with an Illinois Attorney about the Illinois question. Without knowing the details, I'd consider delaying the resolution of the Minnesota case until after the Illinois case is dismissed. The way to do that would be avoid just paying the Minnesota ticket. Instead, contest it, be requesting a court appearance date on the latest date offered. Then, attempt to negotiate a "keep your record clean" deal on the Minnesota case. If the prosecutor won't agree, set it for a court trial. An attorney will improve your chances.
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