1st Offense No Criminal History, I have not been sentenced yet. Not sure if my case will be plead down to simple battery yet. Can this be erased if I complete their terms and classes? Or will it forever haunt me from getting a decent job?
A conviction for Domestic Battery (i.e. conditional discharge or probation) does not qualify for expungement or sealing. However, if you are given court supervision for Domestic Battery and have no other criminal background, you would be eligible for expungement 5 years from the successful termination of your supervision. You should discuss your options directly with your attorney. Best of luck.See question
I have never been to jail , this is my first time doing anything wrong , I don't know what I was thinking !
While it is unlikely that you would do any jail time for a first offense, you should discuss the details of your case directly with an attorney. You not only want to avoid jail time, but additional consequences such as a criminal record. If handled properly, you may be eligible for a deferred prosecution, where the charge is ultimately dismissed upon completion of certain conditions (i.e. community service). Best of luck.See question
I have a forgery conviction, the offense was caught 3/2011, I didn't receive any jail time because I didn't have a criminal record, I cashed a 1290 dollar check got arrested and released on an I bond the next morning. I paid the amount of the chec...
If you were charged with a Class 4 felony under Section 17-3 of the Criminal Code you should be eligible for sealing 4 years from the termination date of your sentence (rather than the date of arrest). Of eligibility doesn't guarantee that the judge would grant the petition. It would be in your best interest to have an attorney review your record, determine your eligibility, and ensure that the petition is filed properly. Best of luck.See question
I got court for driving with no valid license. I have gotten another ticket like this before and the judge tossed saying to get my license and there was no problem i didnt bring an attorney. This time tho the judge gave me an extention, he asked t...
Contact a new attorney directly to discuss the pending case for driving without a valid license and the possibility of obtaining driving privileges. An attorney can review your record and determine your available options and best course of action. The most favorable outcome would likely be achieved by obtaining driving privileges prior to resolving the pending case. Even if you are not eligible for a license at this time, follow the judge's instructions and seek the representation of an attorney to ensure the best result possible. Best of luck.See question
I recently received s civil citation and never received a summons but was aware I would receive one so I call in and they say the hearing was that same day ironically. But was not informed that the accusing party would be there in fact it was said...
It is important that you file a motion to vacate/motion to set aside default as soon as possible and request a new court date. There are likely time limitations for doing so. The maximum fines were likely imposed because of your failure to appear. It would be advisable to obtain legal assistance in this process to ensure it is handled properly.See question
I got into a hit and run accident and when I went to court I got the two tickets I was issued the day of the accident since I got caught and he ordered for a $500 fine which I paid and 40 hours of community service which I haven't started. I have ...
Complete as many hours as possible prior the the return date, bring proof of those hours, and be prepared to explain why you were unable to complete the full amount ordered by the court. If you show that you have made a good faith effort the judge is more likely to give you another date to complete the full 40 hours. Worst case scenario is a violation of your sentence and resentencing on the original charge. It may be in your best interest to have your attorney present to assist in resolving the matter favorably.See question
I recently received my second moving violation in 2 days. I am worried that I may lose my license and that my insurance rates may rocket. On Monday I received a ticket of 62 in a 35. I was told by the officer that I did not need to go to court for...
Speeding 62/35 (27 over the limit) is a Class B misdemeanor. You cannot receive court supervision for this offense under current law. You will likely receive notice in the mail that you must appear in court despite what the officer told you. The charge must be reduced to avoid a criminal conviction.
Also, a conviction for passing a stopped school bus is an automatic 3 month license suspension. Not to mention, independently, two convictions under the age of 21 will result in a license suspension (not sure of your age). The bottom line - contact an attorney to discuss your options and ensure the best result possible. If handled properly, depending on your prior record, you should be able to avoid any serious consequences.See question
I rec'd a ticket for talking on the phone. I have a CDL and have been informed that first offense is not a moving violation. I wanted to see if should just pay the $120 ticket or pay like $250-300 to try to get reduced to lesser charge?
There are a few factors to consider and you would be best served by speaking directly to an attorney in your area to discuss your options. Did the offense occur in a commercial motor vehicle? If so, it will be treated as a "serious moving violation" by the Secretary of State. Two serious moving violations in a three year period results in a disqualification of your CDL privileges. Even if it occurred in your personal vehicle, you should still consider whether you are subject to employment consequences.See question
He is 18, never had a ticket before Speed 76 in a 55 He was on I355 close to 127th exit, near Lemont IL
Yes, it is certainly possible but not guaranteed. Contact an attorney directly to discuss the specifics and ensure the best possible outcome. For example, it may be possible to secure a dismissal of one ticket and court supervision on the second.See question
I've done a world of growing up since I was a troubled youth. My first 'real' experience with getting arrested really straightened me out after I realized what kind of road I was on. Now at 30 years old with a job offer in the finance department, ...
First, I would advise you to speak directly with an attorney who can review you record and determine your eligibility. The process usually takes an average of 3-4 months from filing depending on the county and courthouse. It also takes time for the relevant agencies to process the expungement order once signed by the judge. Fees are going to vary by attorney, most should be willing to quote a flat fee. More information on Illinois expungement is available at the links below.See question