Illinois Traffic Violation and DUI Lawyers

Is a Court Appearance Required for my Traffic Ticket?


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There are many types of traffic tickets in Illinois. Whether or not court appearance is required depends upon the type of ticket, the rules in your courthouse, and your desired outcome.

The easiest way to get an answer to this question is to simply call our office and speak with one of our legal assistants or attorneys.

With one phone call, we will be able to tell you if the attorney can handle your case without you present or if you must attend court. On the phone, we will also review your case, quote you a flat rate to handle your case and advise you of next steps.

The Type of Ticket

Broadly speaking, there are two types of traffic tickets – petty offenses and criminal offenses.

Petty Tickets

Petty tickets are less serious in nature and are punishable by a fine only. Usually, you are not required to attend court to resolve these tickets. The bottom of the ticket is usually marked “No Court Appearance Required.”

This means that you can mail your ticket in and plead guilty. This is what the officer and the court system want you to do. Often times, the officer even instructions you to mail it in as they are handing you the ticket.

Most people do not realize that when they mail in the ticket, they are pleading guilty. It is guaranteed money for the court and a guaranteed conviction for the officer.

Instead, we recommend contacting Driver Defense Team. Our traffic defense attorneys may be able to attend court and resolve the case without you being present.

This means that you don’t have to take a day off work to attend court. Plus, you’re not automatically pleading guilty. In court, we are often able to get you a more favorable outcome than you would have received by mailing it in. We can frequently get the ticket dismissed, amended, or resolved in a way that protects your driver’s license and prevents your insurance from increasing.

Keep in mind that some petty tickets still require court appearance. If this is the case, it usually means that the ticket is more serious in nature or there are other circumstances that require your appearance. Again, just call our office and we are happy to discuss your options.

Criminal Tickets

Some traffic tickets are actually criminal offenses. This includes aggravated speeding, DUI, Driving With A Suspended License, and others.

When a driver is charged with a criminal offense, they are required to attend court. For most criminal offenses, the driver will be required to have an attorney represent them. When you receive one of these tickets, it’s smart to call our office for a free consultation.

If you are not in court, the judge can find you guilty and issue a warrant for your arrest.

If you are charged with a criminal offense and cannot attend court due to work, medical reasons, or being out of town, please call our office to discuss. Sometimes we can attend court on your behalf and minimize the impact.

Rules of the Courthouse

Each courthouse and judge have their own set of rules. To make matters more difficult, some of the rules are unwritten. You only learn them by being in their courtroom.

The good news is that Driver Defense Team handles thousands of cases a year. We are in all of the traffic courthouses nearly every day. We are familiar with the judges and prosecutors and we understand the rules.

If a judge prefers the driver to be in court, we will let you know. If we think we can get a better outcome by having the driver in court, we will tell you that. We will always use our experience and knowledge to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

What Is Your Desired Outcome?

Each client has different concerns when they receive a traffic ticket.

Some drivers want to get it dismissed. Some just want to save money. Others are worried about getting their license suspended. There are even drivers that just want to get it over and done with as fast as possible.

Our goal is always to achieve the best outcome. But first, we need to determine what is actually best for you.

So we will always try to understand your concerns, and then determine the best way to handle your case and achieve your desired outcome.

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