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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was found guilty on a traffic ticket because I missed court how do I motion it back into court
Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Jan 28, 2022

Depending on how long ago you missed court, you may want to contact an attorney. If it was within 30 days, you can go to the clerk's office and pay them $40 and file a motion to vacate. This will bring the case back into court. You can still do so if it was more than 30 days ago, but your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Acciden w/ an at fault driver w/ no insurance, pleading not guilty and has a B trial w/ lawyer. Should I get lawyer 2?

There was only property damage. I only have uninsured bodily damage, not property. I was never contacted to go to court, but I went for the first appearance and was told if I didn't show up for the trial, the other drivers case would be dismissed. Shouldn't the officer be there to testify... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 25, 2022

Unless the officer witnessed the accident/collision he has no personal knowledge of how the accident occurred-----that is why you would need to testify at the trial on the traffic ticket. You can contact a lawyer in your area to discuss the pros and cons of attending the trial on the traffic... Read more »

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Q: Hi, I got two violations one for going 70 in a 55 and one for illegal u-turn cop was right behind me.

I have court coming up on Jan 4. The cop filed a motion saying court be continued on the 7th of Jan when he comes back from vacation. that is unfair correct? How is it my fault that on the date the court gave me for a bench trial the officer will be on vacation? The court should have done their due... Read more »

Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Jan 2, 2022

If it’s the state’s first request for a continuance of a bench trial and the motion to continue is supported with a signed affidavit by the officer, the judge will grant the motion.

If those conditions are not met, the judge might deny the motion to continue and dismiss the case....
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Should I pay for the school or plead not guilty to avoid the speeding ticket conviction on my record?

Hello, I got a speeding ticket and was given three options of attending the school, plead not guilty, or pay the ticket. I got two tickets about two years ago and was told not to get another for two years to get the record clean. I got three months left to get out of the probation but I ended up... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Nov 25, 2021

If you are over 21 you can have two tickets in a 12 month period before your license as possible suspension. There might be insurance rate consequences of all that is not guaranteed check with your agent. If you are under 21 you can only have one conviction every two years so it would definitely be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, International Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can you travel internationally (Canada) if you complete court supervision for a Class A misdemeanor for speeding?

Can you travel internationally to places such as Canada or UAE if you completed court supervision for a Class A misdemeanor for speeding 35 MPH plus in the state of Illinois? My understanding is that upon completion of supervision it leads to a non conviction? Is this true and if not convicted are... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Nov 25, 2021

You may travel internationally, but I personally have seen U.S. citizens turned away from entering Canada for a variety of traffic and Criminal offenses regardless of the years past after that conviction, when they traveled by car.

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Help with lifetime cdl ban in Illinois.

I had a class A CDL in Illinois. In 2008 I was charged with dui. There was a 6 month statutory summary suspension and my CDL was disqualified for 1 year.

At some point over the next 2 years my license expired and when I went to renew I opted to step down to a regular class D license,... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Nov 22, 2021

I have seen where there is a mistake in paper work and it appears that one dui was two separate ones due to non matching arrest dates.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Am I at risk of losing my license?

I’m 18, got my license when I was 16, and recently received two speeding tickets within the span of 2-3 weeks. One was for going 83 in a 55 and the other was for going 42 in a 30. I payed the minor violation ticket so that is currently on my record. I’m set to appear in court this week for the... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Oct 15, 2021

You have options. Ask for supervisor on the major one. File a motion to vacate the conviction on the minor one and convert to supervision. Supervision on both is best.

Best move is hire a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If aggravated speeding was reduced to a petty offense and supervison 4 month

If aggravated speeding fine was reduced to a petty crime and I fingerprinted for a job, would the background check show that I had been arrested?

Theodore J. Harvatin
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Oct 13, 2021

It depends upon how deep the background check is. Anybody looking up your name online would be able to see the original charge was a Class A or B misdemeanor (depending on your speed), both of which are criminal offenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Will my license be suspended

I’m 17, I got a ticket that I plead guilty too and paid without supervision then i got another ticket that I got supervision for but while on supervision I another ticket will my License be suspended?

Alan E. Jones
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Alan E. Jones
answered on Oct 13, 2021

Yes, at your age - two convictions within 24 months will cause a suspension. It would be wise to get a local attorney to help you.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: what is a 11-602 citation

girl ran a stop sign hit me and cited for 11-602A

Theodore J. Harvatin
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Oct 8, 2021

That isn’t a violation. Probably 11-601. Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident most likely. Part of the speeding section. It’s a minor violation.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got a ticket for improper lane usage after an accident that was decided it was my fault in McHenry County IL.

