Chicago, IL asked in Traffic Tickets and Energy, Oil and Gas for Illinois

Q: I got two citation at the same time and need to show up at court on the date they specify.

On the citation papers, there is a sentence "Without admitting guilty, I promise to comply with the terms of this ticket and release." Why without admitting guilty? I am fully admitting that I was speeding and willing to comply (showing up in court) and willing to pay fine. So, ready to do all the things they are asking, but why admitting guilty? Also do I need to make payment before I go to the court?

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

A: Signing the ticket avoids you’re having to post cash bond. Your signature is your promise to appear in court. They are explaining that by signing the ticket, you are not automatically admitting guilt. The time to admit guilt is when you are in front of the judge. You might consider asking for court supervision, which avoids a conviction on your record.

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