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Cruising through life
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fyi... court costs went WAAAAYYY up for dupage county. for instance, a speeding ticket 0-20mph over the limit used to be $75 fine and roughly $50 court costs (~$125). now the minimum court cost for the same ticket is over $250, and that doesn't include the fine for the ticket. some of the other ones are ridiculous too but i couldn't find a listing of them anywhere. when i get one from work i'll let you all know. in the meantime if you get a ticket in dupage county and feel like going to court to try and contest it you are going to pay out the butt for your efforts unless you are found not guilty. and no... getting a lawyer cannot reduce the court costs, just the fine. drive/ride safe.

just an update from your friendly CLSB popo
 
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I found out that while most other counties within the US have steadily increased the court fines over the years, DuPage, for some reason, did not do so. Now, DuPage is trying to catch up with other counties and doing it in one big increase.

I had DuPage Country traffic court this week and even the cops were going :wtf: when we heard the fines people were being given.
 

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So the court costs are $250 (roughly) plus the fine? Sounds like perversion of the justice system to me. It should be about $70+the deterrent. Sounds like another reason to lawyer up on every case, because otherwise you can run up a crazy bill. What is this VA? The govt/lawyers win and everybody else loses.

The point of going to court is to ensure that the crime happened, and there is evidence. Average joe is going to freak when they see that the process costs them $250, and there taxes. I thought that the courts were already paid for via taxes, or is that a misconception I have?

Thanks for letting us know!
 

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That's some pretty heavy juice for a traffic citation.

It almost seems like a strong-arm tactic to prevent motorists from fighting tickets.
 

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zed88;939533Sounds like another reason to lawyer up on every case said:
as i said in the first post, just because you hire a lawyer doesn't decrease the court costs, only the amount of the actual fine for the violation.
 

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LOL... I just realized... I replaced all my lawyer fees with track time.

LOL

Im deathly afraid of riding on the street now. Crazy. I thought all you track nerds were full of shit when you said that. But its true.... Its scary on the street. :wtf:
 

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as i said in the first post, just because you hire a lawyer doesn't decrease the court costs, only the amount of the actual fine for the violation.
I was just referring to maximizing your ability to win a not-guilty plea. If you know you are innocent, its not worth the $250 risk that you might get convicted, so now you need to spend money on a lawyer. This appears to be a attempt to drive citizens out of the courtroom through high risk fines.

It also further proves that the fines are just monetary awards for the courts, and do not have the citizens interests at heart. It allows wealthy people to pay fines that don't affect them and don't deter the behavior. I bet that officers might reevaluate what they write now knowing that questionable behavior will now cost citizens alot.

Its sad because thats not what this countries legal system was founded on. By making the laws more complicated, and the fees beyond the reach of average citizens it becomes a rigged system. How many members on here have boasted about getting off +30mph tickets through lawyers. I can't believe that our police are so incompetent that +30 tickets don't count. Its not the officers fault for making a mistake so much as the complicated laws written for the benefit of lawyers. I understand mistakes are made, but the things people plead down here are kinda crazy. And on top of it the court doesn't care because it still gets its chunk of change.

Using the police as revenue collecting agents just ticks the public and the officers off. Its lose-lose for everyone except the local govt. Similar to speed cameras. They generate revenue but don't stop the behavior. :wtf: Safety or money?
 

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That's some pretty heavy juice for a traffic citation.

It almost seems like a strong-arm tactic to prevent motorists from fighting tickets.

+1 Exactly what they are doing....people are no longer taking tickets laying down, they are using their right to have due process of the law...so what does the government do? Make it expensive, so only the well to do will have due process.
 

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+1 Exactly what they are doing....people are no longer taking tickets laying down, they are using their right to have due process of the law...so what does the government do? Make it expensive, so only the well to do will have due process.
:lmao: ...your just realizing this NOW?!?!?!?!?!?!

btw...a good lawyer can even possably have charges dismissed depending on the charges...BUT...there are times when the court has STILL ORDERED ME TO PAY FOR COURT FINES when the case has been dismissed....so NOT paying doesnt always become a reality...
 

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wow, that makes sense seeing as how i had a recent case and the charge was dropped to "regular speeding" and i still payed 180.00 in total and wondered why so much, even w/court costs..damn, never speeding in dupage again, ill stick w/cook county
 
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