Asked over 2 years ago - Decatur, ILFlag
I found myself oblivious to the fact that kids were back in school today and wound up getting a ticket for going 37 in a 20 (school zone). I can't afford for this to affect my insurance and want to get court supervision which I believe involves going to a drivers safety class but I am unsure of who to contact about this.
It is not a great idea to represent yourself.
You do, however, have the constitutional right to do so. I would recommend spending an entire day in the court to observe how judges handle self-represented defendants to get an idea of how irritated they get at amateur lawyering.
If you really want to represent yourself, you should purchase an hour of a traffic attorney's time to have her or him coach you on how to handle things.
A better choice if you do not want to pay the fine is simply to hire an attorney.
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Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
You generally cannot get court supervision for speeding in a school zone. Find a traffic defense attorney in Macon County who is familiar with the local traffic court. You are allowed to represent yourself, but an attorney is in a better position to negotiate on your behalf and present defenses if they exist. They may be able to help you avoid a conviction, which would appear on your driving record. And the fines for speeding in a school zone are higher than they are for a regular speeding ticket. If you need a referral, feel free to give me a call. 1-800-517-1614. Good luck.
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