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  • Should I fight a speeding ticket when there were no visible speed signs posted? Also, no bond amount on ticket?

    I was driving down a secondary road in the city limits of Cairo, when I was pulled over for speeding. Along the entire length of that road, there are no speed signs posted. Also, there are no signs posted when entering the city that state there is...

    Martin’s Answer

    If you have a clean record, there is a decent chance that even if you lost the trial, you would receive Court Supervision if the alleged speed isn't too much over the posted speed limit. However, if you have too many priors or if you are alleged to be going considerably over the speed limit the officer alleges controlled that road, you're probably better off negotiating an agreed disposition on the ticket.

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  • Got arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct on casino grounds, charges dropped. Should i sue?

    I Been to this casino multiple times and one day i went by myself and i sat down for 5 minutes playing blackjack and the security comes up to me and asks me if i am with anybody? i say no and then they ask for me to come with them.. i had a few dr...

    Martin’s Answer

    It is doubtful that the "damages" in this case woul warrant a viable civil lawsuit against the casino. Unless you can prove that their case of mistaken identity was completely unreasonable and completely without justification. You should also review your memory before you were confronted to determine if any conduct engaged in by you while intoxicated could have been construed as reckless or disorderly.

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  • Speeding ticket invalid because of wrong information

    I got a speeding ticket recently. The officer said I was going 45 in a 35. I said "ok I was going downhill" I handed him my Alaskan registration that has my name on it and address. And my Alaskan drivers license, my drivers license does have a mos...

    Martin’s Answer

    The incorrect information is not a fatal defect on the traffic citation, but may have some impact upon the credibility of the Officer should this case proceed to trial. Best of luck to you!!

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  • Trying to dodge a pothole,they took my DL for 9-12-050 what's the cost of the fine?

    I was given the option to go to traffic safety school if I go do I have to pay the fine.

    Martin’s Answer

    That code is definitely a City of Chicago "Ordinance Violation" which means it was not written under the IL Vehicle Code. Generally, your eligible for Supervision on minor charges like this with a fine only...doubtful you'd have to complete Traffic Safety School unless you have numerous traffic infractions in the last 12 months.

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  • Outstanding warrant in one state and picked up in another, which state do you go to court and have punishment rendered

    warrant from WY for driving on suspended license, picked up in MO. Spent 1 night in jail, then released ROR. Went to court in MO, threatened with 1 year in jail and/or $2500 fine. Does MO have the jurisdiction to impose this or does the person ...

    Martin’s Answer

    I suspect the WY warrant never popped, and that you have a new "driving on a suspended license" charge in Missouri - which sounds like a misdemeanor offense by the max fine and punishment as you've described. Make sure to find a local attorney in MO to help you with this & when that's resolved, try to get the WY warrant quashed and recalled so it's not looming over your head. It's probably a warrant that doesn't extend beyond a specified territory which is why it probably didn't come up in Missouri...but it also won't go away unless it's resolved & since it's just a driving-related warrant it should be easily rectified by a local attorney. Good Luck!!!

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  • I got a ticket for parking in a handicap! There was a sign only and no marking on the pavement. Can I fight ticket ?

    I double checked to make sure there was no marking on pavement if there was i wounldn't have parked there. The other handicap spot is marked both ways. Can I fight this ticket?

    Martin’s Answer

    If the sign clearly made it known that the space was reserved for Handicapped Parking Only, it is doubtful that contesting the violation wull be worth your time, money, or effort. If, however, the sign was ambiguous or misleading, you can challenge the citation by following the instructions on the ticket and request a hearing. Bring all evidence with you to the hearing if you choose to do so.

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  • Should I pay a current red light ticket in St Louis? They recently settled a lawsuit that has them giving refunds on previously

    Red light ticket for going right on red. In the picture and video you cannot see the red light in question. We are from Illinois where you normally can go right on red. Not used to that.

    Martin’s Answer

    Generally, In Illinois these red light tickets are not reported on the IL driving abstracts (driving record) and is basically the equivalent of a parking ticket. Not sure in Missouri has the same system, but I agree with my colleague that if you contact a local attorney in St. Louis, I'm sure he/she can shed some light on that for you. Good Luck!!

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  • Will a sealed felony criminal record show on a live scan criminal record search?

    If I get my felony criminal record sealed will it still show up on a live scan fingerprint background check?

    Martin’s Answer

    If this is regarding one of the expungeable first-offender drug Probations under 410 or 710, I would have to meet with the client & check the case number in the public access database at the Clerk if the Circuit Court at issue to see if there is any trace of the case to better answer this question. Because most felonies are not expungeable or sealable as my colleague indicated, an attorney woukd have to research this case number to see what (if anything) is still viewable under a public record search.

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  • Speeding Ticket Out of State

    I'm a licensed driver in Illinois with no prior moving violations. This weekend, I was driving in Ohio, and was ticketed for going 16mph over the speed limit. Does the concept of court supervision still apply here, since I live in, and am licensed...

    Martin’s Answer

    Unfortunately, states other than Illinois usually do not have a sentence of court supervision. As a result, when the disposition of the traffic ticket is reported to Illinois, it's reported as a traffic conviction. One possible way of avoiding this is to hire a local attorney in Ohio, and inquiring whether or not the ticket can be amended to a non-moving violation. If this is achieved, then it would not matter if it is a conviction because only moving violations trigger an increase in insurance rates and have a negative impact on one's driving record.

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  • I get a speeding ticket in woodridge il dupage county for 16 miles over 45 limit my speed 61 with radar detector what my option

    I have a clean mvr record no ticket at all what r my option 120 fine plea guilty.if I take a supervision I m a cab driver in chicago.how long supervision stay on u r mvr .for court purpose .and do the ticket will show up in my mvr

    Martin’s Answer

    By following the instructions on the citation, you are eligible for court supervision & may request that by mail. However, if you are interested in keeping moving violations off your record – you may consider hiring a private attorney to go to court with you and asked the prosecutor to amend the citation from a moving violation to a non-moving violation. This may be possible if the prosecutor is willing to do this and you have a clean record. There is no guarantee this happens, but it is possible. Also, when you mail in for court supervision, you usually have to attend a traffic safety school. By going to court, you oftentimes avoid the traffic safety school component and have merely a fine to pay.

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