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Q: Received a ticket with court date and time on bottom but officer did not mark appearance required or not. Do I go?

Ticket is for expired plate sticker (11 months). Officer wrote court date and time but did not mark the boxes..whether it is required or not. Am I supposed to show up on that date, even if I send a payment for the ticket?

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

You should not have to appear in court if the box for "court appearance required" is not checked (even if there is a court date listed on the ticket). You can contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court to confirm. Regardless, it is likely that the ticket will be dismissed if you appear in... View More

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Q: I was never stopped for these charges. However they are wanting me to pay them in Franklin County Illinois?

IMPROPER PASSING ON THE SHOULDER

IMPROPER TURN SIGNAL. I did not commit either one of the driving violations. And when I called the Franklin County Court Office she said they were dismissed. Now I am being harrassed daily by a collection agency why? I was never given a citation for this... View More

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. You will need to get a copy of the case docket to confirm what happened to the tickets.

You may be able to find the County's online court records here: https://www.illinoiscourts.gov/courts-directory/89/Franklin-County-Courthouse/court/...
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Q: Will County Court Supervision granted for speeding (second offense)

I recently received a ticket for going 22mph over the limit in Will County. I also got a warning for following too close. I have a ticket with court supervision from a different county in Illinois from a little over a year ago. How likely are my chances of court supervision? Also, is it better to... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

Practices on these maters vary by jurisdiction so a Will County judge would now better. A judge can give supervision to you up to two times in a period of 12 months. I think you get probably qualify again. I don't think it maters how you do it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can a city cop in Illinois pull u over and arrest you outside city limits
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answered on Mar 7, 2024

If he observed you committing the offense in his jurisdiction and followed you to another jurisdiction definitely. If he saw you committing the offense in another jurisdiction, while he was in his jurisdiction, highly likely that he can. Most jurisdictions have cross jurisdiction agreements.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: Can I expunge a charge from 15 years ago in Iowa?

Sept 2009 I was arrested along with other individuals due to us being in a park after hours. I was not even in my vehicle and 15 years later Im learning I have a $200 fine for an OWI and im ordered to complete 12 hour class for drinking and driving plus a substance class. I have lived and been able... View More

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answered on Mar 5, 2024

In Iowa, expunging a charge from your record depends on the type of offense and your criminal history. For OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) charges, Iowa law does provide for expungement under specific conditions, but generally, OWI convictions are challenging to expunge. If your case did not... View More

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Q: Hi! So, I made an SR22 filing with my insurance company - as the courts mandated me to. Does this get reported to them?

Just needing clarification on whether or not the courts are notified each month that I successfully paid my car insurance.

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answered on Oct 28, 2023

SR 22 is mandated by law. The Secretary of State not the courts monitor it. The exact purpose of SR 22 is that the insurance company electronically reports to the Secretary of State once a month that you have minimum financial responsibility coverage of $25,000 in the event you are involved in an... View More

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Q: Hi! So, I made an SR22 filing with my insurance company - as the courts mandated me to. Does this get reported to them?

Just needing clarification on whether or not the courts are notified each month that I successfully paid my car insurance.

Cheryl Powell
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answered on Oct 28, 2023

The DMV is required to verify it and suspends your license if you do not comply. There is not ongoing communication with the court system, but the state keeps track of your license and that information is submitted to the court when you are

In trouble the next time.

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Q: For violation of 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, the Statute says a max $75 fine for 1st offense, but way is online charging $164?
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answered on Oct 23, 2023

In traffic cases, there are court fees and costs that are added to your fines. These will vary from county to county and include the costs of court administration and in some counties, "contributions" to certain funds and endowments. Unfortunately, these are mandatory and will not be... View More

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Q: I got a speeding ticket. I was going 58 in a 35mph zone. What will my options be?

There has been no court date set. I got the ticket today(10/08/2023). This happened in Lincolnwood, IL. The court is in the 2nd Municipal District of the circuit court of cook county, Illinois. I have a pretty clean record. Zero speeding tickets

5800 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

Even though you were ticketed for going 23 MPH over the posted limit, this is still considered a petty offense, which is punishable by fines only. If you have a clean driving record, you will likely be eligible for court supervision, which would not put any points on your driving record and usually... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: While driving my truck got ticket from police that i moved before school bus goes(stop sign arm put back in) in indiana

Trial set in march. But i live in illinois. Got a lawyer from indiana but he said doesnt know about illinois law so should hire illinois attorney. Also he is asking about photo or video of that day and it happened year ago. Nothing know about yet. What should i do? Does anyone know conviction that... View More

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answered on Oct 7, 2023

He can file a motion for pretrial discovery of the video.

If you are convicted, your Illinois drivers license will be revoked. You will need to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation complete all necessary classes and have a hearing with the secretary state. If you refuse the testing that...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: While driving my truck got ticket from police that i moved before school bus goes(stop sign arm put back in) in indiana

Trial set in march. But i live in illinois. Got a lawyer from indiana but he said doesnt know about illinois law so should hire illinois attorney. Also he is asking about photo or video of that day and it happened year ago. Nothing know about yet. What should i do? Does anyone know conviction that... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Oct 8, 2023

Illinois and Indiana are driver license compact states which means that they share information concerning driving convictions. Mr. Harvatin already explained the consequences you face under Illinois law if you are convicted in Indiana. Many school buses are equipped with video for the express... View More

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Q: I parked on a street with no parking signage. Got a ticket for parking from 2 am-6 am. There were no signs.