The two teenagers in the other vehicle were not injured. If they do not show up at court (I have to appear), would the case be dismissed? The officer who issued the ticket did not witness the accident. Can I ask for dismissal? I don’t want to plead not guilty without a lawyer. If you are granted... Read more »

Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Oct 2, 2021

In McHenry county, the case is not et for trial on the first appearance. The witnesses are not required to appear until a trial date. At the first appearance you can plead not guilty and ask for a trial. Then at the trial date, if the witnesses do not show, the prosecutor might dismiss the case.... Read more »

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Q: I received a ticket for expired license plate. I went to the DMV and paid for a new registration sticker.

I paid for the new registration prior to my scheduled court date. However I was extremely busy with work and totally forgot about the court date! The court date was two days ago, what is the best thing for me to do right now?

Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
answered on Oct 1, 2021

Contact the Clerk's Office at the courthouse to see what action was taken. You may need to file a motion to bring the ticket back into court.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Is driving without insurance a moving violation or non moving violation or either
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Oct 6, 2021

Absence of insurance is not a moving violation, yet it a vehicle compliance requirement statutorily designed as cost prohibitive, thus, even with basic liability insurance one saves money even if such motorist is stopped second time and ordered a $1,000 fine plus court costs for the second offense.

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Q: Due to being unemployed I couldn't afford the ticket fees or driving school. What will happen? Traffic court

I have school and bills at home to deal with and its a lot to handle, what will happen? I don't want my license suspended since I'm on the job market

Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Sep 8, 2021

If you do not comply with terms of supervision, it will be revoked and a conviction will enter on your record.

If you are under 21, 2 convictions within 24 months will cause a suspension.

If you are 21 or older, 3 convictions within 12 months causes a suspension.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 2 ticket, 2 counties, can i get court supervision for both?

Hi, I received a ticket for crossing the center line early in july. in early august, I was in a very minor accident and got a improper merge ticket....am I able to get court supervision for the 2nd one? I have missed my court date for the 2nd ticket as I read the date wrong on the ticket.... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
answered on Sep 7, 2021

Technically, you can receive court supervision up to 2 times within a 12 month period, but that is ultimately up to the Judge. If a conviction was already entered on the second ticket due to the missed court date a motion would need to be filed to bring the case back into court. An attorney can... Read more »

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Q: I got pulled over for being on phone while driving. My license had also been expired for 3 years.

I didn't get arrested, I was able to drive away from it. I was issued a citation to appear in court in a month. My only other ticket on record is a speeding ticket (10mph over) from 5 years ago. Can I renew my license before my court date? And is there any chance I could get court supervision?

Theodore J. Harvatin
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Sep 7, 2021

Yes and yes to both questions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got my first speeding ticket in Pekin, IL for going 77 / 45. I’d go early to pay, but I don’t know how much it cost.

Around nighttime still evening, I was At a stoplight and the light turned green. As I noticed I stepped on the gas and went up to 40 and a cop siren was flashed. Me nervous and scared, the cop asked me for ID and drivers license. He asked me was i in a hurry, I said no. He said you know you went up... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
answered on Sep 7, 2021

Speeding 26-34 over the limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Because it’s a criminal charge, a court appearance is required. It would be recommended that you appear in court with a lawyer to ensure the best possible result. Contact an attorney that practices in the county / courthouse where your case... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If you have a accident with another vehicle and receive a ticket for ignoring traffic light. Should you sign and pay.

No one seemed to be injured and driving record great but don't want to admit guilt by signing ticket if there is another way or if it could turn out to bite me later.

Dan Nold
Dan Nold
answered on Aug 31, 2021

You should not. It can be used against you in any potential civil claim.

Also, you have a decent chance of getting the ticket dismissed by pleading not guilty and requesting a bench trial. An attorney can be used to make sure this process goes smoothly and to ensure that you don’t say or...
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Q: I got pulled over with an expired registration. After fixing this, will I have to appear in court to fight the ticket?
Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
answered on Aug 18, 2021

If there is a court date, you should appear in court with the renewed registration to attempt to have the ticket dismissed. If there is not a court date listed, you would need to request one.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: if I have a misdemeanor and never found a lawyer and have court tmr what will happen will I be put in jail said I could
Brandon K. Davis
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Brandon K. Davis
answered on Aug 16, 2021

It’s difficult to answer your question without knowing the details of your specific situation. You may want to ask the Judge for additional time to retain an attorney.

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