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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Is an expired license plate a moving violation in the state of Illinois?

I got a ticket for being on my phone and for having an expired license plate in February. I paid both and fixed the license plate. I got another ticket a few weeks ago for not seeing a car on a free right. I just want to know if I'm going to lose my driver's license or not.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 28, 2020

If you had a current address on file with the sos after those first two tickets and if they were both moving violations, they should have sent you a warning letter

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Q: I was given court supervision but I was first mailed that I had to turn in my license. Do I still have to turn it in?

I missed my first court date but asked to vacate ex-parte conviction and was given court supervision. Before that, I was sent a notice from the secretary of state that I need to turn in my license. Now that I have court supervision, do I still need to turn in my license?

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Sep 28, 2020

As long as the Secretary of State is aware you resolved the issue you should not need to surrender your license. You can give them a call to verify - 217-785-8619.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Today I received my first ticket of going 25 over the speed limit and it was on the highway what should I do?

I’m concerned with my insurance rates for my family going up and this ticket going on my record. Can I do community service or take a driver’s class. What would be my best option. I’m 17 years old.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 26, 2020

You must do so because you have to remain ticket free for two years. You will pay a higher fine for supervision and you will have to take a special class. And you need a parent or guardian in court with you in order to receive supervision.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: If I contest a red light camera by mail and lose and been struggling financially could I sue the city in small claims ?

Read factual news that state officials have banned red light cameras but some cities still use the corrupt program

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 25, 2020

You can sue anyone at anytime for anything, but that does not mean you will be successful.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Last weekend, I received my first ever traffic tickets.

One ticket was Driving Over Statutory Limit 21-25, 95 over 70. The other was Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Trooper told me to bring proof of insurance to court, and that one may get dismissed. I have several documents showing active insurance, including the CORRECT insurance card. (I... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 24, 2020

I would not worry about it. 25 over, and considering it was on the interstate, is still only a petty offense.

As far as being nervous, the judge will almost certainly follow the prosecutor's recommendation. If the prosecutor does not recommend supervision, tell the judge you want a...
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Q: I recently got a citation, is there any way I can request supervision without the need of an attorney?

I recently got a new car, due to financial restraints I haven’t been able to take care of getting it insured. I got pulled over for the license plate lights being out and by the end of it I was given a warning for the license plate light being out but I was given a citation for not having insurance

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

If you bring in proof of insurance and have never had supervision for that offense, the state will almost certainly offer it. This will require you to carry SR 22 for three years and pay a fine.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Liability of collision and "promise to comply" ticket.

In a green light crossroads, the front car suddenly stopped in the middle of the crossroad. I noticed the stop and used hard brake but failed to make a full stop due to the raining and wet road and lightly hit the back of the front car. The front car driver moved the car out of the scene... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 21, 2020

You should consult with an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I paid my ticket online 2 days late . I got a letter stating I didn’t pay it
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Sep 20, 2020

The letter was probably sent before the payment was received. Call the Clerk's Office at the courthouse to confirm.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: In IL, could driving over statutory limit 21-25 be bumped up to reckless driving in court? This my first ticket in life.

Last night, I received my first ever ticket in my life last night. Driving over Statutory Limit by 21-25. 95 over 70. Up until now (at 35), I've maintained a 100% clean driving record, not even parking ticket or any arrests ever in my life. I was also hit with a violation for driving an... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Sep 20, 2020

Reckless driving is a different offense entirely, it would be very unusual for the State to 'upgrade' the charge. Speeding 25 over the limit is still a petty offense, while speeding 26+ and reckless driving are both misdemeanor/criminal offenses. If you are uncomfortable appearing on your... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: what should I so, I got a ticket for going 28 miles over the speed limit, I have a clean record, and im 17.

i know it will go on my record, but I want to be in the union to become an electrician

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 20, 2020

It is a criminal offense. You don’t want to record at your young age. I would suggest you find a local traffic lawyer. search Justia

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: I believe someone called the police on me but none have shown up yet.

