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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
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.

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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
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.

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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
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
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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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
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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Q: Is driving without insurance a moving violation or non moving violation or either
Dan Nold
Dan Nold answered on Sep 30, 2021

It’s classified as a business offense.

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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.

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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
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
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 7, 2021

Yes and yes to both questions.

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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
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
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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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
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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Q: 2 tickets under 18

My daughter is turning 18 in less than a month. She received one moving violation, and has taken the online drivers improvement course. She just now received another ticket for getting up to speed right before the speed limit sign. How can we keep her from getting suspended?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 12, 2021

Technically, she is eligible to receive court supervision twice within a 12 month period, but it is at the judge’s discretion. An attorney may be able to help negotiate an agreement to prevent a conviction from being entered on the new ticket.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have a car with insurance but my brother drove my car with a revoked license. I was not aware. Will I be covered?

He drove my car while I was out of the country. Just waiting for my insurance to call back.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Jul 26, 2021

It depends on your carrier. Your insurance only covers "licensed drivers." Given that his license was revoked, your brother was NOT a licensed driver. Any carrier could use such an opportunity to legitimately deny a claim. That you were unaware is irrelevant unless he stole the car.... Read more »

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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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
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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