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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Last July I missed a DUI-cannabis court date. Now my case status says bench warrant. How do I tackle this?
Dan Nold
Dan Nold answered on Jul 20, 2021

You need to hire an attorney and get a motion to quash on file. Depending on how long ago the warrant was issued, you may currently have a revoked drivers license. Your attorney can help clear that up through this process as well. Then you need to defend or resolve the DUI.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Illinois on
Q: I got pulled over for DUI cannabis along with 5 traffic tickets. 4 Months later, I missed courts. I have now 6 warrants.

11 months later, I got into a car accident. Officer gave m a revoked license ticket and a traffic ticket. I know I shouldn’t been driving. How do I go about with the old and new traffic violations. I wasn’t arrested by the officer just An I bond.

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on Jul 19, 2021

These are serious charges. You should retain the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible.

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Q: Got pulled over for expired registration and failed to pay the ticket on time.

I updated my registration but got a court date notice. Do I need a lawyer? What can I expect?

Dan Nold
Dan Nold answered on Jun 29, 2021

No, if you’re in lake or cook county, you may be able to show up, show proof of updating it, and get it dismissed.

The cheapest way would be to pay the $164 fine. It’s a non moving offense that is not reported to the Secretary of State and does not go on your record.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Had court supervision for 18 months a year ago would I be able to qualify after 7 months after it ended to get supervis

I got a speeding ticket after 7 months being off court supervision would I still qualify for it again?

Dan Nold
Dan Nold answered on Jun 14, 2021

Yes. You can be placed on supervision two times in any 12-month period. So I’m the last 12 months, you have not been placed on court supervision.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I received a ticket in a construction zone 73 in 55 no workers present. I have no other tickets. Am I better off

Pleading guilty and requesting court supervision or asking for trial, getting an attorney and hope the cop doesn’t show? What are is the percentage state police don’t show?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jun 10, 2021

Any state trooper who did not show up for one of these would probably get fired. It's a big deal.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: First ticket did not understand supervision, just said guilty. 2nd ticket can I get supervision?

June 2020 I got a ticket for operating an electronic device while moving, I didn't understand what supervision was, so I just sent the guilty and waiver portion back. April 2021 I got a speeding ticket, now I'm understanding I want supervision, but the legal speak says "I have not... Read more »

Dan Nold
Dan Nold answered on Jun 4, 2021

You are not eligible to mail in and request supervision with the traffic school. You can appear in court, plead guilty and request supervision. The judge can grant supervision at that time. You will have to pay the additional court costs to appear in court.

It’s possible the judge...
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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Pulled over for speeding and blew .07 now I have to go to court could I get a dui?
Jason Michael Kunowski
Jason Michael Kunowski answered on May 30, 2021

Even though this situation was under the legal limit, you still could get charged with a DUI under a different subsection of the DUI statute. I would suggest looking for an attorney right away to discuss your options.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: So I’m on court supervision and I just got a cell phone ticket will I lose my license for this and I do have a lawyer
Dan Nold
Dan Nold answered on May 30, 2021

You shouldn’t lose your license. Talk to your attorney. 3 convictions if you’re over 21 within 12 months or 2 convictions within 24 months if you’re under 18 are required before you lose your license.

If this is your second ticket and you’re under 21, you should be able to avoid...
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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
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... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 26, 2021

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,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Got a ticket for "disobeyed stop sign" and the officer wrote the wrong vehicle on the ticket, can I get this tossed?

All other information is correct - but the vehicle model is incorrect. Would simply arguing that the plate number is not registered to that vehicle be enough?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 20, 2021

Not necessarily but not automatically. And the state might, if they discover the error before trial, correct the information.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: speeding ticket in IL for going 20 mph over my license is in MO If I file a supervision will it effect my insurance?

Drivers license in Missouri

Ticket in Illinois

20 over mph x

Only ticket in 2 years

Alan E. Jones
Alan E. Jones answered on May 18, 2021

Supervision is a disposition of guilt that is not a conviction. The Secretary of State keeps track of supervision internally, therefore your insurance company should not find out about it. Good luck. Al

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Got speeding ticket for 34 over. Officer marked no court appearance needed but got court day on mail. What can I do

Can the ticket get dismissed since that was a mistake from the cop?

John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos answered on May 5, 2021

This is a misdemeanor charge. You will need to retain an attorney to assist you in this matter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I was in an accident other driver was charged with lane viol he's fighting it in court if win can state come after me?

I've been called in to testify

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 27, 2021

You asked this under Illinois law so I assume the accident was in Illinois. I cannot comment on Nebraska law as I do not practice in Nebraska.

You have been subpoenaed to testify as a State's witness. ostensibly, your testimony will support the State's contention that the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take for my license to get suspended after getting three tickets?

Last summer I was in an accident where I got a ticket for “driving too fast for conditions.” In hindsight I should’ve fought it because I fell asleep at the wheel so my speed had nothing to do with it, but whatever. Since then, I’ve gotten two speeding tickets. I’m aware that three... Read more »

Alan E. Jones
Alan E. Jones answered on Apr 24, 2021

It depends on the disposition of each ticket, your age and the offense dates. If you want to pull your ‘court purposes driving record’ from the Secretary of State, I’ll read it for you at no charge. In the meantime, a good rule of thumb is to always try for court supervision to avoid... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was cited a speeding ticket on the 31st and the officer put my fathers drivers license info instead of mine can get i

Can this ticket be dismissed? or will they just amend it to my info

Alan E. Jones
Alan E. Jones answered on Apr 21, 2021

The prosecutor has the discretion to amend the information anytime prior to trial. It's always a good idea to seek local counsel - especially for misdemeanor & felony charges. Good luck! Al Jones

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: got a ticket for driving on a suspended license. My license was suspended because I did not get the SR22 insurance.

My license was also expired. I need to know if I need a lawyer or not? It's traffic court, but I don't know if I should get one or not.

Alan E. Jones
Alan E. Jones answered on Apr 21, 2021

It's always a smart move to seek good counsel when you have any court cases, especially for Misdemeanor & Felony cases. In the meantime, get your SR-22 certificate on file and then renew your license so by the time you get to court you'll have a valid license - that will mitigate the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Would a injunction at a district court be best option to resolve traffic fines

I owe too many traffic fines from red light camera tickets and currently don't work. I feel harassed by these traffic fines also. I've read these types of cases have been challenged in other states and most stares can no longer revoke a DL anymore for failure to pay ticket fines

I... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 6, 2021

As of July 1, all of these suspensions will go away.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Illinois on
Q: I'm uninsured and someone lets me drive their car also is uninsured, i got into totaled the car, i do i have to pay?

got into an accident and totaled the car*, is it required to pay them?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 5, 2021

If you are at fault in the accident and do not have insurance, then the victim or other party's insurance company very well may make demand on you and/or sue you for the damages. Also, it may impact your driving privileges. Depending on your financial situation, you may want to consult a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got a ticket for not having insurance on my vehicle. The officer said that it required a court appearance. He the said

I could handle the ticket over the phone. But the state attorney said that was wrong. Is there anything I can do because the officer told me I was wrong?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Mar 29, 2021

Sounds like there was some miscommunication, but if you show up in court on the court date with the proof of insurance the ticket should be dismissed.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got a no insurance ticket 4 months ago, and put on a year of court supervision. I just got a speeding ticket.

I just want to know if my license will be suspended. I have a good driving record that's why I got put on court supervision for a no insurance ticket. I was running late for a college night class and was doing 10 over and the cop said I was doing 15 over. Should I be worried I'll lose my... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 29, 2021

Ask for supervision. You should be OK

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