Retired but still working
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Plainfield, IL
Location: Plainfield, IL
Sportbike: 1994 H/D Softail Custom
Years Riding: Long Enough
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I am going to take a stab in the dark with this one so here it goes.
Lets play devil's advocate for a minute and say you "should" remember getting at least three tickets in one year. Sorry, but if I were to get pulled over by the police at least three times and I received a ticket every time, THAT is something I would remember! If you failed to do anything with these three tickets, I am hoping for you these tickets were issued in Cook County and not DuPage, Will or McHenry. Even a high priced traffic-based attorney may have an issue with these.
Now one possible scenario is you and someone else share common letters and numbers in your name and date of birth. When you get your driver's license number, the State generates this by what you enter as yuor personal information. It is not unusual where multiple driver's license numbers are issued to different people. This is why it is important to keep your photo updated (now more than ever since your photo is digitized and can be retreived immediately by police for identification), address and your height and weight. An insurance company may be viewing a file but it might not be yours; it will show the same driver's license number and they are taking the first one they see.
As for calling the courthouse, forget it until you get your driver's abstract. Like the others have said, this is available to you for court documentation purposes through the Sect of State for a fee. This is not the same abstract that we get in court, but it will show all the driving violations and accidents that have been reported to the State (not sure if your copy will show accidents).
You need to determine what county the tickets were issued in. I can tell you right now, if you did miss out on three tickets and a period of time has passed - I would say more than three months, you are almost guaranteed to have Failure to Appear Warrants issued for your arrest. There is NOTHING an attorney can do about this except ask that the warrants be vacated but again, this depends on the county and how much time has lapsed. This is assuming you rcevied the tickets in one county. If not, you need to appear in each venue - do you see $$$$$ yet?
If you do get lucky enough to get them vacated, keep the Order to Vacate with you AT ALL TIMES. The vacate order is not immediate. The order must reach the departments who generated the warrants and have to be removed from the State computer manually. If you unknowingly get pulled over again, the Order to Vacate is the ONLY proof you have and the ONLY way you will get out of getting arrested. When it is an arrest based on a warrant, police must act in "good faith" that the warrant is valid and active. If the warrant is confirmed with the issuing agency and it will be until they receive the vacate, you will be arrested.
And finally, I am going to throw this out there and yes, I am about to sound like the typical cop but this needs to be said. So for those of you who dislike us, stop reading now.......
When you take your driver's test, pass and the State issues you a license, you have earned a "privilege" to drive. It is NOT your Constitutional Right to drive. This is not something that you can go to the Federal Courts and sue the police for enforcing.
If you abuse these privileges, the State will suspend, revoke or cancel this privilege. Over my years in this business, I have come to realize a few things... we and the State are always blamed for screwing up someone's privilege to drive because they think they earned the RIGHT to drive. The employees at the Sect of State office are miserable people. Why... because drivers of all ages come in there and blame THEM for something you did. Remember, we simply have to assist you in you dealing with your problem. We are not mandated to take over your problem and solve it for you.
Sure mistakes happen and I will be the first to admit it. This is very simple, you speed, you get a ticket, you fail to follow up, THEN we hold you accountable - your fault, not ours. You lost or violated the privilege, we are just enforcing the laws that you agreed to abide within when you signed your name on the dotted line.
What do the internet and Channel 11 have in common? They are both a window to the world; put it out there and do not be surprised who will see it.