The only sign was on the other side of the street. It said "No parking on THIS side of the street". I parked where I did on advice of residents of more than 20 years who have assigned parking in a private lot. Also, I'm not an Illinois resident and have Missouri plates and active... View More

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answered on Sep 20, 2023

When it comes to parking in Chicago, many streets are open for overnight parking (except between December 1 and March 1 and after 2" of snowfall accumulation, when most overnight parking is restricted to allow for plowing). That said, there are also many neighborhoods in which overnight... View More

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Q: My boyfriend got a speeding ticket (35+) He paid his fine and was told to complete a defensive driving class.

My boyfriend got a speeding ticket (35+) He paid his fine and was told to complete a defensive driving class. When he went to sign up for the class there was nothing available before his court date. His lawyer went to court on his behalf and extended it a few weeks but still no classes available.... View More

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

So long as the delay in his completion of the defensive driving class was out of his control (i.e. no classes available), the court should be willing to continue the matter. What he wants to avoid is having the court grant a "Petition to Revoke" his original sentence, as he could then... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: What happens if you are still going to court over lawsuit and the statute of limitations has expired in illinios?

I dont remember much of my accident but i was stopped and looked both ways before turn left now i being sued i did not receive accident report i suffer from ptsd and short term memory loss its been two and half years

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answered on Sep 9, 2023

Illinois has a 2 year statute of limitations for motor vehicle accidents, without taking exceptions into account. So long as the civil suit was filed on or before the 2 year anniversary of the accident, the case will remain in court until it comes to a resolution. A resolution to the civil case... View More

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Q: Hi, I recently received a court appearance ticket for speeding. I wanted to see what I can do about this.

On the ticket it says I was going 35 miles above the speed limit. I don’t think this is accurate and the officers did not have evidence for this. But I did accept that I was speeding but I did not mention how fast I was going. Is there anything I can do to get this changed?

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answered on Sep 2, 2023

This is one of those things that really depends upon the court system you are involved with. Some judges and prosecutors are rigid and others will compromise. Locate a lawyer in the county where you received the ticket, who appears regularly in traffic court. Right now, if you plead, guilty, it is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Communications Law for Illinois on
Q: (21) I have 2 improper use of phone within 5 months of each other in which I got supervision on the first. What happens?

Court Supervision on the first, optional court date will be in September 2023 in which I'm think I must attend, and I use my phone for Uber. Any way I can retain my supervision???

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answered on Aug 15, 2023

A ticket while you are in supervision does not automatically cause loss of the supervision. The prosecutor must be aware of it, and must file papers to revoke the first supervision.

Most of the time on these minor offenses, they do not revoke and might even give you supervision again for...
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Q: Can I sue if someone uses my name in a traffic stop and I get arrested for it?
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answered on Aug 14, 2023

Yes, you may have grounds to sue if someone falsely uses your name during a traffic stop, leading to your arrest. This situation could potentially involve claims of identity theft, false arrest, and malicious prosecution. If you were wrongly arrested and suffered damages as a result, you may be... View More

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Q: Ticket and mandatory court date for driving with expired registration

My husband was pulled over and given a ticket and mandatory court date for driving our vehicle, which has been uninsured since 2015. We are in the process of getting a new car because the car in question is almost 20 years old, and our mechanic has advised to not put more money into fixing the... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

Usually the Court wants correction and will accept proof of salvage as proof of correction. But the only way to know is to go to the court BEFORE your court date and sit through the calendar. Then ask the bailiff if the judge will accept proof of salvage as POC. I recommend you contact several... View More

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Q: Pulled over 4 suspected reckless driving, not witnessed by Officer But only issued ticket for Expired License! Lawful?

Driver pulled over by Sheriff on a one lane expressway from a call into the Department of an alleged Reckless Driver. Sheriff Officer NEVER WITNESSED the callers complaint. Pulled over driver who was doing the speed limit & in their lane. Driver had an EXPIRED License for 6 years. Driver NOT... View More

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answered on Mar 18, 2023

I am not really seeing a legal defense here. The only possibility would be that the officer had no basis to believe the hearsay. But short of that, an officer can institute a stop based upon hearsay.

You don’t have to sign a ticket to make it valid.

Your best move here is to go...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: I’m 17 years old. I have court soon and would like to know what consequences I’ll likely have to face.

I got charged with reckless driving, fleeing/attempt to elude an a officer, Unlicensed (it was after curfew), unlawful use cannabis/driver, 35+ in a 55, and disregard of 7 separate stop signs. I know nothing is certain until I appear in court but I’d like to know what they might charge me with... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2023

If a driver runs more than two stop signs or stop lights or exceeds the speed limit by more than 20 miles an hour while an officer is in pursuit, that could be charged as a felony. The first court date is not the end of your case; it is the beginning. That is where you or your attorney plead not... View More

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