Elmhurst Traffic Violation Lawyers
Elmhurst is a medium sized city in Chicago’s western suburbs, home of Elmhurst University, Elmhurst Museum of Art as well as several busy roads and intersections. Elmhurst boasts an active police department (https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/dui-seat-belt-check-elmhurst-friday-night) A combination of busy roads, intersection and active police officers result in many drivers being issued many traffic tickets.
Most of Elmhurst is in DuPage County. If you receive a ticket in DuPage County, you may request supervision by mail. However, mailing your ticket with payment is considered a guilty plea, with a request for supervision, which will be reviewed and may be denied. A supervision denial will be entered as a conviction on your driving record and will generally result in higher insurance rates and may cause further complications.
For more information on supervision and your possible eligibility please refer to Drive Defense Team. If you are concerned about your eligibility or you wish to contest the ticket, you may wish to attend court. If you are under 21, and charged with more serious offenses like aggravated speeding, or, you missed the deadline to mail in your supervision request, you MUST attend court.
What to Expect When Headed to Court
Tickets written by the Elmhurst Police Department are heard in the Addison Field Court, 3 Friendship Plaza, located on the second floor of the Police Department. You will find your case on the docket, which is posted on the wall near the entrance to the courtroom.
In court, the judge will call you to the bench. At that time, you have the option to request more time to hire an attorney, plead guilty or request a trial. Upon entering a guilty plea, the prosecutor will recommend a sentence to the judge. Most traffic violations written by Elmhurst Police officers are prosecuted by private attorneys working for the Village of Elmhurst. Several factors go into their recommendation to the judge, including your driving record and the circumstances of the ticket. In most cases, the sentence will usually be a fine of about $300. In some cases, the judge may also order traffic school.
Should you plead not guilty and the ticketing officer is present, a trial will take place at the end of the court session. Should the officer be absent, the ticket will not likely be dismissed. Instead, a new court date will be scheduled for the trial. In either case, the judge will conduct the trial and you will be held to the standards of the Illinois Rules of Court and Evidence.
Should You Get an Attorney?
The lawyers at Driver Defense Team are experienced Elmhurst Traffic Violation Attorneys. We are in court every day and have learned how to get the best available resolution for your speeding ticket. If you have questions about your particular situation, if your driving record is ‘complicated’ or you just don’t want to face this alone, give Driver Defense Team a call at (312) 940-8330 to put our experience to work for you.