Glendale Heights Traffic Violation Attorneys
Glendale Heights Traffic Attorneys: What to Expect at DuPage County Courthouse
If you’ve ever received a traffic violation in or around Glendale Heights, Illinois, when it comes time to visit the courthouse, you may find yourself wondering what to do when you arrive at the DuPage County Judicial Center.
Arrival Times and Parking
Morning sessions for traffic court begin at 8 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. If you are driving yourself, there is a large parking garage, as well as ample parking spaces in lots near the Center. PACE bus routes frequent the Center and there is a common pickup and drop-off location for Uber and Lyft drivers.
Entering the Center
All visitors to the DuPage County Judicial Center must submit to a security screening. Cellphones equipped with cameras are prohibited. If you are unable to leave your cellphone in your vehicle, there are lockers located on the first floor of the parking garage. After you pass through security, there are computer terminals next to the traffic court doors. Before entering the courtroom, you should check these computers for your name/time/courtroom. If you have hired an attorney, they will check in on your behalf.
If You Choose to Mail in Your Ticket
You can mail in your ticket and request supervision by mail. This is a good option for some drivers – but there are risks. By mailing in your ticket, you are pleading guilty to the offense. Your request will be reviewed and may be denied. In that case, the Clerk’s Office will enter a conviction against you, which will be reported to the Secretary of State’s Office for inclusion on your driving record.
For more information on supervision and your possible eligibility, please contact Driver Defense Team. If you are concerned about your eligibility, or you wish to contest your ticket, you may want to attend court. You MUST attend court if you are under 21, are charged with more serious offenses like aggravated speeding, or you missed the deadline to mail in your supervision request.
Inside the Courtroom
Inside the courtroom, you will either meet with your attorney, or wait for your name to be called. When the judge calls your name, you will have the option to request more time to acquire an attorney, plead guilty or request a trial. If you plead guilty, the prosecutor will recommend a sentence to the judge. Most traffic violations written by Glendale Heights Police officers are prosecuted by private attorneys working for the Village of Glendale Heights. They will review your record and make a sentencing recommendation to the judge.
Several factors go into the recommendation, including your driving record and the circumstances of the ticket. In most cases, the sentence will usually be a fine of around $300. In some cases, the judge will also order traffic school. Should you plead not guilty and the officer is present, a trial will take place at the end of the court session. If the officer is absent, the ticket will not likely be dismissed, instead, a new trial date will be scheduled. 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 Hire an Attorney?
The lawyers at Driver Defense Team are experienced DuPage County Traffic Violation Attorneys. We are in court every day and have the experience needed 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 court alone, give Driver Defense Team a call today at (312) 940-8330 and put our experience to work for you.