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Lawyer or No Lawyer

Last night got 3 tickets and a court date.

- 80 in a 55 (Keeping up with traffic on 355 mind you)
- No turn signal
- No insurance

I am pretty sure the insurance is what makes me have to go to court, I have insurance I just hadn't put the new card in my car as the old one expired last month only. So I am sure that one will get dropped, but I haven't been to court since I was 16 and am not sure what to expect. I am fine with doing the school thing but I don't want either of these on my record.

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no lawyer, go there and ask for supervision. Present proof of insurance, and that gets dropped.
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I always used to lawyer up, very handy. That gets expensive though, so I recommend not stopping for the police.

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Dress Nice and Professional. You get a better chance for a break if you look professional, educated, (a fine and upstanding member of society who had a momentary lapse of judgement, etc.) rather than some dumb slob in a T shirt and dirty jeans.



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Wear a good-fitting suit, and hope for a judge that thinks your hawt in a shirt and tie.

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If you have the money get a lawyer. Not only will he take care of business, but you get to cut in line too. People with lawyers go first, you're out of there in 10-15 minutes versus spending the morning there.
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Which court location do you have to go to?

If it's 4000 Saratoga in Downers Grove, go to court.
Plead not guilty.
They will tell you to have a seat.
The SA will come talk to you after a while, when the line of people starts to skim down, about the citations.
Likely, you will show them your insurance card so that ticket will be voided no problem. They likely will also try to work something out where they will drop one of the tickets (most likely the failure to signal) if you plead guilty to the other charge (most likely the speeding) and get you will court supervision for the speeding.

All this is based off what I have experienced done for others in traffic court in Downers Grove and Glendale Heights.
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Its the one in Rolling meadows on Euclid.

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What she said. But to clear one thing up;

The reason you "have" to go to court is because you received multiple citations. None of those in itself constitute a mandatory appearance. Unless:

Did you get a citation for "No Insurance" or "Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance"? Look up the IVC Code. Big difference when it comes to going to court. But seeing it is crook county, anything is possible.

Just be prepared, the speeding ticket alone could cost you in upwards of $300 when you are finally done. Unless your driving record is the sample used in driver's education classes of what a driver's abstract should not look like, just go to court; act and dress cordial - it will get you places.

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no lawyer, go there and ask for supervision. Present proof of insurance, and that gets dropped.
+1

BUT...The speed might be too high. Last time I went to court for speeding (nice judge, gave me a big break, no school, reduced fines and sup time, I dressed nice and was polite), the guy in front of me asked nicely for supervision, and the judge politely said "Not for this, your speed was too high. This will go on your record." He walked away like he was about to die.

SO...an attorney may cost some $$, but you will surely get nothing on your record that way.
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Thanks guys.

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proof if insurance will be dropped if you have it.

take supervision on the speeder and ask to drop the no signal. Or trade a conviction on the no turn signal for dropping the speeder as a worse case, but that doesn't always go over well.

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Lawyer UP - It's like outcome insurance.


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I've never had a ticket, gone to court, or hired a lawyer. I don't understand how just having a lawyer would guarantee nothing on the record? Are their excuses for you speeding more valid than your excuse?

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Not really..... it;s the system.


If you hire a lawyer.... he talks to the prosecuting attorney and says all the right
things.... and you are supporting the business so you *must* be a fine upstanding
citizen. All of this means that everyone involved gives you the benefit of the doubt
and a little break...... which is usally a walk unless you have priors.


Or you can not prepare and go to court and get the judge in a bad mood and he
convicts and fines you on two of the three because he can and he didn't like the
way you looked at him.


Your choice of course...... make a good plan or roll the dice.


You play..... you may pay.


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I forgot to ask. Its been so long do I plead guilty and ask for supervision immediatetly or plead no contest?

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Guilt, ask for supervision. Both of what you mentioned are guilty pleas.
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I've never had a ticket, gone to court, or hired a lawyer. I don't understand how just having a lawyer would guarantee nothing on the record? Are their excuses for you speeding more valid than your excuse?
Its the "good ol boys club"! Gotta grease the wheels!
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No officer in court. Scott free on all counts.

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No officer in court. Scott free on all counts.
you are a lucky SOB

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