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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Got caught speeding 50 in a 25.

Should I just plead guilty? I'm so scared. I've never been in this much trouble before.

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 22, 2020

Luckily 25 mph over the limit is still a petty offense (non-criminal), while 26+ mph is a misdemeanor. You may be eligible for court supervision to keep this offense off of your record. Depending on your age, it may require completion of traffic school.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If I was working for a company and got into an accident do I pay the ticket?

I was working for my cousin and I was driving one of his work trucks and rear ended someone on the toll way near Addison I got a citation for driving to fast in unsafe road conditions my cousin told me he would handle my fine and took money off of my paycheck to do so because I was moving back home... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 22, 2020

At this point, pay the fine so you can get rolling then hassle with your relative. If they took money out of your paycheck, they must use it for that purpose.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: How to read type 55 court supervision end date from my driving abstract.

I had received a speeding ticket in Sept 21, 2019. When I pulled my driving abstract I see that there is a field SUP-DT (sounds like supervision start date) of Sept 30, 2019. Can someone tell me when my court supervision date ends? I got this ticket in Cook County. Below is my court supervision... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 21, 2020

You can’t get that information from the record you are referring to (called a driving abstract). You would have to check the court records on file with the circuit clerk of cook county.

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Q: Can I get out of paying traffic ticket if judge forgot to have me sign the court order?

I recently went to court for improper passing of an emergency vehicle (officer stated “you got over but not far enough”). It is a pretty hefty fine. There were close to 500 people in the court room that day so everything was rushed. When my turn came up the local prosecutor was distracted and... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 21, 2020

Even if that worked, the best you would get out of it is a do-over. And most likely with an irate judge and prosecutor.

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Q: Can you plead not guilty in court to said unpaid parking tickets from 17 years ago after receiving a citation notice?

My car was stolen in front of the house I was living at back in 2002. I did not file a police report because the car was broken into so many times, I just decided to let things be.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Feb 19, 2020

What? You will have to follow the procedure explained in the notice. If you requested a hearing, you try to explain what happened but your failure to file a police report will cause you issues.

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Q: Son got improper passing on right while on I-88. Code 11-704(a). But that road has 2 or more lanes, so how is it illegal

Ticketed by unmarked police car who claimed he was traveling 76 (in 70) while being passed on right. Warning for speeding 1-10 over. Son will request bench trial, but should he NOT request court supervision because of the seemingly bogus "passing on right"?

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Feb 18, 2020

It seems to me that there may be more to this story, but on its face, it seems that this ticket will not stand up in court. If he really wants to fight this ticket, he should hire an attorney to assist him. The sooner an attorney is hire, the better.

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Q: In Illinois, how many days from the date of occurrence,does an officer have to issue a ticket?
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 16, 2020

There is no statute of limitations for ordinary traffic tickets.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Hi. Is there anyway to get old traffic tickets waived? I have a $700 no Insurance ticket from 1997 I need to pay.

Or at least get it lowered?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 16, 2020

It may be possible to file a motion to vacate and bring the ticket back into court. If you show proof of new (after acquired) insurance the fines may be reduced. It will not be dismissed unless you show proof of insurance from the date of offense in 1997.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 2 infractions for same thing possible?

Hello, I am a truck driver with a class a cdl. In November I was going down hill and also did not realize the speed limit had dropped. I ended up getting pulled over by an undercover and hit with a speeding 15+. I got a letter from my state, IL saying that I’ve got 2 infractions and one more will... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 15, 2020

It sounds like there was a miscommunication somewhere along the line or there is a misunderstanding. It takes two 'serious' moving violations (i.e. speeding 15+) in a commercial vehicle within 3 years to cause a CDL disqualification. It would take 3 moving violations in your personal vehicle within... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I live in Missouri. I am 52 years old with nothing on my driving record for at least 13 years. Bought SUV and got

no insurance ticket hours later heading home. One month ago I received a car as a gift for my girlfriend and I. We put her plates on it to drive it home and got ticketed for that. Both tickets occurred in Illinois. Court for both is next month.

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 14, 2020

Bring proof of the new insurance and the new registration to court. You should be eligible for court supervision and a fine, which would prevent a license suspension.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I received a ticket in Missouri for not wearing a seat belt a non moving violation. Will it get sent back to illinois.

In illinois it is a moving violation but is not in Missouri.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 12, 2020

There are no points assigned in Illinois for seat belt tickets. It is not a moving violation. I doubt MO reports it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If I am 17 do I have to have an adult with me to pay my ticket in person?
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 11, 2020

You will need a parent or legal guardian present if you are appearing in court. If you are just paying the ticket for a conviction you likely do not need a parent present. You can confirm with the Clerk's Office.

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Q: Ticket says no court appearance required but online it says I have a court date, do I have to go, I’m 17
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 11, 2020

No you don't have to go but if you do not you will have a conviction, meaning that for the next two years, you cannot be convicted again or your license will be suspended.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I am 17 got a speeding ticket for doing 19 over on my ticket it says that no court appearance is required, do I still go

When I look up the ticket number it gave me a court date do I have to go? Also is it possible to pay it off myself in person or do I have to have a parent with me

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 11, 2020

You should appear in court to try to keep the ticket off of your record with court supervision. You will likely need to complete a traffic safety course. It only takes two convictions within two years to cause a license suspension when you are under the age of 21.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: How to reduce the fine or dismissed ticket for driving with no insurance?

I bought a used car around 7pm and got pulled over around 1230am on the same night and apparently I didnt know that you can buy insurance online because I thought I wanted to wait the next morning to call the insurance company. The very next morning, I purchase the insurance.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 11, 2020

That will allow you to request court supervision and avoid a suspension. You will have to pay a fine and carry SR22.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Do I need to pay tickets sent to collections to get my suspension lifted
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 6, 2020

It is likely that the unpaid ticket is impacting your driving privileges. You can speak to the Secretary of State's office to confirm the specific reason for your suspension and whether there are other issues that need to be addressed before the suspension is removed.

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Q: What to do if I paid a ticket and I’m getting a letter from a lawyer

Received a ticket from 2017 that I need to pay a ticket. I went online and researched and it has been paid. What should I do don’t want to get a boot on my car from something I don’t owe

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Feb 2, 2020

I would suggest responding to the letter with proof that the ticket has been paid.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got a ticket for going 71 in a 45 but the ticket says "No Court appearance required" does this mean I don't need to go
Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Jan 28, 2020

The police officer marked your ticket incorrectly. 26 mph over the posted speed limit is a Class B Misdemeanor and requires a court appearance. The Circuit Court Clerk will be sending you a court date notice. You will need an attorney to assist you with this matter because it is not a simple... Read more »

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Q: In Illinois what should I do if I am out of state and have an unpaid speeding ticket from 9 years ago?

I am getting phone calls from a credit office now. I had completely forgot about it.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Jan 24, 2020

You could either pay it or hire an attorney to look into it for you to see if anything can be done in court. Whatever you do, you should do it right away.

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Q: What would be cheaper for a traffic stop... To go to court or pay tickets in full?

Hi, my husband recently got pullover for making an illegal right turn. In that traffic stop he got issued 2 tickets. One for the turn and the second one for having an expired plate sticker. The officer explained something to us about court supervision and asking the County clerk for the cost of... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 23, 2020

Update the registration sticker. Bring proof to court. That ticket will be dropped. Ask for supervision on the other one. No points against his record

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