I was at a light when someone honked and accelerated quickly as I did and tried to cut around me quickly getting very close to my car without using a turn signal, I didn't allow them to pass until we were both well over the legal limit and although I should not have we both drove recklessly as... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Sep 15, 2020

The important thing here is that you recognize that your behavior was ill-considered and could well have ended in your arrest/and or loss of your driving privileges. Let it be a lesson learned. Wherever you are, stay there for the evening. No officer is going to issue a ticket for behavior that he... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: I need to show proof of insurance, but I got pulled over in a small window where it was re-newed is that not the same?

I got pulled over around the 24th and my insurance expired like around a week before. Since it was my dads car I didn't know at the moment. My dad then updated the insurance soon after so there was a brief window that I didn't have proof of insurance. When I went to the court date I... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 9, 2020

You need to go back to court and show them the current insurance card and inform them that you did not have insurance on the date and time you were ticketed. If this is your first No Insurance ticket, you should get Court Supervision and a fine. If you are still confused, you should hire an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Hello I’m 19 and got three citations at once, what will likely happen

They are all petty offenses, 95 in a 70, failure to signal, and improper lane change. First offense with no prior tickets or stops. Officer pulled up behind me as I was in a sports car and didn’t radar me, but said “you seemed to be moving fast”. Also, the tickets all say “Required Court... Read more »

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Sep 5, 2020

It is likely a required court appearance based on your age as well as the number of tickets you received. It only takes 2 moving violation convictions within 2 years when you are under the age of 21 to cause a license suspension, so it is important that these are kept off of your public record.... Read more »

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Q: I was given a traffic ticket in Springfield, IL for running a red light. No previous convictions. What are my options?
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 31, 2020

Request supervision. $255 and if you pay that day supervision is 30 days. If you need time to pay it's 60. You or an attorney has to appear on your behalf. There is no mail in option.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Speeding ticket show up for court question! (Illinois, Cook)

Hi, got a speeding ticket for going 60 in a 30. This is my first time ever getting in trouble with the law, I have no pervious background, I was also test driving a car when I got pulled over, I'm under 21. What is the most likely outcome for my case? Nervous about it!

Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 30, 2020

As you probably know by now, Speeding 26-34 over the limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Technically, you face a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine plus court assessments. However, the goal is to prevent a criminal conviction and minimize or eliminate these penalties. Consequences... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My son is 17 and he is on court supervision for doing donuts and he got a speeding ticket. What will happen to him?
Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis answered on Aug 23, 2020

Technically, he is facing a license suspension. Two convictions within 24 months results in a suspension for those under the age of 21. However, it is very likely this can be avoided as long as it is handled properly in court. He may need to complete another traffic safety course. It would be... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was the first to go through an unmarked intersection and was hit by a truck on my bike and was ticketed am I at fault.

I was more than 1/2 through the intersection on my motorized bike. I was thrown 15 plus feet by a suburban. My ankle was shattered and my bike was ruined. As well as stolen. Loss of ability to work. Inability to put any weight on my leg for 12 weeks. The intersection itself was completely unmarked... Read more »

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

Hire a personal injury lawyer. The ticket is small fries.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I'm on court supervision right now and got another ticket. will I lose my license, or is there a way I can save it?

I'm 21 years old, I'm on court supervision for running a stop sign. The new ticket is for speeding.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 22, 2020

You need to hire a traffic lawyer in the counties that your tickets are in. If the counties are the same or close together, perhaps you can use one lawyer to do both of them. Usually a lawyer can handle this without a lot of problems, but it is unlikely that a person representing himself or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I exited an expressway, the road veered to the left and saw a red light. Do I stop or keep going?

The truck behind me blew the horn to encourage me to continue thru the red light so I did. Didn't want to get hit from behind by an 18 wheeler.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Aug 20, 2020

Did you receive a ticket? If not, you have nothing to worry about at this time. It is not clear from your statement what the intersection looked like, so it is not possible to answer if you should have stopped or not.

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