Q: Will the judge dismiss my speeding ticket, for a first time offense?
I am a WI resident, and got a ticket for going 15 over in IL. The cop even said my record is pristine. I don’t want to just pay the fine, or go to traffic school. If I show up to my court date - could the judge just dismiss it since it’s a first time offense? I don’t want points added to my license, and I don’t want my insurance to go up.
A: Very unlikely because if everyone’s first offense was dismissed, nobody would ever have a second offense. There may be a few counties that will reduce the charge to a non moving violation but most of them require traffic school or some form of court supervision. If you were in Illinois driver, that would not count as points on your record. You would have to ask a Wisconsin attorney what supervision in Illinois would do to you Wisconsin privileges
If it was in McHenry county, you should obtain an attorney to keep this from being a ticket that affects your Wisconsin license. The judge will not just dismiss the case because you have a clean record. Some prosecutors might, others may offer an amendment to a non moving offense so it’s not reported to Wisconsin. Others will not offer any amendment. It depends on which department issued the citation.
You should find an attorney experienced in McHenry county or whichever county this ticket occurred in.
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I've practiced in Lake County Illinois (Just South of Wisconsin) for over 30 years and our judges do not just dismiss tickets for people with good records. Sorry. On the other hand, a good driving record is a factor in mitigation that judges will take into consideration in sentencing. So, you'd qualify for court supervision (a non-conviction) and a reasonable fine.
Good luck !!
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